Management Information Systems
Management Information Systems (MIS) involves the application of technical know-how mixed with business and mathematics to solve problems in business and industry. As a Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) candidate majoring in MIS, your concentration extends from computer science and mathematics courses to business courses. You will learn how to develop and use existing systems through intensive, hands-on class work. Emphasis is on design, analysis, and interpretation of computerized systems as they apply in a business setting.
"Being at Saint Mary's definitely impacted the way I think about education. Before, I looked at school as a means to an end. Now, I don't want to stop learning." —Michelle McManus '08
Writing in the Major
To satisfy the Advanced Writing Requirement you must be able to demonstrate writing proficiency in your chosen discipline. You will receive the Advanced W designation after your portfolio of three papers has been reviewed and accepted. Each paper must be approved by two faculty members: the professor who assigned the paper and your academic advisor. One of the papers is an analysis of an actual system problem and a written proposal on its solution, from class CPSC 417, Systems Analysis and Design. The remaining two can come from courses in Business Administration, Economics, or Computer Science. The portfolio should be a reflection of your work since you may be showing it to prospective employers and/or graduate schools.
Senior Comprehensive Examination
The Comprehensive Examination gives you a chance to demonstrate competence in your chosen major and concentration. The B.B.A. Comprehensive Examination utilizes a case study format. It provides students with an integrative learning experience and tests technical competencies, problem solving and analysis skills, and awareness of ethical issues, communication skills, and quantitative skills. The case also requires you to consider international ramifications.
Small class sizes and faculty members with real-world experience ensure that you get the most out of your time in college. For those interested, internships with local companies are provided for academic credit. Recently, Mary Pauline Moran ’05 participated in a paid summer internship in MIS at NBC Sports, London, England (for Wimbledon) and Greece (for Summer Olympics). Study abroad programs are also available, giving you a view of business from a global perspective.
A wide range of occupations become available to you when you graduate with a degree in MIS. Graduate level education is an option as well, depending on where you want your career to go. Graduates of the MIS program have become computer programmers, software developers and engineers, management analysts/consultants, database administrators, game designers, internet consultants and Web masters, and much more.