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.
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.
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+
Talk one-on-one with someone who does what you'd like to do; find out how to get yourself there.
MIS graduates will find career opportunities wherever computers are used in business, industry, and government.
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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.
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:
FactSet Research Systems
Gap Information Technology
IBM Global Services
IIS (Integrated Information Systems)
IMC (Information Management
J. D. Edwards
Jacobson Financial Services
John Hancock Financial Services
Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory
Jules & Associates
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Lockheed Martin Corporation
March of Dimes
Mervyn's California Corporate Buying
MTG Management Consultants
Eller and UA Resources
Department of Management Information Systems
Eller College of Management
McClelland Hall, Rm. 430
Eller College of Management
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UA Career Services
Student Union, Suite 411