Lindner College of Business

Cincinnati, OH, United States
Information Systems


Since 1906, we have placed students at the forefront of business by harnessing the power of Greater Cincinnati, Ohio and its community.

As part of a thriving top-25 research university in a city with eight Fortune 500 companies, the Lindner College of Business delivers academic excellence with an emphasis on experiential learning in a multi-disciplinary environment, adding real-world value to students and the communities they serve.

The college enrolls approximately 3,000 undergraduate students and 700 graduate students and provides them with unique opportunities to build professional experience, cultural competency and leadership skills through co-operative education, internships, field-study research and cross-disciplinary studios.

In living and breathing this promise everyday, we provide an education students can’t get anywhere else.


Bachelor Programs

Today, most organizations cannot function or compete effectively without computer-based information systems. Enterprises often ascribe their productivity improvement, improved customer service or competitive advantage in the marketplace to their information systems (IS).

The information systems major trains students to function at the intersection of businesses and technology, to design and build the solutions that allow business to effectively leverage information technology. It provides a student a solid background in the analysis, design, development and deployment of computer based information systems. Students acquire strong technical skills in databases, systems analysis and design, web development, business process modeling, business intelligence tools, telecommunications, and project management, along with problem solving skills through the team-oriented, project-based courses in the program.

Lindner’s Career Services (LCS) team works with undergraduate students to help them obtain real world work experience through Lindner’s Professional Experiences, which may include co-op or internships with full or part-time options. Some paid experience is highly recommended as a contextual-learning option. Participation in the co-op or internship program offers opportunities to learn current industry practices and connect them to the conceptual knowledge gained in the courses. Needless to say, it also enhances employment opportunities. Though job titles vary widely, graduates interested in more business-oriented jobs have such starting options as business process or systems analysts, data modelers or project managers. Those interested in more technical roles can choose to become web developers, database managers or network designers. Salaries for IS graduates remain among the highest in the college.

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Master Programs


The Lindner Master of Science in Information Systems (MSIS) degree is an innovative degree program combining foundational business knowledge with Information Systems focused courses and real world experience.   It provides students with the tools necessary to pursue a highly successful career in Information Systems.


Our students have 100% employment upon graduation as Developers, Business Analysts, Systems Analysts, Database Managers, Information Systems Managers, or IT Consultants.  Companies that hire MS Informations Systems graduates include Google, Microsoft, Accenture, Yahoo, Ernst & Young, Deloitte Consulting, Procter and Gamble, SAP, Unilever and many others.


The MS-Information Systems degree was Forbes  #4 “Best Master’s Degree for Jobs” with a median annual wage of $120,950 and annual employment growth of 15% from 2012 to 2022 (US Dept of Labor 2012).


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Information Systems

Project seminar

This course introduces the student to the JAVA programming language with object-oriented programming principles. Emphasis is placed on event-driven programming methods, including creating and manipulating objects, classes, and using object-oriented tools such as the class debugger. This will be accomplished in this course through showing the student how to develop applications for mobile platforms, specifically for Google Android devices. Differences between mobile and desktop computing will be examined, sample mobile apps will be dissected, and tool suites for the development of new mobile apps will be covered, framework (Android Application Framework), libraries and integrated development environments (Eclipse).

Project seminar

The course introduces concepts in Business Intelligence, and its application to support business competition. It covers topics such as data warehousing, dimensional modeling, on-line analytic processing (OLAP), and data mining. Data warehouses are created to store (archive) data from operational information systems so that it can be easily accessed. Students will learn about the design, development, and operation of data warehouses. The course will also cover OLAP and data mining, which are the most commonly used techniques for generating business intelligence (knowledge) from data warehouses.

Project seminar

This course provides an introduction to IT infrastructure and enterprise architecture issues for students majoring in Information Systems. It covers topics such as networking, data centers, IT service management, cloud computing, service oriented architecture, systems integration, content management, etc. Its overall focus is on the services and capabilities that IS solutions enable in an organizational context.

Project seminar

Prepares students to analyze business problems and to design and manage the creation of technology-based solutions using agile, iterative approaches. Students are introduced to project management and system development methodologies, with a particular emphasis on managing agile development methodologies. Skills developed include process modeling using the Unified Modeling Language (UML). With UML, students learn an object-oriented approach to modeling functional, structural, and behavioral views of an information system.

Project seminar

Introduces students to application development using HTML, CSS, Microsoft's Visual Studio, ASP.Net and the C# language to develop both stand alone and web-based applications. As part of the course, students will build a functional, data-driven web site and also learn the basics of programming for both traditional (structured programming) and event-driven applications (object-oriented programming).


Master of Science in Information Systems


This course employs the case method to discuss the managerial and strategic implications of the use of Information Systems in organizations. The course starts with a review of concepts related to Information Technology in the realm of networking, databases, application development, and architecture. Next, it examines the value of Information Technology in modern organizations. Finally, multiple cases are discussed, covering themes like Enterprise Resource Planning, Digital Convergence, e-Marketing and Social Media, Disruptive Innovations, Virtual Teams, and IT Resources and Capabilities.



This course is an introduction to the development of web-based applications, using Microsoft's Visual Studio and covering ASP.Net  using Visual C#. Students will be expected to develop a simple web application that incorporates these technologies. Students will learn how to integrate the front-end (web site) with the back end (database) of an application. The course will cover the implementation of navigational structures, input and validation controls, and data controls in web applications.



There is no activity more fundamental to the field of information systems (IS) than the analysis, design, and development of systems. In this course, students will learn to analyze and document the requirements for a system, using two distinct approaches to process modeling. The first of these is BPMN (Business Process Modeling Notation) - a technique that is quickly becoming the standard for business process modeling. The second is an Object Oriented approach, using UML (Unified Modeling Language) - specifically, students will learn to draw use case diagrams, class diagrams, and sequence diagrams.



This course introduces the concept of Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) and its two main components - web services and XML. First, the course covers the structure of XML files, including XML Schemas and namespaces. Next, techniques to transform (XSLT) and extract information from XML files (XPATH) are presented. Finally, the main components of Web Services, such as WSDL and SOAP, are discussed. The course uses Visual Studio 20008, Visual C#, ASP .Net, and Windows Communication Foundation as a way for students to practice the concepts discussed in the lectures.



This course provides in-depth coverage of the principles of data modeling. Starting at the highest level of abstraction, the data requirements culled out from user requirements specification are rendered as a conceptual data model using Entity-relationship modeling grammar. Students then learn how to map the conceptual model to the logical tier using relational modeling grammar, in preparation for the ultimate database design. Workshop sessions are included to provide students hands-on modeling opportunities. A basic introduction to Structured Query Language (SQL) is also included.



This course provides in-depth coverage of the principles of database design. It is a follow on to IS 7030. Having learned to develop relational data models in the first course, students start this course with concepts related to validating and revising the database design using normalization theory. This is followed by relational algebra and structured query language (SQL) for data definition (DDL), data manipulation (DML), data control (DCL), and deeper level of data querying (DQL) for the implementation of the database design. Finally, higher level normalization concepts are introduced. Workshop and laboratory sessions are included to provide hands-on learning experience in normalization procedures and SQL.


The course introduces business intelligence for supporting business competition. It covers topics such as data warehousing, dimensional modeling, on-line analytic processing (OLAP), and data mining.  Data warehouses have been created to store (archive) data from operational information systems so that it can be easily accessed. In the last 10 years, this new information technology has matured and found to be very useful in generating valuable control and decision-support business intelligence for many organizations in adjusting to their competitive business environment. As a result, there is now a fairly stable body of knowledge about the design, development, and operation of data warehouses, which students will learn in this course. The course will also cover OLAP and data mining, which are the most commonly used techniques for generating business intelligence (knowledge) from data warehouses.



This course is designed for in-depth learning of BI concepts, including advanced dimensional modeling, data mining techniques, web mining, text mining, and BI 2.0.  Students will apply and integrate the business intelligence knowledge from IS 7034 to implement a set of BI tools, such as ERWin, Teradata Data Warehouse Miner, and OLAP. This course also includes a case study and term project.



Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Systems are large, cross-functional systems designed to promote integration among the various business areas. While there are many ERP systems, SAP has, by far, the highest market share. An important step in implementing SAP is configuration, which involves selecting options in SAP to align with the specific requirements of the business. This course is a hands-on introduction to SAP configuration. Specifically, students will go through the process of setting up a small trading company on SAP, including setting up the organization structures, master data, and rules; and processing transactions to test the setup. The course covers three SAP modules - FI, MM, and SD.



This course focuses on the management of IS projects, although many of the concepts examined also apply to other projects. Planning, organizing, staffing, and controlling projects require traditional management skills as well as an understanding of specific project management tools and techniques.  This course starts with an overview of project management concepts. It then discusses project planning, monitoring, and controlling. It also covers the politics of projects, project staff, and teamwork issues. The Project Management Institute's "A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge," along with current research and management trends related to IS project management, provide the framework for the material covered in this class. The course uses Microsoft Project for hands-on exercises.



This course is associated with the required experiential component of the MS-IS program. There are two ways to complete this course successfully. The first is to do a co-op/internship in a pertinent area, such as ERP, applications, databases, business intelligence, and IT architecture. Most full-time students are expected to pursue this option. Part-time students, and a very small number of full-time students, can choose the second option -- to complete a project, identified by the student in consultation with a faculty advisor, that utilizes some of the tools and techniques covered in the MS-IS. This project must have direct application to either the student's company or to a non-profit organization of the student's choice.   



This course is a follow on to IS 7012 and uses the .Net framework introduced in that course to explore advanced topics. Specific topics covered in the course include: advanced programming techniques in C# to manipulate classes and tables, the creation and use of AJAX controls in .Net web applications, Dynamic Data web sites, and the MVC framework, including how to create a database-bound web application following the MVC pattern.



This course uses the concepts originally introduced in IS 7024 to explore advanced topics such as the WS-* specifications, RESTful services, and Windows Communication Foundation. The WS-* standards allow for additional information to be passed in the web service envelope, assuring that the management of components such as authentication and transport can be implemented. RESTful services are static services that do not employ SOAP as a transport mechanism. Finally, Windows Communication Foundation is part of the structure provided by Microsoft to manage web services in both intra- and inter-organizational settings. The course uses Visual Studio 20008, Visual C#, ASP .Net, and Windows Communication Foundation as a way for students to practice the concepts discussed in the lectures.



This course is designed to prepare you to take the SAP Certified Business Associate certification exam (TERP-10). The course will cover the organization structures, master data, and business processes used in the following modules - Financial Accounting, Management Accounting, Human Capital Management, Procurement, Inventory Management, Material Planning, Manufacturing Execution, Plant Maintenance, Customer Service, Lifecycle Data Management, Sales Order Management, Program & Project Management, and Strategic Enterprise Management. At the end of this course, all students are expected to appear for the TERP-10 Certification Exam.   



As an IS professional, the ultimate accomplishment is often to become the CIO of a major corporation.  In this course CIOs and their associates will share their perspectives on what makes a successful CIO in an enterprise. A particular focus of the course will be strategic and operational aspects of a CIO's job. Time will be spent on the challenges, opportunities, environmental factors, organizational dynamics and other aspects that are incorporated as part of the CIOs leadership and operational responsibilities. Students will also be educated on how practices and approaches differ based on leadership styles, company operating principles, corporate culture, and inherent aspects of industry segments. The course will include presentations by various CIOs, business leaders, entrepreneurs and partner company leaders that comprise the ecosystem of the larger operating framework.  The course will also address IT Career Perspectives from the viewpoint of industry thought leaders.  How did successful CIOs get there?  What are some of the career choices they made, and why? It is an opportunity for students to learn from senior executives, thus bridging the gap between theory and practice in IT management.   




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