An undergraduate or graduate degree in business information systems prepares graduates for careers in a variety of fields because most businesses and government agencies utilize information systems. Some schools' business information programs offer more business management and communications courses, while others focus on technology and programming.
Top 10 Management Information Systems Schools
The following list includes a number of public and private schools that offer undergraduate and graduate degrees in business or management information systems.
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Degrees Offered||Tuition and Fees (In-State, 2015-2016)*|
|Carnegie Mellon University||Pittsburgh, PA||4-year, Private not-for-profit||Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral||Undergraduate $50,665; Graduate $41,371|
|University of Arizona||Tucson, AZ||4-year, Public||Bachelor's, Graduate Certificate||Undergraduate $11,403; Graduate $12,048|
|University of Texas - Austin||Austin, TX||4-year, Public||Bachelor's||Undergraduate $9,806|
|University of Pennsylvania||Philadelphia, PA||4-year, Private not-for-profit||Master's||Graduate $34,268|
|New York University||New York, NY||4-year, Private not-for-profit||Bachelor's||Undergraduate $47,750|
|Massachusetts Institute of Technology||Cambridge, MA||4-year, Private not-for-profit||Master's, Doctoral||Graduate $49,272|
|Georgia Institute of Technology||Atlanta, GA||4-year, Public||Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral||Undergraduate $12,204; Graduate $15,644||Indiana University - Bloomington||Bloomington, IN||4-year, Public||Bachelor's, Master's||Undergraduate $10,388; Graduate $9,743|
|University of Maryland - College Park||College Park, MD||4-year, Public||Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral||Undergraduate $9,996; Graduate $12,896|
|University of Minnesota - Twin Cities||Minneapolis, MN||4-year, Public||Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral||Undergraduate $13,790; Graduate $17,289|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)
School Selection Criteria
Students interested in business information systems programs have a number of things to consider when selecting a program:
- Students pursuing degrees in business information systems should consider their ideal position or the type of technology they want to work with before committing to a program. Concentrations are available in such areas as e-commerce, information security, wireless technologies, website construction and data security are available.
- Many schools have business information systems centers that serve the business community and can be used as valuable networking opportunities and facilitate the job search after graduation.
- The location and type of school could also play a role in program choice. The cost for bachelor's and master's degree programs ranges from $10,000 for resident tuition at state schools to roughly $90,000 at private schools, not include housing, food, transportation, student fees and books.
- Students who need a program with flexible scheduling options might want to look for schools that offer coursework partially or entirely online.
Associate's Degree in Business Information Systems
These associate's degree programs, such as the Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Business Information Systems, provide students with a strong background in business administration skills and business information systems. Graduates are prepared for entry-level positions in the field and will know how to collect, analyze and use business data to enhance business performance.
Bachelor of Science in Business Information Systems
The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) program provides students with the technical skills necessary to design and analyze information systems as well as understand important business concepts. Students learn to leverage information systems to solve business problems and help companies operate profitably. Certain programs feature classes on mobile technology applications, which is a cutting-edge area in business information systems. Internship opportunities may be available.
Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems with Health Information Systems Specialization
Students in this B.S. degree program typically receive specialized training in healthcare information systems, and they are equipped with the knowledge to create and manage electronic health records. Courses give the student the tools to build and run information systems that serve insurance companies, research facilities, laboratories, medical professionals and patients.
Master of Science in Information Systems
The Master of Science (M.S.) in Information Systems program includes high-level specialization and preparation for senior positions in business information systems design and management. A capstone project may be required for successful completion. Graduates prepare for positions as product managers, IT managers, systems architects and systems consultants.
Master of Science in Information Assurance
These highly-specialized M.S. programs offer concentrations in forensic data analysis, compliance and information security. Data security risk, related regulations and reporting requirements are also emphasized. Students may be required to complete a capstone project.
Many public and private institutions offer business information systems programs at the graduate and undergraduate levels. When deciding on a school, prospective students may want to consider tuition costs, areas of specialization available and whether they can continue to pursue graduate studies at the same institution after completing their bachelor's degree.