Top University in Baltimore for a Management Information Systems Degree

Few universities in the Baltimore area have top ranking management information systems programs. Read on to find out more about what these top schools have to offer for management information systems, as well as tuition and degree information.

School and Ranking Information

Students in Baltimore who are interested in a management information systems program can choose from several 2-and 4-year colleges and universities in and within 25 miles of the city. Based on rankings and program offerings, the following schools are considered the top three for earning a management information systems degree in Baltimore:

  • Winner: The University of Baltimore is the top school because of its regional ranking and because it is the largest school in terms of enrollment in Baltimore awarding degrees in management information systems. It offers these programs at the bachelor's and master's degree levels.
  • Runner Up #1: Bowie State University takes the first runner up spot due to its ranking and graduation rate. It, too, awards bachelor's and master's degrees in management information systems.
  • Runner Up #2: Being the only other 4-year public university located directly in Baltimore with management information systems programs, Coppin State University earns the third spot because it offers only a bachelor's degree and not graduate programs in the field of study.

School Comparison Chart

Category University of Baltimore Bowie State University Coppin State University
Rankings 87th among regional universities in the North in 2014,
24th among top public schools in the North in 2014,
#194 best undergraduate business program in the U.S. in 2013*
25th among U.S. HBCUs in 2014* N/A
Location Baltimore, MD Bowie, MD (22.2 miles from Baltimore) Baltimore, MD
School Type 4-year, public 4-year, public 4-year, public
Tuition & Fees (2012-2013) $7,646 (undergraduate, in-state),
$17,914 (undergraduate, out-of-state);
$12,560 (graduate, in-state),
$17,600 (graduate, out-of-state)**
$6,639 (undergraduate, in-state),
$17,195 (undergraduate, out-of-state);
$7,836 (graduate, in-state),
$13,344 (graduate, out-of-state)**
$6,065 (undergraduate, in-state),
$10,856 (undergraduate, out-of-state)
Management Information Systems Degree Levels Offered Bachelor's and master's degrees Bachelor's and master's degrees Bachelor's degrees
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal program time) for 2006 Entering Class N/A 35%** 17%**
Noteworthy The Master of Business Administration (MBA) program is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business and is the only online program in the Baltimore area with this accreditation, according to the school Business school is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs First-year students can get a jump start on earning college credits while transitioning to college in Coppin's residential Summer Academic Success Academy

Sources: *U.S. News & World Report, **NCES College Navigator.

Winner: University of Baltimore

  • The Merrick School of Business has five full-time information systems faculty members
  • MBA students can study part-time or full-time at the campus or online, as well as study abroad for up to two weeks
  • Undergraduates can complete internships
  • An accelerated program is available for students who want to pursue both bachelor's and MBA degrees

The University of Baltimore offers a Bachelor of Science in Information Systems and Technology Management. Required courses for this degree program cover both business and information technology subjects and include accounting, business statistics, programming languages, organizational behavior, decision science and project management.

Through a joint program with Towson University, students can complete an MBA with a specialization in management information systems. The MBA program includes fundamental and integrated core business courses, but the fundamental courses can be waived with previous courses or waiver exams. Management information systems required courses include systems analysis and design, telecommunications and database management systems. Some of the specialization electives cover operating systems, e-commerce, Internet security, systems architecture and webserver programming.

Runner-Up #1: Bowie State University

  • Offers an online MIS master's program option that focuses on information assurance and utilizes virtual laboratories
  • The school is a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education
  • MIS Club brings in speakers in management information systems and hosts alumni and networking events

Students interested in studying management information systems can pursue a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a business information systems concentration at Bowie State University. The core business courses cover areas like business law, business strategy, management and accounting principles, economics statistics, marketing, banking and organizational behavior. The concentration covers systems analysis and design, business databases, object-oriented programming, e-commerce, telecommunications systems and decision support systems.

Graduate students can pursue a Master of Science in Management Information Systems degree with a track in digital business and knowledge management, information security management or information systems management. In addition to coursework, a professional seminar and a practicum, students must take a comprehensive exam or complete a thesis. An online version of the program with an information assurance track is also available.

Runner-Up #2: Coppin State University

  • Coppin State University (CSU) has a Management Science Society for students interested in the subject
  • CSU has a chapter of Sigma Beta Delta honor society for business management and administration students

Coppin State University's School of Business offers a Bachelor of Science in Management Science with a concentration in management information systems. Information systems concentration courses include project management, systems design, management science and systems software. Students also complete core management courses, including statistics and math for management and production and operations management.

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