Management Information Systems

The MIS program prepares students to plan for, design, analyze, use, and manage digital assets of an organization. Digital assets of a modern business environment involve not only technology but also the IT-enabled processes governing business activities as well as the associated information/knowledge acquisition, processing, synthesis, management, and transfer processes.

MIS coursework prepares students to make better decisions by applying information technologies to solve business problems and transform enterprise operations, and to innovate and manage business processes in different functional areas through the best use of the technological infrastructure of an organization. The collective impact of the coursework is to enable students to understand and apply information technology in creating business opportunities and to acquire the skills necessary for the functional management of the tasks needed to secure those opportunities.

Students who major or minor in MIS are eligible to try out for the MIS Case Competition Team. The team represents the Carlson MIS program at international case competitions.  Students who make the team earn 1 credit of IDSC 4491 and a unique experience for their resume.  The credits do not apply toward the major or minor, but count toward overall degree credits.  Competition expenses are covered by our generous corporate sponsors.

Major Curriculum


Course Credits Title & Additional Information
IDSC 3101 2 Introduction to Programming
IDSC 3102 2 Intermediate Programming (prereq: IDSC 3101)
IDSC 3103 2 Data Modeling and Databases
IDSC 3104 2 Enterprise Systems (prereq: IDSC 3001)
    The following courses must be taken in order over three semesters, no exceptions:
IDSC 3202 4 Analysis and Modeling of Business Systems (prereq: IDSC 3001)
IDSC 4204W 4 Strategic Information Technology Management (prereq: IDSC 3202)
IDSC 4301 2 MIS in Action: Capstone Course (prereq: IDSC 3202 and 4204W)


Course Credits Title & Additional Information
IBUS 3055 4 Global IT-Entrepreneurship in Action in China (2 credits may be applied toward major)
IDSC 4401 2 Information Security (prereq: IDSC 3001 or instructor consent)
IDSC 4411 2 Information Technology Governance and Assurance (prereq: IDSC 3001)
IDSC 4431 2 Advanced Database Design (prereq: IDSC 3103)
IDSC 4441 2 Electronic Commerce (prereq: IDSC 3001)
IDSC 4444 2 Descriptive and Predictive Analytics (prereq: IDSC 3001)
IDSC 4455 2 The Business of Social Media (prereq: IDSC 3001)
IDSC 4471 2 Agile Methods
IDSC 4490 2 Information Systems Special Topics (prereq: specified individually for each section or with instructor consent)

Students who complete a unique independent study project may petition to have IDSC 4491 Independent Study in Information Systems  (1-4 credits) apply toward their major.

Please note that all classes are not offered every semester. Please check the class schedule on One Stop for details.

View Program Requirements and Course Descriptions.

Minor Curriculum


Course Credits Title & Additional Information
IDSC 3202 4 Analysis and Modeling of Business Systems (prereq: IDSC 3001)


Please note that all classes are not offered every semester. Please check the class schedule on One Stop for details.


MIS professionals are often the problem-solvers of an organization’s IT issues. MIS professionals must have an interest in technology, but positions range from being highly technical (programmer or information security analyst) to more people-oriented (project manager and business analyst). A typical role as a business analyst involves working within an organization to establish or improve processes, acting as an intermediary between the user and the programmer. MIS professionals often are the ‘translator’ between an IT department and the business, working to align business objectives and IT strategy.

What classes can I take to explore and learn about MIS career paths? 
Use the MIS Career Course Map tool to explore classes you can take to learn, explore and build expertise in specific MIS/BA career paths. Meet with your advisor for course recommendations. You can also find free online trainings and courses through (Listed under Resources below)

NOTE: The MIS Career Course Map is a guideline for students to use as they are selecting courses they would like to take, in particular in the MIS major/BA minor. The first tab called Course Mapping lists many entry level IT roles as well as particular classes that may be useful to take if you are interested in the role. Keep in mind, this should only be used as a guideline. In addition, there is a tab that lists out entry level roles in IT and briefly describes what the role may do. Many role responsibilities vary slightly by company, but this can be used as a guide as you are deciding your career path and classes. 

For more information about the MIS major/BA minor, career paths and other key career info, please visit the Undergraduate Business Career Center website

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