Message from the chair

Raghu Santanam

Welcome to the Department of Information Systems!

The world around us is becoming digitized—from phones to government services to health records—and the impact of living in such a digital society is still replete with unknowns. In this age of transformation, the Department of Information Systems faculty strives to be at the forefront of technological changes. We conduct use-inspired research that fuse multiple intellectual disciplines to inform and engage our students, corporate stakeholders and society.

We offer a comprehensive set of undergraduate, masters and Ph. D. programs in Information Systems and Analytics areas. Our undergraduate Computer Information Systems (CIS) program is highly ranked and has graduated thousands of students over the past four decades. We have recently introduced a second major – Business Data Analytics (BDA) – to address the demands of employers who want students with high quality data analytics skills. We offer two masters degrees – Master of Science in Information Systems Management and Master of Science in Business Analytics. Both programs help students develop leadership capabilities to leverage IT and data to transform organizations and industries. Both the masters programs are offered in online and onsite formats. The PhD in Business Administration with a concentration in Information Systems develops the next generation of Information Systems researchers. Our PhD graduates are consistently placed in leading research universities around the world

All our programs are well recognized for the high quality of teaching and research conducted by the Department’s world renowned faculty:

  • The undergraduate program is consistently ranked in the top 20 by U.S. News and World Report
  • The graduate MS-ISM program is consistently ranked in the top 20 by U.S. News and World Report
  • Graduate online programs offered in the W. P. Carey School ranked No. 2 by U.S. News and World Report
  • The UT Dallas Research Rankings lists our department at No. 9 for research productivity worldwide
  • Wall Street Journal ranking for recruiter preference ranked ASU at No. 5 nationwide
  • ASU is No. 4 among destinations for international students, as ranked by the Institute for International Education

We strongly believe that good academic programs are designed through collaboration with industry stakeholders. Our Executive Council and Executive Advisory Board members advise us on curriculum development in our undergraduate and graduate programs. We actively engage with industry partners on cutting-edge research projects. Our online newsletter, knowIT, provides a snapshot of some of our past and current research projects.

Many of our research activities are conducted within the Actionable Analytics Lab and the Digital Society Initiative. These labs engage business partners to incubate research projects that have high academic rigor and industry relevance.

We welcome every opportunity to connect with our students, alumni and stakeholders. For additional information or questions, please contact

Raghu Santanam
Department Chair