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What is information systems?

What can I do with a major in computer information systems?

Why major in information Systems?

What do our graduates say about our IS programs?

What do our students say?

Who are some of our faculty?

What is our reputation?

What will I study?

When are these courses typically offered?

How to apply?


How do I change my major to CIS?

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What is Information Systems? 

Information Systems (IS) is the use of computers and information to enable people and organizations to be more creative and productive.  Studying information systems involves learning to:  1) identify the needs of an individual or organization, 2) design and develop systems to meet those requirements, and 3) deploy these systems to solve real-world problems.  These solutions can involve applying the latest technology to improve the delivery of products and services, while insuring that the systems are secure.

CIS students establish a robust foundation that prepares them to pursue either a business career with a strong understanding of how technology (leading edge and contemporary) facilitates achieving business objectives or a technology career with a strong understanding of how business objectives drive information systems toward achieving business goals.

Information Systems is distinguished from computer science (which is a department in the College of Arts & Sciences) in that it is more business-focused.  Computer scientists focus more on computer hardware, computer languages, and specialized systems software. 


Why Major in Information Systems?

  • CIS majors will hold the 3 of the top 8 growth jobs over the next 8 years (Bureau of Labor Statistics).

  • CIS majors will enter careers with strong salaries (careers in information systems and Hot CIS Jobs)

  • CIS majors are an integral part of an environment lead by an internationally recognized CIS department that maintains strong relationships with the business community.

  • CIS majors have leading edge tools and techniques in their grasp (MSDNAA, Rational Suite Enterprise, IBM products, and Oracle).

(For job descriptions of systems analyst and others, see http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos287.htm.)

What do our graduates say about our Information Systems programs?

Tom Catudal, CIO: “My MIS/CIS degree from GSU gave me a super platform through which I have developed successful careers in information and communications technology (ICT), Chief Information Officer (CIO), and now Senior Vice President level appointments.”


Patti Yates, Application Developer Analyst“I just wanted to thank you for doing such a great job teaching System Analysis. I am three weeks into my new job, and have been assigned to a small project. I have a requirements document I have to get familiar with really fast! I thought of you when I opened up the Doc. Many thanks for your dedication to GSU and its CIS students! Without instructors like you I would not have such a great opportunity with such a great company!”


Jon Kerner, CIO:  “CIS at GSU…aims to provide a real world, high value education via a solid faculty and a student body made up of experienced professionals.  My time at GSU in CIS was so worthwhile because of what I learned both within and outside of the classroom.”

What do other students say?

“Absolutely the best classes that I have taken at Georgia State.”

“Kudos to the CIS Department! During my sojourn here I have learned the fundamentals of Information Technology ... Thanks for your dedication and great work. You have done us all a great service.”

“I am more than satisfied with my experience here at GSU and I am proud to be a product of the CIS department.”

“I truly enjoyed my instructors and my time at GSU ...”

“I really enjoyed the experience of working with a client and going through the process of system development.” 

Great!  So what will I study?

BBA CIS Sample Program of Study Check List

Who are some of the faculty from whom you would be learning?

Dr. William Robinson receives excellent reviews from his students in systems requirements management, system design, and software quality management. He has recently received a very competitive National Science Foundation grant of $246,498 for support of his project entitled:  “Monitoring in Support of Design Science Principles. Bill has written over 40 academic articles, mostly in the areas of Requirements Engineering and agent support of Electronic Commerce.  

Dr. Veda Storey shows students how to create and manage the databases that are so vital to businesses worldwide. Companies establish branches and subsidiaries abroad and students need to understand the major problems that can arise if they have databases that are not well managed.  She has been successfully teaching  for over twenty years.  She graduated from the University of British Columbia, one of the top business schools in Canada.  Today she is widely regarded as one of the best known technical scientists in information systems. 

Dr. Upkar Varshney specializes in mobile computing and wireless networks that have become critical to day-to-day life.  He brings a high level of energy and enthusiasm to his classes and has received numerous teaching awards. He is widely known for his research in wireless and mobile networks, having written more than 100 papers, including some of the most heavily downloaded papers in the field

What is the reputation of the Computer Information Systems  Department?


The top-ranked Department of Computer Information Systems (CIS) within the J. Mack Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University is one of the strongest information systems departments in the world. There are 20 full-time faculty with doctorates from such schools as Harvard, M.I.T., Cornell, Indiana, Minnesota, and other prominent universities, many of whom hold endowed chairs or professorships.

Because of the breadth and excellence of the CIS Department, it has received considerable recognition over the years including top rankings both in U.S. News & World Report and Computerworld. In 2011, the department’s undergraduate program was ranked top in the Southeast and 8th in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.

U.S. News & World Report has also ranked the Department 10th (in 2011) among information systems graduate programs in the United States.

The Computer Information Systems (CIS) department has been ranked first in the world for research productivity in a study published in a recent issue of Communications of the Association for Information Systems.

The Department has close links with the Atlanta business community.  Each December, the Department sponsors the CIO Executive Summit, which attracts nearly 200 CIOs from around the Southeast.


J. Mack Robinson College of Business

Georgia State University

35 Broad Street, NW

P.O. Box 4015

Atlanta, GA 30302-4015

Phone: 404.413.7360


Faculty Contacts: 

Carl Stucke, Ph.D., Associate Chair, cstucke@gsu.edu

Ephraim R. McLean, Ph.D., FAIS, Department Chair, Chair@cis.gsu.edu



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35 Broad Street | Robinson College of Business | 9th Floor | Atlanta | Georgia 30302

 404 - 413 - 7360


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