Feb 22, 2024  
Fitchburg State University 2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
Fitchburg State University 2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog

Information Systems Management Concentration, Business Administration, B.S.

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Chairperson, Business Administration

Michael Greenwood, Ph.D., Chair

Program Manager
                          Associate Professors                     
Assistant Professors
Michael Greenwood Audrey Pereira                             Andrew Chan Yiang Liu
Beverly Hollingsworth                               John Crawley John Lohmann
Kwahng Kim     Denise Simion
Audrey Pereira      
Reneé Scapparone      

Objectives for the Program in Business Administration

The Business Administration Department prepares each student to take a responsible position within the world of business equipped with a knowledge of business theories, policies, and procedures.

The curriculum is based in the liberal arts, coupled with professional courses and a variety of practical business experiences including the opportunity for experiential learning through internships, structured to give the participant an opportunity to apply the theory of the classroom to a specific work experience.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Students will be able to apply relevant information from all areas of knowledge to assess situations, identify problems and find solutions.
  • Students will be able to collaborate and contribute to a team environment to achieve a planned goal.  
  • Students will be able to demonstrate effective oral and written forms of business communication by being professional in tone and following business conventions; by being clear and easy to interpret; by being concise and providing evidence, insightful data, and logic; and by adhering to ethical standards.
  • Students will be able to integrate the concepts in the core functional areas of business to formulate informed decisions.  
  • Students will be able to apply knowledge of the ethical, legal, economic, and global environment to practical business situations and ascertain their impact.  
  • Students will be able to apply digital intelligence to make, improve, and defend business decisions in a responsible and sustainable manner.  
  • Students will be able to analyze the role of motivation and influence in achieving a coordinated goal. Exhibit a growth-mindset to harness creativity and innovation.  

Accreditation Standards

Accredited by the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE).

4+1 Program Admission and Policy Information

Students admitted into this program can take up to 6 credits of graduate coursework in their Senior year. To remain qualified for enrollment in graduate courses students must have a GPA of 3.5 or higher to register for a graduate course and must maintain this GPA throughout their Senior year. The graduate courses available to 4+1 students is determined by the department and students will choose from a pre-determined department list which courses they plan to complete at the end of their Junior year. Students will also be able to choose which MBA concentration they plan to move into when they choose which courses they would like to enroll in during their senior year. The 6 graduate credits earned during the student’s senior year will count towards their graduate degree. Credits earned will not count towards a student’s undergraduate degree.

Students who graduate at the end of their Senior year in good standing with a GPA of 3.5 or higher and have earned a grade of B or higher in their completed MBA course or courses may continue taking classes in the MBA program in the first summer term B after their undergraduate degree has been conferred.  Students who have been admitted to the 4+1 program and are eligible for continuing in the MBA program after the conferral of their Undergraduate Degree must enroll in their next MBA course by the 2nd semester following the completion of their bachelor’s program. Students enrolled in MBA courses through the 4+1 program who earn a grade of C or lower may be dismissed from the MBA program. Students enrolled in the 4+1 program who do not successfully complete their undergraduate degree in accordance with the MBA admission standards may be dismissed from the University. Students dismissed from the 4+1 program can apply for admission to the MBA program one year after their dismissal.

Required General Education Courses


The courses beyond the core curriculum are open only to Business Administration majors. These upper-level courses are not transferable from another college if they are required within a student’s concentration.

* Junior/Senior Writing Requirement
** Speaking/Listening Requirement
*** Computer Literacy Requirement

Information Systems Management Curriculum (15 credits)

The Information Systems Management concentration provides students majoring in Business Administration the opportunity to develop skills in managing software projects, cybersecurity management, using data analytics in decision-making, and the social and ethical impacts of information systems. This concentration prepares students for professional careers across industries in managing information system departments, initiatives, and bridging the gap between business and software development. Students will develop skills in critical thinking, communication, teamwork, and leadership.

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