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Management Information Systems

About the Management Information Systems Program

Within the Gainey School of Business, the management information systems major (MIS) at SAU provides the student with an opportunity to combine preparation for a career in information systems technology with a liberal arts education. The MIS major focuses on two related topics: organizations and technology. Businesses and other organizations have a strong need for individuals who understand the various business functions and who understand the role of computers, software and other information technologies in modern organizations. Our curriculum has been carefully developed to ensure the MIS major is prepared to step into these positions upon graduation.

Why should you choose SAU’s management information systems program?

SAU’s MIS program brings the best of information technology and organization theory together, allowing students to interface effectively with both internal and external customers on their information systems needs. Students gain the technical knowledge and skills in the information technology area while recognizing that all information systems are operated in the context of a business environment that is constantly changing. This is where the business curriculum fills the gap. As students take business courses, they also develop the people skills that are critical to success in the business world. Most courses require the completion of final projects and/or analysis of case scenarios. Both of these activities are geared toward helping students see the applications of their coursework and be better prepared for the challenges of the dynamic workplace. All students are required to complete an internship, which provides another opportunity for them to see management information systems in action.

Courses, Course Descriptions & Four-Year Plan

The management information systems major is a 68-70-hour program. A 27-hour minor is also available for a wide range of majors both within and outside the business discipline. Those studying management information systems as a major will cover such subject areas as principles of accounting, finance, economics and management, foundations of computing, microcomputer applications, system architecture, networks and operation systems, organizational theory, statistics, data structures and large software systems.View the course requirements and layout, course descriptions, a sample four-year plan, as well as learn more about the management information systems program at Spring Arbor University in the undergraduate catalog.

Career Opportunities

Computer and information systems managers play a vital role in the technological direction of their organizations. They do everything from constructing the business plan to overseeing network security to directing Internet operations. This industry provides services related to the commercial use of computers on a contract basis, including custom computer programming services; computer systems integration design services; computer facilities management services, including computer systems or data-processing facilities support services; and other computer-related services, such as disaster recovery services and software installation. Other large employers include insurance and financial firms, government agencies, and manufacturers.

To learn more about how Spring Arbor helps its graduates prepare for a career, visit our career development section.

On-Campus Opportunities

Within the Gainey School of Business, there are a wide range of opportunities for students to get involved, apply what they’re learning in the classroom in a practical way, and meet students who have similar passions. Here is a list of just some of the opportunities available:

  • SIFE (Students in Free Enterprise): SIFE is an international organization that encourages students to use the skills they are developing to pursue business-related projects that will improve their respective communities. Students from a wide range of majors and academic departments participate in SIFE projects. This is sponsored through the Gainey School of Business.
  • Let’s Network (event): This event is designed to help students find summer internships or jobs after graduation. Students have the chance to connect with small businesses, human resource organizations, corporations, and local companies that are looking for talented, skilled people.

See a full list of the various activities and organizations available to students at Spring Arbor University.