Dallas Schools with MIS Degree Programs
The Dallas area offers several choices to students pursuing an MIS degree at the undergraduate and graduate levels. This article looks at two schools less than a 30-minute drive from downtown and their various programs. It also includes a table of information that could be useful to prospective students. This table notes statistics including each school's enrollment, tuition and graduation rate in a format that makes it easy to compare them. At the end of the article is the name of another Dallas-area school with a relevant degree program.
- Dallas Baptist University (DBU) is about 13 miles from downtown Dallas and confers undergraduate and graduate degrees in MIS. Its offerings include two types of bachelor's degree programs, a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree and a minor option.
- About 18 miles from the downtown area is The University of Texas at Dallas (UT Dallas). It offers a bachelor's degree program as well as an MBA.
Comparison of Schools
The following table highlights facts about each school that can be useful to individuals who are deciding where to attend.
|Dallas Baptist University||The University of Texas at Dallas|
|School Type||Four-year; private, not-for-profit||Four-year; public|
|Total Enrollment (2017)||5,067*||27,642*|
|Campus Setting||Large city||Midsize city|
|Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2017-2018)||$27,480*||$11,528 in-state; $29,656 out-of-state*|
|% of First-Year Students Receiving Any Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017)||95%*||74%*|
|Acceptance Rate (2017)||39%*||76%*|
|Retention Rate (2017)||70% for full-time students*||88% for full-time students*|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (beginning in 2011)||58%*||69%*|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics.
Dallas Baptist University
DBU's business college employs 19 faculty members. The university's College of Professional Studies also offers a bachelor's degree program in MIS for working adults.
Bachelor of Business Administration in Management Information Systems
DBU's Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) in Management Information Systems program requires general education courses covering a variety of topics, such as economics, fine arts, social science, and religion. Foundational business courses cover financial accounting, management communication, and operations management. Students can expect to take major courses in database design, project management, business software development, systems analysis, emerging technology, the human aspects of information technology (IT), and IT forensics. This program requires a minimum of 120 credit hours.
Bachelor of Business Studies in Management Information Systems
The MIS Bachelor of Business Studies (BBS) program is offered through DBU's College of Professional Studies, which is geared toward adult students who are working full-time or have significant professional experience. The BBS in MIS curriculum includes courses in business telecommunications, IT security, web page design, and IT ethics. In some cases, work experience may be transferable for (usually elective) academic credit within the program.
Minor in Management Information Systems
DBU students can earn a minor in MIS by taking three semester hours of electives in management information systems plus completing required courses in information systems design, business software development, information systems for management, and ethical issues in IT.
Master of Business Administration - Management Information Systems
MBA students must complete 24 credits of foundational coursework, which includes courses in corporate finance, business ethics, management leadership, and quantitative analysis. Students must also complete 12 credit hours for the MIS concentration. Courses cover topics like networking, database management, and IT security. During their last semester, students complete a capstone course that incorporates practical field experience and involves study in strategic intelligence, non-linear and linear strategic methods, and approaches to implementing changes.
The University of Texas at Dallas
UT Dallas offers undergraduate and graduate MIS programs and retains around 335 faculty members in the Naveen Jindal School of Management.
Bachelor of Science in Information Technology and Systems
In this Bachelor of Science (BS) program, students take mandatory general education courses in addition to core business courses in public law, economics, and accounting. Courses in operations management, marketing, systems design, database principles, and business communication are required. Students also take a minimum number of credits from topics like development of marketing, data visualization, enterprise resource planning, and finance.
Master of Business Administration - Information Technology Management
This 53-credit hour MBA program includes mandatory courses in managerial accounting, business economics, strategic management, and organizational behavior. Students can choose elective courses in data communications, IT security, advanced cybersecurity management, software project management, and web analytics. MBA students will work with a mentor and may also undertake an internship for academic credit.
Other School Options
Students can also find information systems courses at the University of North Texas (UNT), a public school almost 40 miles from downtown Dallas. UNT awards a master's degree in information systems.