Management Information Systems
Types of Degrees Management Information Systems Majors Are Getting
The following table lists how many management information systems graduations there were in 2018-2019 for each degree level.
|Education Level||Number of Grads|
What Management Information Systems Majors Need to Know
O*NET surveyed people in occupations related to MIS and asked them what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important for their jobs. The responses were rated on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being most important.
Knowledge Areas for MIS Majors
MIS majors often go into careers in which the following knowledge areas are important:
- Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
- Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
- Engineering and Technology - Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
- English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
- Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
Skills for MIS Majors
A major in MIS prepares you for careers in which the following skill-sets are crucial:
- Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
- Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
- Programming - Writing computer programs for various purposes.
- Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
- Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Abilities for MIS Majors
As you progress with your MIS degree, there are several abilities you should pick up that will help you in whatever related career you choose. These abilities include:
- Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
- Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
- Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
- Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
- Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
What Can You Do With a Management Information Systems Major?
Below is a list of occupations associated with MIS:
|Job Title||Job Growth Rate||Median Salary|
|Computer and Information Systems Managers||12.0%||$142,530|
Who Is Getting a Master’s Degree in Management Information Systems?
At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of MIS majors is as follows:
|Race/Ethnicity||Number of Grads|
|Black or African American||451|
|Hispanic or Latino||283|
Americans aren’t the only ones with an interest in MIS. About 16.2% of those with this major are international students. The most popular countries for students from outside the country are:
- Saudi Arabia
- South Korea
How Much Do Management Information Systems Majors Make?
Master’s Degree Starting Salary
The median starting salary of students who graduated in 2015-2017 with a master’s degree in MIS was $67,100 per year. These stats come from the U.S. Department of Education. During this timeframe, most salaries fell between $63,000 (25th percentile) and $67,200 (75th percentile).
It’s important to note that just because the people reporting these salaries have a degree in MIS, it does not mean that they are working in a job related to their degree.
Salaries According to BLS
MIS majors often go into careers where salaries can range from $89,580 to $152,860 (25th to 75th percentile). This range includes all degree levels, so you may expect those with a more advanced degree to make more while those with less advanced degrees will typically make less.
To put that into context, according to BLS data from the first quarter of 2020, the typical high school graduate makes between $30,000 and $57,900 a year (25th through 75th percentile). The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $45,600 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,600 and $125,400.
Amount of Education Required for Careers Related to Management Information Systems
Some degrees associated with MIS may require an advanced degree, while others may not even require a bachelor’s in the field. In general, the more advanced your degree the more career options will open up to you. However, there is significant time and money that needs to be invested into your education so weigh the pros and cons.
Find out what the typical degree level is for MIS careers below.
|Education Level||Percentage of Workers|
|High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED)||0.7%|
|Post-Secondary Certificate - awarded for training completed after high school (for example, in agriculture or natural resources, computer services, personal or culinary services, engineering technologies, healthcare, construction trades, mechanic and repair technologies, or precision production)||3.1%|
|Some College Courses||15.2%|
|Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree)||5.3%|
|Post-Baccalaureate Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Baccalaureate degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees carrying the title of Master.||1.5%|
Online Management Information Systems Programs
In the 2018-2019 academic year, 643 schools offered some type of management information systems program. The following table lists the number of programs by degree level, along with how many schools offered online courses in the field.
|Degree Level||Colleges Offering Programs||Colleges Offering Online Classes|
|Certificate (Less Than 1 Year)||83||16|
|Certificate (1-2 years)||46||12|
|Certificate (2-4 Years)||3||0|
|Doctor’s Degree (Research)||9||3|
|Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice)||0||0|
|Doctor’s Degree (Other)||0||0|
Is a Degree in Management Information Systems Worth It?
The median salary for a MIS grad is $89,580 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.
This is 125% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $993,600 after 20 years!
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Majors Related to Management Information Systems
You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to MIS.
|Major||Number of Grads|
|Business Administration & Management||135,757|
|Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods||14,136|
|Human Resource Management||10,770|
|Finance & Financial Management||6,277|
|Other Business, Management & Marketing||1,240|
|General Sales & Marketing||637|
|Specialized Sales, Merchandising & Marketing||221|
|Business Support & Assistant Services||0|
*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.
- College Factual
- College Scorecard
- National Center for Education Statistics
- O*NET Online
- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
- Usual Weekly Earnings of Wage and Salary Workers First Quarter 2020
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