Management Information Systems Major

Why Management Information Systems?


The 24 hours required in Management Information Systems specialization prepares the graduate to be the liaison between managers and computers, and to manage automated information systems. Management recognizes the need to treat information as a corporate asset whose ultimate value is dependent on the implementation of effective computer-based information systems. Development of these data systems requires knowledge of the enterprise and its functions as well as technical competence. Therefore, management of information through database administration systems, analysis and design, development of business software, and use of computers as decision-making tools is emphasized.

Careers in Management Information Systems

  • Development in IS Departments:
    The bulk of placement of IS graduates is covered by this category. All projections indicate a growing gap between the demand and supply for these positions. These positions call for strong communication and interpersonal skills. The career path moves through support ranks to that of project managers, and IS executive management.
  • End-User Support and Development:
    This is a rapidly growing segment of the IS market. As user departments seek to find alternatives to traditional systems, an option that is increasing adopted is that of in-house development, particularly for smaller and personalized IS. In this case, the person serves as a department or local expert. They may be called upon to perform a variety of tasks. Knowledge of a functional area (e.g. accounting, finance, marketing, etc.) is an essential complement to the traditional IS skills for these positions.
  • Management of IS Operations:
    A small but important segment of the IS placement occurs in the managerial cadre. Graduates may assume positions that involve managing a data center, or may be in charge of specific IS functions (e.g. application systems development, technology investigation, IS maintenance, and the like). These positions call for strong management skills, coupled with a solid technical base.
  • Specialized IS Positions:
    Another small, though rapidly growing, segment covers placement requiring specialized IS knowledge. This includes database administration, communications and local area network administration, IS quality assurance, and auditing. These positions call for in-depth technical knowledge.
  • Management Consulting Opportunities:
    The prior categories involve placement of IS graduates within the organization for which their services are needed. In situations where an organization may not be able to staff these positions, consultants may be employed to develop and maintain application systems. This forms a large segment of the placement of IS graduates. In addition to traditional development, IS consultants may be called upon to evaluate new information technologies, integrate diverse technologies, and implement IS conversions.
  • Provider of IS Services:
    This segment has emerged as organizations continue to outsource their IS development and operations. Current trends suggest that demand in this area will grow rapidly over the next few years. These providers will support a wide range of IS services, and therefore be looking to employ graduates with a wide range of skills.
  • Miscellaneous Jobs:
    In addition, there are a number of related entrepreneurial opportunities that utilize IS skills, including positions in multimedia systems development, Web page authoring, Internet service provision, etc.

Management Information Systems Requirements
B.B.A. Core Courses – The core courses (42 hours) are the same for any of the seven B.B.A. specializations:

ACCT 2305 – Principles of Accounting I
ACCT 2306 – Principles of Accounting II
BUAD 3318 – Business Law
BUAD 4330 – Strategic Management/Business Policy
BUAD 4334 – Business Ethics
BUAD 4335 – Quantitative Decision Making
ECON 2307 – Principles of Macroeconomics
ECON 2308 – Principles of Microeconomics
FINA 3309 – Financial Management
*MATH 1306 – Elementary Statistics
MGMT 3304 – Principles of Management
MGMT 3310 – Managerial Communication
MISM 3303 – Information Systems Theory and Practice
MKTG 3312 – Principles of Marketing

* Fulfills the general education requirement of additional mathematics hours.

B.B.A. Specialization in Management Information Systems Courses – The following courses (24 hours) are required for the Management Information Systems specialization:

MISM 3301 – Information Technology Hardware
MISM 3304 – Information Technology Operating Systems
MISM 3314 – Advanced Computer Applications
MISM 3327 – Computer Networking
MISM 3329 – Internet and Online Technologies
MISM 4302 – Wireless Information Technology
MISM 4306 – Information Systems Security
MISM 4324 – Project Management

Management Information Systems Sample Course Track
The following table illustrates a recommended course sequence for B.B.A. students over the span of eight semesters. The “SPEC/ELECTIVE” courses represent the requirements for each specific specialization. A list of these courses is provided above.

Recommended Course Sequence for B.B.A. Majors

FRESHMAN

FALL

 

FRESHMAN

SPRING

 

SOPHOMORE

FALL

 

SOPHOMORE

SPRING

 

ENGL 1301

3

ENGL 1302

3

ENGL 2303

3

ENGL 2301/2302

3

HIST 1303/2301

3

HIST 1304/2302

3

POLS 2301

3

SOCIAL SCIENCE

3

RLGN 1301

3

RLGN 1302

3

LIFE SCIENCE

4

PHYS. SCIENCE

4

MATH 1304

3

FOR. LANG.

3

ECON 2307

3

ECON 2308

3

FINART 1303

3

SPCH 1301/2303

3

ACCT 2305

3

ACCT 2306

3

COSC 2311*

3

EXSS ACTIVITY

1

ORIE 0001/           UNVI 1100

0-1

TOTAL

18-19

15

17

16

*COSC 2311: Students can test out of this course.

JUNIOR

FALL

 

JUNIOR

SPRING

 

SENIOR

FALL

 

SENIOR

SPRING

 

MGMT 3304

3

MGMT 3310

3

BUAD 3318

3

GRAD 0001/        GRAD 4101

0-1

MKTG 3312

3

FINA 3309

3

BUAD 4334

3

BUAD 4330

3

MISM 3303

3

BUAD 4335

3

SPEC/ELECTIVE

3

SPEC/ELECTIVE

3

MATH 1308

3

EXSS ACTIVITY

1

SPEC/ELECTIVE

3

SPEC/ELECTIVE

3

EXSS 1112

1

SPEC/ELECTIVE

3

SPEC/ELECTIVE

3

SPEC/ELECTIVE

3

SPEC/ELECTIVE

3

TOTAL

13

16

15

12-13