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.

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.

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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.

  • Christopher Saneda (Chair)
    Executive vice president, Technology & Innovation 
    Chief Information Officer, Virginia Credit Union
  • Diane Schnupp (Vice chair)
    Principal Consultant
    Impact Makers
  • Donald Jones 
    VP Information Technology 
    Luck Companies 
  • Jim Wayne
    Department Chair
    Department of Information Systems, VCU 
  • Joseph Cipolla
    Instructor
    Department of Information Systems, VCU 
  • Rick Mears 
    Former Senior VP/CIO
    Owens & Minor Inc. 
  • David Burhop
    Director
    General Assemble Division of Legislative 
    Automated Systems
  • Shamim Mohammad 
    Senior VP/CIO
    Carmax 
  • Brenna Haley Doherty 
    Chief Executive Officer
    Ramsey Technologies 
  • Rich Pollack 
    Former VP/CIO
    VCU Health Systems
  • Cheri Spence
    Chief Information officer
    ChildFund International
  • Patrick Caine
    Chief Information Officer
    Virginia Farm Bureau 

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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.