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Quick Facts

In today’s tech-saturated global marketplace, businesses can’t survive without a strong team of business information systems experts. That means jobs in this field are some of the fastest growing positions in management, and provide attractive salaries for new and experienced professionals. In fact, "Money Magazine" consistently ranks this major as one of the hottest degree fields in America based on employment growth, job independence, and job security.

But a degree in business information systems isn’t just about the money. As a highly skilled technology professional, you can expect to become an invaluable contributor by helping companies understand and harness technology to stay competitive in the marketplace. You’ll be responsible for planning, developing, and managing computer technologies that support all business functions.

This major suits you if you are passionate about cutting-edge technologies and seeking management opportunities. The business information systems major focuses on business firms and their operations. It considers technology as a strategic tool to empower business success.

Skills You Will Learn

  • network management
  • information systems security
  • organizational controls
  • problem analysis
  • critical thinking/problem solving
  • written and oral communication
  • teamwork and collaboration

Major Requirements

As a business information systems major, you’ll gain real-world skills in a variety of areas, including systems analysis and design, database design, and network management. This major is organized into four groups of courses:

  • University Core Curriculum
  • 14 undergraduate business foundation courses
  • specialized computer information systems coursework
  • nine credits of electives

Your degree path begins your freshman and sophomore year as a pre-business major before declaring as a business information systems major your junior year.

What Can You Do with a Degree in Business Information Systems?

The career of business information systems is considered by many as "recession proof,” with more jobs than graduates. Companies have a constant, high demand for business information systems professionals who can help them better utilize computer technologies to enhance business operations and achieve improved performance.

Positions include:

  • systems analyst
  • network/LAN administrator
  • database administrator
  • network systems and data communications analyst
  • database administrator
  • computer support specialist
  • business analyst
  • project manager 

College Scholarships

About four of every five students receive some kind of merit- or need-based assistance with their tuition and fees. On top of the dozens of options our university offers its students, Miller College of Business gives several awards every year to its own students. Learn more.

Take the Next Step

If you’d like to learn more about our computer information systems bachelor's degree, complete our online form. Or one of the best ways to get a true feel for Ball State is to see it for yourself, so schedule a visit today! And if you’re ready to apply, review our admission requirements and complete our online application.

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