Exploring the Management Information Systems Major

Management information systems refers to the methods and software that provide value and growth potential to a business. There are many good reasons to choose a management information systems (MIS) major, including the variety of career opportunities available and the comprehensive education in both computer information systems and general business practices that the degree provides.

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Why You Should Consider an MIS Major

The options for a career in information systems are growing every year, as more and more functions of business become digitized. A bachelor’s degree in management information systems can provide graduates with the knowledge and skill set necessary to prepare them for an exciting career.

Career Possibilities for MIS Majors

MIS graduates enter a job market that is expanding every year, anywhere from 10 to 20 percent, depending on the career path. Let’s take a look at a couple of roles that may be available to MIS majors:

Network Administrator

Network Administrators work with firewalls, routers, wireless access points, and other network devices to ensure optimum data throughput. They also help plan networks, run cables, install hardware, and troubleshoot transmission errors. Network admins work on mobile data networks and in data centers. Since almost every business has a network, that means just about every industry you can name has a need for a network administrator.

With 6 percent job growth expected between 2016-2026, potential career paths for network administrators include network engineer (planning and implementation for data, voice, and wireless networks), data center networking specialist (focuses on specific needs of data centers), VoIP engineer (specializes in Voice over IP networks and optimization). The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates the salary range for network administrators to run (depending on location) from $50,000 over $130,000 per year, with the median salary at just over $80,000 per year.

Database Administrator

Database Administrators (DBAs) program databases, advise on information organization and storage, and manage database backup and recovery operations. Many network apps use a backend database for data storage. There is also an increasing need for DBAs in healthcare records storage and cloud database management.

Strong job growth for DBAs is predicted, with increases of 11 percent between 2016-2026. After starting a career as a database administrator, potential career paths include Project Manager (helping guide technology plans), Database Architect (designing and optimizing large databases), Information Security Engineer (data surveillance and risk mitigation), and Chief Technical Officer. The Bureau of Labor Statistics has similar salary estimates for database administrators similar to that of network administrators, ranging (depending on location) from $50,000 over $130,000 per year, with the median salary at just over $87,000 per year.

Other job opportunities include information security (InfoSec) analyst, systems administrator, and business systems analyst, with average salaries upward of $80,000 per year.

Skills Gained Through an MIS Program

Students looking to qualify for most MIS programs need to have a high school diploma or the equivalent. Once admitted, students are often expected to maintain at least a 2.0 GPA in their major. There are usually also general education requirements in writing, science, and math, in addition to upper-level business and technology courses. A technology curriculum often includes studies in cyber security, database design, programming, and project management.

While technology courses teach a variety of skills, students would also benefit from having an interest in MIS and some technical aptitude in relevant areas, specifically computer systems (networking, operating systems, and the internet), business operations, programming (understanding code and syntax), and planning efficiency. In other words, there’s no substitute for natural curiosity and enthusiasm for technology and organization.

The Benefits of a MIS Program

Along with in-demand job opportunities, management information systems majors receive an education in general business practices which help inform them about how their jobs provide value to the company as a whole, beyond their department. Coursework in business law, economics, and accounting gives graduates a top-down understanding of business and how their positions may contribute to a corporate mission. This comprehension of business goals attracts potential employers looking for candidates who don’t require an extra level of training on their roles within a company’s overall direction.

Qualifying for Maryville’s MIS Degree

Maryville University’s management information systems major is designed to prepare graduates to enter the technology job market. To qualify for admission to the Maryville program as an incoming freshman, prospective students need to have a high school diploma with a 2.5 GPA or GED.

Transfer students must have a 2.0 GPA in their college work and complete at least the last 30 credit hours of their bachelor’s degree at Maryville.

Learn more about Maryville’s admissions requirements here.

Take the First Step Toward your MIS Career

A management information systems major can help put a range of well-paying technology career opportunities within reach of graduates, and a Maryville degree is a great first step toward these exciting careers. Learn more about Maryville University’s online Bachelor’s  in Management Information Systems program.

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