There are a variety of schools across the nation that offer MIS programs. Students interested in learning more about how technology is used in the working world should consider the degree level they wish to obtain before determining which school will suit them best.
Schools with MIS Programs
The following is a list of schools that offer MIS programs. Tuition is based on the 2015-2016 school year:
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Degrees Offered||Undergraduate Tuition (2015-2016)|
|Arizona State University||Tempe, AZ||4-year, Public||Bachelor's, Master's||$10,158, in-state; $25,458, out-of-state|
|Miami Dade College||Miami, FL||4-year, Public||Associate's, Bachelor's||$2,834, in-state; $9,661, out-of-state|
|Ohio State University||Columbus, OH||4-year, Public||Bachelor's||$10,037, in-state; $27,365, out-of-state|
|University of Minnesota - Twin Cities||Twin Cities, MN||4-year, Public||Bachelor's||$13,790, in-state; $22,210, out-of-state|
|University of Texas at Austin||Austin, TX||4-year, Public||Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral||$9,806, in-state; $34,676, out-of-state|
|Texas A & M University||College Station, TX||4-year, Public||Bachelor's, Master's||$10,176, in-state; $28,768, out-of-state|
|University of South Florida||Tampa, FL||4-year, Public||Bachelor's, Master's||$6,410, in-state; $17,324, out-of-state|
|Pennsylvania State University||University Park, PA||4-year, Public||Bachelor's||$17,514, in-state; $31,346, out-of-state|
|University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign||Champaign, IL||4-year, Public||Bachelor's||$15,054, in-state; $30,214, out-of-state|
|Thiel College||Greenville, PA||4-year, Private not-for-profit||Associate's, Bachelor's||$28,868|
Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics, Schools' websites
School Selection Criteria
MIS professionals often direct the work of other information technology workers and plan, coordinate and execute technology installations, maintenance and upgrades. Students should consider the following when selecting a school:
- Students should look for schools that offer access to fast computers and professional-grade software.
- Graduate students may be able to choose from schools with MBA programs in management information systems and Master of Science (MS) degrees in the discipline. MBA programs may focus more on business skills, while MS programs can have more of a science and technology focus.
- Many MIS schools offer classes or entire degree programs in an online format, which can be beneficial to students who are working their way through school.
- Prospective MIS undergraduates pursuing a bachelor's degree who know they want to go to graduate school may look for dual-degree programs that can shorten the overall time to completion for a master's degree.
Associate's Degree Programs
Associate's degree programs in management information systems include basic coursework in both business and computer science. Topics of study include accounting, business software applications, programming, systems analysis and data management. Students must also fulfill general education requirements. When they finish, students may get an entry-level data processing job or advance to a higher degree program in the field.
Bachelor's Degree Programs
Bachelor of Science (BS) in MIS programs typically begin with courses similar to those in associate's degree programs. However, students in four-year programs have the chance to take additional higher level electives, and they may be able to declare a concentration in a topic such as health care information systems, management communications, sales, global business, supply-chain management or accounting. They may also be required to complete a practical project prior to graduation.
Master's Degree Programs
At the master's degree level, students can choose between Master of Science (MS) and Master of Business Administration (MBA) programs in MIS. In MS programs, students take a series of advanced courses in the field and complete a capstone project, which may be either a research thesis or an industry design project. Depending on their academic interests, they may have the option of specializing their studies in either the technical or managerial aspects of the field. For students who are particularly interested in the business side of MIS, MBA programs consist of a core set of advanced business courses alongside MIS-focused classes. In particular, some MBA programs provide an introduction to information technology for trained business students who aspire to managerial positions in the IT field.
Doctoral Degree Programs
PhD programs in MIS provide research and teaching training to students who want to pursue academic jobs as university professors. Over the course of these four- to five-year programs, students take graduate-level courses, attend seminars, teach undergraduates and write a research dissertation in a particular topic of interest. Possible areas of study include enterprise-resource planning systems, knowledge management, cyber infrastructure and energy informatics.
Many schools nationwide offer a variety of MIS programs. Students should look for schools with top-notch facilities that offer programs that fit with their academic and career goals.