Top Schools for Management Information Systems

Jul 31, 2018

Learn about programs in management information systems, available at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Find ranking and program information for three universities and colleges, as well as a table that lists other schools in the U.S. that provide training in management information technology.

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Management information systems programs are available at the undergraduate and graduate level at distinguished schools in the U.S., including the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Carnegie Mellon University. These interdisciplinary programs combine studies in management and technology.

Students who are interested in management information systems can find programs at Bentley University, a small regional college, as well as the renowned Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the University of Minnesota and Carnegie Mellon University. Each of these schools was nationally or regionally ranked by U.S. News and World Report for 2017.

Bentley University in Waltham, MA

Bentley University is a small college that U.S. News & World Report ranked third among the best regional colleges in the North for 2017. The university was also named one of the nation's best colleges by The Princeton Review for the same year.

Bentley's Information and Process Management (IPM) department offers an IPM minor for both undergraduate and graduate students with multiple tracks of study. These include enterprise systems, information management and process management. Some undergraduate and graduate courses include topics in information support systems, business cyberforensics, management processes and information privacy. Graduate students can also pursue internships and seminars.

Bentley is unique for offering a combined business and liberal arts curriculum.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, MA

According to U.S. News & World Report in 2017, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) was the 7th best university in the country. In particular, the management information systems department topped the list of best programs in the nation for same year.

MIT is the home of the Center for Information Systems Research. The System Design and Management program at MIT is administered by both the Sloan School of Management and the School of Engineering, through which graduate students receive a master's degree in both management and engineering. The program is offered in a 13- to 24-month full-time or time-flexible format and includes core studies in systems architecture and engineering.

Students can also pursue elective programs in leadership and new product development. A graduate certificate in systems and product development is also available.

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

The University of Minnesota in Twin Cities is a public research institution with one of the top 30 business schools in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report in 2017. For the same year, the university also offered one of the top five information systems programs in the country, as designated by U.S. News & World Report.

Located in the Carlson School of Management, the Master of Business Administration (MBA) program offers an emphasis on information systems. Required coursework includes topics in business intelligence, enterprise systems and global sourcing of information technology.

Undergraduates in the management information systems program can take classes in computer programming, databases and business development. Additional programs include a minor in management information systems.

Students can gain international experience through a joint executive MBA program in China or Vienna.

Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA

For 2017, Carnegie Mellon's graduate business program ranked #18 in the country, by U.S. News and World Report. The program also earned a #2 ranking for the information systems specialization. Carnegie Mellon University's Heinz College of Information Systems, Public Policy and Management provides a Master of Information Systems Management program that integrates advanced coursework in technology and business. The program usually takes three semesters (or 16 months) to complete but there are also one-year and 21-month tracks available.

Top Management Information Systems Schools

The following six schools also have excellent educational offerings in management information systems:

School Name Distinction Location
Purdue University - West Lafayette Ranked #60 among national universities by U.S. News and World Report for 2017 West Lafayette, IN
Stanford University Eight research priorities in management information systems Stanford, CA
University of Georgia Unique Master of Internet Technology program Athens, GA
University of Maryland - College Park College Park Scholars' Business, Society and the Economy program College Park, MD
University of Pennsylvania Management information systems program located in the world's oldest business school Philadelphia, PA
University of Texas at Austin Students train in development of web apps Austin, TX

Students who want to study management information systems can find multidisciplinary degree options at several top schools across the country. These schools offer a variety of programs, including graduate certificates and Master of Information Systems Management, and Master of Business Administration degrees.

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