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Field of Study: Management Information Systems


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



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

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

  • Information resources management
  • Knowledge management

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.