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IS Program Ranked #1 by Bloomberg Businessweek

Nov 27, 2012

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Kelley’s Information Systems (IS) program continues to excel. Bloomberg Businessweek recently ranked it as the number one undergraduate IS program in the United States. The Kelley undergraduate program was ranked number 16 overall.

Kelley provides two options for students seeking an IS major.  The Information Process Management (IPM) major is designed for students seeking careers in IT. It blends information systems, decision sciences, and process management that enable graduates to develop and manage IT-enabled processes for complex global businesses.  

The Technology Management (TM) co-major is designed for students who wish to add an IT component to a functional area major such as finance, accounting, or supply chain management. This enables students seeking a career in a non-IT area to gain a broad perspective of technology, processes, and how they combine to provide business value – a unique feature of the Kelley program.

“This major gives you a good understanding of technology and how it is used in business, “ said Linwood Watkins, a 2011 IPM graduate. 

Watkins also completed a Master of Science in Information Systems (MSIS) from Kelley and currently works for Hitachi Consulting. The MSIS program has grown every year since its launch in 2001 and had an entering class size of 126 in Fall 2012. It produces graduates like Watkins with a technical foundation and a wide variety of skills in analysis, design, IT management, and strategy.

“Our goal is to develop and produce students ready to deal with ‘messy, ill-structured’ problems,” said Doug Blocher, Chair of the Operations and Decision Technologies Department. “Such are the real challenges and we want our graduates to be able to make a difference.”

Blocher attributes much of the success of the program to highly involved faculty, a strong and connected alumni base, and an active undergraduate club that provides complimentary learning opportunities for students such as networking and interviewing events, interactive learning seminars, and social activities. Faculty support the program by developing personal relationships with students and producing the best-selling textbooks being utilized in Kelley classrooms (including Modern Database Management and Business Data Communications & Networking). IS alumni stay involved through mentoring students, providing student projects and case studies, and returning to campus to recruit for companies such as Deloitte Consulting, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and CIBER Enterprise Solutions, and Ernst & Young.

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