Information systems management is a critical part of the strategic decision-making process in virtually all of today's public and private organizations. That means managers who can lead the teams that integrate information systems with general business processes are in high demand.

Developed by chief information officers and other high-level IT professionals, the Bachelor of Science in information systems management program at University of Maryland Global Campus is well suited for those looking to move into a management position and bridge the gap between an organization's functional users and technical developers.

These requirements are for students who enroll in the 2021–2022 academic year. For prior year academic requirements, visit our catalog archive.

This program is also available as a minor.

About the Information Systems Management Bachelor's Degree

What You'll Learn

Through your coursework, you will learn how to

  • Communicate effectively, orally and in writing, meeting expectations for content, purpose, organization, audience, and format
  • Utilize diverse technologies to achieve project–level or organizational information systems objectives, within diverse areas, including cybersecurity, project management, software development, data analytics, and business process analysis
  • Apply appropriate management, analysis, and measurement methods and tools for information systems and technology to meet organizational strategic and operational needs
  • Utilize business intelligence and data analytics tools and techniques to generate actionable insights that support achievement of strategic or operational objectives
  • Analyze recent and projected developments, implications, and applications of existing and emerging technologies, taking into account ethical issues and global and multinational corporate perspectives
  • Incorporate cybersecurity and risk management best practices in the planning, development, and use of information systems
  • Develop clear and concise technical and functional requirements, including the use of data and process models, for information systems development and implementation
  • Create information technology strategic and implementation plans that support organizational strategies and activities and improve processes and outcomes
  • Develop organizational policies, standards, and communications to inform end users on relevant IT operations issues, including ethical issues and accountabilities
  • Collaborate with team members to plan, evaluate, and document technology solutions

Coursework Examples

In past projects, students have had the opportunity to

  • Identify business processes that would benefit from implementation of an information technology solution
  • Demonstrate how IT could improve the process, productivity, and competitive positioning of a given organization
  • Build a full IT business case for an IT solution, including justifications and portfolio management
  • Conduct a cost-benefit analysis to justify organizational expenditures for IT systems

Industry Certification

This program can help prepare you for the following certification exam(s):

This program is recognized by the Capital CoLAB (Collaborative of Leaders in Academia and Business) as meeting the requirements for the Digital Technology Generalist credential.

Information Systems Management Bachelor's Degree Requirements

Our curriculum is designed with input from employers, industry experts, and scholars. You'll learn theories combined with real-world applications and practical skills you can apply on the job right away.

Courses in the Major

Total Credits Required: 120

Required Major Courses

  • IFSM 300
  • IFSM 301
  • IFSM 304
  • CSIA 300
  • IFSM 310
  • IFSM 311
  • IFSM 330
  • IFSM 370
  • IFSM 438
  • IFSM 461
  • IFSM 495

Related Required Course:

The following required course may be applied to general education or elective requirements.:

  • CMIS 102

General Education Requirements

UMGC outlines the options available to fulfill the 41 credits of general education coursework for bachelor's degrees on the General Education Requirements webpage.

In addition to the major, elective, and general education courses and requirements outlined on this page, please review the overall bachelor's degree requirements.

Career Preparation

This program is designed to help prepare you to move into a management position working in information systems management, systems analysis, information technology project management, and information assurance.

Student Clubs and Organizations

    Type: Student organization
    Available To: Undergraduate and Graduate

    The Computing Club aims to create a dynamic environment where members can work collaboratively, share innovative ideas, enhance their career-readiness, and gain marketable experience in their respective fields.

    Type: Student organization
    Available To: Undergraduate and Graduate

    The Cyber Competition Team represents UMGC at various cybersecurity events and highly competitive tournaments nationwide. Students hone their cybersecurity skills, learn to work effectively as a team, and network with other students, cyber professionals, and prospective employers. Winner of a 2021 UMGC Student Organization Best-in-Show Activities and Events Award!

    Type: Honor society
    Available To: Undergraduate and Graduate

    Upsilon Pi Epsilon is the international honor society for the computing and information disciplines. Formed in 1967, the purpose of Upsilon Pi Epsilon is to promote the computing and information sciences and to encourage the enhancement of knowledge in the field. Upsilon Pi Epsilon is open to both undergraduate and graduate students who are pursuing a degree in the computing and information disciplines.

Awards & Recognition