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Tuning Management Information Systems

Management Information Systems has been defined as follows: 

The Management Information Systems field of study produces graduates who are both business analysts understanding accounting, finance, marketing and management, and also are information systems professionals understanding how to develop and use information systems that help organizations achieve their organizational goals and objectives.  The information system (IS) uses computer hardware, software, data, procedures, and people to provide the “right” information to the “right” people at the “right” time in the “right” format to meet the goals and objectives of an organization in a cost-effective manner.  The Management Information Systems (MIS) professional must understand the goals, objectives, and decision process of an organization, as well as the collection of data, the processing of data into usable information, and the storage and communication of both the data and the information.  The professional must develop competencies in software development, systems analysis and design, database design, networking/telecommunications, and the management of projects integrating these areas.  They must understand and work with an organization’s technology infrastructure, and be prepared to integrate emerging technologies into that infrastructure.  Finally, the professional also must protect the integrity, privacy, and security of the data and information held by the organization.  


Upon graduation with a degree in Management Information Systems, opportunities for employment will fall within the following job titles (click on the image to open a larger view:)

MIS employment job titles

 Upon graduation with a degree in Management Information Systems, opportunities for employment will fall within the following economic sectors (click on the image to open a larger view:)

MIS employment economic sector


In preparing for a career in Management Information Systems, a student will focus studies in the following areas (in addition to core subject areas) at the college and university levels (click on the image to open a larger view:)


MIS expertise final


The following diagram illustrates a recommended two-year transfer plan leading to a bachelor's degree in Management Information Systems (click on the image to open a larger view:)


 transfer plan image

To ensure that you are ready for courses as shown, please take note of the prerequisite flowchart shown below (click on the image to open a larger view:) 

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The Voluntary Statewide Transfer Compact for Management Information Systems; institutions participating in the Compact; and the entire Management Information Systems Tuning Packet, which outlines critical skill areas needed by students and graduates of Management Information Systems programs, can be viewed and downloaded here.

Institutions participating in the Voluntary Statewide Transfer Compact means that these institutions have agreed to: a) teach courses at the lower-division level as listed in the Lower-Division Academic Course Guide Manual, which is updated and published each year by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board; and 2) accept the courses listed for transfer into the Management Information Systems program at the university level as specified in the Compact.

For further or more specific information regarding transfer to a Management Information Systems program at a Texas university, it is recommended that you contact the engineering department at the institution of interest.

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