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Management Information Systems


Management information systems programs prepare people to design and maintain systems that collect and manage data.

Management information systems programs prepare people to provide and manage data systems. Students learn about data storage and information systems policy and planning.

Management information systems programs include topics such as:


In management information systems programs, students may be able to specialize in:


Many colleges and universities offer bachelor’s degrees in management information systems. A bachelor's degree usually takes about four years of full-time study.

Many universities also offer graduate degrees in information management sciences. One option is a Master of Information Science (MIS) degree. A master’s degree typically requires two years of study beyond a bachelor’s degree. Doctoral (PhD) degree programs usually require two or more years of study beyond the master’s degree.

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Program Admission

You can prepare for this program by taking courses in high school that prepare you for college. This typically includes four years of English, three years of math, three years of social studies, and two years of science. Some colleges also require two years of a second language.

Below is a list of high school courses that will help prepare you for this program of study:

Graduate Admissions

Admission to graduate programs is competitive. You need a bachelor's degree, good grades, and good test scores. Your bachelor's degree should be in management information systems or another business field. Or your bachelor's might be in computer science, with some business courses. Requirements for entering an MBA program usually are less demanding than for an MIS program. In fact, you may qualify with little formal education in business if you have business experience and a good background in computers.

Additional requirements at some schools include:

Typical Course Work

Program Courses

This program typically includes courses in the following subjects:

Things to Know

Business touches on all aspects of the culture, so you should take courses in non-business subjects. Good skills in writing, speaking, and critical thinking are needed for advancement in the business world.

Business courses in high school can be useful preparation for a career in management information systems. You should take only a few, so that your high school transcript shows that you are preparing for a demanding college-level program.


East Side Area

Central Washington University

Walla Walla University

Washington State University - Pullman

Wenatchee Valley College

King-Snohomish Area

Bellevue College

Central Washington University - Des Moines

Central Washington University - Lynnwood

City University of Seattle

Columbia College - Naval Station Everett/Marysville

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Everett

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Renton

Northeastern University - Seattle

Seattle Pacific University

TLG Learning

University of Washington - Bothell

University of Washington - Seattle

Washington Technology University

Kitsap Area

Brandman University - Bangor

Brandman University - Whidbey Island

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Whidbey Island

Spokane Area

Eastern Washington University

Eastern Washington University (Spokane Campus)

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Fairchild AFB

Gonzaga University

Whitworth University

Statewide and Distance Learning

WGU Washington

Tacoma Area

Central Washington University - Pierce County

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Joint Base Lewis-McChord

Vancouver Area

Washington State University - Vancouver

West Side Area

Columbia College - Whidbey Island

Saint Martin's University

Western Washington University