Why study Information Systems?

Reasons to study Information Systems including career opportunities, requirements for the major and specific undergraduate courses you will study at The University of Auckland Business School.

With a global shortage of skilled people in information and communications technology, the salaries for our graduates are amongst the highest of any of the professions.

Studying Information Systems will equip you to develop creative and innovative solutions to problems in government, businesses and non-profit organisations. You can study Information Systems at both undergraduate and postgraduate level at the Business School.

Complementary majors


A double major combines two specialist fields of study. It enhances your career prospects. Popular combinations with Information Systems include:

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Areas of study


  • Information Systems involves the analysis and design of systems, including areas such as computer networking, information security, database management, and decision support systems.
  • Information Management deals with the practical and theoretical problems of collecting and analysing information in a business function area. Topics include business productivity tools, applications programming and implementation, electronic commerce, digital media production, data mining, and decision support.
  • Data Communications and Networking deals with information and telecommunication technologies that organisations depend on and exploit to their competitive advantage. Courses are integrated with the Cisco Networking Academy Programme giving students the opportunity to prepare towards becoming a Cisco Certificate Network Associate.

Studying Information Systems at postgraduate level involves looking at how information and communications technology can be used to achieve strategic goals. The focus is on the design, development, and implementation of cutting-edge solutions to solve important organisational problems. Information Systems research looks at both the technical and organisational aspects of information technology.

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Career opportunities


Depending on what study area you decide to focus on, an exciting range of careers is open to you:

  • Information systems: application developer/consultant, business analyst/consultant, business process engineer, systems analyst/consultant/developer, programmer analyst, software engineer, and database administrator.
  • Data communications and networking: network administrator, network engineer, network analyst/consultant, and data communications specialist.

The available opportunities are also enriched by the department’s strong links with industry partners such as Microsoft, SAP and Oracle; and the Information Systems major is also the first and only program in New Zealand to receive academic recognition and certification from The International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA®).

If you choose to complete a postgraduate degree, more advanced or senior roles are possible including those that impact the strategic direction of an organisation.

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Programmes available


You can choose from one of the following degree programmes if you wish to study Information Systems:

Bachelor of Commerce (BCom)
The BCom offers Information Systems as a single major or as a double major alongside one of the other majors offered within the BCom. You can also study the Bachelor of Commerce in Information Systems as part of a conjoint degree programme where you study for two degrees at once.

Bachelor of Commerce (Honours)
The BCom (Hons) is one fulltime year of postgraduate study following the Bachelor of Commerce degree. Entry is by invitation only and is based on superior grades in the subject area.

Postgraduate Diploma in Commerce (PGDipCom)
This postgraduate diploma consists of one fulltime year of postgraduate coursework following the Bachelor of Commerce degree.

Master of Commerce (MCom)
The MCom degree is a two-year postgraduate programme. The first year is course work, which may be taken as bachelor honours, while the second year comprises a research thesis.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
As a general rule you need to have successfully completed either a bachelor honours degree or masters degree to be eligible to study for a PhD in Information Systems.

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