An analysis of programmatic differences between dual abet/aacsb and abet-only accredited information systems programs

Since the final approval of the criteria for ABET accreditation of Information Systems (IS) programs in December 2001, only seven institutions have been awarded specialized accreditation for their undergraduate IS degrees. To date only, only one undergraduate IS program has received dual AACSB and ABET accreditation status. This paper explores the commonalities and differences in the seven baccalaureate degrees through an analysis of program structure. Results of the curricular analysis reveal that there is significant difference in required information systems environment coursework between programs housed in AACSB-accredited business schools and those housed in Information Technology schools.