Financial Services Operations and Systems Degree
No longer accepting new FSOS majors.
FSOS has been replaced with Financial Enterprise Systems.
Financial Services Operations and Systems (FSOS) is a challenging and evolving field of study. This challenging field involves the innovative application of computer technology and analytical skills to understand the information needs within the operations of the financial services industry. Demand for FSOS professionals who are skilled in both technology and service operations is expected to rise given the evolving nature of the financial services industry worldwide.
Students majoring in FSOS receive a comprehensive education in the design, analysis, development and management of information systems. Several specialized courses tailored to the needs of the 21st century financial services industry distinguish this major from others. FSOS students are educated in financial markets and institutions, financial service operations, business continuity, risk management and data mining. FSOS graduates have strong analytical, technical and managerial skills spanning the business functional areas and are experienced in oral and written communication.
The financial services operations and systems (FSOS) minor is offered jointly by the Information and Technology Management Department and the Finance Department. Several specialized courses, tailored to the needs of the 21st century financial services industry, are designed to complement the major of students who plan to work in this field. Courses in the FSOS minor cover financial markets and institutions, operations management, systems security, risk management, business intelligence and business analytics. The minor can be combined with any COB major, providing the student with a strong portfolio of knowledge and skills in financial services operations.
Features of our innovative program include interactive lectures, individual and team assignments and experiential learning to help students build successful careers. Under the direction of highly-qualified and experienced faculty, students work with local companies, both individually and as team members, to develop solutions for software and data management problems. Alliances with the SAP and Microsoft corporations provide students access to a wide array of contemporary software tools. Partnerships with information systems professional associations provide many opportunities for student interaction with the business community. Guest lecturers from business and government are regularly featured. Internships with well-known corporations are available to qualified students. This combination of skills and experience prepares our FSOS graduates to be leaders of the next generation of professionals in the financial services industry.
Topics of Study
- Finance concepts and their implementation as financial services operations
- Principles of system theory and its application to financial services operations
- Information systems analysis and design focused on integrating information technology solutions and business processes to solve business problems and exploit business opportunities
- Planning process as it applies to the information systems development life cycle in the financial services industry
- Information Security, risk management and ethical and legal issues
- Database design and administration
- Business Intelligence and Analysis to improve service operations
Career and Graduate School Opportunities
The FSOS program prepares students for careers in financial services organizations as service operations managers, systems analysts, programmers and database developers and Business Analysts. After several years of experience and with additional training, graduates can become project managers, database administrators and directors of the service operations function within their organizations.
Through UT's partnership with Financial Florida, graduates are adequately prepared to pursue successful careers in the major financial services firms in the state of Florida. Graduates are also well prepared to pursue graduate degrees in many business fields. To learn more about graduate programs offered at UT, visit our Graduate Business Programs page.
High School Preparation
No previous experience with computers is required. However, any computer-oriented high school curriculum would be excellent preparation for the FSOS major.
Financial Services Operations and Systems majors are encouraged to participate in the activities of local chapters of professional organizations. Business knowledge can also be enhanced through participation in campus professional organizations including the UT Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Student Chapter. In addition, some students are invited to join Alpha Iota Mu, a national Information Systems Honor Society and/or Beta Gamma Sigma, a national Business Honor Society for AACSB accredited schools.