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Bachelor of Science in Management Information Systems | Undergraduate Degree Program

Bachelor of Science in Management Information Systems


About OU’s Bachelor of Science in Management Information Systems

A career in information technology (IT) awaits students who earn Ottawa University’s Bachelor of Science in Management Information Systems (BSMIS). This popular IT degree teaches skills related to the programming, storage, networking and communication of information in an organization. This includes basic concepts and principles of business practices, along with skills in planning, problem-solving, decision-making and systems analysis.

The BSMIS degree helps students develop a computer proficiency and gain the ability to utilize information systems in organizations with an understanding of the critical nature of information management in a global economy. In addition, you'll graduate with computer proficiency and the ability to utilize information systems in organizations effectively, efficiently and responsibly with an understanding of the critical nature of information management in a global economy.

A bachelor’s degree usually is required for entry-level management positions. As computer systems become more closely connected with day-to- day operations of businesses, computer and information systems managers are also expected to be aware of business practices. They must possess strong interpersonal, communication and leadership skills because they are required to interact not only with staff members, but also with other people inside and outside their organizations. They must possess team skills to work on group projects and other collaborative efforts.

Four BSMIS Concentrations

Ottawa’s bachelor’s degree in management information systems offers several concentrations that allow you to tailor your degree in an area of specialization, such as:

Career Outlook for the B.S. in Management Information Systems

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects employment of computer and information systems managers to grow 10 percent through 2029, which is faster than the average for all occupations. New applications of technology in the workplace will continue to drive demand for workers, fueling the need for more managers. Most computer and information systems managers work full time. If problems arise, managers may need to work more than 40 hours a week to come up with solutions.

The median annual wage for computer and information systems managers was $146,360 in May 2019. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount, and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $87,480, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $208,000.

Perspective on the BSMIS

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 plan, coordinate and direct research, as well as facilitate a firm’s computer-related activities. 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.

For curriculum and course descriptions, please download a program overview.

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Foundation Courses




MAT 20043 is recommended to fulfill foundation requirement. 


Management of Information Systems Major Courses

Organizational Communication |  
Theory and practice of communication within organizations including interpersonal factors, motivation, change and conflict resolution and communication audit practices and procedures.
Participate in communication audit of a local organization.

Foundations of Information Technology |  
Provides understanding of organizational systems, planning and decision processes and how information is used for decision support in organizations. Quality and decision theory, information theory, and practice essential for providing viable information to the organization. Concepts of IS for competitive advantage, data as a resource, IS and IT planning and implementation, Total Quality Management (TQM) and reengineering, project management and development of systems, and end-user computing.

Database Management |  
Examines design, development and administration of large-scale database applications on a scale appropriate to needs of business organizations.

Enterprise Architecture |  
Explores the design, selection, implementation and management of enterprise IT solutions, focusing on
applications and infrastructure and their fit within business organizations. Covers frameworks and
strategies for infrastructure management, system administration, data/information architecture, content
management, distributed computing, middleware, legacy system integration, system consolidation, software selection, total cost of ownership calculation, IT investment analysis, and emerging technologies.

Project Management |  
Provides theory and application in project planning, implementation, control and completion. Includes
network planning, project evaluation and review techniques (PERT), critical path methods (CPM),
management by objectives, management by exception, cost analysis and resource allocation/leveling.

Information Technology Infrastructure |  
Provides an introduction to IT Infrastructure Issues and covers topics related to both computer and
systems architecture and communication networks. Includes an overall emphasis on the services and
capabilities that IT infrastructure solutions enable in an organizational context. The course also focuses
on Internet-based solutions, computer and network security, business continuity, and the role of infrastructure in regulatory compliance.

Systems Analysis and Design |  
In-depth study of systems development life cycle. Utilizes blend of traditional development and current techniques. Systems Analyst Toolkit includes cross-phase coverage of communications, economic
analysis and project management.

Methodologies of Project Development |  
Capstone course that guides student to emphasize various methodological approaches to software acquisition, development, testing, and implementation, and understand relevance of methodologies to Capability Model Theory, interdependence of phase deliverables, quality control techniques and methods, and tools for testing.

Behavior in Organizations |  
Study of human behavior in work organizations. Focuses on individual satisfaction and motivation
as related to organizational structure, nature of task and focus of power. Topics include small group
formation, maintenance, organizational conflict, communications, and leadership.

Management |  
Discusses process for managing organizations including planning, organizing, leading, and evaluating. Examines administrative role in organizations and concepts relevant to its function and historical development of administrative thought.

Informatics |  
Introduction to the fundamental topics in informatics including a basic understanding of information theory.  Topics include human-computer interaction, ownership of information and information sources, information representation, information life cycle, and the transformation of data to information.


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