Bachelor of Science degree
The Management Information Systems program is designed to prepare students for one of the most rapidly expanding professions in the business world.
Management Information Systems prepares the student to both analyze an organization’s information systems structure and design and implement appropriate systems. This major offers a broad educational experience in business, computer applications, the humanities and social sciences.
The primary emphasis of the program is the application of the “systems approach” to business problem-solving and decision-making. Analysis of both on-campus and off-campus “real-life” business systems provides students with practical experience and increases their value in the professional career market.
Management Information Systems differs from computer science by its greater emphasis on applications of computer systems than on development and analysis. The applications are focused on complex business needs in organizations. Management Information Systems majors conceptualize, design and implement high quality business systems and build bridges between technical realities, organizational functions, and decision-making by managers.
Student Learning Outcomes
Consonant with the mission of the college, the purpose of the management information systems program is to prepare students for careers in the application of information technology to solving business problems and to exploring new business opportunities. Graduates will be capable of analyzing an organization’s information requirements as well as designing and implementing effective systems to satisfy those needs.
- acquire a thorough knowledge of the principles and concepts pertinent to information technology applications;
- learn to adapt to new and changing information technologies through the application of principles and concepts, becoming life-long learners;
- develop a systems view and critical analysis skills in identifying problems and opportunities amenable to the application of information technology;
- apply creative thinking skills and systems design methods in developing information technology-based systems;
- understand the human, organizational, and technical issues involved in implementing information technology-based systems and the challenges inherent to change;
- develop teamwork skills that foster cooperation among organizational units and disciplines; and
- be aware of and able to deal with ethical and societal implications of current and future applications of information technology.
The Bachelor of Science degree in Management requires completion of 40 courses—120 credits.
Business Foundation Requirements - 6 courses
- ECO 231 MicroEconomics
- ECO 232 MacroEconomics
- POM 212 Statistics
- MIS 101 The Business Organization*
- MTH 103 Finite Mathematics
- ENL 265 Business Writing
MIS Major Courses – 6 courses
- MIS 211, Information Technology Hardware and Software
- MIS 212 Programming and Problem Solving
- MIS 322 System Analysis and Design
- MIS 341 Data Communications and Network
- MIS 432 Database Design and Implementation
- MIS 461 Management of Information Systems
- MIS 462 Advanced Information Systems
- MIS Elective. Choose MIS 300-level or above
Core business requirements—10 courses
- ACT 211 Financial Accounting
- ACT 212 Managerial Accounting
- FIN 312 Finance
- MKT 311 Marketing
- MGT 311 Organizational Behavior
- MGT 312 Legal Framework in Business
- MIS 315 Management Information Systems
- POM 333 Quantitative Business Analysis
- POM 345 Operations Analysis
- MGT 490 Business Strategy
Business Electives – 1 or 2 courses
Students select 300 or 400-level business courses that are not required by their major. These courses may be taken from any other discipline in the College of Business. Students can use these electives for a minor if they do not also use them in their major. Consult your advisor and plan carefully.
Students who entered prior to fall 2012 have 1 business elective. Students who enter in fall 2012 or after will take 2 business electives.
Non-business electives — 5 to 7 courses
Students select four courses outside of the College of Business. All students are strongly advised to investigate minors in other Colleges and make selections that meet requirements of that minor. Consult with your advisor for assistance .
University Studies courses or GEN ED—6 or 8 courses
First year students who enter the university in fall 2012 or later and transfer students who enter in fall 2012 with less than 26 credit hours will take 6 additional courses from University Studies. http://www.umassd.edu/generaleducation/universitystudies/universitystudiescurriculum/.
First year students who entered the university prior to fall 2012 and transfer students who entered prior to fall 2012 with more than 25 credit hours will take 10 additional general education courses. http://www.umassd.edu/generaleducation/generalinformation/
* Transfer students with more than 15 credit hours do not take MIS 101. Substitute a 300 or 400-level business elective.