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  Feb 19, 2018
2017-2018 General Catalog

Operations & Information Systems

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David Eccles School of Business
Department Office: 7130 Spencer Fox Eccles Business Building
Mailing Address: Spencer Fox Eccles Business Building 7132, 1655E Campus Center Drive, Salt Lake City, UT 84112, United States
Phone: 801-581-8428

Chair: Don Wardell, PhD

It’s one thing to create complex information systems and processes. It’s another thing to know how to manage them in a way that makes a business more efficient, effective, and competitive. Employees with these skills are considered invaluable assets to any company. That’s why demand for employees trained in Information Systems (IS) and Operations Management (OM) is skyrocketing and why positions in these fields are some of America’s best paying jobs.

Information Systems

Whether in health care, manufacturing, or retail, almost every aspect of any business relies on information systems. IS students will learn how to effectively manage the technical direction of business, solve technological issues, and implement new technological advances and strategy into day-to-day operations so that the business can achieve a competitive advantage in the market.

Operations Management

Almost all major companies have complex operations which need to be managed well to maximize company profits. OM students will learn how to manage such operations by studying a wide range of topics including supply chain management, project management, process control and improvement, quality management, the Six Sigma business improvement methodology, inventory management, planning, scheduling, forecasting, and simulation.

If you’re someone who likes to analyze and solve problems with cutting-edge technology, we invite you to explore the programs in this department.

Undergraduate Programs

Please see the Operations Management B.S., H.B.S. and Information Systems B.A., B.S., H.B.A., and H.B.S. listed in the Program and Course Offerings section.

Operations Management (OM) involves working within an organization to oversee the quality and speed of business processes. OM students at the University of Utah’s David Eccles School of Business study a firm’s profitability, and how to improve process flows, enhance output quality, and manage the supply chain. OM students typically pursue careers in service and manufacturing firms to manage the transformation of inputs into outputs. The operations function also plays a role in developing new products and in product pricing. The OM program trains students how to think analytically and logically, giving them the ability to pursue any number of business careers.

As technology constantly evolves as an essential component of business, professionals in Information Systems keep industry moving. Information Systems aims to create efficient management of information within organizations in order to establish processes that are most beneficial to the users who interface with that group. Students in the Information Systems program will learn the tools to manage the technical direction of business, solve technological issues, and implement new technological advances to enrich business operations.

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Admission Requirements

There may be additional admission requirements for this program. Please see the program pages for more information.

Graduate Programs

Please see the Information Systems M.S. and Ph.D. listed in the Program and Course Offerings section.

Designed to provide the kind of advanced IT education necessary to manage the technology of business, the MSIS program offers business education with a practical slant. Incredibly relevant coursework and extensive opportunities for hands-on experience prepare our graduates for high-paying leadership positions in one of the fastest growing job sectors in the world. In fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics forecasts a whopping 30% growth for employment in the IS/IT industry from 2008 to 2018.

The David Eccles School of Business Master of Science in Information Systems (MSIS) program is designed to provide advanced IT training for individuals seeking the skills necessary to manage the technology of business.

Companies in the private and public sectors need information systems (IS) executives, analysts and specialists with business and technology knowledge to align information technology with business strategies. Our information systems curriculum is designed to offer courses that integrate technology into business processes.

The MSIS program offers students advanced graduate specializations in a variety of today’s hottest IT fields including Data Management, IT Security, Operations, Project Management and more. Each concentration offers University of Utah students a unique competitive advantage that will prepare them for high-level leadership positions in major corporations.

What’s more, the MSIS program is a time of powerful networking for most students, who benefit from our close-knit alumni community and established relationships with local and national companies. Perhaps equally important are the relationships formed with peers-experienced professors and accomplished classmates-that last a lifetime.

Whether you’re interested in a full-time or part-time format, you’ll complete the MSIS program with the network, knowledge and capabilities needed for visionary technology leadership.


Contact: 801-581-7785

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