Systems Management Associate Degree Programs

Students interested in systems management can pursue an associate's degree in management information systems. These programs will teach a variety of management and business courses.

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Essential Information

Students in these programs explore fundamental business topics, including accounting and management, along with intensive study of information technology applications and computer systems. Systems management programs most commonly lead to an Associate of Science degree; however, some schools award Associate of Applied Science degrees. Some similar programs may also lead to an Associate of Science in Business Management with a concentration in management information systems. A high school diploma or equivalent is needed to enroll.


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Associate's Degree Programs in Management Information Systems

Most associate's degree programs in management information systems include a core curriculum of math, science, and liberal arts courses, in addition to specialized study of business, management, and computer information systems. Some class titles may include:

  • Principles of accounting
  • Database analysis
  • Software applications for generating reports
  • Networking and communications
  • Basic and advanced programming
  • Marketing basics

Employment Outlook and Salary Information

Earning an associate's degree in management information systems can prepare individuals for entry-level positions as network and computer systems administrators, computer programmers, and computer support specialists. However, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), many employers prefer applicants with bachelor's degrees (www.bls.gov). While computer programmers and network and computer systems administrators should see decline and average job growth, respectively, faster-than-average growth is expected for computer support specialists. For example, jobs for computer support specialists, which can be considered an entry-level position in this field, were predicted to increase by 12% from 2014 to 2024, also noted by the BLS. The median salary for computer support specialists was $51,470 in May 2015.

An associate's degree in management information systems is the typical education for those wishing to enter the field of systems management. Graduates of these programs may earn professional certifications through organizations like the Institute for Certification of Computing Professionals.

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