MAJOR: MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SYSTEMS
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The mission of the Management Information Systems (MIS) Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) program is to develop leaders who leverage information technology for strategic business value. Our success in achieving this mission is clear. The program has been recognized for many years by U.S. News and World Report as the #1 public MIS program in the nation.

MIS is the design and management of information technology (IT) for an organization. It focuses on the best way to enable the organization to meet its goals and business challenges. MIS students first learn the current business processes and then analyze how to improve the processes using IT. The purpose of MIS is to analyze, design, develop, and implement information technology strategy to solve business problems.

As e-business transformation and rapid technological innovations encompass the business landscape, MIS graduates must learn to manage constant change. The UT MIS Program connects with this reality. Grounded in an environment that nurtures innovative thinking and leadership, MIS graduates think strategically and deliver real business value.

There is a broad spectrum of excellent opportunities for MIS majors. All businesses need individuals who understand information technology and how to use it to solve business problems for competitive advantage. The strength of an MIS major lies in his/her ability to work with managers and users in an organization to develop, implement, and manage the information technology infrastructure. Also, their role is to establish the organization's technical strategy and planning. MIS majors develop excellent communication, leadership, and project management abilities.

Declare This Major

Undergraduates currently enrolled at The University of Texas at Austin who wish to change to a business major need to apply for an internal transfer. Internal transfer applicants are students currently enrolled at The University of Texas at Austin who are seeking to transfer within or into a major in the McCombs School of Business. Find out more about the internal transfer process, including the procedures, requirements to apply, historical summary of acceptance, and additional opportunities.

Prospective University of Texas at Austin students should visit to learn about the application process and how to declare a major.

Required Courses

View the management information systems degree plan to learn more about the required courses for the MIS major.

Specializations

Management information systems does not specifically offer 'tracks' within the major. However, students can concentrate in either the analytical side or technical side of MIS by taking specific classes.

The analytical side deals more with aligning a business's information technology strategy to the overall business strategy. This concentration is for students who want to take on a more interactive role, as they would act as a medium between the IT department and the other business departments.

The technical side deals more with configuring networks and developing software and programs. This concentration is for students who are confident in their computer and coding skills.

Personality

Students within management information systems are similar to students within the McCombs School of Business: motivated, passionate about what they do, personable, intelligent, and competitive. People may have the perception that MIS students are shier, since they may be labeled as the "techies." However, this description is far from the truth. MIS students must keep an open mind and open ear since they interact with so many people in different areas of expertise.

Skills

  • Analytical and technical skills
  • Ability to examine problems/issues from different angles
  • Enjoy utilizing technology to increase production, efficiency, and customer satisfaction
  • Interpersonal communication skills
  • Ability to apply knowledge on information technology to the greater benefit of the company
  • Ability to educate others about computers and relevant processes
  • Ability to function as project leaders in the workplace as visionary individuals
  • Creative problem solving and analytical skills