Best MIS Graduate Programs: School List

Find out which top-rated schools offer master's degree programs in management information systems (MIS). See what sets these schools apart to decide if one of them is right for you.

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Management information systems (MIS) professionals coordinate the use of information technology (IT) to complete a task or enhance a business process. Graduate level education in programs such as IT management and information system design may be required for some management positions. MIS can also be studied as part of a Master of Business Administration (MBA) program. Two of the top schools that offer master's degree programs hold multiple honors from various publications.

1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge

School Highlight: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) was 6th on a 2015 list of the top 400 universities in the world by Times Higher Education, a ranking publication from London, England. MIT was also named the best business school in the nation for an MBA in information systems by U.S. News and World Report in 2015.

MIT's Sloan School of Management and the MIT School of Engineering offer a joint program leading to a Master of Science (M.S.) in System Design and Management. The program System Design and Management program provides an education in the architecture, engineering and project management of complex systems in a global setting. Three semesters of core coursework are followed by thesis work that provides students with an opportunity to apply their knowledge.

2. The University of Texas at Austin

School Highlight: In August 2015, the University of Texas at Austin (UT) was ranked 5th in Engineering/Technology and Computer Sciences and 7th in Computer Science by Academic Ranking of World Universities. The university was named the nation's 14th best value in public colleges by Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine, in 2014.

The McCombs School of Business offers an information management concentration in the full-time MBA program. This program was ranked 5th in U.S. News & World Report's 2015 ranking of top business programs for information systems. Each year, the program's students learn how to use information technology to improve business processes and information distribution at the management level. Students take courses in managing complexity, data mining and supply chain management.

Top Graduate MIS Programs- Management Information Systems

School Name Distinction Location
Arizona State University Day, evening and online programs offered Tempe, AZ
Bentley University The Graduate School of Business is ranked among the top 75 nationally and top six in New England, according to U.S. News and World Report Waltham, MA
Carnegie Mellon University Information systems management programs offered in 1-year, 16-month and global 21-month tracks Pittsburgh, PA
New York University M.S. in Management and Systems program offers four concentrations, including leadership, risk management and database technologies New York, NY
Northwestern University Part-time program offers online courses plus seven areas of concentration Evanston, IL
University of Arizona Offers campus-based and online master's program, plus a Ph.D. program Tucson, AZ
University of California - Berkeley MIS program focuses on project-based learning Berkeley, CA
University of Georgia MIS program ranked #12 in 2015 by U.S. News and World Report Athens, GA
University of Maryland - College Park Master of Information Management (MIM) program offers eight specializations, plus an individualized program option College Park, MD
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