What is an Information Systems Management degree?

Majoring in Information Systems Management (ISM) means learning how to put technology to work. ISM majors study information systems and apply them to businesses and other organizations. ISM majors learn about computer databases, networks, computer security, and more. It is not all programming.

How do Information Systems degrees differ from Computer Science degrees? Computer Science curriculum tends to focus on data structures, algorithms, and hardware. Information systems, on the other hand, is a tech degree that highlights how computers serve information to users, and the management of information systems means helping businesses run more efficiently and effectively.

Information Systems Majors

Write in PHP and SQL more frequently than Java Rooted in real-world application (e.g., applying technology to the needs of a business) with balance of theory Rapidly changing (e.g., new programming ideas continuously being developed)

Computer Science Majors

Native language = Java Rooted in theory (e.g., algorithmic interpretation of problem sets) Study math and logic behind calculations within programming


Per the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH), “employment of computer and information technology occupations is projected to grow 12 percent from 2018 to 2028, much faster than the average for all occupations."

564,200 jobs

"Computer and information technology occupations are are projected to add about 546,200 new jobs. Demand for these workers will stem from greater emphasis on cloud computing, the collection and storage of big data, and information security."

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