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Management Information Systems Major BS

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 ad 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.

Acceptance to the Program

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 (see below)

The COM Foundation Courses are prerequisites for many upper division College of Management courses. Completing these courses early in your program will help you succeed and have the most valuable experience in other College of Management courses.


The management information systems program includes courses in six areas:

  1. General Education and Liberal Studies

    Students in degree programs at Metropolitan State University must complete while at the university, or transfer to the university, a number of courses to meet general education and liberal studies requirements. View General Education and Liberal Studies (GELS) for Metropolitan State University.

    In addition, the following three courses from the psychology program area are recommended as electives towards GELS requirements:
  2. COM Foundation Courses (22 credits)

  3. Business Core Courses (24 credits)
  4. MIS Tier 1 Courses (all 16 credits are required)

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

  6. MIS Tier 3 Courses (1 course required, total 4 credits)

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

In addition, MIS faculty strongly recommend DSCI 420 Project Management as a supplemental unrestricted COM elective, though this course is no longer being accepted for MIS major credit. 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 MnSCU Policy 3.2 and MnSCU 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 is equivalent to or acceptable in place of a Metropolitan State University course as determined by COM faculty;

  • 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.