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.


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. One indication of the success of the program is that more than 60% of employers offer their interns full-time jobs. Students must complete an application and gain permission from the chair before enrolling. 

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.

  • David Burhop
    Director, Division of Automated Legislative Systems
    General Assembly
    Advisory Board chair
  • Brenna Haley Doherty
    Information Systems Advisory Board member
    Advisory Board vice chair
  • Rick Mears
    Information Systems Advisory Board member
  • Lemuria Carter
    Chair, Department of Information Systems
  • Joseph Cipolla
    Director, executive M.S. in information systems
  • Donald Jones
    Vice president, information technology
    Luck Companies
  • 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
    Information Systems Advisory Board member
  • Christopher Saneda
    Executive vice president, technology and innovation
    Chief information officer
    Virginia Credit Union
  • Cheri Spence
    Vice president, chief information officer
    ChildFund International
  • Kia Ware
    Senior vice president, chief information officer
    Eastern Virginia Bankshares

BS + RN + EMSIS + ?

BS + RN + EMSIS + ?

Monday, November 6

Julie Glotz has three degrees – and an inexhaustible source of energy. Next up, a management career in IT.

Supporting Ram to Ram, Dollar for Dollar

Supporting Ram to Ram, Dollar for Dollar

Friday, November 3

Even before he gave money, Eric Rowsey gave by volunteering as a mentor.

VCU Department of Information Systems celebrates 50 years

VCU Department of Information Systems celebrates 50 years

Friday, April 22

From its humble start as a data processing program to becoming the state’s most comprehensive IS program.

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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.