School and Ranking Information
Within a 100-mile radius of Sacramento, the few schools with programs in MIS consist of 4-year institutions, including a for-profit institution. According to school type, program offerings and rankings, the following is regarded as a top area school for studying MIS:
- Winner: Santa Clara University is a 4-year non-profit school offering programs in the field, though it's roughly 90 miles from Sacramento. The institution has undergraduate and graduate programs in information systems.
School Info Chart
|Category||Santa Clara University|
|Rankings||Tied at #2 for Universities in the West (2015)*|
|Location||Santa Clara, CA|
|School Type||4-year, private not-for-profit|
|Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2013-2014)||$42,156**|
|MIS Degrees Offered||Bachelor's, Master's|
|MIS Degrees Awarded (Bachelor's) in 2013||8**|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2007 Entering Class||84%**|
|Noteworthy||Groups available to join for students in MIS include the OMIS Student Network and IS Connexion***|
Sources: *U.S. News & World Report, **NCES College Navigator, ***Santa Clara University
Santa Clara University
- The master's program is offered on either a full-time or part-time schedule
- The business school's multiple research centers include the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
- The operations management and information systems department features a community service initiative in which undergraduates can educate nearby schools on technology in the field
Santa Clara University has nearly 900 faculty members, including greater than 500 that are on a full-time basis. The university's academic departments run according to a quarter system with the exception of the law school. SCU's student retention rate for those who are starting out and attending full-time is 95%.
The Department of Operations Management and Information Systems, housed in the School of Business, offers a bachelor's degree in management and information systems and a Master of Science in Information Systems. The undergraduate MIS major includes courses on systems design, business applications and financial information systems. The MSIS program includes courses on telecommunications, computer simulation and computer forensics. The MS program's culminating requirement may be satisfied with either a thesis or project.