Why study Information Systems?
Information Systems (IS) program at UC’s Carl H. Lindner College of Business prepares students to be a business problem-solver utilizing business data, information, technologies, and domain knowledge to support innovation and coordination of information resources. The objective of the IS certificate is to create IS visionary leaders who understand their evolving businesses environment, the role of IS, and targeted customer markets in delivering technology-based business solutions.
Current Lindner students may add this certificate to enhance their majors. Non-Lindner students already pursuing a baccalaureate degree in any college at the University of Cincinnati can add the certificate to their program as long as they meet the following requirements:
- Have 30 earned semester credit hours
- Have at least a 3.0 University GPA and be enrolled in a four-year degree granting program
- Complete at least 50 percent of all certificate coursework in the Lindner College of Business
- Earn a 2.0 in certificate courses to be certified with the certificate.
To apply for the certificate, students should visit the Lindner Programs Options site.
Students will be notified by email of their acceptance into the program and the process for registration in the Lindner classes required for the certificate.
Students who enter the IS certificate typically have an interest in information technology and an affinity for being in a fast paced, exciting environment where the underlying technology changes all the time. They have good communication skills and are needed to serve as translators between business needs and technology-based solutions, a role for which they are uniquely qualified. Finally, they possess the analytical/logical mind needed to translate ill-defined business problems and opportunities into clear, well-structured technology-based solutions.
Given the wide diversity of possible roles in the field, students can choose a career path that best fits their skills and preferences, ranging from highly technical to primarily business focused. Those interested in the more business-oriented jobs have such starting options as business process or systems analysts, data modelers and project managers. Those interested in more technical roles can choose to become web developers, database managers or network designers.
A popular option pursued by many of our graduates is to join IT Leadership Programs at such corporations as GE, Citigroup, Johnson & Johnson and Fifth Third Bank. These programs expose students to multiple areas within the IS function of a company; graduates typically spend 4-6 months in each role, for a total of two years, after which they assume longer term roles in an area of mutual fit.
Success in today’s business environment is primarily driven by who students are and how they act. Accordingly, business education at Lindner focuses on the development of each student’s individual Professional, Academic, Character and Engagement (PACE) to ensure they can successfully pursue the personal and professional goals they are passionate about.
- Classes in Lindner ensure that our students learn the professional communication skills they need to excel in today’s business environment.
- Lindner’s Career Services team works with undergraduate students in developing resumes, learning interviewing techniques and obtaining the practical skills that fulfill the expectations of businesses.
- Lindner students are distinct individuals with unique goals and interests, and that is why our curriculum ensures that students have a foundational understanding of the key business functions. The breadth of minors and certificates allows students to add a minor or certificate that will customize their education for added value.
- Character means having the strength and conviction to both lead and work with teams made up of diverse social, cultural and economic viewpoints. Lindner business courses help students build these skills through hands-on, collaborative projects, often working with Cincinnati businesses.
- Students’ lives and careers will be comprised of much more than just work. Community service, citizenship and organizational involvement are all key components of personal growth. In Lindner, students are encouraged to get involved in the things they care about via the 20-plus student organizations within the Lindner College of Business, the 300-plus organizations within the University of Cincinnati and ongoing partnerships with service organizations like the United Way of Greater Cincinnati.
Students who have been accepted to the certificate will see the certificate appear on their graduation application. Students apply for graduation in the certificate as they normally would for their bachelor’s degree.
Application deadlines for business minors and certificates follow the “application for change in college” dates.
Fall Semester – July 1
Spring Semester – November 1
Summer Semester – March 1
The UC Lindner College of Business has been accredited continuously since 1919 by AACSB International, the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, the premier accrediting agency for business colleges.
Carl H. Lindner Hall, Room 1352
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0020
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