Program Overview

The management of information systems and information technology is a critical challenge for every organization. The MIS major prepares students for careers in high-demand IT occupations such as a business systems analyst, enterprise technology architect, application developer, data scientist, security analyst and helpdesk support.

The MIS major provides knowledge and skills that enable students to succeed in a professional environment. Students develop understanding of the entire process of planning, designing and managing/using information technology (IT). Students not only learn theory, but also attain a working knowledge of how to apply technology to solve business problems. This balance of theory and practice facilitates students' preparedness to begin working on IT planning and decision making in real life situations.

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Declare Your Major

To be eligible for acceptance to the Management Information Systems major, students must submit a College of Management Undergraduate Program Declaration Form when the following is completed:

  • Complete MIS 100 Fundamentals of Information Technology in Organizations AND MIS 310 Principles of MIS with a grade of B- or higher
  • Complete the remaining COM Foundation Courses with a grade of C- or better

The COM Foundation Courses are prerequisites for many upper division College of Management courses. Completing these courses early in your program will help keep the total credits you need to graduate to a minimum and help you succeed by providing the most valuable experience in other College of Management courses.

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Requirements

Courses required for your specific program are listed in the right column on this page. They include prerequisite, foundation, core and elective courses. Contact your advisor with questions concerning your degree plan.

Unrestricted electives as needed to total a minimum of 120 credits.

Note: Students who intend to major in MIS must receive a grade of at least B- or its equivalent in MIS 100 and MIS 310 before they can register for MIS required or elective courses.

Many College of Management courses are sequenced and build on previous learning. Students must complete course prerequisites before registering for a course which requires prerequisites. In addition, students must complete 30 credits of coursework, including introductory and intermediate writing before they can register for College of Management upper division courses (those numbered 300 and above). MGMT 499 Case Studies in Strategic Management is a capstone class which should be taken during the last semester of the student's program.

Transfer of Credit

Transfer course evaluation is made by the faculty in the College of Management consistent with the requirements of Minnesota State Policy 3.2 and Minnesota State Procedure 3.21.1 (Undergraduate Course Credit Transfer). COM faculty will accept a course as meeting a COM major or minor requirement if the course content contains substantially the same course competencies and  learning objectives equivalent to or acceptable in place of a Metropolitan State University course as determined by COM faculty.  To students determine is a course should be considered for transfer, it should meeting the following minimums;

  • the course was taught at a similar or higher level as the comparable COM course; 
  • the content and level of the course are consistent with state/national-level professional, industry and licensure standards; and 
  • the course carries a grade of "C-" or "S" or higher.

Management information systems transfer courses must meet "sunset" policy requirements which specify the maximum time between when the course was taken and when the student was admitted to Metropolitan State. If a course is not accepted because too much time has elapsed since the course was completed, a student may demonstrate competence in some courses via exam. Formal articulation agreements between Metropolitan State and other institutions identify transfer of courses between those institutions.

Credit and Residency Requirements

Students in each of the College of Management bachelor of science major programs must complete a minimum of 20 credit hours of their major requirements and/or major electives at Metropolitan State University. In addition, students must complete at least 30 credits at Metropolitan State University in order to graduate.

College of Management Double Major Policy

Students may combine any two majors in the College of Management as a double major as long as there are at least 24 upper division semester credits of coursework in the second major that do not overlap the first major. Both majors must be completed at the time of graduation.

In addition, courses required for your specific program are listed in the right column on this page. They include prerequisite, foundation, core and elective courses. Contact your advisor with questions concerning your degree plan.

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Course List

Prerequisites

Requirements ( 120 total credits)

COM Foundation Courses (22 credits)

  • MIS 100 Fundamentals of Information Technology in Organizations
    4 credits

    This course is the first information technology foundation course in the College of Management. It focuses on the technology literacy, managerial and business problem solving dimensions of computer based information systems. It provides students with an introduction to the fundamental terminology of the hardware, software and the people involved with computer based information systems. The course includes hands on computer lab time to introduce students to word processing, database, spread sheet, and Internet microcomputer applications. This course is designed specifically to prepare students for information technology competence as needed in College of Management courses.

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  • MATH 115 College Algebra
    4 credits

    This course develops the fundamental concepts of algebra with an emphasis on the classification and analysis of linear, quadratic, polynomial, exponential and logarithmic functions. Applications to the natural and social sciences are given throughout. It aims to provide insights into the nature and utility of mathematics, and helps students develop mathematical reasoning skills.

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  • STAT 201 Statistics I
    4 credits

    This course covers the basic principles and methods of statistics. It emphasizes techniques and applications in real-world problem solving and decision making. Topics include frequency distributions, measures of location and variation, probability, sampling, design of experiments, sampling distributions, interval estimation, hypothesis testing, correlation and regression.

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  • ECON 201 Macroeconomics
    3 credits

    This course focuses on the economy as a whole and studies how government can affect the economy. After starting with principles of markets, the price system and supply and demand, the course covers national income accounting, business cycles, inflation, unemployment, fiscal policy, monetary policy and the Federal Reserve System, different approaches to economic growth, and the foundations of international trade.

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  • ECON 202 Microeconomics
    3 credits

    This course focuses on the interactions between the consumer and the producer. It begins with the theory of markets, supply and demand, and the price system. Then it covers demand elasticity, the costs of production including the various factor inputs, the four major market structures (pure competition, monopolistic competition, oligopoly and monopoly), and ways to increase the competition in markets.

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  • ACCT 210 Financial Accounting
    4 credits

    This course in financial accounting acquaints students with the "language of business" and the concepts and practices of accounting in order to understand, interpret, and analyze the financial accounting reports of economic entities. Topics include: economic context of accounting; introduction to basic financial statements with emphasis on the statement of cash flows; measurement fundamentals; analysis of financial statements; cash; receivables; inventories; investments in equity and debt securities including Consolidations; long-lived assets; current and long-term liabilities; stockholders' equity; and time value of money concepts and computations for decision making: international accounting practices are incorporated into every topic. This is not a bookkeeping course.

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COM Business Core Courses (20 credits)

  • DSCI 434 Introduction to Operations Management
    4 credits

    The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the fundamental concepts and techniques of production and operations management for both service and manufacturing organizations. It will address the role of operations in relation to other functions and the methods to increase organizational effectiveness and efficiency. Topics covered include: product and service design, capacity planning, design of work systems, location planning and analysis, material requirements planning, supply-chain management, enterprise resource planning, inventory management, total quality management, Six Sigma, lean enterprise and kaizen approaches, aggregate planning, just-in-time systems, scheduling, and project planning. Also included are tools and processes used in operations decisions such as forecasting, breakeven analysis, and critical path method using available software.

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  • FIN 390 Principles of Finance
    4 credits

    This course introduces the application to financial decision-making of mathematics, statistics, economic theory, and accounting procedures. The two central ideas are time value of money and the relationship between expected return and risk, and how these ideas are used to value bonds, stocks, and other financial securities, and to make capital investment decisions.

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  • MGMT 310 Management Principles and Practices
    4 credits

    This course examines the historical and philosophical roots of management as well as current management theory and practices. The critical success factors leading to effective performance in the roles of planner, decision maker, organizer, leader, motivator, controller and manager of a diverse workforce in a changing environment are identified and evaluated.

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  • MIS 310 Principles of Management Information Systems
    4 credits

    This course is designed to define the role of information systems in organizations, and in particular the roles of IS staff and end-users in developing and maintaining computer systems. The managerial aspects and implications of databases, telecommunications, hardware, software and e-commerce are included. Special attention is given to management information systems theories in the organizational setting including: infrastructure, transaction processing, operational reporting, decision support systems and executive information systems. Also included are all phases of the systems development life cycle (SDLC) as well as alternative development methodologies. The course prototypically includes analysis of real world business cases and post-implementation audit report of a recently completed management information system. All students taking this class must have completed as a prerequisite the MIS 100 Fundamentals of Information Technology in Organizations course or its approved equivalent. Students should also note that this course is no longer offered as a theory seminar or as a prior learning experience, but students with significant prior work experience in the field of MIS are highly encouraged to take the internet study section for this course, which is appropriately more challenging.

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  • MKTG 300 Marketing Principles
    4 credits

    This course surveys factors that marketing managers take into account when creating a marketing plan, including consumer behavior principles, market segmentation, product life cycle, packaging, branding, pricing, advertising, sales promotion, public relations, personal selling, product distribution methods and key laws affecting marketing practices. The course takes a practical approach to explaining how to identify marketing objectives and determine strategies for reaching them. It is useful to general business students, students who plan marketing management or marketing communications careers and those who wish to be better informed consumers. This course is also offered online. Prerequisite: Goal 1 writing requirement plus 30 credits must be satisfied.

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MIS Tier 1 Courses (all 16 credits are required)

  • MIS 320 Information Systems Analysis and Design
    4 credits

    This course presents approaches and methods for the analysis and design of IT applications. It also covers different methods for creating graphical models of IT project requirements. System development life cycle (SDLC) and alternate development approaches to information systems development are examined in detail. The course provides students with critical tools and representations (both traditional and object-oriented) for eliciting and documenting user requirements and for developing effective applications that meet organizational technology needs. Students work individually and in teams on assignments and projects. The roles of open source software, component based development and service oriented architecture in systems development are also examined.

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  • MIS 328 Applications Development I
    4 credits

    This course provides an overview of applications development methods for managers of information systems. The course assumes no previous programming experience. The course develops elementary concepts of structured programming in the context of a third generation programming language (typically C# ) and then proceeds towards application design using .NET C#. Students learn to apply analytical concepts to translate common business problems into programs using proper design, structure, methodology, and syntax. Students are also exposed to release management and version control concepts in the Enterprise. The goal is to understand the management issues in programming and application development.

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  • MIS 335 Management and Use of Databases
    4 credits

    Competence in management and use of organizational and external databases is a skill needed by all business people and critical to management information systems effectiveness, especially in the new era of ¿big data¿. This course teaches the development and accessing of internal and external information resources. Topics include: ensuring the availability of appropriate data; interrelating and applying data to typical business problems; normalized database design; protecting and managing information resources; scalability; and compatibility issues.

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  • MIS 467 Telecommunications and Internet Management
    4 credits

    This course explores the range of available network and telecommunications technologies and how they can be used to facilitate information access and dissemination at all levels of an organization and through the Internet. Trends of telecommunications services are analyzed. Telecommunications trends in the United States and Europe are addressed in detail. A range of emerging telecommunications services is explored as well as how such services radically alter the ways that organizations gather information for decision making. The widespread use of mobile technologies, the cloud and the World Wide Web has required many changes both in architecture and concept. The student learns how to manage these new environments.

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MIS Tier 2 Courses (2 courses required, total 84 credits)

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  • MIS 370 Retail Information Systems
    4 credits

    This course examines the use of retail information systems applications at an advanced level to improve efficiency and effectiveness of retail stores and chain retailers. Topics covered include: Retail data configuration (the story of a sku), Merchandise planning and IT, Purchasing & replenishment and IT, Role of IT in Merchandising and store operations, Post-season analytics. The course will prominently feature hands-on exercises with actual Retail management software. The software used may include Oracle Retail, SAP Retail, Microsoft Dynamics AX, etc.

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  • MIS 380 Business Intelligence and Analytics
    4 credits

    Business Intelligence is the user-centered process of exploring data, data relationships and trends - thus helping to improve overall decision making for enterprises. This course addresses the iterative processes of accessing data (ideally stored in the enterprise data warehouse) and analyzing data in order to derive insights and communicate findings. Moreover, the course also addresses the use of software tools for analysis and visualization of data, especially report design along with the use of dashboards.

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  • MIS 450 MIS Auditing and Security Controls
    4 credits

    This course is designed to present the elements of an integrated security compliance platform from a technical and legal perspective. Issues such as provide risk assessment, legal compliance, identity management, provisioning, access management, and monitoring and audit activities will be discussed.

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  • MIS 456 Supply Chain Information Systems
    4 credits

    This course examines the role of information systems applications involved in supporting supply chain operations. Topics covered include electronic purchasing, RFQ, reverse auctions, B2B exchanges, warehouse management systems, bar coding / RFID, mobile solutions for distribution and field force automation, ERP, reverse logistics, equipment maintenance tracking systems, transportation/shipping management and GPS. The underlying technologies of EDI and XML are also examined. Special emphasis is placed on building analysis skills for the detailed assessment of vendor software solutions in the supply chain arena.

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  • MIS 459 ERP Systems
    4 credits

    Introduction to ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) systems, components/submodules of ERP, configuration of ERP, operation of ERP for logistics and manufacturing (MRP), the ERP life cycle and the cash-to-cash cycle, the pros and cons ERP systems as well as the risk factors that go into success or failure for ERP implementations, Open Source ERP software options.

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  • MIS 462 Management of Distributed Computing
    4 credits

    Managers need to know how to manage the diverse distributed computing environments in which they work, and leverage the opportunities these architectures provide. Integration of data and users, graphics and telephony are illustrated through emphases on client/server and N-Tier architectures, Internet, intranet/extranet, groupware, mobile, cloud and other technologies. This elective course reviews state-of-the-art technologies in each of the basic software and hardware arenas, while emphasizing management models and higher-level analysis, including the relationship with general database strategy and data warehousing. Practical projects are assigned, giving students real-world opportunities to use the tools to enhance their work and build productivity. Theory and models are taught with a management perspective as opposed to platform-specific training. Participants are asked to complete a comprehensive and applied class project and final exam.

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  • MIS 463 Strategic Management of Technology and Innovation
    4 credits

    This course analyzes issues involved in the planning, development, and implementation of technological capabilities to achieve the strategic and operational objectives of an organization. Students investigate the role of product and process innovation in creating, developing and implementing new product and process technology in organizations. The course also examines the complex relationships of a firm's product and process technologies to its competitive environment and organizational structure. New technologies are reviewed and assessed through life cycle analysis, technology assessments and case studies. Technology-based product design is reviewed. Building managerial environments that enhance technological creativity is explained.

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  • MIS 498 Telecommunications Economics and Policy
    4 credits

    This course covers a range of telecommunication applications and explores how the regulatory and legal environments relating to those technologies are impacting the business enterprise. It addresses the legal impact of various telecommunication services on day-to-day business operations and analyzes the productivity and revenue-enhancement potential available to business. The course also addresses the issues of creating mass customization for end users. This course is targeted at students who are working business managers with a need to understand the impact of the new and emerging telecommunications services and how they can be harnessed to add value to business operations.

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  • MIS 533 Special Topics: Emerging Technologies
    4 credits

    This elective course is designed to address emerging technologies such as Web development, Internet/intranet/extranet, decision support systems, expert systems, rapid technology development, technology assessment, newly emerging architectures and organizational structures to address technology changes, as well as emerging strategic technology issues. Students should note that this elective course is not listed in the course schedule on a regular cycle and should consult with the MIS faculty to find out when it may be offered.

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MIS Tier 3 Courses (2 courses required, total 8 credits)

  • MGMT 499 Case Studies in Strategic Management
    4 credits

    This advanced course uses the case study approach to develop systems and techniques for analyzing the internal strengths and weaknesses of diverse organizations and the external environments in which they operate. Students craft strategies and develop implementation plans that apply organizational resources to opportunities and threats in its external environment. This course should be taken during the last semester of a student's program.

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  • One of the following classes is required:
    • MIS 412 Administration of the Management Information Systems Function
      4 credits

      This is an alternate capstone course for MIS majors that emphasizes both the technical and strategic planning and as well as organization frameworks necessary to successfully select, deploy and manage information systems. Other areas of study include the roles of executive and staff, administrative structures, outsourcing decisions & outsourcing frameworks. Several IT management methodologies will be examined,including ITIL and COBIT. This course was formerly numbered MIS 312.

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    • MIS 499 MIS Capstone
      4 credits

      This course is designed to help students integrate the concepts and themes from the courses in the MIS major into a comprehensive experience in which these concepts are applied. The MIS capstone course is the final course taken in the MIS major and therefore students must complete all other required coursework and elective coursework in the MIS major before registering since the course is planned to be the final one in the major. Prerequisite: All work in the MIS major must be completed prior to registration.

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COM Capstone Course (4 credits)

  • MGMT 499 Case Studies in Strategic Management
    4 credits

    This advanced course uses the case study approach to develop systems and techniques for analyzing the internal strengths and weaknesses of diverse organizations and the external environments in which they operate. Students craft strategies and develop implementation plans that apply organizational resources to opportunities and threats in its external environment. This course should be taken during the last semester of a student's program.

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