The Department of Information Systems offers three degree programs: (1) a bachelor of business administration in information systems; (2) a bachelor of business administration in information security and assurance; and (3) a master's of science in information systems. Both baccalaureate degree programs lead to careers in the field of information technology. The graduate program prepares IT leaders to succeed in the global economy. The department also offers a Business Administration/Information Systems Dual Master's Degree, and Graduate and Undergraduate Certificates in Information Security and Assurance.
The department offers courses in a variety of formats to meet the needs of traditional and non-traditional students. Courses are offered in the traditional, face-to-face format, as well as online or in the hybrid format (part in-class and part online). The department also has an active co-op/internship program that allows students to gain valuable experience in the IT field.
Information Systems Faculty
Tentative Planned Offerings for IS Courses
Tentative Planned Offerings for ISA Courses
BBA-IS Program Outcomes
Recommended IS Course Sequencing for BBA-IS Majors
1) IS Enrollment History
2) BBA-IS Graduates
3) Program and Student Learning Outcomes
BBA in Information Systems
The BBA degree in information systems (IS) provides a sound foundation in information technology (IT) principles and practice. The emphasis is on applications of information technology rather than the computer itself. Students earning a BBA in information systems understand web and application development in the context of the business environment. Graduates have capabilities in systems analysis and design, database management, and IT project management. Students also have the opportunity to consider information systems strategy in the global environment and bring everything together into an IS capstone course. The program of study includes general business courses, and business topics are integrated into many IS courses. The BBA in IS provides students with flexible elective options. Elective courses focus on cutting-edge IT topics such as web development and business intelligence.
Students completing the BBA in IS may choose to pursue graduate studies in IT, business, and related fields, or they may choose to begin careers in industry, government, or other agencies. Graduates of the IS program are prepared for a variety of careers in IS and IT, especially in the design, implementation, and management of IT projects. Example job titles include application developer, application support, business analyst, business intelligence manager, client services analyst, database administrator, database analyst, information resource manager, IT consultant, programmer/analyst, project manager, quality assurance analyst, systems analyst, user support analyst, web developer, web page designer, and webmaster.
BBA in Information Security and Assurance
The Bachelor of Business Administration in Information Security and Assurance (BBA-ISA) develops technologically proficient, business-savvy information security professionals capable of applying policy, education & training, and technology solutions to protect information assets from all aspects of threats, and to manage the risks associated with modern information usage. Information security is the protection of the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of information while in transmission, storage or processing, through the application of policy, technology, and education and awareness. Information assurance concerns information operations that protect and defend information and information systems by ensuring availability, integrity, authentication, confidentiality, and nonrepudiation. This program spans both areas in its approach to the protection of information in the organization.
The Committee on National Security Systems and the National Security Agency have certified that Kennesaw State University offers a set of courseware that has been reviewed by National Level Information Assurance Subject Matter Experts and determined to meet National Training Standard for Information Systems Security Professionals (NSTISSI 4011, and CNSS 4012, 4013E, 4014E). KSU is also designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance as recognized by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security.
Master of Science in Information Systems
The Master of Science in Information Systems will help develop IT leaders to compete in the increasingly global business environment. The program emphasizes the strategic importance of technology and the development of qualified and capable leaders for the global organization. With evening, online, and hybrid classes, the MSIS program gives students the opportunity to engage in significant professional development, without disruption of their careers.
Business Administration/Information Systems Dual Master's Degree
The Master of Business Administration/Master of Science in Information Systems (MBA/MSIS) Program is a dual degree offered by the Coles College of Business Administration MBA and MSIS programs. The objective of this program is to allow students who are interested in information systems and business to concurrently register in both MBA and MSIS programs. The relationship between information technology and success in the business enterprise makes this program innovative and attractive to students wishing to become IT leaders. Specifically, documented expertise in these related areas provides graduates with opportunities for advancement and career mobility in areas such as project management, information technology, strategy, management, and information security.
Undergraduate and Graduate Certificate Programs in Information Security and Assurance
The certificate options allows students to earn a credential that documents learning content in information security assurance and prepares students to protect the information and technology assets of organizations.
For more information on the departmental programs, contact Department Chair Dr. Traci Carte (firstname.lastname@example.org).