What is MIS?

MIS is short for Management Information Systems and is the name of an academic discipline and major which focuses on solving business problems and creating new opportunities with technology. MIS is also often shortened to Information Systems (IS) or Information Technology (IT). Learn more about MIS in this short video featuring Fox MIS students and faculty.

whatdoinMISWhat is an MIS system?

MIS systems gather, process, and manage information. For example, MIS systems help customers order airline tickets online and withdraw cash from automated teller machines. MIS systems are also crucial in payroll processing, accounting systems, and in websites such as Amazon.com. 

Who works in MIS?

MIS professionals are business-oriented, technically proficient individuals who are found in every type of industry from health-care and banking to media and gaming, as well as in the high tech industry such as Microsoft, Lockheed Martin, and SAP. The majority of MIS professionals and Fox MIS alums work in user organizations such as Merck, Lockheed Martin, Campbell Soup, JP Morgan Chase, and consulting firms such as Accenture and LiquidHub.

How is MIS different from computer science?

miscsComputer science focuses on the technology itself and less on its business application. MIS professionals apply technology to business needs.

MIS and computer science courses may seem similar but there are major differences in their content and how they are taught. Computer science students take courses that will help them better understand technology, like math and physics classes. MIS students take courses that will help them understand business problems, like accounting and marketing. Neither one is better than the other – they’re just different. 

MIS CIS
Acquire business applications by building, integrating or purchasing systems Build and extent technology to solve complex problems
Motivated by using the computer as a tool to solve problems or create innovative solutions Motivated by how the computer works
Emphasis is on understanding business problems and producing business innovation Emphasis is on programming complex software
Integrate available components in high-level development environments Typically trained in writing large programs from scratch using traditional programming languages
Analyze corporate “big” data with analytics Create algorithms that, for example, will sort the data

 

What do MIS people do?

misglueMIS professionals are leaders who initiate, design, and apply technology to transform business functions and produce innovative products and services. To learn more check out these humorous videos about Dave’s career and What does an IT student do?

Analyst Study business problems and implement systems to solve them
Consultant Analyze problems and change business processes
Application developer Develop software to gather and store data
Data analyst Extracts and analyzes organizational data
Project leader Organize a team of analysts, programmers and others to create an innovative solution

 

Learn more in this short video featuring MIS students

What type of programming do you do in MIS?

An MIS professional will typically not be asked to write large and complex computer programs but should know how the code works. The MIS professional will often direct computer programmers on what to build.

What are the salary ranges for MIS professionals?

Entry-level salaries for students with an undergraduate degree in MIS are between $50,000-$60,000. 

What is the current demand for MIS workers?

There will always be a need for techno-savvy business professionals in the workforce. Remember, technology is the engine of business. You should also review the current statistics for salary and demand by the U.S. Department of Labor: