School and Ranking Information
While Norfolk doesn't offer any schools with management information systems (MIS) majors, about 10 schools within 25 miles of the city offer MIS programs. The following three schools were selected as the top schools offering MIS majors in the area based on field-specific and overall school ranking data as well as program features.
*Winner: Boston University is the highest-ranked school in the area to offer an undergraduate MIS program. It awarded the most MIS degrees of the top three schools.
*Runner Up #1: Northeastern University's highly ranked business school features an undergraduate MIS program with an experiential learning component. It awarded the most business degrees of the top three schools.
*Runner Up #2: University of Massachusetts - Boston is the only public university in the area with a ranked business school that offers an MIS program. It also offers an MBA program with an MIS concentration.
School Comparison Chart
|Category||Boston University||Northeastern University||University of Massachusetts - Boston|
|Rankings (2014)||45th among graduate business schools*; 41st among national universities*||52nd among graduate business schools*; 49th among national universities*||Among the best 295 business schools**|
|Location||Boston, MA||Boston, MA||Boston, MA|
|School Type||4-year; private, non-profit||4-year; private, non-profit||4-year; public|
|Tuition & Fees (2013-2014)||$44,880***||$41,686***||$11,996 in-state; $27,430 out-of-state***|
|MIS Degrees Awarded (all levels) in 2013||5***||1***||N/A***|
|Most Popular MIS Degree Level in 2013-2014||Bachelor's***||Associate's***||N/A***|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal time) for 2007 Entering Class||84%***||83%***||44%***|
|Noteworthy||Has an MIS student organization||Business school is accredited by AACSB International||All management students participate in the Management Achievement Program|
Sources: *U.S. News & World Report, **The Princeton Review, ***NCES College Navigator.
- MIS research emphasizes emergent networks in markets and leveraging new technologies
- MIS department features 15 full-time faculty
- The Management Information Systems Society student organization brings in guest speakers and companies to interact with MIS students
- Business school ranked 25th best in 2014 by Bloomberg Businessweek
Boston University has a low 13-1 student-faculty ratio with an average class size of about 27 students. Its School of Management has been in operation for more than 100 years and features a collaborative approach to teaching and learning. The management school's programs are accredited by AACSB International.
The School of Management offers a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with 10 concentration options, including management information systems. Students complete a business core and several liberal arts course requirements along with career seminars. The MIS major requires completion of five courses in such areas as data resource management, info security management, IT innovation and application programming.
- MIS students participate in the university's cooperative education program, working in MIS positions at major corporations throughout the area
- Business school ranked 19th best in 2014 by Bloomberg Businessweek
- MIS student club offers field trips, guest speakers, seminars and other training options for students
Northeastern University enrolls around 20,000 students and has a student-faculty ration of 13:1. Northeastern's MIS program is part of the D'Amore-McKim School of Business, which is accredited by AACSB International. The school's Bachelor of Science in Business Administration program features an MIS concentration that emphasizes organizational systems and technology. Students in the MIS program have the option to complete a dual concentration with a related field, such as finance, supply chain management, marketing or accounting. Coursework involves subjects such as systems analysis, digital multimedia, telecommunications and systems design.
University of Massachusetts - Boston
- MIS department has more than 20 faculty members
- Faculty mentors are available to help students who have questions about the field of MIS
- Doctoral business management program in management information systems will start in 2016
The only public university in Boston, UMass Boston also has a small student-faculty ratio of 15:1. The College of Management enrolls more than 2,000 undergraduate students and features programs accredited by AACSB International.
The Bachelor of Science in Management program has seven concentration options, including the MIS program. Students in the MIS program take 3 required courses in the field then choose from MIS courses designed around specific career paths, such as business intelligence and data analytics, systems analysis or security.