Businesses need employees who can understand IT systems and how to use the information from those systems to stay ahead of the competition. The online B.S. in Management Information Systems combines a strong foundation in computer information systems with the business and management knowledge to prepare you for a rewarding career in this growing field:
MIS is a top-ranked major by Kiplinger, Forbes and CNBC
At SNHU, you can choose the online MIS degree program alone or tailor the program to your career goals with a concentration in Project Management or in IT Management.
The Project Management concentration focuses on the effective application of knowledge, skills and techniques in executing and managing projects. You'll develop the leadership expertise needed to manage projects in support of operational and strategic goals through courses that include Project Contracting and Procurement, Resource Estimating and Scheduling, and Integrated Cost and Schedule Control.
The IT Management concentration tackles the managerial aspects related to IT service management, infrastructure management and managing information technology teams. You'll focus on the managerial aspects of supporting an organization's information systems strategy with courses in IT Teams, Managing Networks and Telecommunications, Infrastructure Management, and Management Science.
In the online BS in Management Information Systems degree program, you'll study how business processes and information technology help organizations make effective and efficient decisions.
While the focus of the program is on learning-through-doing (applied learning), elective experiential learning courses and extracurricular activities provide additional opportunities for students to build their résumés. For example:
As a private, nonprofit university, SNHU has one mission - to help you see yourself succeed. The benefits of earning your online BS in Management Information Systems degree at SNHU include:
Management information systems professionals work with business managers and IT teams to help organizations become more effective and efficient through improved decision-making. According to the U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of computer and information managers is projected to grow 15 percent by 2024, and computer systems analysts jobs will grow 21 percent.*
Since MIS is an interdisciplinary combination of technology and business, potential career paths range from technical to more people-oriented:
Financial Accounting establishes the rules and regulations for preparing accounting information used by internal and external sources to evaluate the financial health of an organization. This course will develop the student's ability to interpret financial accounting information, to communicate this information and to understand the accounting system that produces this information.
Managerial Accounting will explore the financial impact of alternative business decisions and the financial benefits of new business practices. After completing this course, the student will understand how accounting and other productivity information can be used to assess the past and improve the future performance of a business by giving managers essential information they need to make more informed decisions.
Explore copyright and intellectual property, licensing rights and user capabilities, vendor relations, and critical thinking techniques. Examine the importance of vendor partnerships to create, deliver, install, maintain, or support critical components. Learn about the the vendor expectations created and addressed within contractual agreements.
This course is the foundation for business in a global context with an emphasis on applications. It offers a survey of fundamentals and principles of management in the context of globally oriented firms and primarily presents an assessment of the differences between business in domestic and international context. The course explores fundamental issues in business in an increasingly interdependent world; including management principles and techniques in a global context. Themes constituting fundamentals of international business such as economic, political, cultural and social environment of business; organizations that facilitate international business and organizational structures; trade theory; government influence on trade; international business modalities and entry strategies into foreign markets, global financial system as well as the emerging issues related to international business; are also explored.
This course stresses the social and professional context of IT and computing related to ethical codes of conduct. Students will examine the historical, social, professional, ethical, and legal aspects of computing in the 21st century.
This course provides students with the necessary level of information technology education relative to understanding the uses and roles of information systems in business organizations. Students receive instruction on the information concepts and methodologies associated with the development of business information systems, and their effective application to the solution of business problems. Students learn the major issues of managing information technology in the contemporary business environment and the relationship between organizations' structures and information technology. Team approaches are utilized along with structured computer laboratories and cases using spreadsheet and database management tools. Writing intensive course.
Learn the basics of systems analysis of client systems through the lens of a business analyst. Explore common client systems within an organization, the basic architecture of the overall system, the flow of information within the system, and informed decision making as well as the importance of eCommerce for a client system.
The human relations skills that managers need to develop interaction skills that contribute directly to effective human resource management and the development of higher productivity are studied. Skill areas include leadership, motivation, communications, group dynamics, organizational development, management by objectives, and stress and time management. Students learn techniques for becoming more effective managers, subordinates, peers and persons. Students are introduced to the international aspects of human relations.
This course is an introduction to the operations function, which is responsible for the creation of goods and services of the organization. Students will learn the concepts and techniques used in managing operations in manufacturing and service organizations.
Structured Query Language (SQL) is at the heart of many data systems. In this course, students learn the basics of SQL programming as it relates to data management,data manipulation, and data analysis.
This course provides the hardware/software technology background for information technology personnel. Hardware topics include CPU architecture, memory, registers, addressing modes, busses, instruction sets and a variety of input/output devices. Software topics include operating system modules, process management, memory and file system management. Also included are basic network components and multi-user operating systems. Offered every year.
This course provides students with an introduction to the foundations of data and information management, centered around the core skills of data management and database organization. The course will focus on identifying organizational requirements for data and information, modeling the requirements using relational techniques, implementing the models into a database using a database management system, and understanding the issues of data quality and data security. The course will also introduce the framework of enterprise information management and the growing need for managing data and information in organizations effectively to support decision making and competitive advantage.
The purpose of this course is to provide students with an understanding of the management of information technology, including the relationships of parties involved, the tools for IT process improvement, and best practices involved in the field. Students focus on the relationship among an IT organization, business customers, and users. They explore the customer's perspective of IT's contribution to the organization and they learn ways to communicate effectively with stakeholders. Students examine the relationships of IT service management to process improvement movements, for example, Six Sigma improvement methodology, total quality management (TQM), business process management (BPM), and Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI) standards.
Investigate the flow and structure of data within an enterprise computer based environment. Learn to mine, compile and analyze data from client systems using appropriate tools and techniques in response to senior management inquiries.
Explore aspects of an organization's electronic interactions with its stakeholders. Key topics in this course include: e-business strategy, business models, cyber services, e-business relationships, and e-marketing and e-payment.
Learn about business intelligence tools and techniques for creating reports, and apply these techniques in making data centered decisions. Recommend solutions to business problems that address business needs and requirements through utilizing data visualization tools.
This capstone course is the culminating experience for the Management Information Systems program. The aim of the capstone is to assess students' ability to synthesize and integrate the knowledge and skills they have developed throughout their coursework, rather than introducing new concepts. This course is structured to support student success in fulfilling program requirements.
Select one of the following
Select one of the following
As modern organizations have become more complex, they have also become more project-driven. This course uses a basic project management framework in which the project life-cycle is broken into organizing, planning, monitoring and controlling the project. You will learn the methodologies and tools necessary at each stage for managing the projects effectively in terms of time, cost, quality, risk and resources.
This course teaches the five process groups and nine knowledge areas described in the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK ) of the Project Management Institute (PMI ). The course is designed to help students prepare for the Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM ) certification exam. However, it neither guarantees to help satisfy the eligibility requirements for taking the CAPM certification exam nor ensures success on the CAPM certification exam.
Electives: Students select 12 credit hours of BUS, DAD, DAT, IT, OL or QSO electives with minimum 9 credits at the 300 to 400-level.
IT Managment Concentration
IT Managment Concentration
This course focuses on group functioning and leadership and the factors involved in group cohesion and conflict, and communication systems with a focus on the IT enterprise.
This course provides an in-depth knowledge of data communications and networking theory, concepts and requirements relative to telecommunications and networking technologies, structures, hardware and software. Emphasis is on the concepts of communications theory and practices, terminology, and the analysis and design of networking applications. Management of telecommunications networks, cost-benefit analysis and evaluation of connectivity options are covered. Students can design, build and maintain a local area network (LAN). Offered as needed.
This course investigates the primary infrastructure components of modern information systems. In particular the course focuses on the main components of an information technology infrastructure: hardware systems; network; and storage structures. Students will recommend tools and technologies for managing IT infrastructures. Students will recommend solutions for enhancing information technology infrastructures to solve business problems resulting from process change or growth to an enterprise.
This course introduces the student to mathematical techniques that may be used to aid decision-making. Topics may include linear programming, PERT, CPM, network analysis and others.
Project Management Concentration
Project Management Concentration
This course addresses the process of acquiring products, resources, services, or results from outside the project team. How to plan procurement management, conduct procurements, control procurements, and close procurements is covered.
Project managers are responsible for keeping projects on time, on budget, and within scope. This course reviews the critical processes of activity definition, resource estimating, and scheduling.
This course reviews cost and schedule control techniques that are integrated with project scope as well as overseeing a cost and schedule plan aligned to that scope. The importance of measuring a project's performance using Earned Value Management (EVM) is reviewed.
Adaptive project management recognizes the nature of changing business processes and goals and the need for iterative techniques to ensure business results are achieved. Agile frameworks including Scrum are reviewed.
Free Elective Credits: 9
Total Credits: 120
Tuition rates for SNHU's online degree programs are among the lowest in the nation. We offer financial aid packages to those who qualify, plus a 30 percent tuition discount for U.S. service members, both full and part time, and the spouses of those on active duty.
*Tuition Rates are subject to change and are reviewed Annually.
No Application Fee, $150 Graduation Fee, Course Materials ($ varies by course)
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*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/management/computer-and-information-systems-managers.htm & https://www.bls.gov/ooh/computer-and-information-technology/computer-systems-analysts.htm (viewed online August 2, 2017). Cited projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth
**Kiplinger's 10 Best College Majors for Your Career, December 2016, on the Internet at http://www.kiplinger.com/slideshow/college/T012-S001-best-college-majors-for-your-career-2016-2017/index.html (viewed online August 24, 2017).
***Forbes' The 10 College Degrees With the Highest Starting Salaries, on the Internet at https://www.forbes.com/pictures/59539c204bbe6f18d787209b/9-management-information-/#729162e0424e
(viewed online August 24, 2017).
****CNBC's The 50 Highest Paying College Majors, on the Internet at https://www.cnbc.com/2016/10/19/the-50-highest-paying-college-majors.html (viewed online August 24, 2017).