Revised MIS Curriculum Makes Good Business Sense for RIT
Oct. 5, 2004
by Marcia Morphy
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Rochester Institute of Technology really means business when it comes to the advancing field of management information systems.
The MIS department in the College of Business has announced a major revision in its undergraduate degree program. In keeping with its strong business core curriculum, MIS majors will also have a choice between enterprise systems or systems analysis and design—learning viable computer information skills to increase their knowledge of business processes and programming, networking technologies, database management systems and systems analysis and design.
"The RIT graduate with an MIS degree will have a unique combination of productive career assets—business savvy coupled with practical information systems know-how,” says Thomas Hopkins, dean of RIT's College of Business. “Alumni of the MIS program understand that management in the marketplace is as much informed intuition as it is hard science.”
Career-wise, MIS majors have unlimited options with business employers—ranging from business analyst, technical consultants, web-application developer and solution architect, to network designer and administrator.
As David Spaker, vice president of Innovations Solutions, explains, “We have been hiring RIT graduates for years, preferring those with an MIS degree. We can always teach people technical skills, but it is difficult to teach new hires the business skills that are required in today's demanding business world.”
Thomas Pray, chairman of RIT's MIS and decisions science departments, believes the new curriculum will be a highly attractive program for both students and employers.
“Graduates will add value to their enterprises immediately because of their knowledge of business processes, business systems and modern large-scale enterprise systems. They will hit the ground running and guide their companies to exciting achievements.”