School and Ranking Information
The handful of institutions offering programs in MIS within a 100-mile radius of Mesa include 4-year for-profit and non-profit schools. According to school type, rankings and program offerings, the following is considered a top school for a degree in MIS:
- Winner: University of Arizona (UA) in Tucson is the only 4-year public institution within 100 miles of Mesa that offers programs in the field. This institution offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in MIS.
School Info Chart
|Category||University of Arizona|
|Rankings||Tied at #121 for National Universities (2015)*|
|School Type||4-year, public|
|Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2013-2014)||$10,391 (in-state), $27,383 (out-of-state)**|
|MIS Degrees Offered||Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate|
|MIS Degrees Awarded (Bachelor's) in 2013||112**|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2007 Entering Class||61%**|
|Noteworthy||Students at UA can join either the Management Information Systems Association or MIS Graduate Association***; UA's undergraduate and graduate programs in information systems have been nationally ranked at #5 (2014)*|
Sources: *U.S. News & World Report, **NCES College Navigator, ***University of Arizona website
University of Arizona
- There are multiple opportunities for MIS undergraduate students to either intern or study abroad
- The Eller College of Management has a number of scholarships to offer students
- Students may pursue the master's degree in MIS either on campus or online
University of Arizona had a total student enrollment of roughly 40,000 students as of fall 2013, with greater than 30,000 pursuing undergraduate degrees. Of the university's more than 350 different academic programs, more than 200 are at the graduate level. UA has a student-to-faculty ratio of 21 to 1.
The Department of MIS, housed within Eller College of Management, offers a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) with an MIS major, as well as a BSBA program with dual majors in MIS and operations management. The BSBA with an MIS major includes courses on database management, algorithms and business communications. The dual major option requires only another 2 courses.
The master's degree in MIS includes core courses on web mining, data management and software design, in addition to a project and internship. Master's program students also may select a concentration area, such as information assurance or business intelligence. The department also offers the MIS master's online, which can be completed in less than a year. The PhD in Management with an MIS major covers topics like service-oriented systems and web computing, and students may specialize in an area such as quantitative methods or IT.