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Information Systems, B.B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
    Duration
University rank #801 (ARWU) Akron, OH, United States
The Information Systems program of The University of Akron will prepare you to pursue an exciting career as an information systems professional. The degree will also prepare you for further graduate study or technology specific certifications.
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Overview

Information Systems Fundamentals

Information Systems professionals perform the technology-related activities of companies. They perform a variety of duties, from constructing detailed business plans to overseeing network and Internet operations. Working with upper management, they define the technical goals of the company and plan how to accomplish these goals. In addition, they maintain corporate Web sites, analyze the information needs of organizations, and supervise systems analysts, programmers, technical support and other employees.

Real-World Experience

Our faculty periodically consult with local businesses and corporate advisory board members to add new content and relevance in their classes. As part of the curriculum, students have to complete a senior project for a local firm as part of a consulting team. Our classes typically include guest speakers, site visits, case studies and team-based activities. Students also gain practical professional experience through paid internships and UA's optional cooperative education program. 

Degrees and Preparation

Information systems and technologies are competitive necessities for all organizations. Today, organizations have Web-based integrated systems that span functional boundaries such as manufacturing, sales, accounting, finance and logistics. The demand for professionals with skills in the design, development and management of such technologies will always be high.

A degree obtained in the Information Systems program of The University of Akron paves the way for several opportunities in organizations. As an IS professional, you may staff a help desk, provide training, analyze business problems, and work with or lead project teams to develop or adapt software systems. You may also develop requirements for Web sites, and work with graphic designers and programmers to bring Web sites online.

IS professionals who work in corporate data centers are responsible for the computer systems that run the business. These systems may cover a wide range of activities from taking customer orders, triggering manufacturing, ordering raw materials and tracking inventories to keeping the books, paying the bills and reporting results to various stakeholders.

Later in an IS career, there may be opportunities to lead the information systems function for a division of the firm or for the firm as a whole as the chief information officer. CIOs are now responsible for helping to formulate business strategy, and IS professionals need to have a strong foundation in all aspects of business.

Some of the positions offered to our recent graduates include:

  • E-business Specialist
  • IT Auditor
  • Quality Assurance Analyst
  • Solutions Architect
  • Business Systems Analyst
  • Application Systems Programmer
  • Web Designer
  • Application Developer
  • Integration Specialist

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Organizational Behavior & Leadership Skills
  • Business Information Systems
  • Applications Development for Business Processes
  • Database Management for Information Systems
  • Systems, Analysis, & Design
  • Data Networks and Security

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    71

    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:

    6

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score:

    48

    PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. Delivered and marked by computer, it reports on a scale between 10 and 90.

General Requirements

  • Online Application
  • $50 Application Fee
  • Official Secondary School Transcripts
  • Official Proof of English Proficiency
  • Official SAT/ACT (Optional, required only for scholarships and direct admission)

Tuition Fee

  • International

    15500 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 15500 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    15500 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 15500 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    11635 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 11635 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Akron

  • 890 - 1300 USD/month
    Living Costs

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Funding

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