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.
Program of Study
Students must also complete the College of Business graduation requirements and the program requirements of the degree.
30 semester credits
To be eligible to certify as a business major, students must meet the minimum requirements as indicated below.
- Complete the following certification courses with a grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 or higher:
- ACCTG 230, 231 – Financial Accounting and Managerial Accounting
- B_LAW 210 – Law and the Legal Environment
- MGTOP 215 – Business Statistics
- ECONS 101, 102 – Micro and Macro (prerequisite Math 099 or 101 with a grade of C or better)
- ENGLISH 101 – College Composition
- MATH 201, 202 – Finite Math and Business Calculus OR
- MATH 172, 171 – Calculus II and Calculus I
- MIS 250 – Managing Information Technology
- Have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5
- Have earned at least 60 semester credit hours
18 semester credits
- FIN 325 – Introduction to Financial Management
- IBUS 380 – International Business
- MGMT 301 – Principles of Management and Organization (was MGTOP 301)
- MGTOP 340 – Operations Management
- MKTG 360 – Marketing
- MGMT 491 – Business Strategy and Policy (was MGTOP 491) OR
ENTRP 492 – Small Business Policy (was MGTOP 492)
9 semester credits
- MIS 322 – Systems Analysis & Design
- MIS 325 – Enterprise Business Development
- MIS 372 – Data Management
6 semester credits
- MIS 271 – Intermediate Business Programming or other 300/400 level MIS course
- Any 300/400 level MIS course
6 semester credits
- Two 300/400 level Business courses
- 3 credits of Written Communications: ENGLISH 402 or 403
- 3 credits of Political Science (POL_S)
- 3 credits of Sociology (SOC) or Psychology (PSYCH)
- One of the following Communication courses:
- COM 102 – Public Speaking in the Digital Age
- H_D 205 – Developing Effective Communication and Life Skills
- 2.5 cumulative grade point average in all business courses
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.