Management Information Systems | Marian University

Management Information Systems Concentration

Combine your interest in business with your interest in technology and build a great management information systems career at Marian University.

Businesses of all kinds—from huge global corporations to small non-profit organizations—rely on technology tools and systems to manage daily operations and maintain data. These systems relate to managing supplies and inventory, fulfilling and delivering orders, tracking financial data, and other important functions.

Essentially, management information systems (MIS) professionals utilize their knowledge and skills to serve as a liaison between the operations and information technology sides of an organization.

MIS is not the same as computer science or electrical engineering. It is about using commercial and proprietary technology tools—not writing software code or building microchips—to meet business needs and goals.

Why choose a concentration in management information systems at Marian?

The MIS concentration at Marian University has a multidisciplinary focus that complements majors in fields like business analytics, marketing and management.

As an MIS student, you will study people, systems, technology, and how they are connected. In addition, you will explore:

  • Methodology to gather, sort, test, monitor, and disseminate information and data
  • Utilizing information and data to develop efficient, cost-effective business solutions and services
  • How to align MIS initiatives with specific organizational goals, needs, or objectives
  • Obtaining and maintaining competitive market share through MIS best practices and analytics

Like all Byrum School of Business courses, Marian’s MIS curriculum is built on a foundation of experiential teaching and learning, which means you will graduate with real hands-on experience. You’ll have opportunities to engage with real Indianapolis business executives and civic leaders, take advantage of study-abroad courses, and participate in community service projects.

And because Marian University has a strong liberal arts tradition, you’ll develop key communication, collaboration, problem-solving, critical thinking, creativity, and other skills employers value.

What will you study?

In addition to completing general education, core, required, and elective courses required for your major, Marian University’s 18-credit MIS concentration will provide you with broad exposure the latest concepts, theories, and trends in business management, business operations, and information technology.

Working closely with your academic advisor, you’ll complete required and elective courses based on your personal and professional goals such as:

  • BUS 209: Quantitative Analysis of Business
  • MIS 290: Business Applications Development
  • MIS 310: Database Management Systems
  • MIS 320: Business Decision Making
  • MIS 330: Project Management

Thanks to our Indianapolis location and a growing reputation as a technology hub, Byrum School students have good access to internship opportunities.

According to a 2018 U.S. News & World Report article, Indianapolis had one of the nation’s largest increases in technology jobs between 2013 and 2015. Currently, Indy ranks 15th out of 100 metropolitan areas in the U.S. for tech job growth.

As a business major, you will complete at least one internship. You may also choose complete a second internship as part of your MIS concentration before graduation.

What are your career paths?

Management information systems graduates plan, coordinate, and direct computer-related activities. They determine the IT needs and goals of an organization and are responsible for selecting, purchasing, and deploying appropriate computer systems to meet those needs and goals.

The job outlook for college graduates in this field is expected to grow by at least 12 percent through 2026, which is faster than average for all occupations.

  • The U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics finds that the media pay in 2017 for computer and information systems managers was $139,220. Wages vary by state and geographic region.
  • As companies continue to expand their operations and presence on digital platforms, demand will continue to grow.

Related career paths and average 2017 salaries include:

For admission information

Office of Undergraduate Admission
317.955.6300 or 800.772.7264
admissions@marian.edu

For program specifics

Thomas Gjerde
Assistant Dean
317.955.6455
tgerde@marian.edu

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