What is Information Systems?
Information systems (IS) are computer systems that support a business. Whether a business is large or small, information systems are the key to success. Information systems professionals collaborate with colleagues in all areas of a business - from management, communication and inventory control to security, finance and more. With skills in both business and computer technology, they maintain information systems, design and implement solutions to critical business problems, and lead technological innovation throughout the business enterprise.
Entry-level IS professionals are well paid and have strong future earnings potential. Based on 2017 industry research, the average starting salary for IS majors ($62,820) was 21% higher than for general business school graduates ($52,047). Job opportunities for IS graduates are projected to increase 22% through 2020 and continued growth is expected into the next decade.
In a survey of Rider's Class of 2017 graduates, an impressive 94% of IS majors report having a job within 6 months after graduation, compared to the national average of just 74%.
You'll find Rider IS graduates working in positions such as:
- Information systems analyst
- Computer systems administrator/Cloud administrator
- Database administrator
- Network administrator
- Cybersecurity analyst
- Data analyst (including functional specialties like health data analyst)
- Application developer (including mobile and web application design)
- Information architect
- Social media consultant
- Software developer
- Project manager
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Information Systems at Rider
Information Systems is housed in Rider's AACSB-accredited College of Business Administration. As an IS major you'll complete core business requirements, as well as studies in:
- network administration
- systems analysis
- application development
- security auditing
- database management
- game design
- social media systems
Throughout the IS curriculum, you'll discover learning that is innovative and technology-focused in courses like Mobile Application Development, Business Analytics and Visualization, Computer Forensics and Cloud Systems Administration. Such studies will prepare you to work in cloud computing environments, mobile and web application development, and emerging technologies like the Internet of Things.
As part of this curriculum you will learn these and other latest technologies used in industry:
Note: An Information Systems minor is available to any Rider student.
At Rider, you'll gain practical, real-world experience through a combination of hands-on and experiential learning, classroom lectures, and professional internships and co-ops.
By understanding how business works - and how to effectively apply technology to meet its goals - you will have a powerful competitive edge as you launch your career.
Offering the Latest in IS Learning
You'll be taught by professors who bring impressive credentials to the classroom through their academic, professional and research experiences, and who remain active and connected leaders in information systems.
And, to ensure that your studies cover and exceed the latest industry standards, we seek continual input from our industry partners, where many of our students have interned and launched their careers. They include:
Professionals from a wide variety of businesses and organizations also serve on our IS Advisory Council to review and make suggestions concerning our curriculum. Current members include:
More Reasons to Major in IS at Rider
- Rider's Department of Information Systems & Supply Chain Management is a member of the Oracle Academy, SAP University Alliance, Microsoft Developers' Network, and Terradata University Network.
- You will have the ability to earn another valuable career credential through our participation in the SAP Student Recognition Award Certificate Program.
- During the summer of your junior and senior year, you can take advantage of the Information Systems Internship Program. Recent placement for IS internships and co-ops include Johnson & Johnson (including IT and Finance, and IT and Global Supply Chain), Dow Jones, U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and Fidelity Investments. This full-time, paid summer position leads to 3 credits toward your degree.
- Rider's Center for Business Analytics provides you with added opportunities for learning and research in data analytics. Recent student projects include basketball analytics, fraud detection and IT auditing. Rider students also have competed in Kaggle data analytics competitions, most recently working on crime statistics for the city of San Francisco.
- Our newly renovated IS Technology Lab provides an environment where IS majors work with current and emerging computer technology.
- Our student-run Tech Club offers professional development, networking and hands-on experiences in various areas of information technology to all Rider students. Activities include a guest speaker series, technology workshops (e.g., T.J BOTS, Raspberry Pi, and coding activities), field visits, career panels and game nights.
- Doctor of Philosophy, 2005, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Information Systems
- Cheng, X., Fu, S., Sun, J., Han, Y., & Shen, J. (2016). Investigating Individual Trust in Computer-Mediated Multicultural and Uni-cultural Teams. Computers in Human Behavior, 62, 267-276.