MIS (Management Information Systems) in USA

MS in MIS is one of the most popular programs in the recent years owing to its ability to offer a highly lucrative career in tech; this article tries to answer all your queries related to MSIS program in the US.

What is the MIS program?

In simple words MS MIS is at the cusp of Management & Technology; the course work will typically contain a mix of subjects related to technology & management. This is a program designed for students who have a basic foundation in tech and want to explore the operations or management side of the field.

What will I learn in the MIS program?

Every University would have a curriculum of its own; however, typical courses / electives will include the following:

  • Enterprise Data Management
  • Business Communications
  • Information Systems Analysis & Design
  • Consulting
  • Software design
  • Distributed Architectures
  • E-Commerce and Internet based Applications
  • Business Intelligence
  • Management of IS Function
  • Project management
  • Business Foundations of IT
  • Security Management
  • Data Visualization
  • Operations Management

As you might have observed it’s a combination of business and tech courses that will bode well with jobs related to IT Management.

Will I need a Computer Science Degree to apply for MIS?

The answer depends university to university, but most schools technically say that students from all backgrounds can apply. Getting into the program without prior experience ,however, either professionally or academically will be difficult. Some programs will need the students to take 2-3 additional foundation courses for non-CS / IT students while in the university.

Do I need work-experience to get an admit for MIS?

Not necessary, but most classes will students with an average work-ex of 1-3 years.

What is the typical Class profile in MIS?

This is the Class Profile at University at Buffalo:
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Pie chart indicating the average work experience of incoming students to the MS MIS program, 2014-2019: 0-1 years, 9%; 1-3 years, 32%; 3-6 years, 46%; 6-10 years, 12%; 10+ years, 1%.
Bar graph indicating the High (168), Average (160) and Low (148) GRE Quantitative section score of incoming students to the MS MIS program, 2014-2019.

 What types of Jobs can I get after MIS?

Some of the roles that a MIS Grad can apply are:

  • Project Manager.
  • E-Commerce Developer.
  • System Analyst and Designer.
  • Network and Security Administrator.
  • Business Intelligence Analyst.
  • IT Manager.
  • CIO.
  • Database Architect.
  • Project Consultant

What are the Admission Requirements for MIS in USA?

Just like most Masters Programs a MIS program will need:

  • GRE Scores
  • TOEFL / IELTS Scores
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Resume
  • 2 or 3 Recommendation Letters
  • Transcript(s)
  • Online Application

There may be some additional requirements for a few universities.

 Which are the best Universities for MIS?

Here is a list of Universities in US offering MS in MIS or related programs:

Bentley University
Brigham Young University
Carnegie Mellon University
Claremont Graduate University
Cornell University
George Mason University
Georgia State University
Illinois State University
Indiana University
Iowa State University
New York University
Northeastern University
Oklahoma State University
Purdue University
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Rochester Institute of Technology
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Santa Clara University
Stevens Institute of Technology
Syracuse University
Temple University
Texas A & M University
The George Washington University
  The University of North Carolina at Charlotte
The University of Texas at Arlington
The University of Texas at Dallas
University at Buffalo – SUNY
University of Arizona
University of Arkansas, Fayetteville
University of California – Berkeley
University of Cincinnati
University of Delaware
University of Denver
University of Florida
University of Illinois – Chicago
University of Illinois – Springfield
University of Illinois – Urbana Champaign
University of Maryland
University of Maryland, Baltimore County
University of Michigan
University of South Florida
University of Washington
Utah State University

When should I apply?

Most of the MIS programs are offered in Fall semester every year and the deadlines for applying typically ranges from Dec-15 to Jan-15, it is always ideal to apply as soon as you can.

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