Skip to main content

Majors

Management Information Systems

Management Information Systems (MIS) managers focus on an organization’s information system and technology. MIS appeals to students who enjoy working with computers and problem-solving. Computer technology is critical to the way today’s organizations conduct business. MIS students learn to analyze business problems and to design, build and maintain computer applications for solving those problems.

MIS students are encouraged to participate in an internship after their first semester in the College. Internships are an extension of the learning experience and provide insights into the actual operations of an organization. The College’s Career Development Center uses its extensive network of firms and organizations to help students find the right internship for them.

The MIS Association offers professional and social programs to all students interested in that field. Outside speakers offer information and personal contacts that are very helpful in career development.

The MIS Association offers professional and social programs to all students interested in that field. Outside speakers offer information and personal contacts that are very helpful in career development.

The College offers two bachelor’s degrees: a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science in Economics. All students earning BSBA degrees (accounting, finance, management, marketing, and management information systems majors) take the 37 credit-hour core business curriculum. This curriculum is modeled on the interrelationships among the functional areas of business as they occur in the real world. Emphasis is on developing skills for effective teamwork, communication and leadership–the skills employers value highly.

In addition to the core classes, MIS majors must earn credit hours in required management courses and in required MIS electives. MIS courses include such topics as Database Management Systems, Business Applications Programming, Business Information Systems, Data Communications and Systems Design. MIS students learn to analyze business problems and to design, build and maintain computer applications for solving those problems. To complete degree requirements, MIS students must earn at least an additional five credit hours of non-business electives and meet WVU General Education Curriculum requirements, for a total of 128 credit hours.

Career Profile

MIS graduates are qualified for six of Fortune’s 20 Fastest-Growing Professional Jobs. With a greater than 20% growth rate for the next ten years, these jobs include network systems and datacom analysts, database administrators, computer and infosystems managers, systems analysts, network and systems administrators. Other possible careers include Web/system designer, information security manager and application developer.

Sample Course Schedules

Wondering what your typical day might be like? We used students’ real course schedules to create these examples.

Freshman Year

BCOR 199 Introduction to Business CS 101 Intro to Computer Applications HIST 101 Western Civilization: Antiquity to 1600 SOCA 101 Introduction to Sociology MATH 126 College Algebra

Senior Year

BCOR 360 Operations Management BCOR 320 Legal Environment of Business MIST 450 Systems Analysis MIST 353 Advanced Information Technology PHIL 130 Current Moral Problems

English Proficiency Requirements

All applicants whose first language is not English must provide proof of English language proficiency. WVU accepts either the TOEFL or the IELTS for this purpose. Learn more about our English language proficiency requirements.

Accreditation Information

WVU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

The College of Business and Economics has held continuous accreditation by AACSB International since 1954. This accreditation assures students and prospective employers that the College’s programs adhere to the highest standards of excellence in nationally recognized business programs. Of the more than 2,000 business programs in the country, 530 hold AACSB business accreditation.

Alumni Profile

Maria Grieco

Maria Grieco, a May 2015 graduate, will begin her job as a federal business technology analyst with Deloitte Consulting in Washington, D.C., in September 2015. As a student, she was active in Alpha Kappa Psi, the professional business fraternity on campus, as well as the MIS Association. Her advice for new MIS students is not to panic, and to soak in every word from the faculty. “The program is challenging, but it’s more worth it than you’ll ever know – that is, until you’re where I am now, graduating and getting to reflect on my time,” she said. “MIS was the best choice I’ve ever made in my life, and I’m glad I wasn’t afraid to ask for help from the faculty because every single one of them have been mentors to me – not only in my career, but also my personal life. I couldn’t have asked for a better four years.”

Interested in talking to someone about WVU?

Contact an Admissions Counselor