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Industry connections

Association of Information Technology Professionals: Join AITP for networking, study help, volunteer opportunities and real-world IT applications.

Information Systems Research Institute: Find opportunities for sponsored research, innovative teaching initiatives, internships and faculty development.

Information Systems Alumni Association: Connect with other VCU information systems alumni for networking, professional development and community building.

Mission

1) Produce well-rounded, ethical information systems graduates who blend business acumen, technology skills, and knowledge to meet the needs of our constituents and who are prepared for lifelong learning;

2) Nurture and sustain scholars who make major and distinctive contributions to the information systems discipline emphasizing design and qualitative research; and

3) Sustain and develop value-based information systems contributions to meaningful community engagement.

Resources

Dual accreditation

We’re one of only a few departments in the country to be accredited by both the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business and the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology. This dual accreditation highlights our commitment to preparing you for both the technical and managerial sides of information systems. 

Hands-on learning

A rarity among IS programs, our department has its own servers, running Apache™ Hadoop(R) and Cloudera. This cutting-edge technology enables us to provide timely instruction, produce highly competitive graduates and conduct seminal research. 

Internships for Credit

Designed for bachelor's and certificate students ready to begin a full time career in information technology. Students work a minimum of 20 hours per week for the semester in an information systems environment, with both faculty and employer supervision. More than 60% of past employers have offered their interns full-time jobs. If you are interested in applying to take this course, please contact the Information Systems Department directly for a link to the application.

INFO 16x Courses

INFO16X is a series of six digital literacy courses taught online. These are prerequisites for some School of Business courses and are requirements of the business foundation program.

Advisory board

Our department’s advisory board includes alumni and information systems leaders at local companies who advise the department on hiring trends and help focus our strategic direction.

  • Cheri Spence (Chair)
    President & Chief Information Officer
    ValleyStar Credit Union
  • Mark Morton (Vice Chair)
    President
    Morton Consulting
  • David Burhop
    Executive Director
    Division of Legislative Automated Systems
    Virginia General Assembly
  • Jimmy Chou
    Chief Executive Officer & Principal
    Single Stone
  • Rick Davis
    Principal Corrections SME &
    Corrections Vertical Marketing Director, Mi-Case
  • Terri Helfrich
    Director of Information Security
    UNOS
  • Donald Jones
    Vice President of Administration
    Luck Companies
  • Rohana Meade
    President & Chief Executive Officer
    Synergy Technical
  • Rich Pollack
    Former Vice President & Chief Information Officer
    VCU Health Systems
  • Brenna Ramsey Doherty
    Strategic Consultant
    SyCom Technologies
  • Christopher Saneda
    Senior Executive Vice President
    & Chief Information Officer, Virginia Credit Union
  • Diane Schnupp
    Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer
    Kinsale Insurance

50th Anniversary Celebration Video

2020-2021 School of Business Department of Information Systems Award Recipients

2020-2021 School of Business Department of Information Systems Award Recipients

Friday, April 30

Each year the VCU School of Business departments recognize the outstanding achievements of select students.

VCU Launching 20 New Accelerated Bachelor’s to Master’s Degree Opportunities

VCU Launching 20 New Accelerated Bachelor’s to Master’s Degree Opportunities

Wednesday, April 14

New accelerated pathways will launch in the School of Business in the following areas: marketing, decision analytics, supply chain management, finance and information systems.

2019-2020 School of Business Department of Information Systems Award Winners

2019-2020 School of Business Department of Information Systems Award Winners

Monday, May 4

Each year the VCU School of Business departments recognize the outstanding achievements of select students.

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Quick Facts

We are one of the few departments in the country to be accredited by both the AACSB and ABET.

Enrollment has increased every year for the past three consecutive academic years.

Our department has its own servers, a rarity among academic IS programs.

Donor support has increased by more than 200 percent over that last two years.