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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.


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.


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Careers you may qualify for

Computer Programmers
Computer and Information Systems Managers



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