School and Ranking Information
The few schools in the greater Birmingham area that offer degree programs in management information systems are mostly public and private not-for-profit. The following schools are considered the top three based on their rankings, program levels offered and number of degrees awarded in management information systems:
- Winner: University of Alabama at Birmingham is the top-ranked choice because of its undergraduate business program and part-time MBA program ratings by U.S. News & World Report. It offers a bachelor's and master's degree.
- Runner Up #1: University of Alabama, located in Tuscaloosa, is the first runner up because of its top public school and graduate business school rankings by U.S. News & World Report. It offers a bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree.
- Runner Up #2: Coming in at number three is Miles College, a private not-for-profit school. It gives students access to the Office of Career Planning, a center that helps students find jobs. It offers a bachelor's degree.
School Comparison Chart
|Category||University of Alabama at Birmingham||University of Alabama||Miles College|
|Rankings|| Undergraduate business program rated 107th in the nation (2012)*
Part-time MBA program rated 73rd in the country (2013)*
80th-best public school, nationwide (2013)*
| Undergraduate business program ranked 87th in the nation (2012)*
Graduate business school rated 58th in the country (2013)*
Rated 32nd among Top Public Schools, nationwide (2013)*
|Location||Birmingham, AL||Tuscaloosa, AL (58.4 miles from Birmingham)||Fairfield, AL (9.4 miles from Birmingham)|
|School Type||4-year, public||4-year, public||4-year, private not-for-profit|
|Tuition and Fees (2012-2013)|| $6,798 (undergraduate, in-state)
$15,462 (undergraduate, out-of-state)
$6,420 (graduate, in-state)
$14,574 (graduate, out-of-state)**
| $9,200 (undergraduate and graduate, in-state)
$22,950 (undergraduate and graduate, out-of-state)**
|MIS Degree Levels Offered||Bachelor's and master's degrees||Bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees||Bachelor's degrees|
|Undergraduate MIS Degrees Awarded in 2011-2012||31**||82**||2**|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2005 Entering Class||45%**||66%**||20%**|
|Noteworthy||Bachelor's and master's MIS programs offered online||MIS Forum takes place every semester and gathers high-level business professionals to interact with MIS students||Only 4-year HBCU in the Birmingham area***|
Sources: *U.S. News & World Report, **NCES College Navigator, ***Miles College.
Winner: University of Alabama at Birmingham
- 151st in U.S. News & World Report's 2013 national university rankings
- More than ten scholarships are available to undergraduate information systems students
- Campus houses an Association for Information Systems student club
The University of Alabama at Birmingham awards a Bachelor of Science in Information Systems that may be completed on campus or online. The program incorporates study in database systems, project management, and business programming, and students can partake in an internship for academic credit. The school's Master of Science in MIS program takes place completely online and includes specialization tracks in information security, web and mobile development, and information technology (IT) management. UAB also offers a Master of Business Administration program with a focus in information technology management that's comprised of such course topics as web analytics, IT project management, information security management, and business intelligence.
Runner-Up #1: University of Alabama
- Ranked 77th among national universities by U.S. News & World Report for 2013
- Business school offers job shadowing and professional mentorship opportunities to help undergraduate students network
- Faculty Scholars program gives business students the chance to provide weekly research and teaching support to faculty members
- Business school lecture series brings professional executives to campus
- Alabama Information Management Society (AIMS) and Capstone Minority Information Systems Society (CMISS) are among student organizations available on campus
The main campus of UA, located in Tuscaloosa, awards MIS degrees from the bachelor's through the doctoral levels. The undergraduate program consists of courses in systems analysis, database administration, and information architecture. In addition, students are encouraged to pursue an internship. The MBA program at UA offers an MIS-focused specialization in enterprise consulting. In this full-time program, students take courses in MIS project management, systems implementation, information systems consulting, and database design.
The university also offers a PhD program in MIS that includes courses in management science, statistical research methods, software engineering, and methods of enterprise integration. Beyond these course requirements, PhD candidates must complete an oral exam that takes place two years into the program, a comprehensive written exam on their discipline, and a dissertation.
Runner-Up #2: Miles College
- 99% of full-time, first-year students received financial aid in 2011-2012, according to the National Center for Education Statistics
- Office of Career Planning offers assistance with job searches and career counseling
Miles College, which sits about ten miles from Birmingham, confers an MIS bachelor's degree. The curriculum includes coursework in business disciplines like accounting, economics, and marketing, along with classes in math and statistics. In addition, students complete IT courses on such topics as e-commerce, programming, multimedia, data communications, and information systems security.