Management Information Systems

Offered as: major | minor

What is Management Information Systems, or MIS? MIS is about finding answers and leveraging information technology within an organization to increase business value and profits.

In our MIS program you will learn how to:

  • analyze an organization's information systems
  • conceptualize and design business solutions using communication and information technologies
  • implement solutions and manage project teams
  • manage systems throughout their life cycles
  • apply technical skills in database, networking and business analytics

A bachelor's degree in MIS prepares you for a multitude of career paths, including IT consultant, business analyst, e-commerce systems developer, and database specialist. 

MIS professionals are in high demand. In fact, the US Labor Department predicts that MIS will have one of the largest growth rates over any other profession. 

Unique opportunities

  • Gain hands-on work experience through Charlton's internship programs
  • Consult with faculty and career advisors to identify where you want to go in your career—and how to get there
  • Put your knowledge into action with student organizations such as Consulting Club

Major in MIS

Our faculty will teach you the fundamental concepts and methodologies needed for information systems development and information technology management positions, focusing on:

  • learning core technologies such as database, business analytics and networking
  • applying information technology to business problems
  • analyzing, designing, and implementing IT solutions
  • project management methodologies to support managing systems

MIS differs from computer science in its emphasis on the application of computer systems rather than on their development. The MIS major offers a broad educational experience in business, computer applications, the humanities, and social sciences.

MIS majors select one of two options:

  • Technology and Management: advanced course work includes business intelligence and analytics, database design, networking and security, systems analysis, management of an organization's information resources and project management
  • E-Commerce/Digital Business: advanced course work prepares you for success in the Internet economy through e-commerce development, social media marketing, systems analysis, small business management, and management or an organization's information resources

For the BS in Management Information Systems, you'll complete 60 credit hours in liberal arts along with 60 credit hours in business, consisting of 20 liberal arts classes, 10 courses in management information systems and 10 related business courses, for 120 credits overall.  The business classes – such as accounting, marketing, and finance – help MIS graduates work effectively with the different functional areas of a company for diagnosing problems and designing solutions. 

Minor in MIS

Almost every profession and every job today is relying more and more on information systems and data resources in order to manage and improve their business. The Minor in MIS is designed to provide a foundation for designing and using information and data resources effectively.

Advance your career options with an MBA or MBA/JD

  • Benefit from advanced management and leadership education through Charlton's 30 credit MBA program for business majors.
  • Integrate advanced management study with a law school education through the joint MBA/JD program with UMass Law.

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Success story

Sarah Riecke
Management Information Systems Major

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Internship placements

  • Acushnet Company
  • EMC Corporation
  • Hasbro
  • Ocean Spray

Career placements

  • Amica Mutual Insurance Co.
  • Boston Medical Center
  • Cisco Systems
  • EMC
  • ExxonMobil
  • General Dynamics Information Technology
  • Gulf Oil L.P.
  • IBM
  • John Hancock
  • Lockheed Martin
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • TechTarget
  • United States Air Force
  • United Way of America
  • W.B. Mason

Sample graduate schools

  • Bentley University
  • Harvard Business School
  • UMass Dartmouth


Bharatendra Rai
Chair, Decision and Information Sciences
Charlton Building, Room 326

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