What Can I Do With a Management Information Systems Major?


The field of management information systems involves applying computer technology, quantitative techniques and administrative skills to the information processing requirements of organizations.

MIS combines computer technology with management decision-making methods—to analyze, design, implement and manage computerized information systems in an organizational environment. A bachelor's degree is generally adequate for entry-level jobs; graduate training is necessary for research and teaching positions.

The Eller College MIS Department has placed in the top five nationally in U.S. News & World Report for almost a decade. Currently the MIS Department ranks third overall and number one among public institutions.

Degree Requirements

The requirements include: foundation courses required for Professional Admission*, general education requirements, professional core courses, free electives and a set of specific MIS courses.

Sample MIS Courses:

  • Introduction to Java Programming Data Structures and Algorithms Data Communications and Networking Database Management Systems Information Systems Analysis and Design
  • Information System Design, Prototyping and Evaluation

* Students must achieve Professional Admission (a competitive and selective application process) to move from the pre-professional phase to the professional phase. 
** Check the Degree/Academic Progress Report (APRR's) for your specific academic program requirements per the catalog.

Other Preparation

Clubs and Organizations
The college has a wide variety of professional fraternities, honoraries and student clubs. Student organizations offer: career information; networking opportunities with alums, corporate representatives, faculty and fellow students; social and professional activities; and provide leadership roles and skills building opportunities. 
Student organizations for MIS students include Management Information Systems Association (MISA).

Visit the Eller Undergraduate Student Organizations website for more information.

Research and Internships
Students in the program are encouraged to take advantage of opportunities for independent study, research, internships and part-time work, even full-time work after the first year of the MIS curriculum. Internships should ideally have a visible connection to the company's success, and allow the student discretion in making decisions in areas such as design and project management.

Laboratory facilities for MIS students are equipped with state-of-the art computer technology. Many locations on campus make computer workstations accessible for student use.

MCSE and Oracle are particularly good to have. Also: Cisco, Java, Linux, SAS, A+

Informational Interviews
Talk one-on-one with someone who does what you'd like to do; find out how to get yourself there.

Career Opportunities

MIS graduates will find career opportunities wherever computers are used in business, industry, and government.

Here are a few examples : Typical job titles include:
  • Website management
  • E-commerce development
  • Decision support systems
  • Credit and billing systems
  • Inventory control systems
  • Software product development
  • Knowledge management systems and business analysis
  • Programmer
  • Systems analyst
  • Database manager
  • Computer specialist
  • Network administrator
  • Software developer
  • Project lead
  • Information technology consultant
  • Applications developer

Management Information Systems Careers Overview


Employment Outlook

Information-technology professionals are among the most sought-after talent in the job market today—but companies seek candidates with solid speaking and writing skills because presentations to clients and working with sales and marketing teams are part of the normal job requirements. Sign-on bonuses are common, relocation packages are broader and more generous, pay rates are accelerating and guaranteed bonuses are common. There is strong demand for professionals with experience in so-called "enterprise-wide solutions." Industry experience is a plus but not necessary to land good job offers. All the major consulting firms are competing for systems analysis talent. Financial services firms are looking for IT professionals who can design electronic banking systems. Openings abound for Java as well as for Internet programmers with good communication and team skills.

Certification and Licenses

Financial managers may broaden their skills and exhibit competency in certain fields by attaining professional certification, such as:

  • Chartered Financial Analyst (Association for Investment Management and Research)
  • Credit Business Associate, Credit Business Fellow, Certified Credit Executive (National Association of Credit Management)
  • Certified Cash Manager (Treasury Management Association)
  • Certified Financial Planner (CFP)
  • Certified Financial Manager (CFM)
  • Chartered Financial Consultant

The Series 7 is the NASD/NYSE exam required by most broker-dealers for their registered representatives.


Starting salaries vary by size and type of employer, location, course work, and experience.

  • UA graduate average offer $57,511 (UA Career Services, Spring 2016).
  • National average salary offer: $56,846 (NACE Salary Survey, Spring 2016)


Levels of certification are available through various organizations.

Recruitment Opportunities

Management Information Systems graduates obtain jobs through various avenues, leading to placements with a wide range of firms and organizations.

Recruitment opportunities include the annual "Career Days," sponsored each fall by UA Career Services and the spring "Career Showcase" coordinated by Eller Student Council and Delta Sigma Pi.

A sample of employers that recruited Eller College MIS majors for both placement and career-related experience in the 2015-2016 school year through the Career Services office:


3M Corporation 
ABF Freight Systems 
Advent Software. 
Agilent Technologies 
Alliance Funding
American Express Technology Group
AMS (American Management Systems) 
Arthur Andersen 
Balboa Capital 
Beneficial Life
Black & Decker 
California State Controllers 
Cap Gemini  
Capital One
CED (Consolidated Electrical Distributors) 
CIA (Central Intelligence Agency) 
Cigna Healthcare 
Cintas Corporation 
Cisco Systems 
Compaq Computer Corporation
Corning Inc. 
Dell Computer 
Deloitte & Touche
Deloitte Consulting 
DMA (DuCharme, McMillen & Associates) 
E & J Gallo Winery 
EMC The Enterprise Storage Company 
Ernst & Young 

FactSet Research Systems 
Farmers Group 
Federal Express  
Gap Information Technology
General Electric 
General Mills 
Haas Publishing 
Hewlett Packard 
Holsum Bakery
i2 Technologies 
IBM Global Services 
IIS (Integrated Information Systems) 
IMC (Information Management 
Intel Corporation 
International Rectifier 
J. D. Edwards 
Jacobson Financial Services
John Hancock Financial Services
Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory
Jules & Associates 
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory 
Lockheed Martin Corporation 
Macy's West 
March of Dimes 
Mervyn's California Corporate Buying
Micron Technology

MTG Management Consultants 
NDC Research & Consulting
New England Financial 
North Star Resource Group 
OLDE Discount Corp.
ON Semiconductors 
Onsite Companies 
Otis Elevators
Pacific Atlantic Systems Leasing 
Philip Morris 
Power Mail
Rainbow Studios 
Seagate Technologies 
Software Architects 
Spartacom Technologies 
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide 
Stryker Endoscopy 
TRW Systems & Information Technology
Tucker Alan 
U.S. Department of Energy
USG Corporation 
Ventana Medical Systems
Ventro Corporation 
WalMart Internal Audit 

Eller and UA Resources

Major Advisor
Kevin Lundeberg

Career Coach
Amanda Lopez

Department of Management Information Systems
Eller College of Management 
McClelland Hall, Rm. 430

Undergraduate Programs
Eller College of Management 
McClelland Hall 204

UA Career Services
Student Union, Suite 411