Why Management Information Systems?
Information Technology is the key driver in the modern businesses; however, most business managers do not understand the language of technologists. MIS bridges the gap between Technologists and Managers and helps them understand each other. Every company uses technology for its operations, hence there is a demand for professionals who are skilled in both Management and Technology. As technologies become more complex, there is going to be an even greater need for MIS professionals.
What can I expect as a MIS major at SAU?
In the first two years, students will take a broad range of classes both in the College of Business and across campus. General education courses and lower level business courses such as Introduction to Computers and Business Information Systems will prepare students for the more advanced upper level classes. During this time, students will be assigned a member of the MIS faculty as an advisor to help with class scheduling, professional mentoring, and career placement.
The upper level courses – such as Computer Programming, Management of Information Technology, and Database Management – focus on developing specific MIS skills. The Systems Analysis and Design course helps students gain better understanding of the process of software development projects. Finally, elective courses and internships offer opportunities for specialized learning in particular areas of Information Systems.
What can I do with my SAU MIS degree?
According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers, MIS is among the top ten degrees sought by businesses seeking new hires. Information Systems graduates are valuable assets for a wide range of specialized fields, from accounting and marketing to engineering and medicine. Graduates in MIS may find careers in networking, systems support, web design, programming, and database design. Currently, MIS alumni from SAU are employed with firms such as Murphy USA, Acxiom, and Farm Bureau Insurance of Arkansas.
What is unique about the SAU MIS Program?
SAU’s program equips students with a wide array of tools for managing information technology. The MIS curriculum includes coverage of computer programming, database design, networks and data communications, systems analysis, managerial decision making, and managerial aspects of organizational information systems. The strength of the major is its combination of technology skills with a thorough grounding in the principles of all the functional areas of business. SAU’s MIS graduates have been hired by such firms as Cardinal Health in Dublin, Ohio, Hewlett-Packard in Houston, Texas, Wal-Mart’s corporate headquarters in Bentonville, Arkansas, and Murphy Oil, a Fortune 500 company headquartered in El Dorado, Arkansas.