Loyola University Chicago

Quinlan School of Business



  • Strategic/critical thinking skills
  • Functional skills (e.g., marketing, accounting)
  • Industry/sector perspectives and knowledge
  • Resource management skills
  • Marketing/client focus skills

Technical Competencies

  • Database and data warehousing
  • Data mining and data visualization
  • Programming
  • Systems analysis and design
  • Business data analytics

Personal Competencies

  • Project management skills
  • Communication skills
  • Professional demeanor
  • Problem solving and decision-making skills
  • Teamwork skills
  • Leadership skills

Information systems (IS) is about how organizations use computers and data to facilitate business processes and solve problems. Every organization uses information systems. Even the smallest organizations use computers to do accounting, maintain a website, and order materials. The largest corporations use computers to run their entire organization (from purchasing to after-sale service). Some run their entire business electronically such as eBusinesses. Without IS, many organizations couldn't run, period. With bad IS, many organizations couldn't run for very long. With good IS, many organizations are very successful.

While organizations need some people to understand all of the technical details of Information Systems (IS), they also need people who know how IS and data can best enable the organization, and they need people who can manage the technical people to make sure they focus on issues that contribute to the organization's goals. Our programs will ground you in the technology and data management, so you can manage the organization and its data. Our aim is not to make you technical experts.

Anyone who is determined to be as good as they can be in their chosen field can be called a geek. For example, if you are about to have surgery, wouldn't you want your surgeon to have been a really diligent student who studied hard and did what s/he had to do to become really good in the operating room? At the same time, we want our graduates to know not just about information technology, but also how IS can enable the organization to reach its goals.

This is a common fallacy. Some level of technical knowledge is obviously required. However, you also need to understand that technology and data enable business. IS professionals advise, teach, consult, and participate actively in decision-making, management, and leadership.

Obviously, you need some basic level of technology skills, but that is only part of what you need to be successful. Many other skills are just as important, including broad business competencies such as leadership, critical thinking, and communication.