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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

Accounting for Business Operations | ACC 20364 (4 credits)

Introduces operating activities of business. Emphasis on using income statements to plan and evaluate the operations of a for-profit entity.

Macroeconomics | ECO 20163 (3 credits)

Focuses on inflationary consequences of monetary and fiscal policies designed to eliminate poverty and unemployment, significance of money and government deficits on attainment of goals of high employment and economic growth in a non-inflationary environment and role of the dollar in international trade.

Microeconomics | ECO 20263 (3 credits)

Study of the role of prices in allocating and developing scarce resources to meet the needs and demands of consumers, the impact of the profit motive on business size and efficiency, the economic power of large-scale business firms, the interplay of private and public choice through price controls, business regulation and taxation.

College Algebra | MAT 10643 (3 credits)

Emphasizes problem solving techniques using algebraic concepts. The focus of the course is directed toward exploring how algebra is used in the social and physical sciences. Topics covered include fundamental concepts of algebra, equations, and inequalities, functions and graphs, systems of linear equations, exponential and logarithmic equations, composition and inverse functions. Prerequisite: Score of 16 on non-math track initial placement or MAT 10443 Intermediate Algebra (or equivalent).

Business Statistics, Introduction to Statistics OR Quantitative Methods in Business

Business Statistics | OAD 30763 (4 credits) OR

Focuses on basic methods of research design and analysis of data including descriptive and inferential statistics. Topics include mean, median, mode, frequency distribution, range, standard deviation, probabilities of sampling selection, Z-score, T-value, regression and correlation, hypothesis testing, analysis of variance and Chi-square analysis.

Introduction to Statistics | MAT 20044 (4 credits) OR

Offers the student an intuitive introduction to descriptive and inferential statistics. Topics covered include data organization, averages and variation, elementary probability theory, binomial and normal probability distributions, Central Limit Theorem, estimation, hypothesis testing, linear regression and correlation.  Prerequisite: Score of 16 on non-math track initial placement or MAT 10443 Intermediate Algebra.

Quantitative Methods in Business | OAD 31564 (3 credits)

Introduces use of quantitative methods in business emphasizing quantitative analysis techniques using Microsoft Excel. Includes spreadsheet preparation of financial and operational schedules and application of financial analysis, budgeting and forecasting, economic and investment opportunity analysis, data analytics, programming and mathematical functions relating to supply and demand decision-making. 

Business Ethics | OAD 31664 (3 credits)

Introduces development of personal and group norms required for work places. Topics include moral reasoning in business, employee rights and responsibilities of corporations.

Major Courses

Microsoft Essential Solutions | ITS 20550 (3 credits)

Survey of primary Microsoft solutions and basic concepts of information technology. No prior knowledge of computers required.

Database Management | MIS 30163 (4 credits) 
Examines design, development and administration of large-scale database applications on a scale appropriate to needs of business organizations.

Enterprise Architecture | MIS 30563 (4 credits) 
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 | MIS 41464/OAD 41464 (4 credits) 
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 | MIS 47163 (4 credit hours) 
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 | MIS 48163/CST 48163 (4 credit hours)
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.

Behavior in Organizations | OAD 30063 (3 credits)  AND
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.

Applied Field Practicum | APR 30000 (1 credit)
Students participate in a practicum led by a faculty member. The practicum experience provides students the opportunity to apply and integrate knowledge acquired through core course offerings and to demonstrate leadership, independence, and originality in the applied project’s completion. The student must complete a minimum of 40 contact hours with an employer, or an equivalent project as determined by the faculty member, during the practicum course. Can be repeated up to three times. 

Management | OAD 30563 (3 credits) 
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.

Methodologies of Project Development | MIS 49100 (4 credit hours) 
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.

Full Degree Catalog

University Accreditation

Ottawa University, as a whole, is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Specific degree programs within our institution have also been accredited by relevant bodies within the field:

We are proudly recognized for our commitment to student excellence by the following designations:

Why Choose Ottawa
The courses in Ottawa University's programs are 100% online and accredited by The Higher Learning Commission. We make it easy for you to transfer credits in order to help keep tuition costs down. We also offer courses in accelerated 8-week terms in order to reduce your time to completion. These are just a few of the reasons why we are proud to be the best, fastest, and most affordable option locally in the Kansas City, Milwaukee, and Phoenix areas, as well as serving students nationally through our online degrees.

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