Our IS program provides a blend of business and technology background for those interested in various technology roles. Learn about the interesting career paths, opportunities, and growth possibilities.
Why IS at Baruch?
|Fun and Challenging||Interacting with customers, understanding their business, and coming up with IT solutions is both fun and challenging. You are actually creating something of value to business while solving difficult problems. You bring in innovative ideas that could change the way businesses operate while tending to their most pressing needs as well.|
|Leveraging New York||Here at Baruch you are not only located amidst business in a variety of domains – finance, marketing, media, etc., you are also in the middle of a start-up hub.|
|Salaries||Bureau of Labor Statistics presents a promising picture for Computer and Information Systems Managers. Not only do they command competitive salaries, they are also part of a growing field.|
|Faculty and Research||Our full-time faculty are experts in diverse areas of Information systems. Many of our faculty conduct research in topics that are often relevant for classroom discussions (for example, IT governance, agile development, multitasking, user behavior, etc.) Our adjunct faculty are often practitioners from the field.|
What do our graduates do? What do you need to do to pursue the career path that you have in mind? What can we do to help? Explore the career paths of our graduates and services offered by our career center. Here are some of the IT roles that best suit our CIS graduates:
Acting as a bridge between the business units and technology development teams, a systems analyst plays a critical role in software development projects. Courses such as CIS 4800 (Systems Analysis & Design) can be complemented with programming, database design, and project management can help students launch a career in this direction.
Web designers often use various technologies to build websites of varying levels of complexity. Ranging from HTML to suites of sophisticated web design tools, web designers have to blend aesthetics with functionality. They also have a good appreciation of usability issues pertaining to web design.
Not only are database designers expected to be proficient in the use of suitable database management systems, they need to be experts in the process of design, understanding and analyzing requirements, and crafting SQL statements to address business needs.
Avid programmers become adept at learning new programming languages and selecting the right ones that fits the problems that need to be solved. Not only are programmers required to be good at writing code, they need to be fluent in reading and understanding existing code bases.
From planning to execution, project managers play a critical role in coordinating the team in completing projects successfully.
Wide-ranging knowledge about how various IT solutions can be tailored to solve business problems is at the center of an IT consultant’s role. IT consultants help examine the status quo to understand challenges faced by organizations and recommend possible solutions to them.
IT auditors develop an intricate understanding of business processes as they examine various internal controls and governance structures ensuring that appropriate processes are in place.
Questions about IS?
- How is Information Systems different from Computer Science?
The study of Information Systems has a business/organizational focus. Our focus is the application of information technologies (IT) for organizational advantage. Computer Science, on the other hand, is a science discipline, focused on the technology itself. Computer Science is mathematical, rather than organizational, in orientation.
- What kind of career opportunities do IS graduates pursue?
There are many opportunities—some of our students work as programmer/developers and software engineers, but many of them move to business side of IT, working as systems analysts, database administrators and database architects, investment analysts specializing in IT firms, and management consultants.
- Is IS completely technology-oriented?
No, a large part of IS is addressing managerial problems and decision-making, often about how to best use technologies to run organizations.
- Can an IS major do an IS-related Tier III – liberal arts – minor?
If you are a IS major (or any major for that matter), you can indeed choose our Tier III (liberal arts) minor in IT and social responsibility. However, IS majors cannot choose our CIS business minor. The IS business minor is for other (non-IS) business majors.
- I am not a IS major. Can I choose a business minor in IS?
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In a recent panel of our graduates who went to work in financial IT, we heard that our career center played the most important role in helping students pursue the career paths they are interested in. Visit the career centers to avail of the various services they offer. These services range from resume reviews, mock interviews, industry panels, and career counseling.
Undergraduate students – Starr Career Center
Graduate students – Graduate Career Management Center