Online Bachelor of Science in Information Systems

Be at the Center of Business and Technology

Technology is at the center of today’s global market. Every business, in every industry, all around the world utilizes technology, making individuals with a passion for information Systems valuable assets to any organization. Pursuing your online Bachelor of Science in Information Systems degree from the Collat School of Business can put you in the center of the action. Technology is taking the business world by storm. Get ahead with UAB.

Information Systems Program Highlights

  • 100% online degree program
  • Student-centered support staff, including a 24/7 technical help desk
  • Award-winning, student-oriented faculty members
  • Collaborative networking opportunities
  • Transfer credits accepted
  • Scholarships available to qualified candidates

Why Choose an Information systems Degree?





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Information systems professionals are a unique breed of technology experts. The discipline blends technical expertise and business savvy in a way that most technology fields do not. Determining what information is needed and how it is generated, delivered, and secured requires a comprehensive understanding of what type of business processes are in play, and how information systems are implemented and utilized throughout a particular organization. Many different individuals choose to pursue an online information systems degree with UAB. No matter your goals or interests, you’ll find that your classmates share your drive to pursue a complex career with outstanding growth potential. The online learning you experience with us can give you the comprehensive understanding to pursue a variety of career paths — all of which require strong technical competencies and robust business skills. Every industry needs high-level technological thinkers to help today’s leading organizations operate with efficiency and accuracy. This combination of technology and business is what sets our information systems degree apart and helps our grads stand out.

Why Choose UAB’s Collat School of Business?

Your online information systems degree carries weight when it is from a recognized institution. We have garnered national and international respect for our rigorous academic standards and consistent record of growth and accomplishment. Our accolades include:

  • U.S. News & World Report ranked UAB among the top 100 "Best Online Bachelor's Programs" and one of the nation's "Best National Universities" in its 2017 annual guide to America's Best Colleges.
  • The Princeton Review named UAB among the "Top 10 Universities in the United States for Diversity" for four consecutive years.
  • The University of Alabama at Birmingham's Collat School of Business is accredited by AACSB and the SACS.
Our renowned business school is focused on leadership, innovation, and entrepreneurship. We create and share business knowledge that transforms our students' lives through a relevant and robust curriculum, technology-driven instructional methods, and a climate that fosters continuous improvement. We offer an engaging learning environment with classrooms extending well beyond the UAB campus walls. Our metropolitan location allows our faculty to build strong relationships with professionals from the state's leading companies - from Fortune 500 corporations to entrepreneurial startups — and to integrate their practical experiences into our programs.

Industry Outlook and Career Opportunities

Demand for MIS experts is rapidly growing. Technology professionals are twice as likely to remain employed than workers in nearly any other industry, according to technology job site With the increasing use of the Internet and advancing data storage systems, and rising risks of cyber attacks, computer and information systems professionals will find no shortage of opportunities to showcase their skills. One thing is clear: an information systems degree gives you options. The tech field is expected to gain an additional 1.8 million jobs by 2020, and as technology progresses that number will grow. In industries as diverse as business and health care, MIS professionals are needed to create and implement advanced information technology and systems management strategies, which means plenty of career opportunities across various industries. What are some career options for IS professionals? From Web developer to computer network architect, an information systems degree can lead to many career paths, all with varied compensation. Salaries in this field range from an average of $62,500 to $120,950 depending on experience, education, and job title. At left are some common career paths for IS professionals, along with average salaries according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Computer Network Architect

Average Annual Salary $91,000Computer network architects design and build data communication networks for organizations of all sizes. Openings for computer network architects are growing faster than most professions at 15%.

Computer Systems Administrator

Average Annual Salary $72,560Ranked No. 10 among "Best Technology Jobs" by U.S. News & World Report, computer systems administrators fill crucial roles in almost every industry. Professionals in this field are responsible for the day-to-day operation of organizational networks.

Computer Systems Analyst

Average Annual Salary $79,680Computer systems analysts help organizations with the establishment of effective and efficient information systems and procedures, responsibilities that bring business and information technology together. This field is projected to grow at an impressive 25% and has been ranked No. 7 among "Best Jobs" by U.S. News & World Report (2015).

Database Administrator

Average Annual Salary $77,080Database administrators use specialized software to store and organize data and ensure that data is available to users and secure from unauthorized access. Database administrators have been ranked No. 5 among "Best Tech Jobs" by U.S. News & World Report.

Information Security Analyst

Average Annual Salary $86,170Ranked No. 4 among "Best Technology Jobs" and No. 11 among "Best Jobs" by U.S. News & World Report, these analysts are tasked with keeping company data and systems secure. With an increased focus on cyber attacks in the global market, professional opportunities for information security analysts are expected to grow by a staggering 37% through 2022.

Software Developer

Average Annual Salary $93,350Software developers analyze consumer needs, design software to satisfy those needs, and produce software for the marketplace. Professionals in the field have a deep understanding of programming languages and must be able to collaborate with other computer specialists. This profession ranked No. 3 among "Best Jobs" by U.S. News & World Report and is expected to grow at a stunning rate of 22% through 2022.

Web Developer

Average Annual Salary $62,500Web developers design and create websites. They are responsible for the technical aspects, such as performance and capacity, and the site’s appearance. Web developers are ranked No. 4 among "Best Technology Jobs" by U.S. News & World Report (2015).

Information Systems Manager

Average Annual Salary $120,950Information systems managers plan, coordinate, and direct computer-related activities in an organization. They help determine an organization's information technology goals and are responsible for implementing computer systems to meet those goals.

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
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Technology is constantly evolving. With the need to store and share data, the constant introduction of increasingly advanced communication systems, and the globalization of the Internet, information technology is only getting started. We can help you grow with the field by examining every avenue of information technology, such as information security, systems analysis, social media creation, and network management. Focus your studies through an extensive selection of 100% online IS courses that continuously evolve to meet tomorrow’s technological landscape.

Want to learn more?
Explore our online information systems degree course descriptions.

Information Systems Core (24 Credit Hours)
IS 204 Business Programming — 3 credit hours
IS 301 Database Management — 3 credit hours
IS 302 Enterprise Systems — 3 credit hours
IS 321 Systems Analysis — 3 credit hours
IS 413 Information Security Management — 3 credit hours
IS 415 Social Media & Virtual Communities in Business — 3 credit hours
IS 417 Introduction to Business Intelligence — 3 credit hours
MG 417 Project Management — 3 credit hours
Upper Level Core (21 credit hours)
MG 302 Management Processes and Behavior — 3 credit hours
IS 303 Information Systems — 3 credit hours
MK 303 Basic Marketing — 3 credit hours
FN 310 Fundamentals of Financial Management — 3 credit hours
BUS 350 Business Communications — 3 credit hours
MG 403 Operations Management — 3 credit hours
MG 415 International Business Dynamics — 3 credit hours
Capstone (3 credit hours)
BUS 450 Strategic Management Capstone Experience — 3 credit hours

The help you need to get the career you want

We provide many tools to help jumpstart your successful career, starting with Career & Professional Development Services. This service provides resume, interviewing, and job search tips to aid you on your path to employment, as well as networking and professional experience opportunities.

Career & Professional Development Services also gives you access to DragonTrail Jobs, an online career management site for students, alumni, and employers nationwide. Career & Professional Development Services has the tools and tips to help you reach your employment goals.


What should I look for in an online program?

We recommend students pursuing online undergraduate or graduate degrees consider programs with extensive experience delivering online learning, professional accreditation (AACSB), a dedicated full-time faculty, a high level of student satisfaction, and a low student attrition rate. UAB’s online information systems degree offers you all of these advantages, providing the benefits of a traditional university education with the convenience and flexibility afforded by the use of advanced technology.

Why is accreditation important?

It’s important to entrust your education to an academic institution recognized for professional excellence and tested for quality assurance. Since 1982, the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Business has maintained accreditation by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), a seal of excellence afforded to only 176 universities worldwide for undergraduate and graduate business degree programs.

Do I earn the same degree that on-campus students earn?

Yes, the University of Alabama at Birmingham awards the same accredited information systems degrees regardless of the delivery method.

Does the diploma say "online"?

Your IS diploma will not distinguish that you are a distance student in our online program. Students can be confident that UAB's standards of excellence are the same for on-campus and online IS programs. Online students, if they wish, attend the same graduation ceremony as on-campus students.

How long will it take to earn my Bachelor of Science in Information Systems degree?

Students can complete their Bachelor of Science in Information systems degree in as few as 4 years. Completion of the entire IS degree is contingent upon individual student general education course completion and transfer credit evaluation.

Can I transfer credit hours earned at another institution to UAB?

Yes, UAB accepts transfer credits from other institutions. For more information, please complete the form above to download a brochure or to speak with an advisor.



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