Program overview

Study at one of only a handful of NJ schools with AACSB accreditation. You will combine your interest in computers with a career-oriented business curriculum. This program will provide the coursework to develop an understanding of business and how to use technology to help the business enterprise realize its goals. 

The Information Systems (IS) degree is a STEM degree which combines computer technology courses with business courses to teach students the application of computer technology in a business environment. It prepares students for a number of jobs in information technology (IT) departments. 

Information Systems vs Computer Science

An information systems degree differs from a computer science (CS) degree in its focus. The computer science degree integrates coursework in mathematics, science and engineering to focus on the programming and development of computer systems. The information systems degree blends business and technology, and features courses on the application of computer systems to train students how to use them practically within a business environment.

While both degrees are great preparation for a career in information technology, the information systems degree prepares students for jobs that support the use of computers in a business enterprise. Students seeking roles related to the development of new computer applications and electronic components will prepare for those opportunities with a computer science degree.

Start strong to make it big

Take advantage of our internship program, during the summer of your junior or senior year, to earn academic credit, hone your skills and build your résumé in a paid position. Recent placements for internships and co-ops include Bloomberg, Dow Jones, U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Fidelity Investments.

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By the Numbers

11%

Job growth projected through 2030, much faster than average (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)

$159K+

Median annual salary for computer and information systems managers (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2021)

92%

Of Rider students receive a job offer by graduation

Where potential becomes a plan

Entry-level IS professionals are well paid and have strong future earnings potential. 

Common careers:

  • Information systems consultant
  • Computer systems administrator/Cloud administrator
  • Cybersecurity analyst
  • Application developer
  • Social media consultant
  • Computer programmer
  • Business intelligence analyst
  • Database administrator
  • Network administrator
  • Data analyst
  • Enterprise Architect
Michael Zilly, Class of 2011
I did a great job in balancing leadership experiences, academics and extracurricular activities throughout college, but I couldn’t have done it without the many support systems I had at Rider.
Michael Zilly '11
Accounting and Information Systems (B.S.B.A.)
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Program requirements

Our 120-credit program focuses on the interaction between technology, core business principles and strategies. As an IS major you will also complete studies in network administration, system analysis, application development, security auditing, database management, e-commerce, game design and social media systems. In addition you will learn the latest technologies used in the industry such as HTML and Python.

Financial aid resources

Learn more about financial aid, tuition and the various options we offer to make your college education affordable.

Contact

Jia Shen

Associate Professor

Sweigart Hall

jiashen [at] rider.edu

609-895-5535

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