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Department of IDS

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Welcome to the Department of IDS

Information and Decision Sciences programs and research emphasize information systems, operations and supply chain management, and business data analytics. With a faculty comprised of world-class researchers and experienced industry professionals, we are committed to educating the next generation of business leaders in the cutting-edge technologies and processes that increasingly define successful businesses.

Our IDS courses evolve to encompass ongoing technological change and its effects on business. We place technology in service of business strategy, so in addition to studying technology, IDS students also study operations, analytics, and complex business processes in order to develop creative problem solving strengths and gain experience working on teams within larger organizations. The program produces well-rounded analysts, consultants, and managers who are ready to meet demand in a rapidly expanding area of business.

Research is an integral part of what we do. IDS faculty are active in research on information management, technology and innovation, data and analytics, health informatics, risk management, business statistics and forecasting, e-business, supply chain management, mobile computing, and social media.

Our curriculum includes experiential learning and real world projects that integrate foundational knowledge at the business-technology interface, covering the areas of information technology and applications, data analytics, operations, and supply chain management. Projects with industry partners are a required component for both our undergraduate and graduate programs.  These projects are supported by industry sponsors and faculty who are actively engaged with the Chicago-area business community.


Undergraduate programs

Bachelor of Science in IDS

  • Concentrations
    • Management Information Systems
    • Operations and Supply Chain Management
    • Business Analytics
  • Minors
    • Management Information Systems
    • Operations and Supply Chain Management
    • Business Analytics


Graduate programs

Management Information Systems

Business Analytics


Research Seminars

Wednesday, March 8
Dr. Stefan Feuerriegel, research group leader with the University of Freiburg
"The Negativity Bias in Stock Markets: Asymmetric Response to Language in Financial Disclosures"


Friday, March 10
John Turner, assistant professor in the Operations & Decisions Technologies group at the Paul Merage School of Business at the University of California at Irvine.
"Planning Online Advertising Using Lorenz Curves"



Upoming Seminars

Each week, IDS faculty from across the nation bring their latest research to faculty, staff and students. Seminars are held in 2450 University Hall fom 1:15 - 2:45 p.m. unless otherwise noted.