Carlson School of Management

Management Information Systems

The MIS program prepares students to plan for, design, use, and manage digital assets of an organization. Digital assets of a modern business environment involve not only technology but also the IT-enabled processes governing business activities as well as the associated information/knowledge acquisition, processing, synthesis, management, and transfer processes. MIS coursework prepares students to make better decisions by applying information technologies to solve business problems and transform enterprise operations, and to innovate and manage business processes in different functional areas through the best use of the technological infrastructure of an organization. The collective impact of the coursework is to enable students to understand the role of technology in creating business opportunities and to acquire the skills necessary for the functional management of the tasks needed to secure those opportunities.

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MAJOR CORE CURRICULUM - 22 CREDITS

Course Credits Title & Additional Information
IDSc 3101 2 Introduction to Programming (do you have previous programming experience?)
IDSc 3102 2 Intermediate Programming (prereq: IDSc 3101 or equivalent experience)
IDSc 3103 2 Data Modeling and Databases (prereq: IDSc 3001)
IDSc 3104 2 Enterprise Systems (prereq: IDSc 3001)
IDSc 3202 4 Analysis and Modeling for Business Systems Development (prereq: IDSc 3001)
IDSc 4204W 4 Information Services Management (prereq: IDSc 3202)
IDSc 4301 2 Information Systems Capstone Course: A Live Case (Senior Capstone) (prereq: IDSc 3202 and 4204W)

PLUS 4 CREDITS CHOSEN FROM THE FOLLOWING:

Course Credits Title & Additional Information
IDSc 4401 2 Information Security (prereq: IDSc 3104 or instructor consent)
IDSc 4411 2 Accounting Information Systems and IT Governance (prereq: IDSc 3001)
IDSc 4421 2 Financial Information Systems & Technologies (prereq: IDSc 3001)
IDSc 4431 2 Advanced Database Design (prereq: IDSc 3103)
IDSc 4441 2 Electronic Commerce (prereq: IDSc 3001)
IDSc 4444 2 Business Analytics (prereq: IDSc 3001)
IDSc 4455 2 The Business of Social Media (prereq: IDSc 3001)
IDSc 4490 2 Information Systems Special Topics (prereq: specified individually for each section or with instructor consent)
IDSc 4491 1 - 4 Independent Study in Information Systems (prereq: instructor consent)

Please note that all classes are not offered every semester. Please check the class schedule on OneStop for details.

MINOR CORE CURRICULUM - 12 CREDITS

Course Credits Title & Additional Information
IDSc 3202 4 Analysis and Modeling for Business Systems Development (prereq: IDSc 3001)

Plus 8 additional credits of IDSc coursework chosen from the major required or elective coursework list above.

MIS professionals are often the problem-solvers of an organization's IT issues. MIS professionals must have an interest in technology, though positions range from being very technical such as data base development to a much more people-oriented role as a business analyst. A typical role as a business analyst involves working within an organization to establish or improve processes, acting as an intermediary between the user and the programmer. MIS professional also work with ethical and social issues related to the internet as well as computer security.

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