The BS in Information Systems and Operations Management (ISOM) prepares students with the skills to analyze and leverage information systems and operational processes to address real-world problems and opportunities. The curriculum highlights the interaction of technology, processes and people, helping students gain an understanding of these components and their impact on business value. ISOM graduates apply this knowledge of information technology and operations management to analyze, design, and improve business processes through better information systems design and implementation, and associated project management. Further, ISOM graduates deliver seamless technology-enabled solutions for improving organizational processes and supply chains by integrating different business functions, collaborating with business units in defining requirements, identifying new IT-driven business opportunities, prototyping the solutions, and managing complex projects.  ISOM majors also have opportunities to pursue specialized elective tracks in operations, supply chain management, business analytics, and information security.

Policies

Academic Policies

Students should become familiar with the university's general academic policies in addition to those specific to each academic unit. 

E-mail

George Mason University uses only Mason e-mail accounts to communicate with enrolled students. Students should activate their Mason e-mail, use it to communicate with their school/department/program and other administrative units, and check it regularly for important information.

Study Elsewhere Policy

A student who has matriculated at Mason may transfer a limited number of hours (9 for undergraduates, 6 for graduates) of coursework in School of Business disciplines from another institution (not including registration through the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area or coursework completed through the Center for Global Education). Any course attempted elsewhere must take place more than 50 miles from the George Mason University Fairfax campus.

Special instructions for School of Business students: courses that are attempted at a two-year institution may not be used to fulfill upper-level requirements. Any course that a student wished to transfer to fulfill major or graduate-level course requirements in the School of Business must be attempted at an institution accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).

For additional information, see AP.1.4.2 Permission to Study Elsewhere.

Undergraduate Internship Policy

The School of Business recognizes the importance of experiential education in both learning to apply theory to practice and positioning students for success in their careers.  Because the School of Business is committed to supporting students' professional success, the School requires that all student internships for credit be registered with the School of Business as either BUS 492 Undergraduate Internship or ACCT 492 Internship in Accounting. Students may enroll in a maximum of 6 credits for these courses. For students in catalog years Fall 2016 and beyond, one internship course may apply to the major, and a second internship course would apply as elective credit. For students in catalog years prior to Fall 2016, a maximum of 6 credits of internship may apply to general electives.

Termination from the Major

A grade of C or higher is required in each of the School of Business listed core courses. Students will not be permitted to make more than three attempts to achieve a C or higher in the following School of Business core courses: ​

Those who do not successfully complete these core courses within three attempts will be terminated from their major and will not be eligible to receive a degree from the School of Business. Students terminated from the School of Business are prohibited from enrolling in any School of Business course. Students terminated from the School of Business are permitted to declare a business minor. For more information about this, see AP.5.2.4 Termination from the Major.

University Consortium

Students should review university policies regarding the University Consortium under Special Registration Procedures in the Academic Policies section of this catalog. Students who have attempted or failed a course at Mason are not permitted to take the equivalent course through the consortium under any circumstance. All consortium registration requests must be submitted to the dean's office at least 3 weeks prior to the first day of classes for the relevant semester at Mason.

Any consortium course that a student wishes to register for to fulfill major or graduate-level course requirements in the School of Business must be attempted at an institution accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).

Undergraduate Course Overload Policy

The School of Business recommends that undergraduate students attempt no more than 18 credits in an academic semester and no more than 14 credits in a summer term. Students wishing to attempt more than 18 credits must submit a Permission to Overload form to their academic advisor.

To be eligible for a course overload, a student must fulfill all of the following criteria:

  • At least a 3.0 cumulative GPA at Mason
  • Have completed all courses successfully in his/her previous semester with no Fs or incompletes (IN)
  • Complete the Permission to Overload form and obtain an academic advisor's signature

Freshmen and transfer students in their first semesters are not given permission for overloads as they have yet to establish an academic record at George Mason University.

If approved for an overload, the student is responsible for adding the additional class(es) and paying for the related tuition by the official university deadlines.

Appeals Process

The School of Business strives to maintain policies and procedures that are consistent with those of the University, as well as in the best interest of our students. If you have any questions concerning a particular policy or procedure, please contact the Office of Student Success & Academic Services, Room 008 of Enterprise Hall (703-993-1880) or visit business.gmu.edu.

Courses Excluded from any School of Business BS Degree

SWE 401Internship Reflection1
MUSI 394Ethnomusicology Internship1-4
COMM 450Internship in Communication3
FAVS 450Internship in Film and Video Studies3
GOVT 480Internship3
MUSI 496Internship2-6
CONF 370Internship Field Experience1-9
PHIL 306Philosophy Internship3
RELI 426Religious Studies Internship3
ARTH 393Art History Internships3-6
GCH 498Global and Community Health Internship3,6
GAME 491Internship3-4
HAP 498Health Administration Internship (Mason Core)4
HDFS 499Advanced Internship Analysis in Human Development and Family Science3
EVPP 494Internship1-3
ENGH 459Internship1-3
MUSI 395Teaching Internship1-4
INTS 290Internship1-6
INTS 390International Internship1-6
INTS 490Internship1-6
ECON 498Internship3-6
ASTR 409Astronomy Internship3
SPMT 490Internship (Mason Core)12
TOUR 490Hospitality, Tourism, and Events Management Internship (Mason Core)12
CLIM 409Research Internship3
CHIN 490Internship in Chinese Studies1-9
CONS 498Internship1-3
THR 455Theater Education Internship6-12
AFAM 490Internship2-6
KINE 490Kinesiology Internship III (Mason Core)12
AMGT 489Internship in Arts Management1-4
HDFS 498Internship and Analysis in Human Development and Family Science3
ANTH 495Internship1-6
PRLS 490Recreation Management Internship (Mason Core)12
GGS 480GGS Internship1-3
SPAN 490Internship in Spanish1-6
AVT 489Internship in Art and Visual Technology1-6
USST 490Internship3
WMST 400Internship in Women and Gender Studies1-3
CDS 491Internship1-3
HHS 480Research Internship in Health and Human Services3
CRIM 480Internship6-12
HIST 399Internship1-9
RHBS 490RS: Clinical Research Internship3
LAS 490Internship1-6
HAP 480Research Internship in Health and Human Services3
KINE 341Kinesiology Internship I3
SOCW 480Research Internship in Health and Human Services3
MUSI 495Internship in Music Education (Mason Core)6-12
KINE 441Kinesiology Internship II3
PHYS 409Physics Internship3
HHS 492RS: Internship in Clinical Research3
SOCI 416Internship in Sociology1-6
FRLN 490Internship in Foreign Language Studies1-6
ENGR 395Engineering Internship3
GEOL 480Internship1-3
AVT 453Professional Practices3
CVPA 489Field Experience in the Arts3-6
GLOA 495Global Experiential Learning1-18
KINE 330Seminar in Kinesiology3
ECED 490Internship in Early Childhood Education1-6
FRSC 406Forensic Intership3

Banner Code: BU-BS-ISOM

Degree Requirements

Total credits: 120

School of Business students pursuing a BS degree must complete a minimum of 120 credits, including the Mason Core requirements, business foundations, business core and major requirements. In addition, the following requirements must be met:

  • A minimum of 45 credits at the 300- or 400-level.
  • A minimum of 30 credits of School of Business core and major courses at Mason.
  • At least 9 credits required for the specific major and BUS 498 Capstone Course: Advanced Business Models (Mason Core) taken at Mason.
  • A grade of C or higher earned in the business foundations, business core and major requirements.

Students should carefully examine prerequisites for School of Business courses. Students may be removed from a course if they enroll without having fulfilled the prerequisites.

Mason Core Requirements

School of Business students must complete the Mason Core requirements, plus 1 additional credit of natural science (the School of Business natural science requirement must be fulfilled by completing two 4-credit laboratory sciences). Some Mason Core requirements may already be fulfilled by the major requirements listed below. Students are strongly encouraged to consult their advisors to ensure they fulfill all remaining Mason Core requirements.

Foundation Requirements
Written Communication6
Oral Communication3
Core Requirements
Arts3
Literature3
Natural Science 18
Western Civilization/World History3
Total Credits26
1

School of Business students required to complete 8 credits of natural science by completing two 4-credit laboratory sciences.

Note:

Remaining Mason Core requirements are fulfilled with major coursework.

Business Foundations

ACCT 203Survey of Accounting3
or ACCT 204 Honors Survey of Accounting
BUS 100Business and Society (Mason Core)3
BUS 103Develop Professional Skills I: Foundational Elements3
BUS 200Global Environment of Business (Mason Core)3
BUS 210Business Analytics I3
BUS 310Business Analytics II3
ECON 103Contemporary Microeconomic Principles (Mason Core)3
ECON 104Contemporary Macroeconomic Principles (Mason Core)3
Select one from the following: 13-4
Introductory Calculus with Business Applications (Mason Core)
Analytic Geometry and Calculus I (Mason Core)
Analytic Geometry and Calculus II
Applied Calculus
Total Credits27-28
1

MATH 108 Introductory Calculus with Business Applications (Mason Core) or MATH 113 Analytic Geometry and Calculus I (Mason Core) satisfies the Mason Core quantitative reasoning requirement.

Business Core

A grade of C or higher is required in each of the School of Business listed core courses.

ACCT 303Accounting for Decision Making 13
or ACCT 330 Financial Accounting I
BULE 303Legal Environment of Business 13
BUS 303Develop Professional Skills II: Advanced Elements 13
FNAN 303Financial Management 13
MGMT 303Principles of Management 13
MIS 303Introduction to Business Information Systems (Mason Core) 13
MKTG 303Principles of Marketing 13
OM 303Operations Management 13
Total Credits24
1

Students will not be permitted to make more than three attempts to achieve a C or higher in this course. Those who do not successfully complete these core courses within three attempts will be terminated from their major and will not be eligible to receive a degree from the School of Business. Students terminated from the School of Business are prohibited from enrolling in any School of Business course. Students terminated from the School of Business are permitted to declare a business minor. For more information about this, see AP.5.2.4 Termination from the Major.

General Electives

Select 18-19 credits 118-19
Total Credits18-19
1

General electives may be selected from any University or School of Business course, except courses designated for the Business minor (MBUS). Credits awarded as Associate Degree Elective Credit (ADEC) as part of a student's transfer evaluation are also excluded from general electives.

Major Requirements in Information Systems and Operations Management

Required Courses
MIS 310Database Management Systems3
MIS 330Systems Analysis and Design3
OM 493Management of Technology Projects3
Electives
Select 12 credits from the following list to fulfill the elective requirement as well as any other 300-400 level MIS or OM courses 112
Introduction to Programming for Business Applications 2
Networks and Security
Advanced Database Systems
E-Business Systems Development
Information Systems Audit and Control
Information Security and Assurance
Data Warehousing
Data Mining for Business Applications
Honors Seminar in Management Information Systems (Topic Varies)
Seminar in Management Information Systems
Independent Study in Management Information Systems
Supply Chain Management in a Global Economy
Management Science
Business Process Analysis and Simulation
Business Forecasting
Quality Management
Honors Seminar in Operations Management (Topic Varies)
Independent Study in Operations Management
Undergraduate Internship
Total Credits21
1

Excluding MIS 301 Introduction to Business Information Systems or MIS 303 Introduction to Business Information Systems (Mason Core) or OM 301 Operations Management or OM 303 Operations Management

2

It is strongly recommended that students planning to major in ISOM take MIS 302 Introduction to Programming for Business Applications as part of their program.

Optional Concentrations

Students have considerable flexibility in their choice of electives and may choose from two concentrations of study: one in Operations and Supply Chain Management (OSCM) and the other in Management Information Systems (MIS). Students are strongly urged to discuss their choice of electives and programs of study with their academic advisor and an ISOM faculty member. Concentrations must be declared prior to a student filing an intent to graduate.

Concentration in Operations and Supply Chain Management (OSCM)

If a student has taken any four of the following seven electives, beyond the ISOM required courses, s/he can declare an OSCM concentration.

OM 320Supply Chain Management in a Global Economy3
OM 352Management Science3
OM 435Business Process Analysis and Simulation3
OM 452Business Forecasting3
OM 456Quality Management3
OM 462Honors Seminar in Operations Management (Topic Varies)3
OM 491Seminar in Operations Management3
Total Credits21

Concentration in Management Information Systems (MIS)

If a student has taken any four of the following eight electives, beyond the ISOM required courses, he/she can declare an MIS concentration.

MIS 302Introduction to Programming for Business Applications3
MIS 320Networks and Security3
MIS 412E-Business Systems Development3
MIS 430Data Warehousing3
MIS 462Honors Seminar in Management Information Systems (Topic Varies)3
MIS 491Seminar in Management Information Systems3
Total Credits18

Capstone

Students must successfully complete all Business Core courses to be eligible to enroll in BUS 498 Capstone Course: Advanced Business Models (Mason Core).

BUS 498Capstone Course: Advanced Business Models (Mason Core)3
Total Credits3

Second Majors in Information Systems and Operations Management

Students declaring a second major in Information Systems and Operations Management must complete the three required courses and three elective courses for the major.

Honors in the Major

The School of Business Information Systems and Operations Management Honors Program provides highly motivated students majoring in ISOM with an enriched academic experience integrating curricular, co-curricular and extra-curricular development. Admission to the Honors Program is by invitation only. Students who have been found responsible for an Honor Code violation are not eligible for the program.

Admission Requirements

  • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA and 3.5 GPA in the ISOM major.
  • Two academic/professional references.
  • Once admitted to the program, students with a cumulative GPA below 3.0 will be dropped from the program.

Curricular Requirements

  • MIS 303 Introduction to Business Information Systems (Mason Core) earning a grade of A- or better.
  • OM 303 Operations Management earning a grade of A- or better.
  • A grade of B or better in Business Core curriculum courses:
    ACCT 303Accounting for Decision Making3
    or ACCT 330 Financial Accounting I
    BULE 303Legal Environment of Business3
    BUS 303Develop Professional Skills II: Advanced Elements3
    FNAN 303Financial Management3
    MGMT 303Principles of Management3
    MKTG 303Principles of Marketing3
  • One of the two ISOM Honors seminars: MIS 462 Honors Seminar in Management Information Systems (Topic Varies) or OM 462 Honors Seminar in Operations Management (Topic Varies).

Extra-Curricular Requirements

  • The student must show a high degree of engagement in MISOMA or another School of Business student organization, preferably in a leadership role.

Requirements for the Honors Designation:

  • Honors students must graduate with a minimum 3.00 cumulative GPA and 3.50 GPA in the major.
  • Honors students must meet all curricular and extra-curricular requirements mentioned previously at graduation.