Management Information Systems

Management Information Systems, (MIS) is the intersection between business and technology. As such, MIS focuses on solving business problems and creating new opportunities with technology. MIS is also often shortened to Information Systems (IS) or Information Technology (IT). MIS professionals are business-oriented, technically proficient individuals who are found in every type of industry from health-care and banking to media and gaming, as well as in the high tech industry such as Microsoft and Medtronic.

How is MIS different than computer science?

Computer science focuses on the technology itself and less on its business application. MIS professionals apply technology to business needs.

MIS and computer science courses may seem similar but there are major differences in their content and how they are taught. Computer science (CS) (occasionally termed Computer and Information Science – CIS) students take courses that will help them better understand technology, like math and physics classes. MIS students take courses that will help them understand business problems, like accounting and marketing. Neither one is better than the other – they’re just different.

What are the salary ranges for MIS professionals?

IT professionals are in high demand in Minnesota and the nation. Entry-level salaries for students with an undergraduate degree in MIS range between $50,000-$60,000. Learn more at glassdoor.com

Metropolitan State University's MIS program

The MIS program at Metropolitan State is the leader in MIS education in the region, and is positioned to help prepare students for the future of Information Technology (IT). While many fields are having difficulties in the current economic environment, the future relating to using, developing, deploying and managing technology looks extremely bright. Not only are at least one third of current IT professionals planning to retire in the next ten years, the field has gone through a re-structuring the early part of this decade and is now poised to be one of the top growth areas for years to come.

Management Information Systems programs