Bachelor of Science in Operations and Information Management

Our bachelor’s degree in operations and information management will give you the skills to improve how businesses function. You'll learn how business operations, information systems, business analytics, logistics and the use of technology impact an organization. With a solid understanding of how business processes and technologies work together, you’ll be prepared for the challenges of a rapidly changing economy.

After successfully completing the program, you'll possess important skills that are in demand by employers. Your capabilities will be honed in the areas of supply chain management, data analytics, leading-edge information technology management, teamwork, business communications and leadership experience.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is OM&IS?

OM&IS is the acronym for the Department of Operations Management and Information Systems at NIU. Its name describes the two programs we offer, the undergraduate program in operations and information management and the graduate program in management information systems.

What are the differences between OM&IS and computer science?

In a general sense, the computer science program focuses on the development, organization and efficiency of computer hardware and software systems, whereas the OM&IS programs focus on the application of information technology to the solution of business problems.

What kinds of jobs can a person get with an OM&IS degree?

A wide range of career opportunities are available to OM&IS graduates. This is due to the nature of our programs, which combine a thorough understanding of business resource management with leading-edge information technology. You'll find rewarding positions in all degree areas in both major and smaller organizations. Most positions involve analytical and/or leadership skills where technology is used to improve efficiency and effectiveness.

Can required courses in OM&IS programs be transferred from other universities?

With the approval of the department, it is possible to substitute specific required course work from AACSB-accredited institutions. However, due to the unique, integrated nature of the undergraduate program, all majors are strongly encouraged to take the major core on campus. Likewise, all graduate students are strongly encouraged to take the 21-hour required core within the department.

What are starting salaries of OM&IS graduates?

The starting salaries for OM&IS undergraduate majors vary by industry and individual company. Most undergraduates, however, find positions within the $38,000-$65,000 range, with an average salary of $46,000. Graduate students generally find higher-salaried positions since many have significant work experience to complement their education.

Besides classes, how does the OM&IS program prepare one for a business career?

We offer a required career planning course for all undergraduate majors. This course exposes you to career opportunities, job hunting strategies, resume preparation, mock interviewing and accepted business dining etiquette. In addition, there are two active student organizations in the department that provide leadership and teamwork opportunities, as well as extensive networking with business executives in the northern Illinois area. We also strongly recommend that you obtain work-related experience through an internship.

Are there student organizations in OM&IS?

The student organizations in the department are the Association for Operations Management (APICS); the Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP); Students in MIS Organization at Northern (SiMON), a social organization for MIS graduate students; and the OM&IS Student Advisory Board (SAB), a council of student advisors to the chair and department regarding departmental policies, programs, courses and other student-driven initiatives.

Does the OM&IS department have an attendance policy?

Yes, the OM&IS Attendance Policy is online and will be covered in the syllabus for each class.

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