The associate degree program in management information systems integrates business and information technology (IT) principles into a single course of study. Students in these programs will gain basic skills in a variety of disciplines, such as communication, computer technology, mathematics and general business management. They also gain managerial, supervisory and computer programming skills.
In order to apply, prospective students must have a high school diploma or the equivalent. They may need to have taken prerequisite coursework in math and science, and they should have basic computer literacy.
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Associate of Management Information Systems
The management information systems curriculum combines theory with hands-on, practical instruction. Students may learn in both traditional classroom settings as well as lab-based settings. Some specific areas and disciplines that students may study include interpersonal behavior, quality management, negotiable instruments, contracts, product liability and risk management, in addition to technology-based topics, such as window form development, data structures, modular programming techniques, data maintenance, binary trees and recursion. Some courses that students may be required to take include:
- Computer systems
- Web design
- Database administration
- Systems analysis
Popular Career Options
Graduates of this degree program may go on to work in a variety of professional settings and entry-level careers. Some fields in which they work include information systems marketing, IT sales, software programming and systems consulting. Potential occupations may include:
- Systems consultant
- Information systems manager
- Computer support specialist
- Applications software programmer
Employment Outlook and Salary Information
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) estimates that employment from 2014-2024 will increase 21% for computer systems analysts and 13% for computer user support specialists. It is expected to decline 8% for computer programmers (www.bls.gov). Median annual salaries in May 2015 were $85,800 for computer systems analysts, $48,620 for computer user support specialists and $79,530 for computer programmers, according to BLS figures.
Graduates aspiring to more advanced positions, or who simply want to enhance their career prospects, may consider pursuing a bachelor's degree in management information systems. Credits earned for the associate's degree may even apply toward the bachelor's degree requirements.
Students who want to pursue associate-level studies in both business and system administration can get the combined education they desire by earning a degree in management information systems.