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Paul H. Chook Department of Information Systems and Statistics

Information Systems

Summary

The Zicklin School of Business is the largest collegiate school of business in the US.  Zicklin’s programs are accredited by the AACSB.  Accreditation by the AACSB puts Zicklin in the class of the nation’s very best schools of business.

The Zicklin School offers degree programs leading to the Bachelors’ of Business Administration (BBA), Masters’ of Business Administration (MBA), and Masters’ of Science (MS).

Zicklin’s five-year undergraduate/MS degree program in accountancy meets the latest education requirements for the CPA exam.

The Zicklin “Full-Time MBA” program enrolls a select group of candidates whose credentials and average GMAT scores of 650 place them among the top students in the nation.

Zicklin offers multiple Executive Programs (MBA, MS in Finance, MS in Financial Statement Analysis and Securities Valuation), as well as International Executive MS Programs in Singapore, Taipei, and Paris.

Zicklin co-offers the Baruch MBA in Health Care Administration, which is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME).   Zicklin offers a joint degree program leading to the JD/MBA degrees in conjunction with both Brooklyn Law School and The New York Law School.

The Zicklin School houses the City University's PhD in Business.

In 1998, the Zicklin School of Business was named in appreciation for a generous endowment from alumnus and financier Lawrence Zicklin, class of 1957.

Bachelor Programs

The BBA in CIS program at Zicklin provides a strong foundation in the business and managerial issues related to information technologies.  Our students work in various domains such as finance, accountancy, marketing, and management – key areas where information technologies are applied.

We offer three tracks within the CIS major:

  • General CIS Track: If you would like to specialize in systems development or would like the flexibility of putting together a CIS major from the variety of CIS courses that we have available, this track would be suitable for you.
  • Data Analytics Track: Analytics, driven by large amounts of data and computing resources, is recognized as a source of value and competitive advantage. Analyzing large data sets, including both structured and unstructured data—often referred to collectively as big data—is becoming a critical basis of competition, underpinning new waves of improved decision making and innovation.  Organizations around the world are struggling to develop the know-how to aggregate, analyze, and monetize the growing surge of available data. The new track – Data Science and Analytics – would provide a strong foundation in technology, statistics, and quantitative modeling that is needed to develop business intelligence and drive organizational decision-making.
  • Information Risk Management and Cybersecurity Track: Increase in the number of cyber attacks on organizations of various forms and sizes underlines the acute need for professionals who understand various aspects of cyber security. The new track – Information risk management and cybersecurity – would provide a strong foundation in networking, computer security, data integrity, and software development that is needed to develop and secure an organization’s IT infrastructure.

Master Programs

Zicklin's MBA allows students the flexibility to design a program to suit their career objectives whether they are part-time or full-time, whether they have an undergraduate business degree or not, and whether they are switching careers or moving up in their existing careers. Students do not select a major but can choose any courses beyond the core that fit their career needs.

The MS in Information Systems was recently revised to provide more elective choices and to include a concentration in data analytics.  These changes are pending approval of the CUNY Board of Trustees and the New York State Education Department, effective in spring 2017.  Meanwhile, we are advising students admitted in fall 2016 to select their first term courses based on these pending changes.

Today’s competitive business environment requires technologies that provide companies a strategic edge and enable businesses to run at maximum efficiency. The information systems majors provide students with the managerial and technological skills that support these goals.

Two degree programs are offered: the Master of Science in Information Systems and the Master of Business Administration in Information Systems.

The MS program provides a concentration in Information Systems focusing on concepts, strategies, and techniques necessary for this dynamic field. The program focuses on business areas driven by information technologies, including database management systems, e-business development, and analysis and design. The MS also provides study in other areas of interest, such as information technology in the financial markets and IT project management. The MS provides more in-depth treatment of information systems, compared to the MBA.

PhD Programs

The primary objective of the PhD program in Information Systems (part of the Ph.D. program in Business) is to prepare Information Systems scholars for careers as researchers and educators. The program provides a strong foundation for researchers with courses and practice in various research methodologies, tools and approaches for statistical analysis, critical thinking, academic paper writing, and other research-specific skill sets. Students also acquire extensive knowledge in current Information Systems research in various areas such as electronic markets, e-commerce, global information systems, business intelligence, financial information systems, human-computer interaction, and information systems development, among others. Our doctoral students generally receive full financial support during their studies, including full tuition support.

One of our program’s strengths is its diversity. Our students come from different backgrounds and different parts of the world and they work with faculty that specialize in a variety of research areas. During their first two years in the program, the students take various doctoral-level courses that provide them with the knowledge and skills necessary for successfully completing their dissertations. They also begin working on research projects with multiple faculty members, starting in their first semester in the program. As a result they engage in active research and they begin publishing research papers as soon as possible.

We are proud of the accomplishments of our program’s graduates who have obtained employment as faculty in various academic programs around the country and the world, as well as those who have continued as researchers in the industry.

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Teaching: Undergraduate, Graduate, and Doctoral courses in IS Strategy, e-Business, and IS Research Research: User behavior, Decision making, Online consumer behavior, Experiments, Field studies Administration: Curriculum development (undergrad, graduate, doctoral), Learning assessment, Doctoral program (Area coordination for PhD in IS), Doctoral dissertation supervision, Faculty recruitment For complete info, go to http://cisnet.baruch.cuny.edu/koufaris
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Teaching: Undergraduate, Graduate, and Doctoral courses in IS Strategy, e-Business, and IS Research Research: User behavior, Decision making, Online consumer behavior, Experiments, Field studies Administration: Curriculum development (undergrad, graduate, doctoral), Learning assessment, Doctoral program (Area coordination for PhD in IS), Doctoral dissertation supervision, Faculty recruitment For complete info, go to http://cisnet.baruch.cuny.edu/koufaris
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