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Field of Study: Management Information Systems

Introduction

Management information systems programs prepare people to design and maintain systems that collect and manage data.

 

Overview

Management information systems help managers make business decisions, using computers to gather, store, and retrieve data.

Management information systems programs include topics such as:

  • Applicable policy and regulations
  • Information technology
  • Information security
  • Telecommunications
  • Operations and personnel management
  • Principles of computer and information systems

Concentrations
In management information systems programs, students may be able to specialize in:

  • Information resources management
  • Knowledge management

Schools
Many colleges and universities offer bachelor's degrees in management information systems. A bachelor's degree usually takes about four years of full-time study.

Many universities also offer graduate degrees in information management sciences. One option is a Master of Information Science (MIS) degree. A master's degree typically requires two years of study beyond a bachelor's degree. Doctoral (PhD) degree programs usually require two or more years of study beyond the master's degree.

 

College preparation

You can prepare for this program by taking courses in high school that prepare you for college. This typically includes four years of English, three years of math, three years of social studies, and two years of science. Some colleges also require two years of a second language.

  • Pre-Calculus
  • Economics
  • Psychology
  • Introduction to Business
  • Computer Science and Programming
  • Public Speaking

 

Graduate admissions

Admission to graduate programs is competitive. You need a bachelor's degree, good grades, and good test scores. Your bachelor's degree should be in management information systems or another business field. Or your bachelor's might be in computer science, with some business courses. Requirements for entering an MBA program usually are less demanding than for an MIS program. In fact, you may qualify with little formal education in business if you have business experience and a good background in computers.

Additional requirements at some schools include:

  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) (G) (for MIS)
  • Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) (for MBA)
  • Knowledge of a computer language
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Interview (for MBA)

 

Typical course work

This program typically includes courses in the following subjects:

  • Business Finance
  • Business Law
  • Business Writing
  • C++ Programming
  • Calculus for Business
  • Database Design and Administration
  • Decision Support Systems for Management
  • English Composition
  • Introduction to Accounting
  • Introduction to Management Information Systems
  • Introduction to Marketing
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Networks and Telecommunications
  • Operations Management
  • Principles of Macroeconomics
  • Principles of Management and Organization
  • Principles of Microeconomics
  • Statistics for Business
  • Strategic Management
  • Systems Analysis and Design

 

Things to know

Business touches on all aspects of the culture, so you should take courses in non-business subjects. Good skills in writing, speaking, and critical thinking are needed for advancement in the business world.

Business courses in high school can be useful preparation for a career in management information systems. You should take only a few, so that your high school transcript shows that you are preparing for a demanding college-level program.

 

Similar fields of study

Careers you may qualify for

Computer Programmers
Computer and Information Systems Managers

 

Resources

All Business Schools
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Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business
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Schools that offer program

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Augsburg College - Minneapolis, Located in Metro
Bemidji State University , Located in Northwest
Bemidji State University - Online , Located in Northwest
Benchmark Learning - Edina, Located in Metro
Cardinal Stritch University - Eden Prairie, Located in Metro
Concordia College - Moorhead, Located in Northwest
Concordia University, St. Paul , Located in Metro
Dakota County Technical College - Rosemount, Located in Metro
Dakota County Technical College - Online - Rosemount, Located in Metro
DeVry University - Edina , Located in Metro
Hennepin Technical College - Brooklyn Park , Located in Metro
Hennepin Technical College - Eden Prairie , Located in Metro
Hennepin Technical College - Online - Brooklyn Park, Located in Metro
Lake Superior College - Duluth, Located in Northeast
Lake Superior College - Online - Duluth, Located in Northeast
Metropolitan State University - Online - Saint Paul, Located in Metro
Metropolitan State University - St. Paul - Saint Paul, Located in Metro
Minnesota State Community and Technical College - Detroit Lakes , Located in Northwest
Minnesota State Community and Technical College - Fergus Falls , Located in Northwest
Minnesota State Community and Technical College - Moorhead , Located in Northwest
Minnesota State Community and Technical College - Online - Perham, Located in Northwest
Minnesota State Community and Technical College - Wadena , Located in Northwest
Minnesota State University, Mankato , Located in Southeast
Minnesota State University, Mankato - Online , Located in Southeast
National American University - Bloomington , Located in Metro
National American University - Brooklyn Center , Located in Metro
National American University - Burnsville , Located in Metro
National American University - Minnetonka , Located in Metro
National American University - Rochester , Located in Southeast
National American University - Roseville , Located in Metro
Normandale Community College - Bloomington, Located in Metro
Normandale Community College - Online - Bloomington, Located in Metro
North Hennepin Community College - Brooklyn Park, Located in
North Hennepin Community College - Online - Brooklyn Park, Located in Metro
Rasmussen College - Blaine , Located in Metro
Rasmussen College - Bloomington , Located in Metro
Rasmussen College - Brooklyn Park , Located in Metro
Rasmussen College - Eagan , Located in Metro
Rasmussen College - Lake Elmo , Located in Metro
Rasmussen College - Mankato , Located in Southwest
Rasmussen College - Moorhead , Located in Northwest
Rasmussen College - St. Cloud , Located in Central
Rochester Community and Technical College , Located in Southeast
Rochester Community and Technical College - Online , Located in Southeast
Saint Paul College - St. Paul, Located in Metro
Saint Paul College - Online - St. Paul, Located in Metro
St. Cloud State University , Located in Central
St. Cloud State University - Online , Located in Central
University of Minnesota, Crookston , Located in Northwest
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities - Minneapolis, Located in Metro
University of Northwestern St. Paul , Located in Metro
Walden University - Minneapolis, Located in Metro
Winona State University , Located in Southeast
Winona State University - Online , Located in Southeast