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Management Information Systems

2,777 Master's Degrees Annually
43 Doctor's Degrees Annually
#59 in Popularity (Master's)
$89,580 Median Salary

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
Master’s Degree 2,777
Graduate Certificate 338
Doctor’s Degree 43

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:

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  • 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:

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  • 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:

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  • 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?

2,777 Master's Degrees Annually
33% Percent Women
36% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
This major tends to be male dominated. About 67% of recent graduates are men.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of MIS majors is as follows:

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of MIS Students with Master's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 177
Black or African American 451
Hispanic or Latino 283
White 1,099
International Students 449
Other Races/Ethnicities 318

Geographic Diversity

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
  • India
  • China
  • Nepal
  • 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).

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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.

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Median Salary for a High School Graduate  ( 30000 to 57900 )
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Median Salary for a Bachelor's Degree Holder  ( 45600 to 99000 )
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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.

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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%
Bachelor’s Degree 66.2%
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%
Master’s Degree 8.0%

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
Associate’s Degree 122 28
Bachelor’s Degree 79 29
Post-Baccalaureate 83 16
Master’s Degree 165 59
Post-Master’s 11 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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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to MIS.

Major Number of Grads
Business Administration & Management 135,757
Accounting 21,904
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 14,136
Human Resource Management 10,770
General Business/Commerce 10,236
Finance & Financial Management 6,277
Marketing 3,308
International Business 2,417
Entrepreneurial Studies 1,778
Taxation 1,611
Other Business, Management & Marketing 1,240
Real Estate 1,186
Hospitality Management 1,072
General Sales & Marketing 637
Construction Management 507
Business/Managerial Economics 267
Specialized Sales, Merchandising & Marketing 221
Insurance 173
Business/Corporate Communications 80
Telecommunications Management 38
Business Support & Assistant Services 0

References

*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.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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