Management Information Systems Major Overview

Management Information Systems Major

Undergraduate Program in Newark

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


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.

How to Apply


In addition to the RBS Core Courses, students must take at least 21 major credits, including 12 credits of the required courses and at least 9 credits of electives.

RBS Core Courses (42 Credits)

Course Credits Notes and Prerequisites
29:010:203 Financial Accounting 3  
29:010:204 Managerial Accounting 3 Prereq: 29:010:203
29:011:301 Foundations for Your Career Journey 1  
29:011:302 Building Your Brand 1 Prereq: 29:011:301
29:011:303 Conquering Your Transition 1 Prereq: 29:011:302
29:623:220 Management Information Systems  3  
29:623:340 Business Research Methods 3 MIS and Statistics
29:623:311 Production & Operations Management 3 MIS and Statistics
29:522:334 Ethics in Business OR 29:010:319 Business Law 3 Prereqs: 355:102, 220:101&102 & 29:010:204
29:390:329 Finance* 3 Prereqs: All Business Foundations Courses Including Calculus
29:620:301 Intro to Management 3  
29:620:302 Management Skills 3  
29:620:368 International Business 3 Prereq: 29:620:301
29:630:301 Intro. to Marketing 3  
29:799:301 Intro. to Supply Chain Management 3  
29:620:492 Business Policy and Strategy 3 Prereqs: Finance, Marketing, Management, Supply Chain Management, and 86+ Earned Credits.
Credit Total 42  

Required (12 credits)

Course # Title CR
29:623:318 System Analysis & Design 3
29:623:319 Database Management Systems 3
29:623:350 Structure Programming Applications 3
29:623:375 Computer Networking Applications 3

Electives (9 credits)

Course # Title CR
29:623:321 Designing and Creating Websites 3
29:623:335 Data Warehousing & Data Mining 3
29:623:345 Cyber Security 3
29:623:385 Introduction to Enterprise Resource Planning 3
29:623:496 Internship/Cooperative AR
29:623:498 MIS Cooperative Education 6
29:623:499 MIS Independent Study AR

*AR: Credits by arrangement.