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2015-2016 UMass Dartmouth Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Management Information Systems Major (Options in E-Commerce/Digital Business, and Technology and Management)


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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. The MIS Major offers options in E-Commerce/Digital Business, and in Technology and Management.

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.

Students will

  • 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.

Freshman Year (Both Options)


  • Non-Business Elective (Any course outside the CCB) 3 credits
  • University Studies Requirements (See footnote for web address) 15 credits

Sophomore Year (Both Options)


All courses require sophomore standing (30 credit hours) plus prerequisites

  • University Studies Requirement (See footnote for web address) 3 credits

Option in E-Commerce/Digital Business (Upperclass Requirements)


Junior Year


All courses require junior standing (60 hours) plus prerequisites

  • Non-Business Electives (Any course outside the CCB) 3 credits
  • Business Elective (300- or 400- level business course) 3 credits

Senior Year


All courses require senior standing (90 credits) plus prerequisites

  • Non-Business Electives (Any course outside the CCB) 12 credits
  • Major Electives 6 credits

       Note: Major Electives pick two from: MIS 312, MIS 341, MIS 432, MIS 475, MGT 320, MGT 372, MKT 330, POM 445, POM 446

Option in Technology and Management (Upperclass Requirements)


Junior Year


 All courses require junior standing (60 credits) plus prerequisites

  • University Studies Requirement (See footnote for web address) 3 credits
  • Non-Business Elective (Any course outside the CCB) 3 credits

Senior Year


 All courses require senior standing (90 credit hours) plus prerequisites

  • Non-Business Electives (Any course outside the CCB) 12 credits
  • Business Elective (300- or 400- level business course) 3 credits
  • Major Elective (See list below) 3 credits

       Note: Major Elective picks from: ACT 355, MIS 312, MIS 481, POM 415, POM  425, POM 445, POM 446, POM 465, MKT 330.

Total Credits: 120


 University Studies Requirements

In addition to the requirements in the major, students will be required to complete the University Studies Requirements. For more information: http://www.umassd.edu/generaleducation/universitystudies/universitystudiescurriculum/.

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