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Department of Computing, Data, & Mathematical Sciences
Cybersecurity & Information Systems
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Department of Computing, Data, & Mathematical Sciences

Cybersecurity & Information Systems

  • Bachelor of Science
  • Undergraduate

131 credits

required for program

Minor Available

PSEO/Early college online classes

131 credits

131 credits

required for program

Minor Available

PSEO/Early college online classes

Obtain an in-depth understanding of how data and technology work together to drive the business world. The information systems program is designed to give you the tools needed to develop, use, and manage computer-based systems.

Why study information systems at Northwestern?

Our program provides training in three broad areas: low-level technical skills in programming and application development, high-level design and analysis skills, and business and management skills.

In the past, students have interned at companies like Target, Allina, and Wells Fargo to gain real-world experience. One-hundred percent of our information systems graduates found a job within three months of graduation.

Northwestern students have produced capstone projects by developing software and improving design systems solutions for organizations such as: Medtronic, Carlson, Cold Stone Creamery, Delta Airlines, Minnesota Department of Health, Thrivent Financial, and Valspar Paints.

Our business classes regularly visit local corporations within the Twin Cities to experience a variety of business organizations—Fortune 500 companies, entrepreneurial start-ups and non-profits. Our small classes enable faculty to personally engage with you and pass on insights for career, faith, and life. With campus so close to downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul, students can take advantage of opportunities in Minnesota’s thriving business and information systems industries.

If you love problem solving, developing and maintaining systems, and driving business innovation with technology, this might be the right degree for you.

What will you learn?

You will learn to think critically, solve complex problems, and communicate effectively.

Some classes include:

  • Programing - Java
  • Computer Security
  • System Analysis and Design
  • Programing - Mobile Application Development
  • Database Communications
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My roommate convinced me to take Principles of Management Information Systems despite never having an interest in coding or computers for the most part. It just so happened that I loved that class and eventually changed my major to Business Management Information Systems by the next semester.
Zack Swore
School of Business - Class of 2016

Careers in information systems

There are a variety of career and academic pathways that begin with a degree in information systems.

What types of work are related to this degree?

  • Network/intranet administration
  • Website administration
  • Education and training
  • Technical support
  • Consulting
  • Database administration
  • Project management
  • Systems design and maintenance
  • Software development and testing
  • Information systems security
  • Computer operations, systems analysis
  • Technical writing and training
  • Data communication analysis

Who employs people with this degree?

  • Software development companies
  • Financial, investment, insurance institutions
  • Consulting firms
  • Manufacturers
  • Computer hardware and software companies
  • Telecommunications companies
  • Retailers
  • Healthcare organizations
  • Hotels and restaurants
  • Educational institutions
  • City, state and federal government
  • Internet-related companies including browsers, search engines, and web design services
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of information systems students found employment


of seniors believe the faculty are genuinely interested in their welfare


of internships result in job offers

Preparing for a Career

College graduation rates continue to increase each year making competition for jobs even greater. Set yourself apart from the crowd with the following strategies for getting started, networking, and gaining experience.

Strategies for success:

  • Professionals in this industry are excellent communicators who manage time efficiently. They are detail and big pictureoriented.
  • Expect to work extended and/or irregular hours, and at times be “on call.”
  • Prepare to learn new information on a regular basis through online discussions, classes, conferences, and periodicals. Update your skills accordingly.
  • Gain as much diverse technical experience as possible. Seek positions in computer labs, retail computer/technology stores, or as technological support for any office or business.
  • Investigate technology in additional areas such as audio/visual or telecommunications. Become familiar with the integration and application of these areas to management information systems.
  • Specialize in a specific area of business or industry and become familiar with the applicable software and hardware. Earn a minor in your field of specialization, i.e. biology for work with a scientific database.

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