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Information and Decision Sciences (IDS) programs and research emphasize the critical role of information systems, operations management, and data analytics in businesses and organizations.

With a faculty comprised of world-class researchers and experienced industry professionals, we are committed to educating the next generation of leaders in the cutting-edge technologies and solutions that increasingly define success in the global market.

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Business students collaborate

Our program curriculum evolves to encompass ongoing technological change and its effects on business. It emphasizes experiential learning and includes real world projects that integrate foundational knowledge at the business-technology interface. 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. Our programs produce well-rounded analysts, consultants, and managers who are ready to meet the growing demand for these skills in the marketplace.


Business students work at a white board

Research is an integral part of what we do. Our faculty is engaged in fundamental research at the forefront of some of the most important questions faced by modern businesses and socio-economic systems. IDS faculty are active in research in three main areas: 1. Information Management and Systems, 2. Business Analytics – Machine Learning, Statistics and Optimization, and 3. Supply Chain and Operations Management.

  • Top 50 Information Systems Program -UT Dallas Top Business School Research Rankings

  • 4 STEM Designated Master’s Degrees in Business

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The Information and Decision Sciences (IDS) Department offers undergraduate, graduate, and PhD degree programs.

BS in IDS Degree Requirements

Apply Here Graduate and Doctoral Admissions

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Kenneth Jones Jr. IDS Major ('23)

“This summer I will intern at JP Morgan Chase as a Corporate Analyst in Tampa, Florida. I am excited to gain hands-on experience in an analysts role in banking. Ask me about pairing technology with business!”

Kenneth Jones Jr.  |  IDS Major ('23)

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Student Organization Spotlight: INFORMS Heading link

At UIC Business, a large group of our graduate students share the passion for Information Systems and Data Analytics. This passion is also strongly driven by the group of individuals who are part of the INFORMS, student organization for information system enthusiasts. INFORMS at UIC is the latest winner of the INFORMS 2022 Student Chapter Annual Award! They will be honored during a special ceremony in Indianapolis at the INFORMS Annual Meeting. Congratulations!

Read more on the UIC Business Blog

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Matt Liotine, Clinical Professor of IDS

Matt Liotine, Clinical Professor of IDS

Matt Liotine, was an invited speaker and chair at the 2022 North American Supply Chain Executive Summit. He chaired sessions on supply chain lifecycle management, process efficiency, finance, resiliency and sustainability with executives from GE Healthcare, Unilever, Wolters Kluwer, and Interos, among others.

IDS Distinguished Speaker: Fall 2022

Jim Smith, Jack Byrne Distinguished Professor in Decision Science

The Information and Decision Sciences (IDS) Department welcomes Jim Smith, Jack Byrne Distinguished Professor in Decision Science at Dartmouth on September 23, 2022. The UIC and broader Chicago communities are invited to attend. Professor Smith will discuss his paper, Allocating COVID-19 Vaccines: Save One for the Second Dose?

James  E. Smith is the Jack Byrne Distinguished Professor in Decision Science at the Tuck School of Business in Dartmouth College. Jim is a thought leader in Decision Analysis and Management Science, including its interface with risk management and finance. His well-known contributions include the Schwartz and Smith two-factor price model and seminal papers on indifference pricing and information relaxations and duality. His many honors include the INFORMS Fellows Award, the Frank P. Ramsey Medal for lifetime contributions in Decision Analysis, and the INFORMS Decision Analysis Publication Award, which he has received four times. Jim holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University, and a Ph.D. in Engineering-Economic Systems, also from Stanford.

UIC Students Participate in ProMat 2023 Heading link

Led by Matt Liotine, Clinical Professor of IDS, a cohort of UIC graduate students participated in the ProMat 2023 Trade Show Student Day event in Chicago. The group of 20 was comprised of students from the Supply Chain & Operations Management program, Industrial Engineering program, and the Operations Management Group (OMG) student organization.

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Department seminar series

Leading scholars on areas related to Information and Decision Sciences from across the world bring their latest research to faculty, staff, and students. Seminars are usually held on Fridays afternoons in UH 2450. Some seminars may be held virtually via Zoom. For detailed announcements, please subscribe to the IDS-seminar mailing list here.

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Meeting ID: 975 3576 7242
Passcode: IDStalk21

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