School of Business and Economics

BS with Major in Management Information Systems (MIS)

Mind For Business, Heart for Technology

If you love technology, enjoy working with people, and are interested in business processes and management, a degree in management information systems (MIS) may be the perfect option for you.

MIS specialists provide a vital and unique role in our modern businesses world. They provide technological support within companies and organizations, working directly with people to solve problems and create solutions. As an MIS professional, you could oversee network security, direct Internet operations, or develop and manage IT projects. Our program will give you the solid hands-on experiences and professional education to prepare you well for this growing job market.

About the Program: The Michigan Tech Advantage

Studying management information systems at a university with prominent technology, engineering, and science programs is a real value. You’ll benefit from Michigan Tech’s unique cross-discipline collaboration and gain the experience you need to build an amazing résumé.

  • With a wide range of courses in programming, usability, network administration, entrepreneurship, graphic and information design, technical and professional communication, finance, and marketing, you’ll be well prepared for all aspects of a professional MIS position.
  • Gain real-world experience through peer collaboration with our senior-level Business Development Experience—you could have the opportunity to develop and present a business plan for a Senior Design or Enterprise project.
  • Take an internship or co-op to gain even more real-world experience—our students are highly sought by top automotive, IT, engineering, and financial companies; nonprofit organizations; and government agencies.
  • The Silicon Valley Spring Break experience is a one-of-a-kind trip available exclusively to School of Business and Economics students. Travel to the heart of the tech business world, tour top-level companies like Google and Cisco, meet with successful entrepreneurs, and more.
  • Get involved with student organizations that fit your interests and offer great résumé experience, such as the Association for Information Systems (AIS) or IT Oxygen, our student-run Enterprise team that focuses on providing information systems and technology solutions for real clients.

Career Pathways

Employment in the MIS field is expected to grow at a rate faster than the average for all other occupations through the year 2016, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. Our program will prepare you to meet the need.

What can I do with a management information systems degree?

  • Business systems analyst
  • Client server support specialist
  • Systems programmer
  • Software engineer
  • Software developer
  • Management analyst
  • Network administrator
  • Billing and coding supervisor
  • Specialist data network analyst

Where have our graduates found work?

  • BNSF Railway
  • BOSS Snowplow
  • Cedar Rapids/Iowa City Technology Corridor
  • Heartland Business Systems
  • Stryker Instruments
  • Compuware Corporation
  • Department of Defense
  • Ford Motor Company
  • General Dynamics

Experiential Learning

Each major offered within the School of Business and Economics has identified a specific way to impart experiential learning.  This could either be conducting market research, managing complex projects, developing a business around an idea or a technological invention, undertaking internships, etc.  

Listed below is the information on the specifics of experiential learning as offered by the MIS major within the School of Business and Economics.

  • Management Information System: MIS 4100 - Information Systems Projects
  • Access to the IS student lab where students can experiment with hardware, software, and networking equipment. Lab equipment was generously donated by CCI Systems.

Student Learning Goals

Per the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), assessment of student learning is critical to the continuous improvement of our academic program. To develop a strong assessment, the School of Business and Economics established seven student learning goals all SBE undergraduates should achieve by graduation:  These learning goals were designed to align with the SBE's mission statement.  We emphasize direct, embedded assessment of student work in our courses.   As part of our overall curriculum management, these assessment results enable us to identify opportunities to improve courses and curricula, and teaching practices.

  1. Critical Analysis 
  2. Technical Competence
  3. Ethical Awareness
  4. Team Work
  5. Effective Communication
  6. Global Leadership
  7. Disciplinary Knowledge

a. Provides an understanding of the IS development and modification process and the evaluation choices of a system development methodology. Emphasizes effective communication with users, team members and customers.

b. Apply knowledge of database design and demonstrate proficiency in creating a database.

c. Apply knowledge of object oriented programming by implementing a practical application using Java.