Welcome to the Management Information Systems (MIS) website! As you look over our site, you will no doubt notice that we are striving to provide students with a quality education. Although the MIS program has been around for a number of years, we are making every effort to remain current. Our curriculum is monitored and tailored to national standards, and our faculty remains current in appropriate teaching methodologies and research.

There is no better time than now to be a MIS major. These are just a few of the reasons:

  • MIS graduates are in demand
  • MIS graduates make good salaries
  • MIS jobs have pleasant working environments
  • Our MIS program is rewarding and engaging
  • Average yearly salary of $49,200

So, what are you waiting on? Come explore why you should learn and grow with MIS!

What is MIS?The Study of the relationships between Organizations, People, Technology

MIS is all about INFORMATION and the systems that make it accessible. Everyone who works in business, from the CEO to regular workers, uses information systems to support decision-making and daily operations.

As the world changes, so does MIS. While MIS integrates people, data, and information with some fairly standard technologies, MIS also seeks to understand and make use of mobile technologies, like smartphones and tablets, as well as Internet and Web applications, such as social networking sites (Facebook, LinkedIn, etc.). If you have an interest in technology and the desire to use technology to improve people’s lives and support their jobs, then you are beginning to understand MIS and its value in the modern world.

What’s the difference between MIS and the other computing programs?

Many people do not understand the differences between the various computing majors. Others have come to believe that MIS is all about programming. However, programming is only a small part of the MIS curriculum. More than that, there are many jobs in MIS where you do not program. MIS Students learn how to manage information systems in order to best serve the needs of managers, staff and customers. MIS students learn how to develop systems, manage databases and networks, and lots more.

Marshall University is home to three undergraduate computing majors: Management Information Systems, Computer Science, and Computer and Information Technology. Take a look at how they compare.

All of these are great majors. However, as you can see, the focus of each is different. MIS provides a balance of concepts and applications along with the integration of business and technology.

Why Major in MIS?

If you have the interest in technology and the desire to use technology to improve people’s lives and support their jobs, then you have the two components that any MIS major should have. We believe that the career path for those who like to work with business and technology definitely begins with a major in MIS.

The more important reasons for taking courses in and/or majoring in MIS at the Marshall University College of Business are:

What types of jobs await a MIS graduate?

MIS is an integrative and boundary-spanning field. It will require you to figure out how things work, solve problems, communicate what you find out, and engage in career-long learning. It’s an evolving field, and it takes energetic people to do well in it. Here is a sample list of potential MIS jobs:

  • Business Analyst
  • Systems Analyst
  • Database Administrator
  • Database Designer
  • Network Administrator
  • IT Consultant
  • IT Development Project Leader
  • Business Intelligence Analyst
  • Technical Support Specialist
  • Information Systems Manager
  • IT User Liaison
  • Systems Developer

Click here for more information about the kinds of jobs available for an MIS graduate.

Aren’t all the MIS jobs being outsourced?
Not true. The trend toward outsourcing has caused a reduction in the number of computer programmers needed. The global programming market has been influenced by the fact that system requirements can be shipped over the Internet to countries where wages are lower. Thus, the demand for programmers in high-wage countries could very well decline.However, jobs that emphasize determination of system requirements and identification of process support needs are sticking around. MIS professionals are creating those specifications and requirements! Many companies realize the importance of having analysts here in the US to develop the solution specifications and are hiring MIS professionals in the US to do those jobs. Further, there are coordination and other hidden costs to offshoring arrangements with which many companies don’t want to bother. To put it briefly, MIS professional are needed HERE.
How long will MIS jobs be available?
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics 2010-11 Occupational Outlook Handbook(OOH) employment of computer and information systems managers is expected to grow roughly 16 percent over the 2006-2016 decade, which is faster than the average for all occupations.A quote from the report says “Prospects for qualified computer and information systems managers should be excellent. Fast-paced occupational growth and the limited supply of technical workers will lead to a wealth of opportunities for qualified individuals. While technical workers remain relatively scarce in the United States, the demand for them continues to rise. This situation was exacerbated by the economic downturn in the early 2000s, when many technical professionals lost their jobs. Since then, many workers have chosen to avoid this work since it is perceived to have poor prospects.Workers with specialized technical knowledge and strong communications skills will have the best prospects. People with management skills and an understanding of business practices and principles will have excellent opportunities, as companies are increasingly looking to technology to drive their revenue”.
For more information, please contact:M. Shane Tomblin, PhD; MIS Coordinator
College of Business, Mgt/Mkt/MIS
Marshall University
One John Marshall Drive
Huntington, WV 25755
304.696.2664
shane.tomblin@marshall.edu

Or

Dr. Rex McClure, Division Head
Division of Management and Marketing
Marshall University
College of Business
One John Marshall Drive
Huntington, WV 25755
Corbly Hall 421
304.696.7042
mcclurer@marshall.edu