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Can someone offer me some insight into Management Information Systems (MIS)?

I was looking at some possible fields that I want to major in and MIS seemed very compelling. I heard it's a mix of technology and business and wanted to learn some more about it. Could someone tell me what exactly a person in the field might do with an MIS degree? Also, which areas would MIS focus on (perhaps math, science, technology, communication)? Any additional information would be graciously appreciated! mis information-technology technology

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Jaikumar’s Answer

MIS degree does focus on a balanced Business (accounting, marketing, communications) , math (statistics, algebra or calculus) and Computer science classes (database management, SQL, computer languages like C++/Java/C#). These build a good foundation on understanding business and how technology can assist in solving business problems. For example how to build web sites or portals to take customer requests/orders, how to save this information in databases, how to extract this information, process requests/orders and ship them, how to service clients post sales. how to interface with other vendors that may provide some aspect of the solution etc. Also, how to manage these technical projects, what methodologies to use. Based on your interests you can function as a Systems or Business Analyst, a programmer, a project manager, web designer, Quality Analyst etc, and as you gain experience you can lead large projects and portfolios and grow professionally into a Manager, Director or even a CIO. Every industry from Healthcare, Insurance, manufacturing, entertainment need resources that understand, build and can work with technology. The opportunities are endless.


The next wave of technology providing business solutions is Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, Virtual reality, Blockchain, Internet of Things etc. The MIS foundation will help you understand and appreciate these technologies and position you to adapt these quickly. If possible take these classes while in school and prepare yourself. These skill sets will be in demand for foreseeable future.


I wish you good luck in your education and hope you consider becoming an MIS graduate. All the best.


Jaikumar recommends the following next steps:

Review MIS programs from various universities and compare what each is offering and which ones are offering newer technology courses.
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Ken’s Answer

Congratulations on seeking information about MIS. MIS is basically a combination of separate but related career areas, which work together to generate and provide information to top management, which helps them to maintain the proper operation of the business. If you are interested in participating in this area, the first step is to determine which of the career areas would be most suitable for you based upon your personality traits. When I was doing college recruiting, I ran into too many students who skipped this steps and ended up in a career area for which they were ill suited. Looking for a proper career area is like buying a pair of shoes. They many look nice, but you have to try them on and walk in them for a while to determine proper fit and comfort. Below are some steps, which I have determined during my years in Human Resources to be very important to follow.

Ken recommends the following next steps:

Take an interest and aptitude test through your counseling department and have it interpreted by a counselor. This will help to determine which career areas within MIS you might be most suited for based upon your personality traits. You might also want to do this again upon entering college, as their interpretation might differ slightly due the opportunities that they may have to offer. However, do not wait until college, as you can take career related courses now that will be very important. I have seen too many situations where, due to poor planning, a student had to take and pay for classes in college, which they could have taken for free in high school.
Totally agree. Keep the business focus. Protect the business and allow them to do the business. As I am moving along in my career I see great potential in someone who knows cyber security and understands the business functions. Potentially a CISO. Yes, I have a MIS degree, plus many industry certs. Best of luck. Jim Carlson
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Jessica’s Answer

I also majored in this. I think the focus here is processes improvement and systems/applications. At least for me it was. It wasn't as technical as computer science, but as you said more how the technology is applied. This was perfect for me. My first position out of college was a systems analyst. I assisted in building reports out of databases, building process maps for applications, and systems administration. It led me to other fields such as instructional design for elearning and web development. I particularly liked this field because it still had the business focus but with a very technical aspect. Its a definitely a degree you can apply to any business or field. You can use this anywhere and in any market. I would focus on your math, computer science, and communications courses.

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Noah D.’s Answer

The answers above are great. In addition, a common field that MIS candidates can enter is technology audit. You can work for different consulting, public accounting, or even "in house" roles where you are responsible for testing systems and controls. A further specialization of this work is cyber security consulting and audit, where you can work internally, or as an external consultant to assist organizations in maintaining cyber security best practices.

Noah D. recommends the following next steps:

Search online for IT Audit
Check out ISACA online
Read the web pages for the large accounting firms to get a sense of what they do
Check out Rapid7 as one example of a web security firm
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