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Columbus State University

Bachelor of Business Administration
Management Information Systems (MIS)

Turner College of Business

Department of Management and Marketing

Program Description

The management information systems (MIS) major prepares students for careers involving leading-edge enterprise technologies and the analysis, design, and management of computer-based information systems.  MIS majors combine strong technical skills with an understanding of organizations and business. Professionals who understand how to strategically and effectively use information systems in organizations are in high demand in every industry - for profit, non-profit, government, and academia.

Graduates in this field enjoy excellent placement at some of the highest starting salaries of any business major. Department of Labor projections indicate this trend will continue into the next century, as organizations increasingly rely on knowledge workers and strategic information systems.

Management Information Systems was ranked #8 among the most valuable college majors in terms of salary and career prospects by Forbes Magazine, and #2 by Kiplinger Magazine in their 2015-2016 list of Best College Majors for your Career.

What’s the difference between a Computer Science and MIS degree?
Computer Science (CS) programs focus on the theoretical side of computers, data structures, networks and coding. CS programs are typically offered in science and engineering colleges at universities whereas Management Information Systems (MIS) programs are offered in business colleges. MIS focuses on the information and systems needed to manage organizations efficiently and effectively.

Career Opportunities

MIS majors are prepared for careers in project management, business analysis, networking, system architecture and design, information assurance, and technical support. MIS careers are in every industry and graduates are prepared to work as in-house information systems staff, as consultants for information systems and accounting firms, as independent contractors, and as business entrepreneurs. Your degree will also prepare you for graduate school in business, information systems, or a related field. 

A degree in management information systems prepares you for the following careers:

  • Information systems manager
  • Business analyst
  • IT project manager
  • IT consultant
  • Network and Internet manager
  • Webmaster
  • Electronic commerce manager
  • IT Security manager
  • Network administrator
  • Web developer
  • Database analyst

Admission Requirements

There are no program specific admission requirements.

Learning Outcomes

Students receiving a BBA degree from the Turner College of Business will:

  • demonstrate proficiency in problem-solving and decision-making in a business context.
  • demonstrate knowledge of key business disciplines and concepts.
  • recognize and analyze ethical issues in a business context.
  • demonstrate knowledge of global business concepts and cultural diversity in a business context.
  • communicate effectively in a business context.
  • demonstrate proficiency in using information technology in a business context.


Students completing the MIS degree program will be able to:

  • select and apply appropriate systems analysis and design techniques to create a system design for a business process including systems development planning, requirements determination and analysis, and data/process modeling.
  • demonstrate knowledge of database concepts, and apply data modeling techniques to create a relational database model.
  • demonstrate knowledge of data networking and application of security concepts for protecting organizational data and information systems.
  • demonstrate knowledge of project and risk management principles and techniques for  information systems projects.

Additional Program Requirements

All students must earn C or better in Area F, C average in Area G, C or better in Area H and a C average in Area I business electives.

Program of Study

Area A Essential Skills Required Hours: 9
ENGL 1101
(with a grade of "C" or better)
ENGL 1102 (with a grade of "C" or better)
Select one of the following courses:

*MATH 1111 is recommended in Area A. Business majors must complete MATH 1111 with a C or better grade for admission to BUSA 3115 and Area G courses.

Area B Institutional Options Required Hours: 4-5

COMM 1110
Select two of the following courses:

Select one of the following courses:
Foreign Language 1001, 1002, 2001, or 2002
Any Area C-E course with a study abroad component.

Note: the extra hour may be used as an elective.

Area C Humanities/Fine Arts/Ethics Required Hours: 6
Select one of the following humanities courses:

Select one of the following fine arts courses: *ITDS 1145, though listed under both humanities and fine arts, may be taken only once.

Area D Science/Math/Technology Required Hours: 10-11
Select two science courses from the list below, one of which must include a lab.

Select one of the following courses or a science course from above:

Recommended:CPSC 1301;CPSC 1301L
*MATH 1125 is recommended for students considering graduate studies.

Area E Social Sciences Required Hours: 12

Select one course from the following two courses:
HIST 2111
HIST 2112

Take the following course:
POLS 1101
Select one behavioral science course from the following courses:

Select one world cultures course from the following courses:

Wellness Requirement Required Hours: 3
PHED 1205
Select any one PEDS course.

Area F Courses Related to Major Required Hours: 18
A grade of "C" or better is required for each course in Area F. Students will not be allowed to take Area G courses until this requirement is met.

Area G BBA Core Required Hours: 27 
A minimum 2.0 grade point average is required for Area G.
(C or better required in your major’s prerequisite course and BUSA 4185)

Select the following course:
BUSA 3126 Business Law

Area H Major Course Requirements Required Hours: 21
A minimum grade of "C" is required in each of the following courses.
MISM 3221 Information Systems Analysis
MISM 3222 Information Systems Design
MISM 4135 Database Design
MISM 4145 Business Data Networks and Security
MISM 4165 Project Management

Electives: Choose 6 hours of electives from the following with a "C" or better in each course:

Area I General Electives Required Hours: 12

9 hours: select from the following courses of which 3 hours must be a the 3000/4000 level; a minimum 2.0 grade point average is required

3 hours Non-Business Electives
** Required if not taken in Area D

Total Hours Required: 123

4 Year Course Schedule

Suggested four year course schedule