Students who wish to pursue advanced studies in both business management and technology may enroll in an MBA program with a specialization in information systems. These programs are offered through the business schools of four-year universities.
Top 10 MBA in Information Systems Schools
In 2016, the following universities had the top ten MBA in Information Systems programs, as ranked by the U.S. News and World Report.
|University||Location||Institution Type||Tuition (2015-2016)*|
|Massachusetts Institute of Technology||Cambridge, MA||4-year, private not-for-profit||$65,446|
|Carnegie Mellon University||Pittsburgh, PA||4-year, private not-for-profit||$60,000|
|University of Texas at Austin||Austin, TX||4-year, public||$33,298 in-state, $48,832 out-of-state|
|University of Minnesota--Twin Cities||Minneapolis, MN||4-year, public||$36,140 in-state, $46,500 out-of-state|
|University of Arizona||Tucson, AZ||4-year, public||$23,562 in-state, $41,884 out-of-state|
|New York University||New York, NY||4-year, private not-for-profit||$63,720|
|Stanford University||Stanford, CA||4-year, private not-for-profit||$64,050|
|University of Maryland-College Park||College Park, MD||4-year, public||$43,470 in-state, $52,380 out-of-state|
|University of Pennsylvania||Philadelphia, PA||4-year, private not-for-profit||$64,920|
|Arizona State University||Tempe, AZ||4-year, public||$25,610 in-state, $42,086 out-of-state|
Source: *U.S. News and World Report
School Selection Criteria
While the coursework within these programs tends to be similar, there are differences between business schools that are important for prospective students to take into consideration.
- Students should inquire about the current technology offered by the university, since recently upgraded computer systems or software programs are essential to staying abreast of new technology.
- Students should consider whether they want to enroll in a program with a focus on global markets. Schools offering study-abroad programs and affiliations with schools located outside the U.S. provide additional outlets to gain global market experience.
- Another consideration for choosing a degree program is the availability of internships and mentorship programs in information systems, as these programs allow students to gain real-world experience and can often lead to permanent employment after graduation.
- Students who are interested in research or academic positions in the future may want to look into the research interests of the business school's faculty.
Master of Business Administration with an Information System Specialization
MBA programs typically require two years of study, consisting of a core of advanced business classes alongside concentration-specific information technology coursework. Summer internships are commonly required.
Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Master of Science (MS) in Information Technology Dual Degree
In a dual degree program, students complete the requirements for one degree prior to beginning their studies on the second. There is no required order in which the degrees must be completed, and it can take up to four years to complete all program requirements. MBA program coursework provides instruction about the management of global businesses, projects and operations.
MBA in Information Systems programs give students the opportunity to pursue graduate-level studies in both business and IT, and some of the nation's top universities offer programs. An alternative option is a dual MBA / MS degree.