Business Core Requirements
Management Information Systems (MIS) is a major in the FAU College of Business. By choosing this major, you will earn a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration (B.B.A.) or Science (B.S.). Please refer to the degree requirements for a B.B.A. or B.S. to learn more about the core requirements for all College of Business undergraduate students. You may also speak to an undergraduate advisor in the College of Business to learn more.
Management Information Systems Major Requirements
In addition to the foundation and core courses required for all undergraduate College of Business students, all Management Information Systems (MIS) majors must complete a total of 18 credits from courses offered by the Information Technology and Operations Management Department. A grade of "C" or better is required in all major courses.
All students majoring in MIS must take Advanced Systems Analysis and Design (ISM 4133) as part of the 18 credits for the major. Depending which other courses interest you or which career path you wish to pursue, you will follow one of two paths: Information Technology path or Information and Knowledge Management path. No matter which path you choose, you will earn an MIS major. The difference is in the focus of your coursework and skills learned.
Information Technology Path.This is the classic MIS path that provides core technical skills needed to manage and design Information Technology in organizations. Students acquire the Basic Four technical skills: application development and programming languages, database management, data communications, and system analysis and design.
Information and Knowledge Management Path. This path provides students with general, broad knowledge in information and knowledge management in organizations, digital products and service development, social media analysis as well as project management. Graduates will have the skills to analyze and lead technology-enabled products and services and consult organizations on digital products and services.
Please refer to the MIS Program Sheet for more details of the specific course requirements for each path.
Accelerated B.B.A./B.S. and MSITM Program
If technology excites you, don't forget to consider the Combined Bachelors and Masters degree program that we now offer. Top MIS students can earn both the B.B.A./B.S. and Masters of Science in Information Technology Management (MSITM) degrees in as little as five years. Read more about this exciting program here.
An MIS professional does not write large and complex computer programs. However knowing how the code works is a very important skill. An MIS graduate will often manage or lead a team of computer programmers and thus will have decision making responsibilities on what to build.
Programming is one of the “Basic Four” core technical skills (along with database management, data communications, and system analysis and design) that employers find very useful and look for when hiring. A large portion of the available jobs require knowledge of programming even though the job is not a programming position. Treat your programming class as a boot camp – you have to go through it even though you don’t want to be a programmer. You will feel very gratified at the end!
If you’re nervous about the programming class, you can major in MIS without a programming class and take the more creative, information and knowledge management path. Companies recognize that you can be a great MIS manager with no programming knowledge. With the explosive growth of IT into all aspects of our lives, with the rise of social networking, digital marketing, digital print and media, data and business analytics, information security, and others, there is a wide range of job opportunities that do not require programming skills. Leading IT consulting companies hire IT consultants without programming skills or background. However, lack of adequate programming skills diminishes your chance for a good, desirable job. Learn more about the variety of courses available to MIS majors.
If you want to learn more programming beyond ISM 3230, we offer programming courses developing C# or JAVA and web programming and we are ready to schedule them in the future if there is enough interest. Communicate your interest to the ITOM Department Chair or to AskITOM@fau.edu. Alternatively, consider a Computer Science Minor.