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Information Technology and Management BS/Management Information Systems MS

(HEGIS: 07.00 , CIP: 11.1002 System, Networking, and LAN/WAN Management/Manager)

Department of Management Science and Systems

Office of Undergraduate Programs
204 Alfiero Center
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-4010

Deidre Marriner
Director of Undergraduate Programs and Student Services

BobbyJo LaDelfa
Associate Dean

David Murray
Faculty Director, Undergraduate Program

Why study Information Technology and Management BS/Management Information Systems MS at UB?

Information technology continues to be an important and growing part of business strategy, and individuals with a combination of business and technical knowledge will play a central role in launching and managing contemporary business systems. This combination of business knowledge and of science in Information Technology and Management (BS in IT&M) is an innovative curriculum that develops proficiency in both of these essential areas. The strong management component of the curriculum is a key differentiator of the BS in IT&M degree. The IT&M degree draws on the Association for Computing Machinery’s description of the BS in Information Technology and extends that definition to include a strong managerial component. As a graduate of the BS in IT&M degree, you will be able to analyze technical business problems and identify the information technology requirements appropriate for the business arena and end users. You will also be able to communicate effectively with a range of audiences, and function effectively on teams to accomplish business goals making you highly marketable.

Learning Outcomes

The University at Buffalo School of Management Undergraduate Programs are committed to making a difference in the lives of our students, guided by a culture of responsibility and mutual respect. Learning outcomes for the program are determined and continuously updated through discussion with the faculty group responsible for delivery of the courses in the program, as well as external stakeholders of the program. In this program, students will develop proficiency in three key skill areas.

  • Awareness and use of cutting-edge technology
    • apply knowledge of management information systems to produce effective designs and solutions for specific problems
    • use new and emerging concepts and applications in proposing and creating IT solutions
    • convert business requirements to technical requirements for which IT solutions can be created
  • Effective Project Management
    • facilitate team meetings and collaborate effectively in both face-to-face and virtual interactions
    • assess and offer feedback on one’s own effectiveness as well as team members’ effectiveness with respect to productivity and relationship building in both oral and written formats
  • Effective communication
    • deliver clear, concise, and audience-centered individual and team presentations
    • write clear, concise, and audience-centered business documents
    • articulate IS concepts and solutions to a wide audience

The Learning Environment

Courses of the program are delivered by highly qualified faculty using instructional approaches that ensure the learning outcomes of each course. Throughout the program, students are exposed to a variety of learning approaches, such as lectures and technology-driven lab sessions. The courses in the major are typically limited to sections to 40-45 students. Course delivery and learning evaluation are uniform across all sections. Team-based projects are incorporated into most courses and are structured to simulate real-life business scenarios that require collaboration, communication, and creative problem solving in a team setting. Students have access to many resources including the School of Management Undergraduate Learning and Community Center which is exclusively for undergraduate School of Management majors.

About Our Facilities

The Jacobs Management Center and the adjacent Alfiero Center offer a complete home for management students, faculty and staff. Together, they are among only a few buildings at UB that commingle classrooms and offices, creating an interactive community of professionals, students and scholars. The School has a computer lab with exclusive access for School of Management students.

There are nine student breakout rooms each outfitted with a large monitor for displaying laptop content. There are numerous tables and work spaces throughout the three floors of the atrium for group work, studying, networking, and socializing with peers. Take a virtual tour.

The Undergraduate Learning and Community Center includes classrooms, a community area, tutoring facilities and a group study area — all dedicated exclusively to our undergraduates, with technology throughout to enhance student experiences. The new center offers a bright, colorful space dedicated exclusively, to help undergrads feel at home in the School of Management.

About Our Faculty

Eight members of our faculty are recipients of the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching, which recognizes outstanding teaching ability through superb classroom performance. These scholars bring to their classes broad interests and current, far-ranging knowledge.

The faculty of the program consists of ladder faculty and clinical faculty. Both types of faculty have the highest academic degree required for their appointment. Ladder faculty members hold doctoral degrees and maintain an active research record by publishing in the top and leading academic journals in their area of expertise. Clinical faculty members hold one or several professional certificates (e.g., CPA) in addition to academic degrees required for their appointment. Academically qualified clinical faculty also publish in their area of expertise. Our faculty frequently attend conferences, workshops, and other professional meetings to update their knowledge and develop professional networks. Our faculty is actively engaged in mentoring students (e.g., serving as faculty advisor of student clubs and coaching student teams in case competition) and ensuring a high-quality learning environment.

This expertise enables them to illustrate the theoretical side of business concepts and bring them to life with practical industry examples. Our faculty's commitment to teaching, along with their contacts, availability and friendliness, makes them a powerful and highly approachable resource for our students.

Faculty List Directory

Please visit the School of Management faculty and staff directory for additional information about our faculty.

Career Outlook

The Career Resource Center (CRC) exclusively serves School of Management students and alumni and promotes proactive career exploration and development with life-long strategies for individual career success. The CRC is also a key link between the school and employers, offering programs that maximize connections between our students, employers, and networks. In addition to job fairs, employer sessions and networking events, the CRC has tailored programming for undergraduate students through the Career Passport Program. This program includes two hands-on courses facilitated by CRC staff that will lead you through every aspect of your career development process. Self-assessment, résumé writing, interviewing skills and job-search techniques are just a few of the topics covered in this mandatory, two-course sequence. 

Our staff is dedicated to providing a caring environment that enables and motivates students to be successful in reaching their individual career goals. We invite you to connect with our office to find out more about these resources.

Career Choices

  • Computer and Information Systems Managers
  • Computer Systems Analysts
  • Information Security Analysts
  • Computer Programmers
  • Software Developers, Applications
  • Web Developers
  • Database Administrators
  • Network and Computer Systems Administrators
  • Computer User Support Specialists

Academic Advising

The School of Management’s Undergraduate Academic Programs office provides guidance and support to students majoring in Accounting and Business Administration and Information Technology and Management (IT & M). The department has six full-time, master’s educated, professional academic advisors who work with a designated student caseload for Accounting and Business Administration majors and an assistant director for the IT & M major who provides all student admissions and advising services in this program. This model enables our advising staff to work with a student from backpack to briefcase throughout the academic career helping to create a sense of community and connection right from a student’s first day on campus. Our advising staff assists with course planning, helping students understand academic policies and procedures, and serves as a resource for students navigating their way through the university environment.

Academic Advising Contact Information

Scholarships and Financial Support

The School of Management offers a variety of opportunities for supplemental financial support including merit scholarships, study abroad scholarships, travel to professional association conferences or national competitions through our annual WOW fund program, and opportunities through various undergraduate competitions such as our annual Undergraduate Poster Competition.

Visit the Undergraduate Admissions website for additional scholarship opportunities.

 
Published: Nov 23, 2021 13:19:25