Welcome to the 'Information Age' where Information Systems and digital technology are an integral part of today’s organisations. With Information Systems we can change how we work, how we communicate and how we do business.
With Information Systems we can change how we work, how we communicate and how we do business.
Information Systems is the study of how business can use technology to become more effective in attaining their goals, add value to their organisations and create new opportunities to enhance their business. Our Graduates go into one of the fastest growing areas for
Our graduates go into one of the fastest growing areas for employment that is also on the long-term skill shortage list for New Zealand.
The Bachelor of Commerce major in Information Systems provides a balance of business and technical knowledge and skills. It offers a very flexible study pathway which allows students to pursue IT careers that are in high demand or complement their other business majors with IT expertise that will make them better prepared for working in an IT-driven business environment.
The Information Systems programme is informed by worldwide industry trends and staff research. These are facilitated by work-integrated projects that are case-based and with access to organisations with our internships that will help you develop the technical and soft skills employers seek.
Our qualifications meet global requirements and our graduates work in different parts of the world. Join a programme that opens the door to many exciting and challenging careers.
Information Systems has a wide range of career opportunities. With a shortage of graduates globally in this area, there is high demand and salaries for our graduates.
From banking to agriculture, every business needs and benefits from IS professionals and their roles vary a lot. Our graduates have gone into many exciting career options including: business analyst/consultant, business process analyst/consultant, business intelligence analyst, systems analyst, IS implementation consultant, IT project manager, IS manager.
If you take Computer Science/Software Engineering with Information Systems, your options also include: solutions architect, software engineer, applications developer, programmer/analyst, database administrator, and website designer/developer.
Accountants must include INFO 243 (Accounting Information Systems) to gain professional status. Other courses to consider include:
Students taking a BSc in Computer Science should especially consider:
We have a range of postgraduate options for Information Systems for those who are looking at moving from a different Degree programme through to Information Systems graduates. IS graduates may wish to consider the following postgraduate study options:
- Master of Commerce (MCom), Information Systems – 180-point advanced programme
- Master of Commerce (MCom), Information Systems – 120-point thesis only programme. Research based master's on Information Systems theory and how it relates to business and society.
- Master of Business Information Systems (MBIS) –180-point conversion programme. Taught based master's developed to enhance your degree by gaining the key skills that businesses need.
- Postgraduate Diploma in Information Systems and Technology is an advanced qualification for IT Graduates. Students are encouraged to challenge current Information Systems and Technology Practices
For a full list of qualifications available in Business see graduate and postgraduate options.
Information Systems is one of the most flexible majors and also combines well with other business subjects as a double major within the BCom or a double degree such as Bachelor of Science in Computer Science.
Common pathways include:
- A Bachelor of Commerce double major in Information Systems and another commerce subject.
- A Bachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of Science double degree.
Information system also works well as a minor when combined with other subjects in both Commerce and Arts for those wanting to be IT-savvy business professionals.
- Talk to a student advisor.
The Information Systems Society aims to provide students a channel to learn about potential career opportunities and pathways, connect with relevant professionals and industries and develop a strong network within our own discipline. Our aim is to provide a yearly careers expo, regular social activities and tutoring. Join our Facebook page for more information.
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