Requirements for the major in management information systems
Major adviser: Vijayan Sugumaran
Management Information Systems (MIS) is about applying information technology to business problems. The emphasis is on finding solutions. To the MIS professional, information technology is a tool, not an end in itself. MIS is concerned with using information and communication technologies to support management at all levels (supervisory, middle, top) and in all business functional areas (accounting, finance, marketing, human resources, and operations management) with the information they need for planning, control, and decision making. In addition to computer technology, MIS considers how managers and knowledge workers actually use information and how system specialists and end users interact during the analysis, design, implementation, and on-going use of information systems. MIS experts attempt to bridge the gap between information technology and people’s needs. A related field is Computer Science. The two majors differ in that Computer Science emphasizes the technical side of hardware and system software, whereas MIS emphasizes application software development and the business context in which an information system exists.
To fulfill the requirements for the major in management information systems, students must be admitted to major standing in management information systems, complete the core program and complete at least 27 credits, as specified below, with a grade of 2.0 or better in each major course. A grade of 2.0 or better must be achieved in each prerequisite for an MIS course before an MIS major, or any Oakland University student, may begin work in that MIS course.
Required in the pre-core and core – 6 credits
Required major courses – 12 credits
Electives – choose three courses – 9 credits
1The 500-level MIS courses are open to undergraduate students with the permission of the Faculty Coordinator for the Master of Science in Information Technology Management (MSITM) Program. Students who have taken MIS 406 , MIS 443 , MIS 447 , MIS 445 ,or MIS 450 , MIS 546, MIS 563, or MIS 564 under a previous catalog will be able to count these courses as an elective.
Knowledge paths for the major in management information systems
Students pursuing the MIS major can structure their coursework by choosing electives along one of the following knowledge paths:
Systems Analysis, Design, Implementation and Management Knowledge Path
Combined Bachelor and Master Degree (4+1 Plan) Knowledge Path
Business Analytics Knowledge Path
Networking & Information Security Knowledge Path
Application Development Knowledge Path