Business Information Systems

Developing leaders to design, implement and manage technology to drive business decisions

Program Details


Online, Corvallis

Program Type:

Major, Minor


Business Information Systems (BIS)

Business and technology go together intrinsically. As businesses continue to improve their competitive advantage, information systems such as databases, web services and business applications are supplying strategic and operational opportunities for business leadership and decision-making.

You'll learn to harness technology to help organizations gain the right insights, improve operations, make the right predictions and achieve a competitive advantage in today's rapidly changing environment. You’ll study the fundamentals of business administration while learning to architect, manage, develop and deploy information systems.

Business information systems is an exciting and competitive field, with high salary potential and expanding job prospects. Examples include jobs as a business process analyst, IT project manager, data modeler, systems analyst, developer or database administrator (just to name a few).

Some graduates specialize in BIS aspects of another business discipline, for example, accounting, management, marketing or finance.

Business information systems is a major program of study offered in Corvallis and online through Ecampus.


All College of Business students – and those enrolled in business information systems – can pursue an area of focus from the following options:

The Dean’s Academy is an academic forum for high-achieving first-year students, transfer students, and current undergraduate students who wish to maximize the educational and experiential aspects of their college experience. Invitation to this option is restricted to those who meet eligibility requirements.

This area of study prepares you for management positions and exciting international careers at multinational firms, global financial service organizations and international centers of trade.


degrees and areas of focus

85% Job placement rate

of classes have fewer than 50 students


nationally for online education
US News and World Report

Business Information Systems Opportunities

Study Abroad

Study Abroad

Sydney, Australia: University of Technology Sydney

Vienna, Austria: Vienna University of Economics & Business

Santiago, Chile: Universidad de Chile, Facultad Economia y Negocios

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Student organizations and clubs

Associated Clubs

Business Information Systems Club

Entrepreneurship Club

Marketing Club

Robotics Club

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Carol B. Sampson Information Technology

Robert E Shirley Scholarship

Chevron International Experience Scholarship

Deloitte Scholarship

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Possible Careers

Network administrator

Project manager

Revenue Management Analyst

Web developer

MECOP: Oregon’s leading internship program

MECOP is a prestigious, paid internship program started with a few industry partners and OSU, and soon expanded to include internships with multiple Oregon universities and additional industries such as Daimler, Boeing and many others. If selected for the MECOP program and placed into an internship, your developing business information systems skills will be in demand — and put to the test!

After a competitive interviewing process, you'll complete two six-month internships with two different MECOP companies located throughout Oregon, typically during summer and fall terms of your junior and senior years.

We’re always proud that our business information systems students are part of this elite program.

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'I like to understand how things work'

For business information systems student Emily Bestor, knowledge is about digging deep.

“I’m someone who is analytical and likes to understand how things work, not just that they work,” she says. “It’s a certain way of thinking.”

In the College of Business’ business information systems program, Bestor knows she’s come to the right place to turn that way of thinking into any of a number of careers.

“There are certain expectations the College of Business holds you to, and it’s a pretty high bar, but I really appreciate it,” Bestor says.

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I was offered an internship position after visiting Deloitte, and after the internship I was offered a full-time opportunity.

Brittany Donahue '14
Deloitte senior consultant

Where our graduates work

Graduates from the college's business information system program have become computer analysts, business process analysts, network administrators, IT project managers, consultants, web developers, systems' analysts, chief information officers and more.

  • Adecco
  • Cambia
  • Cambia Health Solutions
  • Compucom
  • Daimler
  • Dell
  • Deloitte
  • Huron Health Care
  • Intel
  • Nike
  • Odom
  • Portland General Electric
  • Providence Health Services
  • Puppet Labs
  • Salesforce
  • Schnitzer
  • The Standard
  • Umpqua Bank

Here's why you should be a College of Business student

A success plan for life

Professional, personal and leadership skills form the backbone of successful careers. Blueprint, our award-winning series of classes, is focused on professional and leadership development and financial literacy. With Blueprint, you’re on track to graduate on time, with the skills and network to choose your career, and the savvy to make the big decisions at the right time.

We're not just business; we're family

Our first-year students live in one of our business-themed residence halls. This learning-focused, student-first, open-door culture makes the big Oregon State campus feel like the supportive place it is – and feel a lot smaller and easier to navigate than you might think.

We’re the only college at OSU that has a dedicated Career Success Center for our students. We help you find an internship, write a resume and find a job.

Ranked and accredited

Oregon State is ranked in the top five for online education with U.S. News & World Report. The College of Business overall, as well as our accounting program, is accredited by AACSB International – the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. AACSB International is the premier accrediting agency for degree programs in business and accounting.

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