The Department of Management’s undergraduate program in MIS is designed to educate future information systems professionals and managers. The program is not designed to train students to be computer scientists, programmers, or technicians. The emphasis is placed on the management of information systems so that graduates may ultimately assume managerial positions at the vice-presidential level. In some companies, information systems are of such strategic importance that managers with an MIS background are becoming chief executive officers.
The MIS course work prepares students for a variety of jobs. The program is interdisciplinary in nature with specialized training in information systems, management, and information technology. It builds on the Terry College of Business common core, which includes course work in accounting, economics, legal studies, mathematics, statistics, computer programming, finance, marketing, production, and management. The program’s educational objectives are realized through a variety of instructional methods, including "hands-on" computer experience; class lecture and discussion; textbook and article study; class assignments, laboratory projects, and applied team projects in the business community; demonstrations; field trips; and presentations by MIS practitioners.
Specifically, the MIS program requires 21 hours (7 courses) of major course work beyond the TCB common core. Six courses (Data Management, Business Process Management, Computer Programming in Business, Project Management, Network-Based Application Development, and Systems Analysis and Design) are taken by all MIS majors. The remaining major course may be chosen from such areas as IS Leadership, Network Management, Business Intelligence, Advanced Business Process Management, Integrated Enterprise-Wide Systems, and Web Application Development with PHP.