Operations, Business Analytics & Information Systems Department

The Lindner College of Business offers nationally-recognized educational programs in operations, business analytics and information systems (OBAIS) that few other institutions can match.


Operations is about designing efficient and productive processes. Good operations management is at the core of any sustainable, thriving business - and can be the difference between losing market share and distinct competitive advantage.

In addition to our BBA Operations Management program, we also offer:

Business Analytics

There's a reason our Masters of Science in Business Analytics degree is ranked among the "Big Data Analytics Master's Degrees: 20 Top Programs" (InformationWeek) and is included as one of  “23 Great Schools with Master’s Programs in Data Science.” Students acquire the analytics, data management, and business skills that are in high demand with employers.

Our graduates are highly recruited and have taken positions at Amazon.com, eBay, PayPal, dunnhumbyUSA, IBM, McKinsey & Company, Morgan Stanley, Procter & Gamble, Yahoo!, Walt Disney and many more.

Lindner is also home to the UC Center for Business Analytics, an academic/corporate partnership, that connects students with member companies to provide experiential data analytics learning through class projects, internships, and events. There are currently 20 corporate partners of the Center.

Information Systems

Students can earn Information Systems degrees and certificates at these levels:

Along with our core business curriculum that focus on business and information technology skills, students get hands-on experience with products from SAP, Microsoft, Oracle, IBM and Bluespring. Graduate students complete a six month paid internship before graduation.

Graduates of the program work at leading companies such as SAP, Citi, GE, Goldman Sachs, Ernst & Young, Convergys, HSBC and itelligence. Domestic graduate students in the IS program have a 100% job placement record.

Graduate Certificate Programs

The Department offers various certificates that are either complementary to a MBA or MS degree or can be stand alone options to gain specialized knowledge of a business function in order to further a career and enhance a resume.  These include:

Our Research

The Department of Operations, Business Analytics and Information Systems takes advantage of our urban environment and the opportunity it affords for conducting applied research. Our faculty regularly publish in leading academic journals as well as serve in editorial positions for many of these same publications. Learn more about the OBAIS department’s research here:


Ranked #6

The Lindner business analytics program was ranked #6 among the nation’s public undergraduate programs by Bloomberg Businessweek in 2012.

Ranked #15

The Lindner operations management program was ranked #15 among the nation’s public undergraduate programs by Bloomberg Businessweek in 2012.

OBAIS Department News

Teradata University Network Analytics Challenge: MSIS and MSBANA students selected as Finalists and Honorable Mentions

Finalist: Detecting Fraud Emails Using Text Analytics Techniques:

  • Members: Chaithanya Samudrala (MSIS), Pratap Krishnan (MSBANA)
  • Advisors: Jay Shan, Andrew Harrison

Honorable Mention: A Novel Approach for Using Data Mining to Support a Strategic Benchmarking Study

  • Members: John Ernst (MSIS), Ian Johnson (MSIS), Aaron Lawson (MSIS), Xu Zhang (MSIS)
  • Advisor: Jay Shan

Textbooks authored by UC faculty in the OBAIS Department are used at more than 400 different institutions including U of Arizona, NC State, Johns Hopkins, Purdue U, Indiana U,  New York University, Ohio State, U of Michigan, Notre Dame, U of Texas, Georgia Tech, Vanderbilt, UCLA, USC, and Wash U in St Louis.