Major in IS

In today’s competitive business environment, Information Technology plays a central role in developing strategies for competitive advantage. The Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Information Systems (IS) is a four-course major that provides students with the managerial and high-level technical skills necessary for effective business leaders.

The U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) predicts that employment of IS managers will grow faster than the average for all occupations through the year 2016. The BLS also indicates that technical knowledge is very important for many managerial positions.

Students can select from a range of courses in the major to focus on specific technologies and strategic areas of interest, such as information technology in financial markets, e-business, database management systems, and global IT. Graduates of the MBA in IS are equipped with a comprehensive business education, while specializing on the role of Information Technology in shaping, enabling, and delivering a company’s strategic goals.

In addition to the MBA in IS, the Zicklin School also offers a Master of Science degree program in Information Systems.

Department of Homeland Security OPT Extension for STEM Programs

According to the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS), international students who graduate from STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) degree programs can get an additional 24-month extension on their optional practical training (OPT).

The MBA in Information Systems at Baruch conforms to the DHS-approved program list (11.0401–Information Science/Studies).

Flexible Core Course Required for Information Systems Majors*

Course No. Course Name Frequency of Offering
CIS 9002 Information Systems for Managers II – Managing and Harnessing Technology (1.5 credits) Fall and Spring

Information Technologies Courses (6 credits)

Choose two of the following
Course No. Course Name Frequency of Offering
CIS 9340 Principles of Database Management Systems Fall and Spring
CIS 9444 ** e-Business Principles and Technologies Fall and Spring
CIS 9350 Networks and Telecommunications Fall and Spring
CIS 9467 Business Modeling with Spreadsheets Fall and Spring
CIS 9480 Information Technology Project Management Fall and Spring
CIS 9490 Systems Analysis and Design Fall and Spring
CIS 9556 ** Risk Management Systems Once a year
CIS 9590 Information Systems Development Project Fall and Spring
CIS 9660 (STA 9660) Data Mining for Business Analytics Once a year
CIS 9791 Special Topics in Information Technologies (1.5 credits) Varies
CIS 9793 Special Topics in Information Technologies Varies

Information Systems Strategy Courses (6 credits)

Choose two of the following:
Course No. Course Name Frequency of Offering
CIS 9230 Globalization and Technology Fall and Spring
CIS 9240 Sustainability and IT Once a year
CIS 9444 ** e-Business Principles and Technologies Fall and Spring
CIS 9445 Digital Media Management Once a year
CIS 9555 Information Technology in Financial Markets Once a year
CIS 9556 ** Risk Management Systems Once a year
CIS 9557 Business Intelligence Once a year
CIS 9700 Integrating Information Technology and Business Processes Currently not offered
CIS 9795 Special Topics in Information Systems Strategy (1.5 credits) Varies
CIS 9797 Special Topics in Information Systems Strategy Varies


*CIS 9002 will apply towards the maximum 18 credits students can take in their MBA major.

Note: The flexible core course requirement applies to the curriculum for students admitted in Fall 2011 or later, or students admitted prior to Fall 2011 who have elected to complete the MBA under the new curriculum.

**Course may be used as either an “Information Technologies” course or an “Information Systems Strategy” course.

Students are welcome to construct an alternate program of 9000-Level CIS courses with the permission of the CIS graduate advisor.

Students are welcome to construct an alternate program of 9000-level IS courses with the permission of the IS graduate advisor.

Graduate Admissions
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Phone: (646) 312-1300
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Website: Graduate Admissions

Office of Graduate Studies
Full-Time MBA and Accelerated Part-Time MBA Programs:
Phone: (646) 312-3130
EMail: Maria.DiBenedetto@baruch.cuny.edu

Part-Time MBA and MS Programs:
Phone: (646) 312-3140
EMail: Zicklin.Graduate.Advisement@baruch.cuny.edu
Website: Graduate Studies