Information Systems and Business Analytics

What is the difference between a technical degree and a business degree?


There is a high demand for professionals who understand technology in every business. Today, technology helps us serve our clients more efficiently and effectively than ever before and plays a critical role in business decisions.

Choosing the correct graduate program is vital in landing the exact role you wish to play within a company. With various graduate programs for computer science, information technology, and information systems, it can be hard to decipher what you should invest your time and money in.

The right program for you will all depend on your goals and your passion.

Who Should Pursue a Technical Information Systems Degree?

A technical degree is for those who want to expand their knowledge in the field of technology.

FIU’s School of Computing and Information Sciences offers various master’s degrees for technical roles, including: data science, cybersecurity, computer science, information technology, and telecommunications and networking. They are advanced technical degrees that require prior knowledge and a bachelor’s in similar fields.

These are ideal programs for those who want a career that focuses heavily on programming or coding. They are for those who wish to be software engineers, build databases, or even maintain computer systems for a business.

Who Should Pursue a Business Information Systems Degree?

FIU’s College of Business is home of the Master of Science in Information Systems program, which integrates a curriculum that focuses on both solid technical knowledge and the business skills needed to be in high-level management roles within a company.

Often considered a "well-rounded" degree, the purpose is to learn how to strategically and effectively use information systems to help businesses gain a competitive advantage.

A business degree offers you the opportunity to learn and develop the soft skills needed to be in management ⎯ something the curriculum of a technical degree does not provide.

Which Program Is Right for You?

You’ll discover the perfect program for you once you decide what role you’ll play in a company. Whether it’s innovation and design through a technical degree or project management and analysis through a business degree, you will find a plethora of opportunities in the ever-growing field.

You can also learn more by speaking to an advisor at an upcoming information session.