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Management Information Systems

Bright career outlook

MIS professionals are in high demand—on a global scale. Business enterprises need employees who understand information technology (IT) and how it can benefit their business. 

Career opportunities are plentiful. The US Labor Department predicts that MIS will have one of the largest growth rates over any other program.

 

Management information systems: professional overview

Management information systems (MIS) is the study of people, technology, and organizations—bridging the gap between business and information technologies (IT).

The MIS specialist:

  • interacts with the potential user
  • understands the strategies of the organization
  • determines the information needs and tools required to align with the business strategies
  • helps to design, implement, test, and manage computerized systems to support these strategies

Because IT touches all aspects of business, MIS specialists can also assume management positions in areas such as marketing, accounting, and human resources.

Management information systems at UMass Dartmouth

The degree in MIS is the perfect blend of:

  • soft skills: interpersonal, analytical, and project management
  • hard skills: database, networking, system development, business analytics and digital business development

The MIS major is designed to develop the skills and knowledge you’ll need for information systems development and information technology (IT) management positions.

You’ll learn the fundamental concepts and methodologies of manage­ment information systems and information technology—how to:

  • analyze, design, and implement information systems from a business perspective
  • apply information technology to business problems

The program offers significant opportunities for hands-on experience with computerized information systems as applied to business. 

Types of positions

  • IT consultant
  • systems analyst
  • e-commerce systems developer
  • database specialist
  • business application developer
  • business analyst

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Average starting salary: $40,000 - $50,000

 

Options within the Management Information Systems Program

Technology and Management Option

Working effectively in MIS within an organization requires a broad set of courses.  Specific MIS courses cover topics such as programming languages, systems analysis and design, networking, database, business analytics, project management, and the management of an organization’s information resources.  In addition, in order to work effectively with the different functional areas in a company, students will take classes in accounting, finance, marketing, and operations management.

The following link provides more detail on this option.

MIS (Technology and Management) Self-Tracking Sheet

E-Commerce / Digital Business Option

This E-Commerce / Digital Business option takes you across disciplines to prepare for success in the Internet economy. Specific MIS courses cover topics such as systems analysis and design, e-commerce, project management and management of an organization’s information resources.  In order to work effectively with the different functional areas in a company, students will take classes in accounting, finance, marketing, and operations management including courses specific to digital business such as entrepreneurship and social media marketing.

The following link provides more detail on this option.

MIS (E-Commerce/Digital Bus.) Self-Tracking Sheet





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