The Wilmington University undergraduate degree program in Information Systems Management provides a solid knowledge foundation and a related and meaningful set of experiences to prepare professionals to become Information Technology leaders in what has become the nation’s largest industry. Students who successfully complete the undergraduate degree program in Information Systems Management will possess a working command of current business processes, understand the concepts of business intelligence, data warehousing, and information technology applications and practices that can be applied in business, educational, and governmental organizations regardless of size. Degree recipients will be capable of managing complex projects from inception to completion, including analyzing business processes and designing an information technology strategy for continuous improvement. The ISM program is closely aligned with the business curriculum at Wilmington University. All courses involve hands-on assignments.
The use of information systems and technology in business and industry is woven into strategic, tactical, and operational areas of almost every organization. Administrators, employees, and staff routinely use information technology in their daily professional and personal lives. The increased need for well-designed information technology systems by business and industry has further created a need for IT professionals who can analyze, design, and implement information systems to meet the needs of clients. This includes, but is not limited to, professionals who are:
The express purpose of Wilmington University’s program in Information Systems Management is to satisfy those needs by fostering an application level of practical expertise at an intermediate level of experience. Knowledge of the most current tools and technologies is combined with an understanding of the fundamental principles that underlie them. This ensures that graduates have immediately useful skills, in addition to the deeper understanding that will allow them to move smoothly and efficiently to new systems and approaches.
Students completing the Information Systems Management B.S. program will be able to:
The Office of Experiential Learning takes a 360◦ approach to experiential learning. Whether you come to Wilmington University with a vast amount of professional experience and are awarded Credit for Prior Learning (CPL), or you participate in a Work-Integrated Learning (WIL) opportunity (Internships or Cooperative Education) embedded in your curriculum for credit, we provide a pathway to completing your degree.
Cooperative Education Option
Students in the Information Systems Management degree program may obtain relevant work experience by completing up to six credit hours through an optional co-op assignment. The Cooperative Education option for Information Systems Management can be equivalent to one, three credit hour semester long course for a maximum of three credit hours. The co-op assignment is one semester long and normally spans a single semester with the same employer. Students can complete their 120 credit hour Information Systems Management degree program with or without choosing the co-op option. Co-op eligibility requires students to (a) successfully complete a minimum of two Information Systems Management (ISM) degree program core courses in residence; (b) have successfully completed at least 60 credits in the ISM program; and (c) have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher. Students must contact the Office of Work-Integrated Learning and their Program Chair one semester before they would like to begin a co-op assignment. For additional information on cooperative education, please visit: https://www.wilmu.edu/coel/work-integrated-learning.aspx
Accelerated Graduate Certificate Option
Students in the Information Systems Management B.S. degree program may choose an accelerated option with:
Students selecting this option may be able to (a) substitute up to 15 designated, graduate credits for up to 15 undergraduate free elective credits in the B.S. ISM program. The number of undergraduate credits (up to 15) available for this option is dependent on course transfers, course completions, and the availability of free electives. The Accelerated Graduate Certificate Option (AGCO) is structured to ensure it can be completed within the 120 credit, undergraduate degree (105 to 117 undergraduate credits plus up to 15 graduate credits).
Students successfully completing the 15 designated, graduate credits (five courses) become eligible for a Management Information Systems or Technology Project Management Graduate Certificate, subject to the certificate award requirements. In addition, whether successfully completing one graduate course or all five graduate courses, students receive graduate credit toward a Master of Science degree in Information Systems Technology (M.S. IST). Students selecting either AGCO are not required to pursue the MS-IST degree.
Admission requirements include:
Note: Students will not be eligible to register for graduate level courses until they have successfully transferred in or completed, at least, 60 credits towards their bachelor’s degree in the College of Technology and have an approved AOI form. Students must receive their B.S. degree and apply to the Graduate College of Technology to receive the graduate certificate.
Minimum Grade Policy: Students must maintain a cumulative 3.0 GPA in their graduate courses in order to earn the certificate.
CTA 326 Integrating Excel into Business Problem Solving
ECO 105 Fundamentals of Economics
ENG 121 English Composition I
ENG 122 English Composition II
ENG 131 Public Speaking
ENG 310 Research Writing
MAT 205 Introductory Survey of Mathematics
PHI 100 Introduction to Critical Thinking
POL 300 American Politics
HIS 381 Contemporary Global Issues
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology
SCI 321 Technology in the Sciences
Choose two courses (6 credits) from:
ART, COM 245, CUL, DRA, DSN 110, ETN, HIS 230, HUM, LIT, MUS, PHI, SPA, TEC 215, VFP 313
BBM 201 Principles of Management
BBM 301 Organizational Behavior
BBM 320 Business Communications
BBM 350 Introduction to E-Commerce
BMK 305 Marketing
MAT 312 Business Statistics
BBA 430 Big Data and Visualization
FIN 300 Applied Concepts in Accounting and Finance
ISM 110 Information Systems Theory and Practice
ISM 300 Business Process Management
ISM 330 Business Intelligence
ISM 350 Information Technology Policy and Strategy
ISM 400 System Analysis and Design
ISM 410 Physical Design and Implementation with DBMS
ISM 420 Data Modeling and Warehousing
ISM 450 Project Management and Practice
ISM 455 Strategic Application of Information Technology
ISM 490 ISM Internship
MIS 320 Management Information Systems
PHI 314 Ethics for Computer Professionals
SEC 100 Introduction to Computer Hardware and Operation
SEC 205 Fundamentals of Cybersecurity
A completion degree is a personalized version of a bachelor's degree created exclusively for students who have completed an associate degree at an accredited institution. Completion degrees are available for most Wilmington University Bachelor of Science degrees. A student who expects to transfer a completed associate degree should communicate with a Wilmington University academic advisor before registering for courses. A transcript with documentation of the conferred degree must be received by Wilmington University to confirm eligibility.
Note that a minimum of 120 combined credits are needed to satisfy the Completion Degree requirements, including both transfer credits and credits earned at Wilmington University.
The following courses or their equivalents are prerequisites for a completion degree in Information Systems Management:
The certificate requires 15 graduate credits. Students must maintain a cumulative 3.0 GPA in their graduate courses to earn the certificate.
IST 7000 Data Management
IST 7020 Analysis, Modeling, and Design
IST 7040 Data Communications and Networking
IST 7060 Project and Change Management
IST 7100 IT Policy and Strategy
The certificate requires 15 graduate credits. Students will complete IST 7060 and four of the IPM courses listed. Students must maintain a cumulative 3.0 GPA to earn the certificate.
IPM 6015 Project Scoping and Scheduling
IPM 6030 IT/IS Project Risk Management
IPM 6040 IT/IS Project Quality Management
IPM 6050 Agile Project Management
IPM 6090 Special Topics in IT/IS Project Management
This information applies to students who enter this degree program during the 2023-2024 Academic Year. If you entered this degree program before the Fall 2022 semester, please refer to the academic catalog for the year you began your degree program.