With a Master of Science in Management Information Systems, you'll learn to identify problems and leverage technology to develop solutions and realize strategic opportunities in any business worldwide.
Management information systems is the application of computer related technology to managerial programs. There is of course a heavy technical component in the coursework, but the program also provides students with the broad perspective needed to advance in their managerial careers.
Students will explore the application of computerized information systems, including Web technologies, to run a modern technology-based business. The Web, via e-commerce, has created a revolution in consumer-to-business and business-to-business transactions. The business analyst of the future must be able to identify how Web-based technologies can be applied to solving existing and new problems and how to leverage technology to realize strategic opportunities. Students will receive exposure to networking and data communications, database management systems, distributed computing and to various systems analysis and design development strategies.
Students without a business background may apply to the program, but will be required to take MGG 503, Introduction to Business.
As a student, we encourage you to take part in our job-shadowing program, where you can spend time with industry experts and gain exposure to organizational activities such as project meetings and corporate strategy sessions. You will have the opportunity to visit several organizations in the Buffalo Niagara region to get a first-hand view of the business environment.
The MS in MIS will provide you with the knowledge to function in a management consultancy firm, as a part of a functional business unit, as an e-business entrepreneur, or as part of a traditional information systems group. Typical positions for our graduates include the following: systems consultant/analyst with a large consulting firm, systems analyst within a traditional information systems department, or a systems analyst within a functional unit such as marketing, human resources finance or operations.
While pursuing the MS in MIS, you will have the opportunity to earn external certifications in such areas as information systems auditing, networking (CISCO, Microsoft) or databases (Oracle). Many students have taken advantage of these options and found their career opportunity vastly enhanced.
The department maintains a state-of-the-art networking and information assurance laboratory that is supported by grants from CISCO and the Department of Defense.
The Management Information Systems Association (MISA) sponsors speakers, facility tours and career strategy meetings to provide MIS students with more information about career options.
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