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Management Information Systems

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

MIS is about finding answers and leveraging information and communication technology within an organization to increase business value and profits. MIS professionals are in high demand. In fact, the U.S. Labor Department predicts that MIS jobs will continue to have one of the largest growth rates.

In our MIS program you will learn how to:

  • Employ core technologies such as database, enterprise systems, e-commerce, business analytics, and networking
  • Apply information technology to business problems by analyzing, designing, and implementing IT solutions
  • Manage IT systems throughout their life cycle

MIS employs three related sets of skills:

  • Technical skills such as database and business analytics to create a solution;
  • System analysis and project management skills to design and manage the IT-based project; and
  • A set of business courses including accounting, marketing, leadership, and teamwork to learn the language and theories of business -- that is, the environment that the IT.


The Charlton College of Business’ MIS degree offers two concentrations that enable you to refine your MIS skills in your area of interest:

  • Technology and Management: advanced course work includes business intelligence and analytics, database design, enterprise systems, networking and security, systems analysis, management of an organization's information resources and project management
  • E-Commerce and 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 of an organization's information resources

Our faculty will teach you the fundamental concepts and methodologies needed for information systems development and management. Most MIS courses include a team project, often with a client in the community, to practice the complexity in creating successful IT-based projects – that is, integrating the technical, organizational and people components.

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

For the BS in Management Information Systems, you'll complete total 120 credit hours, consisting of University Studies courses (liberal arts), College Foundation requirements for business (e.g., accounting, finance, marketing, management, and operations), and a set of more advanced MIS required and elective classes. Transfer credits are evaluated individually for each applicant.

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.

Course descriptions, schedules and requirements

Student success

Kenny Duong '22, '23: Becoming a leader

MIS and MSTM 4+1 student is well-positioned for a career as a leader.

Internship placements

  • Acushnet Company
  • EMC Corporation
  • Hasbro
  • Ocean Spray

Sample graduate schools

  • Bentley University
  • Harvard Business School
  • UMass Dartmouth

Career placements

  • Amica Mutual Insurance Co.
  • Boston Medical Center
  • Cisco Systems
  • EMC
  • ExxonMobil
  • Fidelity
  • 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

MIS major mean starting salary:

NACE Data Collection of Class of 2023 Undergraduate Alumni

UMassD advantages

  • 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 DECA and the Consulting Club


Expand your opportunities

  • 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.

Management Information Systems faculty

Bharatendra Rai
Bharatendra Rai, PhD
Rui Huang
Rui Huang, PhD
Toby Stapleton
Julia Yuzhu Li
Yuzhu Li, PhD
Zhengzhong Shi
Zhengzhong Shi, PhD
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