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.
- Departments and Programs
- Operations Management and Information Systems (OM&IS)
- Bachelor of Science in Operations and Information Management
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
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.
Although we would consider offering a minor in operations and information management, the current shortage of instructors and other resources prevents us from doing so. However, we do offer a minor in Business Analytics.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- Operations Management and Information Systems
Contact UsDepartment of Operations Management and Information Systems
Barsema Hall 328
740 Garden Road
DeKalb, IL 60115