Stay on the forefront of an evolving career track

As computer-based business systems expand, the VCU information systems department prepares you for careers in computer programming, database analysis, technical writing and systems consulting. You’ll learn to support the operations, analysis, decision-making and planning functions in business organizations.

As one of the oldest and most mature IS programs in the entire world, we bring our long tradition of disciplined systems thinking to meet your educational needs. We constantly adjust our programs to better meet the needs of this ever-changing industry.

Our programs

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.


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.


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. Students must complete an application before enrolling. 

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.

  • Brenna Haley Doherty (Chair)
    Chief Technology Officer
  • Christopher Saneda (Vice chair)
    Executive vice president, technology and innovation
    Chief information officer
    Virginia Credit Union
  • David Burhop
    Director, Division of Automated Legislative Systems
    General Assembly
  • Patrick Caine
    Chief information officer
    Virginia Farm Bureau
  • Joseph Cipolla
    Director, executive M.S. in information systems
    VCU School of Business
  • Donald Jones
    Vice president, information technology
    Luck Companies
  • Rick Mears
    Senior vice president
    Chief information officer
    Owens & Minor, Inc.
  • Diane Schnupp
    Principal consultant
    Impact Makers
  • Michael Scyphers
    Chief information officer
    Markel Corporation
  • Shamim Mohammad
    Senior vice president
    Chief information officer
  • Samuel Nixon Jr.
    Chief administrative officer
    Virginia State Corporation Commission
  • Rich Pollack
    Vice president
    Chief information officer
    VCU Health System (retired)
  • Cheri Spence
    Chief information officer
    ChildFund International
  • Kia Ware
    Senior vice president, chief information officer
    Eastern Virginia Bankshares
  • Jim Wynne
    Associate professor
    Department of Information Systems
    VCU School of Business

Cheri Spence Named to Top 10 Under 10

Cheri Spence Named to Top 10 Under 10

Tuesday, November 6

The year after she graduated with her master's, Spence was named global CIO for International Mission Board

Business Endowment Day Luncheon

Business Endowment Day Luncheon

Wednesday, October 31

Over 100 donors and student recipients attended the 2nd annual School of Business Endowment Day Luncheon

Designed by VCU students, app for expectant mothers with chronic illnesses ranks highly in major innovation competition

Designed by VCU students, app for expectant mothers with chronic illnesses ranks highly in major innovation competition

Monday, December 18

The app, CareStream, was a top 10 finalist in a recent competition with 237 entrants that was organized by OpenIDEO

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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.

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

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

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