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Management Information Systems

Helping organizations harness ever-changing technology and the data it provides to improve business operations and outcomes is the heart of a management information systems (MIS) career. An integrative, cross-disciplinary field, MIS experts are the bridge between business needs and technology. With an emphasis on finding solutions, MIS focuses on applying information technology to business problems.

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This major equips students with the necessary skills to satisfy in-demand careers such as systems analysts, business application programmers, web developers and database administrators. With an emphasis on using technology to find solutions, the MIS major uses information technology as a tool.

Increase your scope of knowledge and expertise by adding one of two specializations available in this major:

The Business Analytics Specialization focuses on 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.

Through a collaboration with SAS, a worldwide leader in analytics software, Oakland University business analytics students also can earn a Tier 2 SAS Academic Specialization as part of their degree program. Learn more about the program here.

The Information Security Management Specialization focuses on protecting 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.

Earn your Master of Science in IT Management in just one additional year with the MSITM 4+1 program.

Common Careers:

MIS Student Organizations

AIS at OU | AIS website - Association for Information Systems

TEDx Oakland -  Nonprofit self-organized events devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading

Complete list of SBA Student Organizations

Major Requirements

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Vijayan Sugumaran
Faculty adviser - major & minor with No Specialization

Mark Isken
Faculty adviser - Business Analytics Specialization

Xiaodong Deng
Faculty adviser - Information Security Management Specialization

A minor in Management Information Systems allows students to enhance their understanding of how information technology applies to their major field of study. Business students gain the skills necessary to expertly leverage information technology and strategically align it with solutions in any business environment. An MIS minor can enhance any major, positioning the graduate for roles in corporate, small business, government and not-for-profit organizations.

Minor Requirements

OU's Master of Science in Information Technology Management 4+1 program offers motivated students an expedited way to earn both an undergraduate degree in management information systems and a master's degree in information technology management in a minimum of five years. Students in the 4+1 program can graduate with an MSITM degree by completing an additional 18 credits (six courses) instead of 20 credits (10 courses) beyond the undergraduate MIS major requirements.

Learn more about the MSITM 4+1 program.

School of Business Administration

Elliott Hall, Room 427
275 Varner Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4485
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School of Business Administration

Elliott Hall, Room 427
275 Varner Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4485
(location map)