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.
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 and Lockheed Martin. The majority of MIS professionals and Fox MIS alums work in user organizations such as Merck, Campbell Soup, NBCUniversal, Walmart and consulting firms such as LiquidHub.
How is MIS different from computer science?
MIS and computer science courses may seem similar but there are major differences in their content and how they are taught. Computer science (CS) (occasionally termed Computer and Information Science – CIS) 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||Computer Science (CS) or
Computer and Information Science (CIS)
|Acquire business applications by building, integrating or purchasing systems||Build and extend technology to solve complex problems|
|Motivated by using the computer as a tool to solve problems or create digital innovation||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?
MIS 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 videos about I love IT, 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 write large and complex computer programs but should know how the code works. Some MIS professionals will write code to create innovative new applications (e.g., a new App). The MIS professional will often direct computer programmers on what to build.
Entry-level salaries for students with an undergraduate degree in MIS are between $50,000-$60,000. Learn more at http://isjobindex.com.
What are the prospects for women in MIS?
Women are leaders in MIS in many of top firms in the nation such as Sondra L. Barbour, EVP, Lockheed Martin, Karenann Terrell, EVP & CIO, Walmart, and Linda Dillman, CIO, QVC. Learn more about women in IT.
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.