Information Systems


Bachelor of Science | Farmer School of Business

What is Information Systems?

Information systems are a critical component of the operational, tactical, and strategic objectives of many organizations. Managers must know how to best use the information resources found in these systems. Information Systems (IS) gives you a balanced coverage of the managerial and technical issues critical to controlling the information resources of an organization.

What are the features of Miami’s program?

Top national ranking

For the seventh year in a row, the Farmer School has been ranked in the Top 25 by Bloomberg BusinessWeek’s annual survey of the nation’s best undergraduate business programs. This year, we were ranked 23rd overall and 8th among public institutions. The Farmer School was again the top ranked institution in the state and the only Ohio school in the top twenty-five. Our undergraduate accountancy, Master of Accountancy, entrepreneurship and supply chain management programs consistently rank in the Top 25 in the country.

Well-balanced education

Miami's IS program helps you learn the strategic value of information, gives you a thorough knowledge of the business processes, and stresses the importance of verbal and written communications.

Technological experience

Emphasis is placed on understanding business processes and structuring and solving business problems using information technology. Experience in information technology is an integral part of the IS program.

Target school for recruitment

Miami has one of the largest college career fairs in the country, with several hundred top organizations vying for our students every year. 98% of Farmer School 2013 graduates were either employed or enrolled full time in in graduate school within six months of graduation.* Our alumni are excellent examples of the quality of the educational experience we provide. More than 2,000 Farmer School alumni are presidents, CEOs, or owners of companies.

*Based on responses to our 2013 survey of graduates

What are the special admission requirements, if any?

Miami University’s Farmer School of Business is annually recognized as one of the nation’s best undergraduate business schools. Each year, the number of first-year applications for the Farmer School of Business (FSB) exceeds the number of spaces available. Admission to the FSB is competitive, and based on a holistic and comprehensive review process which considers many factors to establish the context of students’ achievements and demonstrated potential to be successful in its rigorous curriculum.

For Fall 2014, the middle 50% of students gaining direct entry into the FSB held an ACT Composite Score of 27-31 and/or a SAT (C+M) score of 1210-1360. In addition, the middle 50% held a GPA of 3.68-4.09 (on a 4.0 scale) and a class rank of top 6% to 23%. Twenty-five percent of the students offered direct admission had an academic profile that exceeded these ranges and 25% had a profile that fell below. The academic qualifications required for admission are wholly dependent on the strength of the applicant pool, and we encourage applications from candidates with diverse backgrounds.

Upon admission to the Farmer School, you will pay tuition and fees set by Miami University, as well as an additional per-credit hour business surcharge for most business courses. For additional details on tuition and fees, visit the One Stop for Student Success Services.

What courses would I take?

All IS students take a common core of courses, which includes analysis and design of information systems, management of information systems, strategic uses of information systems, project management, design and development of databases, building web-based and mobile business information systems, and data communications.

The remaining elective courses are chosen from within the department according to personal career and academic interest.

What can I do with this major?

Graduates with a major in Information Systems may pursue careers in consulting, information technology leadership, development, and IT risk management.  Job responsibilities may include process redesign, information systems analysis and design, project management, IT consulting, IT auditing, enterprise applications, and web development. Graduates are qualified to pursue graduate study in a variety of fields, including business administration and IS.

Who can I contact for more information?

Department of Information Systems and Analytics
3095 Farmer School of Business
Oxford, OH 45056