Management Information Systems

The Management Information Systems program enables students to learn how to integrate technology into business processes to improve system efficiency and effectiveness. MIS students take general business courses such as accounting, finance, marketing, economics, statistics, and project management, but additionally take coursework such as programming, databases, networking, information systems, information technology and ecommerce in order to learn how these disciplines support modern businesses. Graduates of the Management Information Systems program pursue careers as programmers, business analysts, technical or network support personnel, systems analysts, web developers, database analysts and account managers.

An MIS major is of interest to students who wish to specialize in business-orientated information analysis and data processing. This curriculum provides a broad overview of computer based information systems, with special emphasis on business applications and managerial control. An MIS professional utilizes tools, techniques, and concepts of various disciplines such as computer science and management science. These interdisciplinary tools combined with an understanding of the basic needs of an organization enable the information system professional to apply computer technology to the solution of a wide range of business problems. Frequently information systems professionals interact with individuals in the functional areas of an organization to analyze information needs and requirements and to serve as a liaison with computer systems personnel.

What is an information system?

An information system is the power behind the decision making process of an organization; it is an integral part of an effective management system. The information system professional utilizes tools, techniques, and concepts of various disciplines such as computer science, management science, and organizational behavior. These interdisciplinary tools, combined with an understanding of the basic needs of an organization, enable the information system professional to apply computer technology to the solutions for a wide range of business problems.

Is This Major Right for You?

In order to succeed in this major, a student should be interested in organizations and how they function, as well as in computing. This student also needs a strong grasp of oral and written communication skills. Working with computers in general requires the student to be able to concentrate, to deal with frustrations, to be a self-starter and to be motivated to learn on their own.

Course Requirements

77 S.H. (No Minor Required)
MATH 110 Finite Mathematics OR higher (3) (MATH 140

Applied Calculus is required and counts toward the University Studies
ACCT 211 Financial Accounting Principles (3)
ACCT 212 Managerial Accounting Principles (3)
ECON 201 Principles of Microeconomics (3)
ECON 202 Principles of Macroeconomics (3)
ECON 222 Business Statistics OR STAT 210 (3)
BUSA 291 Legal Environment in Business (3)
FIN 360 Corporate Finance (3)
MKTG 300 Principles of Marketing (3)
MIS 362 Management Information Systems (3)
MGMT 325 Organizational Dynamics (3)
MGMT 334 Operations Management (3)
MGMT 495 Strategic Management (3)
Satisfies University Studies requirements.


Computer Science (8 S.H.)

CS 234 Algorithms & Problem Solving I (4)
CS 250 Algorithms & Problem Solving II (4)
Management (3 S.H.)

MGMT 464 Project Management (3)
Management Information Systems (21 S. H.)
MIS 202 Microcomputers in Business (3)

MIS 312 Business Computer Programming (3)
MIS 342 Advanced Business Computer Applications (3)
MIS 372 Management of Business Systems Development (3)
MIS 412 Management of E-Commerce (3)
MIS 452 Management of Telecommunication Systems (3)
MIS 482 Management of Information Technology (3)
ACCT 330 Accounting Information Systems (3)

ACCT 361 Intermediate Managerial/Cost Accounting (3)
CS 310 Social Implications of Computing (3)
CS 344 Introduction to Web Programming (3)
CS 375 Computer Systems (4)
CS 385 Applied Database Management Systems (3)
FIN 335 Forecasting Methods (3)
FIN 440 International Finance (3)
MGMT 414 Operations Planning and Control (3)
MGMT 435 Managing for Quality (3)
MIS 332 Business Programming Tools (3)
MIS 399 Internship Problems (3)
MIS 462 Decision Support Systems (3)
MIS 472 Management of LANs and WANs (3)
MIS 492 Topics in MIS (3)

Future Career

These professions and professional organizations illustrate the types of positions you might qualify for if you complete this major. Some majors are more directly related to employment than others. You should consider the likelihood of employment after graduation carefully, if you do not plan to go on for graduate work in a field. You should determine what the prospects are for this or any major. Employment possibilities are often enhanced by selecting employment-related courses and by the enrollment in second major or in a minor.

  • Communication Specialist
  • Computer Programmer
  • Information Systems Manager
  • Networking Specialist
  • Software Engineer
  • Systems Engineer
  • Technology Instructor
  • Computer Analyst
  • Database Specialist
  • Internet Specialist
  • Project Leader
  • Systems Development Manager
  • System Specialist
  • Technology Representative

Median Salary Range for MIS Careers

Database Analyst:                           $49,400
Client/Server Programmer II:         $70,183
Computer Operation Manager:       $100,960

Note: These numbers are Minneapolis media salary (bonus and benefits excluded) from Actual expected salaries will vary depending on your chosen career path, experience, and even your geographic location.