Technology at Baylor Business

New graduates who majored in Information Systems rake in one of the top starting salaries for undergraduate degrees, according to the Summer 2006 National Association of Colleges and Employers Salary Survey. A graduate with an information systems degree starts at an average annual salary of $45,724.

Students looking for an exciting career in information systems technology need to look no further than the Information Systems department at the Hankamer School of Business.With a challenging and cutting edge curriculum maintained by world-class faculty and an advisory board comprised of information systems executives, Baylor business students can expect to learn the latest technical skills, as well as fundamental project management, communication, programming and quantitative skills needed to join the emerging technology workforce. Information Systems gives students hands-on experience with systems that help organizations and people communicate, systems that automate business processes and collect information, and systems that enhance organizational decision making. State-of-the-art courses include work in object oriented programming, modern programming languages, advanced systems development methodologies, telecommunications and the Internet, electronic business concepts and database technologies.

The Information Systems Department at Baylor encompasses information systems, quantitative business analysis and business communication. Degrees are offered at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. Undergraduate IS majors have two tracks to choose from:Management Information Systems and Accounting Information Systems.

The Management Information Systems track builds technical skills with a theoretical, hands-on, and project-based curriculum. Students pursuing the MIS track master the latest technologies and understand system developmen basics. Students will be assets in the current business environment and will have skills that will enable them to master the latest technical trends.

Accounting Information Systems track graduates will be able to help bridge the gap existing in organizations between the IT function and the accounting function. Technology provides the infrastructure to collect, analyze, compile, and disseminate accounting information. The emergence of new technologies, real-time data, and the creation of international electronic standards for transmitting financial information electronically (i.e. XBRL) requires a new type of professional that can integrate accounting and information systems functions. With Sarbanes-Oxley’s strict reporting requirements this professional skill mix is in demand and growing. It will experience increased growth as federal legislation such as the Sarbanes-Oxley Act imposes strict requirements on accounting and financial data.

At the graduate level, students may choose from two tracks of study to complete the Master’s of Science in Information Systems (MSIS) degree. The Management Information Systems track offers students the more traditional MIS degree while the newly created Information Security track focuses on training students to become leaders in the information security field.

Information Systems students are placed in internships and in challenging professional positions with top companies such as Accenture, Microsoft, Ernst,Protiviti, JPMorgan Chase, USAA,Exxon Mobile, Applied Materials and SunGard Consulting.

Our graduates competently perform in careers such as: Web designer, telecommunications specialist, database coordinator, software engineer, project manager, systems analyst, information technology auditor, financial information systems consultant, internal auditor, systems security specialist, chief information officer, Corporate e-learning consultants, e-learning trainers and human resource project management consultants.

For more information about all majors that the Information Systems department has to offer, please visit: www.baylor.edu/business/isy

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Baylor Business Review, Fall 2006



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