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Information Systems and Business Analytics

Overview

Information systems and business analytics link people and technology.

Professionals in these fields use big data to spot key insights and develop critical strategies to drive organizations forward. They are computer systems analysts, management consultants, software developers, network managers and database administrators who analyze, implement and oversee systems.

Information systems and business analytics majors develop tools to make tactical, informed decisions that keep organizations competitive in a global marketplace. Focusing on information systems involves studying programming, databases, networks, and cybersecurity. Business analytics involves forecasting and models, and identifying patterns to make better business decisions.

The Zarb School of Business opened a new, technologically advanced 52,000-square-foot building in January 2019, and is among only 10 percent of business schools to earn AASCB accreditation in both accounting and business. U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review recognize Zarb as one of the top business schools in the nation.

Most organizations, from Fortune 100 companies to government agencies to small businesses, have access to a wide range of data they are using to drive decisions. That means the demand for professionals who know how to use that data is high across all industries.

In the New York region, graduates with a bachelor’s degree in management information systems, earn an average annual salary of $87,415, and job growth for this major is projected to increase about 20.7 percent by 2026, according to New York area labor market data retrieved in July 2018 by Burning Glass Technologies.

At Hofstra, you’ll work in state-of-the-art networking and enterprise applications labs, and have additional opportunities to build your market-ready skills through Zarb’s partnerships with Cisco Networking Academy, Oracle, IBM and Microsoft. Zarb’s newest partnership with IBM’s Global University is the first of its kind in New York state.

Located just 25 miles east of New York City, Hofstra provides ready access to the heart of the nation’s financial center and a wealth of internship, career and networking opportunities, including with the Zarb School’s more than 30,000 alumni, with many serving as active mentors for current students.

In addition, the IT Executive Board of Visitors, comprised of members of senior IT leadership from a variety of prominent corporations in several industries, provides faculty and students with input on latest trends and technologies in the IT industry through the sharing of expertise and professional experiences.

 
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Curriculum

Students pursuing a BBA in Information Systems prepare for careers in virtually every business sector, as well as government entities and nonprofits. They may choose to study network and cybersecurity and can earn CISCO certification. They may also study web and commerce, database and big data, healthcare and enterprise systems, and can earn SAP certification.

Courses include web development and analytics for business, structured systems analysis and design, database management systems and business computer networks.

Those pursuing a BBA in business analytics gear up for careers in business, government, healthcare and nonprofit organizations. Courses include introduction to Java, database management systems, introduction to data mining for business analytics, fundamentals of business analytics and spreadsheets for business analytics.

ISBA

Hofstra also offers minors in information systems, information systems and business analytics, and business and design.

Qualified students may participate in dual degree bachelor’s and master’s programs, including:

We also offer MS and MBA degrees in information systems or business analytics, as well as an MBA in Quality Management.

Up-to-date information about required classes and more is available in the Hofstra Bulletin.

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Recent Alumni Outcomes

Our graduates are well-prepared to influence decision-making, strategy and ultimately drive better business results by transforming data into a powerful strategic asset.

Our recent alumni work at some of the top organizations in a variety of industries, including:

  • Infosys
  • Ernst & Young
  • First Data Corp.
  • GEICO
  • Cisco Systems
  • Northwell Health

Those seeking advanced degrees have enrolled at institutions such as:

  • University of Wisconsin
  • CUNY Baruch College
  • Florida Polytechnic
  • Hofstra University
100% are employed, grad school or both
100% accept employment within six months
$65K median salary
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Internships

Through internships, students gain valuable real-world IT experience at some of the region’s top organizations. Our recent students majors have interned at organizations including:

  • Intel Corporation
  • Unilever
  • Cablevision
  • Bain Capital
  • Cisco Systems, Inc.
  • Ernst & Young

Experience

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The Zarb School offers more than 40 student organizations that cover a variety of business interests, including several that meld community service with professional development opportunities. The Hofstra Information Technology Association (HITA), for example, provides consulting services to the community, with completed projects that delivered web development, social network implementation and business analytic services.

Thanks to a grant from OpenLink, HITA teaches programming skills to local elementary and middle school students - a program that serves the community and has even resulted in some of our graduates getting job offers from OpenLink.

Students are encouraged to take part in the Zarb Executive Speaker series, where thought leaders and influencers share their perspective and experience.

Meet Neil Schloth

Neil, an information systems major with minors in business analytics and sustainability studies, had three job offers before he graduated. As a student, he served as president of the Hofstra Information Technology Association. He’s now a manager of cybersecurity and vulnerability management at First Data.