Management Information Systems (MIS) is a challenging field of study focused on integrating computer-based information technology solutions and business processes to meet the information needs of businesses and other enterprises. The computer-based information technology is viewed as an instrument for generating, processing and distributing information. While computers are the tool for this field, we equip students to be the real evaluators, creating efficiency and value within organizations.
Our graduates have a combination of strong technical and business skills, including oral and written communication, bridging the gap that often exists between business users of computer systems and technically-trained specialists. This combination of skills prepares our graduates to be leaders of the next generation of MIS professionals. It also feeds demand for MIS professionals who are skilled in both computer technology and business. This demand is expected to grow rapidly in the next decade, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.
Students majoring in MIS receive a comprehensive education in design, analysis, development, and management of computer-based information systems. They also are educated in the fields of management, marketing, economics, accounting, and finance. Students learn to apply the managerial and analytical skills required for success in 21st-century organizations. An MIS minor is an excellent complement to many majors offered across the University.
Features of our innovative program include interactive lectures, individual and team assignments, and experiential learning to help students build successful careers. Five of the top 30 fastest-growing occupations through 2016 are related to computer-based information systems, according to employment projections published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Under the direction of highly-qualified and experienced faculty, students work with local companies both individually and as team members to develop information systems solutions to address business problems.
Alliances with the SAP and Microsoft corporations provide students access to a wide array of contemporary software tools and systems. Partnerships with information systems professional associations provide many opportunities for student interaction with the business community. Guest lecturers from business and government are regularly featured, and internships with well-known corporations are available to qualified students.
What Will You Learn?
MIS majors receive a comprehensive education in design, analysis, development, and management of computer-based information systems that support enterprise business processes. They are educated in the fields of management, marketing, economics, accounting and finance, and learn how to apply the managerial and analytical skills required as evaluators, creating efficiency and value in organizations.
Educational outcomes for graduates include the ability to apply:
- Sound managerial concepts and principles in the development and operation of information systems
- Systems analysis, IS design and project management concepts
- Technical concepts in information technology
MIS seniors take the Information Systems Analyst Certification Exam during their senior year in a capstone course. Elective course topics offering in-depth study and specialization include business intelligence and analytics, information system security, advanced networking, business process integration using enterprise systems, advanced programming, and operations management. Students have the option to earn additional certifications from SAP, Microsoft, and other corporations. Annually UT offers the SAP Prep Academy, which provides intensive training to prepare individuals to become an SAP Certified Business Associate with ERP 6.0.
An MIS minor complements many majors by allowing students to combine their interdisciplinary skills with the rapid changes in computers and information impacting the 21st century. The minor can also be used to prepare for supplemental industry certifications.
International business and MIS majors engage in an in-depth study of MIS concepts coupled with global perspectives, including language proficiency, cultural awareness, and education abroad experience.
Internationally Recognized Program
The Sykes College of Business is accredited by AACSB International (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business), an honor held by only 6 percent of business schools worldwide. It is rated one of the “best business schools” by U.S. News & World Report and since 2007 one of the best business schools in the world by The Princeton Review. UT’s MIS major is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET (www.ABET.org) and is one of only 40 information systems programs nationwide to receive this prestigious distinction.
UT’s MIS curriculum integrates ongoing changes in the field of information systems and provides students with hands-on experience in a wide array of contemporary computing technologies. Highlights of this innovative program include interactive lectures, individual assignments, and in-depth team projects. Alliances with SAP and Microsoft provide students access to the most current technologies. SAP is the world leader in enterprise applications in terms of software and software-related service revenue.
UT’s Information and Technology Management department is guided by an advisory board comprised of experts in the field of information systems. Members include executives from IBM, PwC, the City of Tampa and Revenue Management Solutions, among others. They assist faculty in developing programs designed to equip graduates with the critical skills required by employers. Partnerships with information systems professional associations such as the Tampa Bay Technology Leadership Association also facilitate student interaction with the business community. Internships and other projects take advantage of Tampa’s status as a regional center for business and finance, granting students access to institutions such as JPMorgan Chase, Disney World, Moffitt Cancer Center, Port of Tampa and Raymond James. MIS students are strongly encouraged to participate in one or more internships.
Eight hundred community leaders serve on UT advisory boards, providing students with a world of professional connections. UT students also interact with the business community through in-class consulting projects, field trips, international programs, and UT’s Centers and Institutes, including the Center for Ethics, TECO Energy Center for Leadership, Lowth Entrepreneurship Center, Naimoli Institute for Business Strategy and Florida Directors’ Institute.
From managing investments in the Huizenga Financial Trading Center to hands-on training in SAP and other enterprise systems, MIS students have access to the most current technology.
What Can You Do With This Major?
MIS graduates have a combination of strong technical and business skills, including oral and written communication, that bridge the gap that often exists between business users of computer systems and technically trained specialists. This combination of skills prepares graduates to be leaders of the next generation of MIS professionals. It also feeds demand for MIS professionals who are skilled in both computer technology and business processes. This demand is expected to grow rapidly in the next decade, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.
Sample Job Titles
- Chief Information Officer
- IT Unit Director or Manager
- IT Project Manager
- Information Systems Developer
- Information Security Manager
- Database Developer or Administrator
- Business Intelligence Analyst
- Network Manager
- Business Technology Consultant
- Financial Information Systems Specialist
Computer and information technology occupations are projected to grow 12 percent by 2024, faster than the average for all other occupations, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. UT works closely with the local chamber of commerce and economic development agencies to help prepare graduates for successful careers.
Graduates are also well prepared to enter graduate degree programs in many business fields. Many MIS graduates continue their education at UT, frequently earning an MBA with a concentration in information systems management. Other recent graduates have attended George Washington University, Duke University and the University of South Florida, to name only a few.
Local Freshman Admissions
- Official high school or secondary school transcript or GED results
- $40 nonrefundable application fee
- SAT and/or ACT scores
- Completed guidance counselor recommendation form or recommendation letter from a teacher (not required if you graduated from high school more than two years ago)
- Official college/university transcripts for any credits completed
Undergraduate International Admissions
With students enrolled from over 100 countries, U.T. proudly considers students from around the globe for freshman or transfer admission. Proof of English proficiency is required. (This is waived for international students from the Commonwealth Caribbean, Bermuda, Canada, United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, Australia and New Zealand.)
Students should apply through U.T.'s online application. In order to review a student’s application, the University must receive the following:
- Official transcripts for all secondary school or college coursework, with grades translated into English ("Official" means that you must request your school to send your transcript directly to the UT Office of Admissions. If that is impossible, send a copy that has been certified by your school as a "true copy" of the original after it is copied. An official at your school should sign the document as "true copy of the original.")
- $40 nonrefundable application fee
- Essay, written in English (not required if you already graduated from high school and have completed some college credits)
- Completed guidance counselor recommendation form (first-year students only)
- Proof of English proficiency (please submit one of the following):
- TOEFL: the minimum acceptable score is 550 or 213 (computer-based) or 79 (Internet-based)
- IELTS: International English Language Testing System – minimum grade of 6.5
- Successful completion of the English 112 certificate offered by ELS Language Centers accompanied by a letter of recommendation from an administrator and a 500-word English writing sample
- Proof of available funds to cover expenses for the first year of study
- Essay (first-year students only)
- Copy of biographical page of your passport (if available)
- International Student Clearance Form (if currently studying in the U.S.)
International students who meet admission requirements but need additional English language training prior to entering as a full-time degree student may enroll in one of the several E.S.L. programs.
International students also must furnish proof of available funds to cover their first year of study and each subsequent year. Exceptional new entering students with excellent academic achievement receive partial scholarships ($4,000-$7,000 per academic year) which covers only a small portion of the total costs. Students may work on campus up to 20 hours per week.
Upon admission to the University and satisfactory completion of the financial statement, an I-20 form will be sent to applicants from U.T.’s admissions office. Applicants must take the I-20 form, a copy of their acceptance letter and financial statement to the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate. After an interview, the embassy or consulate will decide if an F-1 student visa can be issued. To enter the United States, students need this visa in their passport and the I-20 form. Students may not enter the country on a tourist visa with the intention to study in the U.S.
The staff in the Office of International Programs assists students with pre-arrival information, orientation, and advice on academic, social, cultural and employment matters.
Note: For special circumstances, additional documentation may be required in all categories.
The deadlines for Bachelors are as follows:
- November 15 - Early Action I deadline; decision by December 15.
- January 15 - Early Action II deadline; decision by February 15.
- March 1 - Regular Decision deadline; decision by April 1.
- March 2 - Applications completed after March 1 are evaluated on a rolling basis.
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