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Information Systems

Richmond, Virginia, United States
Information Systems

Summary

The mission of the Department of Information Systems is to provide quality education through undergraduate and graduate programs, and continuing professional development initiatives that: 1) prepare IS students for professional and academic careers in the field of information systems; 2) provide business information systems concepts to School of Business majors and other students of all types; and 3) encourage and build active partnerships between the academic and private/public sectors. Continuing scholarship and professional growth contributing to the knowledge-base of the discipline are central to the mission.

Bachelor Programs

The mission of the Bachelor of Science in Business with a major in Information Systems in the Department of Information Systems is to provide a curriculum of relevant information systems knowledge, which prepares IS students for professional careers in the field of information systems in the business environment.

The technical education trend today is moving increasingly toward programs that teach deep technical skills along with business acumen to prepare students for the tasks facing IT professionals today. The major in Information Systems curriculum is among the most comprehensive and technically oriented programs available. All students receive a breadth of exposure to fundamental and specialized area (of their choosing) of Information Systems. VCU’s Bachelor of Science in Business with a major in Information Systems prepares our students for success upon graduation.

Master Programs

Through coaching, mentoring, leadership development, and curriculum developed and delivered by and for IT Leaders, VCU's EMSIS program helps students foster the skills required to influence peers and executives. Students learn about themselves and their leadership style. They learn how to communicate and they learn how to listen. In addition, students build a network of high powered IT professionals and leaders. Most of all, students gain the confidence to take on new leadership roles and responsibilities. All in just over one year, without taking time off from their careers.

The Master of Science in Computer and Information Systems Security, jointly offered by the Department of Computer Science in the School of Engineering and the Department of Information Systems in the School of Business, is designed primarily for students interested in professional roles in business, industry or government. Program graduates will serve as leaders within the computer and information systems security community and as strategic partners within the enterprises in which they work. They will stay attuned to, and anticipate changes in, the computer and information systems security environment and ensure that security solutions create a sound, competitive, cost-effective advantage for the enterprise.

 

The Master of Science program in Information Systems is designed to prepare students for specialized roles in information systems. The MS program is offered in both the traditional semester format reviewed on this page, and an executive (alternate weekend) format.

 

The traditional semester format MS in IS program (viewed below) is intended to prepare students for senior level positions, planning, organizing, managing, designing, configuring and implementing information systems, using state-of-the-art technologies, methods, techniques, and tools. This program provides a graduate level, technically-oriented curriculum that focuses on the design and development of information systems to solve real-world problems. Also, students of this program have the option of pursuing a concentration in Information Risk, Security, and Assurance.

PhD Programs

The educational objectives of the Information Systems (IS) concentration within the VCU School of Business PhD program are:

  • To develop the abilities of students to contribute to the advancement of information systems knowledge through high quality discipline based scholarship;
  • To prepare students to teach subsequent generations of information systems students and business students in general;
  • To place graduates in positions at institutions engaged in basic research in information systems, which optimally support their continued contributions to the knowledge needed for effective information systems research and teaching in the future; and
  • To prepare students to serve the extant information systems community.

Other Programs

The Post-baccalaureate Certificate in Information Systems is designed for students who hold bachelor’s degrees in fields other than information systems and who wish to continue their education in information systems and possibly aspire to a master’s degree.

 Successful completion of the program provides numerous employment opportunities within business and government organizations as programmers, systems analysts, software analysts and network analysts.

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Dr. Lemuria Carter is the Department Chair of the Information Systems Department in the School of Business at Virginia Commonwealth University.  She is a native of Richmond, Virginia. She has a B.S. in Information Systems and Decision Sciences from Virginia State University.  She has a M.S. and Ph.D. in Accounting Information Systems from Virginia Tech.

Her research interests include technology adoption, e-government and cyber security. She has published in several top-tier journals including the Journal of Strategic Information Systems, Information Systems Journal and the Journal of the Association for Information Systems. She has served as the e-government track and mini-track chair for the Americas Conference on Information Systems and the Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, respectively.   Her research has been funded by the Institute for Homeland Security Solutions and the Southeastern Transportation Institute. 

 

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Dr. Lemuria Carter is the Department Chair of the Information Systems Department in the School of Business at Virginia Commonwealth University.  She is a native of Richmond, Virginia. She has a B.S. in Information Systems and Decision Sciences from Virginia State University.  She has a M.S. and Ph.D. in Accounting Information Systems from Virginia Tech.

Her research interests include technology adoption, e-government and cyber security. She has published in several top-tier journals including the Journal of Strategic Information Systems, Information Systems Journal and the Journal of the Association for Information Systems. She has served as the e-government track and mini-track chair for the Americas Conference on Information Systems and the Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, respectively.   Her research has been funded by the Institute for Homeland Security Solutions and the Southeastern Transportation Institute. 

 

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