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2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Business Administration, Management Information Systems Major, B.S.

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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.

Requirements for the major in management information systems

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 C or better in each major course.  A  grade of C 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.



The 5000-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 4140 , MIS 4180 , MIS 4410 , MIS 4460 , MIS 4470 , or MIS 4500 , MIS 4700  , MIS 4750  , MIS 4800 , MIS 5460, MIS 5630, or MIS 5640 under a previous catalog will be able to count these courses as an elective.

27 total credits

Business Analytics (BA) Specialization

Minimum of 27 Credits

Specialization Adviser: Mark Isken

Business analytics involves a diverse, yet complementary, set of quantitative techniques and information technologies for supporting managerial decision making in business.  Analytics includes creative use of large (and not so large) datasets, statistical analysis, data visualization, predictive analytics, simulation, data preparation and cleaning, data warehousing and business intelligence.  The successful business analytics professional combines technical knowledge and skills with business domain knowledge and strong communication skills to generate business insights and support managerial decision making at all levels of the organization.

Information Security Management (ISM) Specialization

Minimum of 27 Credits

Specialization Adviser: Xiaodong Deng

The increased number of information security breaches or ever sophisticated cybercrimes make information systems security a fast growing field creating a huge demand for security professionals to protect organizations’ information assets including intellectual property, competitive intelligence, business transaction records, and other strategic, tactical, and operational data.  The objective of informant security management specialization is to provide complementary knowledge and skills to MIS students to manage the confidentiality, integrity, and availability  (CIA) of an organization’s information assets.

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