Management Information Systems
In today’s brave new world of highly-integrated technology, corporations are becoming increasingly reliant on information technology systems to streamline their business processes and make them more effective. This emerging opportunity has opened exciting new doors for savvy professionals with the skills to innovate and address unique IT challenges. Want to step through?
Management information systems (MIS) is a field devoted to the development, maintenance, management, and study of computer-based information systems in organizations. MIS professionals analyze business processes, and then design, develop, implement and manage information systems that support organizational needs. In contrast to the more technical areas of engineering or computer science, MIS professionals spend less time behind a computer screen and more time working with people, helping them integrate business processes and information technology solutions to effectively meet the unique needs of their businesses.
WSU’s MIS major—available completely online—provides high-level IT skills and teaches you how to apply them in a business environment. The curriculum focuses on technical, business and managerial knowledge. You will learn to collaborate with non-technical business people, assess organizational needs, and design information systems to meet those needs. Courses include extensive hands-on experience in building software applications.
- WSU’s Carson College of Business is among only 2% of business programs worldwide whose programs are fully accredited by AACSB International (the world’s foremost business accreditation) at the bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral levels.
- WSU’s MIS curriculum is at the international forefront and is the most comprehensive in the northwestern U.S.
- Learn from top researchers and scholars—WSU business faculty are ranked 12th in the world in research productivity and maintain close relationships with high-tech leaders and businesses.
- Award-winning teaching faculty combine research and real-world experience into a dynamic online learning experience.
The Carson College of Business offers its upper division courses in a 7-week format. Several required upper division courses are offered only once per year. Students will be required to take some courses during the summer.
The 7-week sessions allow students to complete two or four 7-week courses during a traditional 16-week semester and can be taken concurrently with 16-week non-business courses. The 7-week courses are accelerated and require about 15-20 hours of work per week but allow for a more flexible schedule suited for working students. The current 7-week management information systems major course rotation schedule is provided below in the Program of Study under MIS Core Requirements and Course Rotation Schedule.
Program of Study
Students must also complete the College of Business graduation requirements and the program requirements of the degree.
A student must meet the following minimum requirements to be eligible to apply for a Carson College of Business major:
- Complete the following courses with a grade of C or higher:
- B A 100 – Introduction to Business
- HBM 101 – Professional Development
- B A 102 – Exploring Careers in Business
- MATH 201 – Mathematics for Business & Economics (MATH 202 or ALEKS score of 80% or higher is an acceptable substitute. MATH 106 or MATH 140 will be accepted as alternatives to MATH 201 for transfer students.)
- ECONS 101 – Microeconomics OR ECONS 102 – Macroeconomics
- Complete the Carson Career Amplifier Program Year 1
- Have a WSU cumulative GPA of at least 2.50 and not be on academic probation
- Complete at least 27 credit hours
Students must apply to be admitted to the major during the term they anticipate completing the above requirements.
30 semester credits
The rotation schedule below shows when upper division business courses for the MIS major are offered during the year. The 7-week sessions are typically scheduled as follows:
- Fall Session 1: Late August to early October
- Fall Session 2: Mid-October to early December
- Spring Session 1: Early January to late February
- Spring Session 2: Early March to early May
- Summer Session 1: Mid-May to late June
- Summer Session 2: Late June to mid-August
The course rotation schedule is provided for planning purposes. New students should refer to their personal planning worksheet created by their Global Campus Academic Advisor for initial planning. Once admitted to the major, students should refer to their Academic Progress Report in myWSU to track their academic progress.
MIS Rotation Schedule
|Course||Fall Session 1||Fall Session 2||Spring Session 1||Spring Session 2||Summer Session 1||Summer Session 2|
|FIN 325 – Introduction to Financial Management||Yes||No||Yes||No||Yes||No|
|IBUS 380 – International Business||No||Yes||No||Yes||No||Yes|
|MGMT 491 [CAPS] – Strategic Management||Yes||No||Yes||No||Yes||No|
|MGTOP 340 – Operations Management||No||Yes||No||Yes||No||Yes|
|MKTG 360 – Marketing||No||Yes||No||Yes||No||Yes|
|MIS 322 [M] – Enterprise Business Process Analysis||Yes||No||No||No||No||No|
|MIS 325 – Enterprise Business Development||No||Yes||No||No||No||No|
|MIS 372 [M] – Data Management||No||No||Yes||No||No||No|
|MIS 420 – Business Intelligence||No||No||No||Yes||No||No|
|MIS 441 – Global E-Commerce||No||No||No||No||Yes||No|
6 semester credits
Note: All upper division courses are seven weeks
- Two 300/400 level Business courses
- * 6 credits of additional social sciences or humanities coursework: ANTH, ASIA, CES, CRM J, DTC, ECONS, ENGL, FINE ART, HIST, HUM, PHIL, PSYCH, SOC, HD, POL S, and WOMEN ST
- One of the following Communication courses:
- COM 102 [COMM] – Public Speaking in the Digital Age
- H_D 205 [COMM] – Developing Effective Communication and Life Skills
- 3 credits Written Communications: ENGLISH 402 [WRTG] [M] – Technical and Professional Writing OR ENGLISH 403
- 2.5 cumulative grade point average in all business courses
- Nine upper division (300 and 400-level) courses must be taken at WSU
*Cannot be used for any other requirement
Unlike management information systems online degree programs at other institutions, the Carson College of Business has a six-credit international experience requirement to help students develop the skills to succeed in the global marketplace. A variety of options exists to fulfill this requirement, including study abroad, international internships, and approved coursework.
Note: Students who have already completed a business degree through WSU may not return to complete a second business major.
Please review the online WSU Catalog for additional information about specific degree requirements.