USC Upstate to offer condensed, online degree in Information Management and Systems with minor in Business Administration

June 9, 2012 at 7:00 am

The role of the information technology professional in the workplace has changed dramatically and continues to evolve rapidly. In today’s business environment, IT professionals are expected to be well-versed in technical areas, and increasingly, in business and management theory.

With that in mind, the Department of Informatics at the University of South Carolina Upstate announces a new, condensed, online bachelor of arts degree program for working professionals in information management and systems with a minor in business administration.

The degree program is designed specifically for working, “return-to-learn” professionals who already have a two-year associate degree or who have completed a significant amount of coursework elsewhere. The self-paced schedule allows students to complete each course at their own pace (five to 15 weeks per course) over three semesters per year, over three years. Students will take 24 courses in informatics and business, or 72 credit hours, and transfer in at least 49 credit hours from prior coursework.

“This degree program uniquely combines the areas of information management and information technology with business administration, preparing professionals to excel in both,” says Ron Fulbright, associate professor of informatics. He adds that the program is ideal for the working professional as it accommodates the changing life and work schedules of the non-traditional student.

Fulbright has more than 30 years experience in computer engineering, software engineering, information technology, Web technologies, autonomous robotics, and computer-aided innovation. In addition to Fulbright, other faculty members who will teach the IMS courses are Dr. Richard Routh, with more than 27 years experience in artificial intelligence, knowledge-based systems, and executive business management, and Dr. Angelina Tzacheva, with more than 10 years experience in information technology, data mining, and action rule discovery in large databases.

For more information on the degree program, visit, or contact Dr. Fulbright at or (864) 503-5683.