Supply Chain and Information Systems

Ames, IA, United States
Information Systems


Educating Future Business Leaders

The College of Business at Iowa State University conducts and shares research to educate tomorrow’s business leaders so they are prepared to deal with multi-disciplinary, global, technological, ethical and diversity challenges.


Although business education has been taught at Iowa State University since the early 1920s, the College of Business was not established until 1984. Its fall 2012 enrollment is 3,525 students.


The college moved into the Gerdin Business Building in 2004. The 111,000-square foot building is equipped with state-of-the-art technology, including high-tech laboratories that allow students and faculty to replicate real-world business situations, like securities trading and market research.

Curriculum & Standards

These capabilities, combined with a solid curriculum, nationally-recognized faculty, and welcoming atmosphere, provide business students with an innovative educational experience. Students also benefit from faculty and staff who are dedicated, approachable, and responsive, creating an unmatched business education experience.

Bachelor Programs

MIS consists of a specially designed curriculum which emphasizes conceptual, analytical, technical and interpersonal skills.

The Management Information Systems (MIS) program is designed to provide students with a strong educational foundation preparing them as information system (IS) professionals.


The MIS program provides comprehensive training in the application, use, and management of information systems preparing students to provide effective information services and support.


The program will:

  • Impart knowledge on existing and emerging information technologies and their impact on the IS function
  • Train to critically analyze business processes, identify inefficiencies and problems, assess information requirements, create business solutions and technical specifications for the supporting system
  • Provide expertise to design and develop database applications using the latest database technologies; provide expertise in the latest telecommunication technologies
  • Train in interpersonal and communication skills to effectively interact with various information systems’ clients
  • Provide managerial skills to manage IS projects

Master Programs

The Master of Business Analytics is an interdisciplinary graduate program that addresses the challenges of dealing with data analytics and business intelligence in the “Big Data” environment. It was developed to meet the needs of today’s businesses and organizations facing intense global competition and constant technological disruptions. 


The digital revolution empowered by the Internet and computer networking technology during the last several decades has generated unimaginable amounts of data.  The volume, velocity, and variety of this data have produced a new set of problems and challenges facing businesses and organizations. 


The Master of Business Analytics at Iowa State University is a unique, blended program offering both online and face-to-face education.  The program draws from several of Iowa State’s leading educational fields in science and technology including Computer Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Statistics, and Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering. This interdisciplinary program offers businesses the opportunity to develop managers who will master analytics in ways that lead to increased profits for their company. 


The program provides a foundation in data analytics, project management, statistical and predictive modeling, consumer sentiment analysis, knowledge discovery, analytical reporting, segmentation analysis, and data visualization. The program has a customized, capstone team project which allows for focused training in areas such as fraud detection, risk management, text mining, and process improvement. 


Students begin the 21 month program in the summer with a one-week, on campus business analytics overview course. Students revisit the campus at  the midway point, and at the end of the program.  The remainder of the coursework is delivered online.


Students are encouraged to submit the complete application by July 1st because of limited enrollment.

The College of Business offers graduate courses leading to the Master of Science degree in Information Systems. This degree is designed to provide students with a strong set of technical skills in addition to a broad background in business to enable them to develop and manage a full spectrum of IT projects.


Iowa State University has created a Master of Science degree in Information Systems to address the growing demand for qualified information systems managers. Graduates will help fill the need for highly educated technical employees in today’s information society.


This program will educate students on applying IS theory and concepts to modern IS development through classes that enable students to learn and use the latest software in application projects. The practical training in an internship setting will provide students with exposure to real-world projects. Students graduating from the program will have the advanced technical and managerial skills necessary to obtain immediate employment as a mid-level manager in any one of several organizations.


All students are expected to be familiar with basic computing and programming before entering the program. Students with a limited IS background will be required to take appropriate foundational MIS core courses.   The MS-IS is designed as a full-time, residential program offered on the Iowa State campus.


Program requirements range from 33 to 42 credits depending on the student’s background. A three credit creative component is required of all graduates.  Additionally, students are expected to complete an internship during the summer between the first and second year to acquire practical work experience.

PhD Programs

The Business and Technology Ph.D. program is a full-time residential program. The program will focus on theory development and testing in areas relating to the management of critical resources of any organization: 

Curriculum & Requirements

The curriculum is comprised of 74 credits of coursework, including a minimum of 18 credits of business graduate coursework that must be completed before admission to the Ph.D. program (see: Academic Prerequisites). It is expected that students will require a minimum four years to complete the program.


As is true of Ph.D. programs in any field, the primary focus of our program will be on research. The program has been designed to help students develop excellent research skills and the ability to conduct high quality scholarly research.


Moreover, because most of our doctoral students will pursue careers in academia, the program also emphasizes the development of pedagogical skills and a student’s passion for teaching and ability to teach.


The program will require full-time participation of students. Learning outside the classroom under the guidance of faculty mentors will be a key component of doctoral education. Students can expect to invest 50 or more hours per week in classroom-related and outside the classroom learning activities. It will not be suitable for individuals seeking a part-time learning experience or for individuals seeking graduate distance education.



Financial aid is provided to all students admitted to the Ph.D. program. The financial aid package will include coverage of tuition fees and half-time assistantship stipend. The assistantship appointment will require students to work as a research or a teaching assistant.

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