Computer and Information Systems Manager

Choose your pathway: Computer and Information Systems Manager

When it comes to the business world, an MBA is more than a credential. It is a gateway to advanced roles, decision-making opportunities, and increased earning potential. A specialized MBA, like the online MBA with a Digital Innovation and Information Systems concentration (DIIS), can do even more.

What kinds of careers can an MBA with a DIIS concentration prepare you for? One option is a computer and information systems (CIS) manager.

Computer and Information Systems Manager

What do computer and information systems managers do?

Computer and information systems managers are charged with addressing an organization’s computer-related issues and leading IT and information systems teams. They help plan and analyze their organization’s computer-related needs, including upgrades, network systems, and IT staffing. While most computer and information systems managers work within computer system design organizations, many work in the financial, manufacturing, and information sectors (Bureau of Labor Statistics).

A computer and information systems manager’s daily activities may vary depending on the organization, but most typically, they are tasked with the following responsibilities:

  • Optimize business technology and introduce efficient technology solutions
  • Hire and direct teams of IT professionals
  • Install and maintain hardware and software
  • Analyze business technology requirements and give recommendations

What is the career outlook for computer and information systems managers?

Professionals working within the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields are more in demand now than ever before. In fact, between May 2009 and May 2015, STEM careers grew by 10.5% (BLS). Today Economic Modeling Specialists International, or Emsi, projects a growth rate of 17% for STEM jobs between 2014 and 2024, which is more than double the projected growth rate for the average occupation.

It’s clear that the STEM field is growing, which means the availability of computer occupations is too. The BLS projects that 73% of all job growth in STEM fields between 2014 and 2024 will be in computer-related occupations. That’s great news for the computer and information systems manager career path, which already is projected to grow 15% from 2014 to 2024 (BLS).

What can you earn as a CIS manager?

Due to the growing demand for computer-savvy professionals, computer and information systems managers can expect to be well-compensated for their skills and experience. In 2016, the average professional in this role earned $135,800, while the highest 10% earned more than $208,000 per year (BLS).

What courses can prepare you for computer and information systems management?

DESC 656
Quantitative Analysis for Business Operations
ENTR 661
Entrepreneurship and the Generation of New Venture Ideas
FINC 633
Working Capital Management
ISTM 654
Information and Process Systems
ISTM 662
DIIS Portfolio and Project Management
ISTM 663
Managing DIIS Security, Privacy and Ethics
ISTM 664
Business Process Analysis and Innovation
ISTM 665
Digital Innovation and Strategic Transformation
ISTM 669
IT-Enabled Process and Decision Support in New Ventures
MKTG 661
Product Innovation and Management
MKTG 670
Technology in Marketing
OTMT 670
Advanced Principles of Organizations and Leadership
OTMT 678
Creativity and Innovation for Leadership
STGY 659
Strategic Management

What can these courses teach you? Find out with an in-depth view of our curriculum.

What are some related career paths?

If you’re interested in a career in business or technology, but computer and information systems management isn’t for you, you have options. Explore these related career paths to see which one works best for your goals.

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