Management Science & Information Systems Major Overview

The Field

Nearly all organizations rely on computer and information technology (IT) to conduct business and to operate efficiently. Computer systems analysts work with specific types of computer systems—for example, business, accounting, and financial systems or scientific and engineering systems—that vary with each type of organization.

Analysts consult with an organization’s managers and users to define the goals of the system and then design a system to meet those goals. Analysts use techniques such as structured analysis, data modeling, information engineering, mathematical model building, sampling, and a variety of accounting principles to ensure their plans are efficient and complete. They also may prepare cost-benefit and return-on-investment analyses to help management decide whether implementing a proposed technology would be financially feasible.

Analysts are increasingly working with databases, networks, object-oriented programming languages, client–server applications, and multimedia and Internet technology. Prospective students should have an aptitude for computers and quantitatively oriented material.

This major is intended to develop analytical and information management skills that are useful in business as well as in public administration. The courses teach our students how to successfully analyze complex business situations quantitatively and to develop and manage information systems for corporations.

 

Career Paths

Graduates can expect to work in both technical and managerial capacities on development of information technology projects for collecting, managing, analyzing, and acting on business data. For jobs in a business environment, employers often seek applicants with at least a bachelor’s degree in a business-related field such as management information systems (MIS). Increasingly, employers are seeking individuals who have a master’s degree in business administration (MBA) with a concentration in information systems. Technological advances come so rapidly in the computer field that continuous study is necessary to remain competitive.

A degree in Management Information Systems from Rutgers Business School gives graduates the skills they need to work in both technical and managerial capacities. Graduates work on the development of information technology projects for collecting, managing, analyzing, and acting on business data. They work in all kinds of industries, from healthcare to consulting to entertainment. With easy access to New York City from either campus, internships, networking events and alumni are close at hand. Our MSIS alumni are leaders in the Information Systems industry at some of the biggest companies in the world.

Sample Occupations

  • Applied Management Analysts
  • Applied Statistics
  • Business and Operations Research Analysts
  • Computer Security Specialist
  • Computer Support Specialists
  • Computer Systems Analysts
  • Computer Systems Design and Related Services
  • Production and Inventory Manager
  • Risk Analyst
  • Systems Analyst

Where graduates are working

  • Bank of America
  • Bell Labs
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Chase
  • Citibank
  • FedEx
  • Hewlett Packard Company
  • IBM
  • NASA
  • NJ Transit
  • PNC Bank
  • Prudential
  • Sony Music Entertainment
  • Sprint
  • TD Bank
  • U.S. Department of Energy
  • United Parcel Service
  • USMA
  • Verizon

 

Compensation

According to the 2013 U.S. Bureau of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook, bachelor’s degree candidates in management analysts received offers with a median salary of $78,600.

 

Curriculum and Course Descriptions

This major is managed by the Department of Management Science & Information Systems (MSIS).