Rochester Institute of Technology

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Management Information Systems BS

Program Overview

Ranked as a top-10 program nationally by USA Today in 2016 and 2017, the Management Information Systems (MIS) major at Saunders College of Business prepares students for careers involving leading-edge enterprise technologies and the analysis, design, and management of computer-based information systems. The curriculum provides students with the systems thinking skills to solve real world business problems while integrating the latest digital technologies into their solutions. Career directions for graduates of this program include business and systems analysis, management and information technology consulting, enterprise systems analysis, database application development and administration, network design and administration, web systems development, and information technology project management. The MIS program has quickly grown to become the largest undergraduate major at Saunders College.

Degrees Awarded

  • Bachelor of Science, major and minor
  • Master of Business Administration concentration


  • Approximately 115 undergraduate and graduate students currently enrolled.

Cooperative Education & Experiential Education Component

  • Undergraduate students are required to complete 1semester or 2 summers of Cooperative Education.

Salary Information

Co-op:     $17.17                     $10.00 - $33.00

BS:           $62,000                   $36,000 - $90,000

Student Skills & Capabilities

  • After completing the MIS core courses, students have the technical and managerial skills to evaluate, design, implement, and manage both prevailing and emergent information technologies (IT). These skills are indispensable in today’s marketplace.
  • Students gain valuable experience in the hands-on use of IT design platforms, enterprise system technologies (e.g., SAP, Oracle, Microsoft.NET), and cloud computing applications.
  • In addition to technology, students develop critical business skills, such as effective communication, leadership, business analysis, and project management skills, that are essential to success in contemporary organizational environments.


Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB) representing the top 5% of all business schools worldwide. Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.


The Management Information Systems (MIS) program at Saunders College is ranked #10 nationally by the USA Today College Guide in 2016 and 2017. Saunders College of Business undergraduate and graduate programs are among ‘The Best 294 Business Schools’ according to The Princeton Review. US News & World Report 2017 Best Business School Rankings place Saunders #91 nationally, and #77 among the Best Undergraduate Business Programs. Poets & Quants ranked Saunders College of Business among the nation's Top 100 U.S. MBA Programs. Bloomberg Businessweek highlights include ‘Best Undergraduate Business Schools by Specialty 2013’ including: #14 Management Information Systems, #21 Entrepreneurship, #26 Marketing, #32 Corporate Strategy, #52 International Business. The Princeton Review also ranks Saunders#7 among ‘Top 25 Online MBA Programs’.

Equipment & Facilities

Saunders brand new Business Analytics Lab features the latest technology and equipment, including Bloomberg Terminals and the most advanced analytics software. A new Active Learning Lab provides the business environment that maximizes the utilization of technology for digital interaction and team networking. Computer labs currently have 60 PC’s hooked up to a network server, including wireless connectivity.

Nature of Work

In the modern workplace, it is imperative that technology works both effectively and reliably. Computer and information systems managers play a vital role in the implementation of technology within their organizations. They do everything from helping to construct a business plan to overseeing network security to directing Internet operations. Computer and information systems managers plan, coordinate, and direct research and facilitate the computer-related activities of firms. They help determine both technical and business goals in consultation with top management and make detailed plans for the accomplishment of these goals. This requires a strong understanding of both technology and business practices. (Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook)

Training / Qualifications

A bachelor’s degree usually is required for management positions, although employers often prefer a graduate degree, especially an MBA with technology as a core component. This degree differs from a traditional MBA in that there is a heavy emphasis on information technology in addition to the standard business curriculum. This preparation is becoming important because more computer and information systems managers are making important technology decisions as well as business decisions for their organizations. Although certification is not necessarily required for most computer and information systems manager positions, there is a wide variety of certifications available that may be helpful in getting a job. These certifications are often product-specific, and are generally administered by software or hardware companies rather than independent organizations. (Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics O.O.H.)

Job Outlook

Employment of computer and information systems managers is expected to grow 15 percent over the 2014-24 decade, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Growth will be driven by organizations upgrading their IT systems and switching to newer, faster, and more mobile networks. (Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics O.O.H.)

Job Titles

Application Developer, Systems Analyst, IT Auditor, Network Administrator, Information Systems Developer, Technical Consultant


Computer and information systems managers held about 348,500 jobs in 2014. About 16 percent worked in the computer systems design and related services industry. This industry provides services related to the commercial use of computers on a contract basis, including custom computer programming services; computer systems integration design services; computer facilities management services, including computer systems or data-processing facilities support services; and other computer-related services, such as disaster recovery services and software installation. Other large employers include insurance and financial firms, government agencies, and manufacturers. (Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics O.O.H.)

Significant Points

  • The Management Information Systems major focuses on the intersection between technology and business. It is closely related to other majors such as Information Technology, Software Engineering and Computer Science.
  • While each may be slightly different, all are focused on the application of technology in various environments.
  • Professionals in this industry are excellent communicators. They are detail – and big picture – oriented.
  • Earn a minor in a field for a specialization for this major, i.e. engineering for work with a technical database.

Selected Employer Hiring Partners

Intuit, Booz Allen Hamilton, Citigroup, Excellus Blue Cross-Blue Shield, General Electric, Google Corporation, JPMorgan Chase, M&T Bank, Microsoft Corporation, Paychex, SAP, Toyota Motor Company, Wegmans Food Markets, Xerox Corporation, USAA, Ernst & Young, Precision Castparts Corp, Liberty Mutual

Contact Us

We appreciate your interest in your career and we will make every effort to help you succeed. Feel free to contact Lisa Monette, the career services coordinator who works with the Management Information Systems program. You can access information about services through our web site at

Lisa A. Monette, Career Services Coordinator, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; 585.475.7413; 585.475.2301
Rochester Institute of Technology. Office of Career Services and Cooperative Education
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