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Management Information Systems

Helping organizations harness ever-changing technology and the data it provides to improve business operations and outcomes is the heart of a management information systems (MIS) career. An integrative, cross-disciplinary field, MIS experts are the bridge between business needs and technology. With an emphasis on finding solutions, MIS focuses on applying information technology to business problems.

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This major equips students with the necessary skills to satisfy in-demand careers such as systems analysts, business application programmers, web developers and database administrators. With an emphasis on using technology to find solutions, the MIS major uses information technology as a tool.

Increase your scope of knowledge and expertise by adding one of two specializations available in this major:

The Business Analytics Specialization focuses on quantitative techniques and information technologies for supporting managerial decision making in business. Analytics includes creative use of large (and not so large) datasets, statistical analysis, data visualization, predictive analytics, simulation, data preparation and cleaning, data warehousing and business intelligence.

Through a collaboration with SAS, a worldwide leader in analytics software, Oakland University business analytics students also can earn a Tier 2 SAS Academic Specialization as part of their degree program. Learn more about the program here.

The Information Security Management Specialization focuses on protecting organizations’ information assets including intellectual property, competitive intelligence, business transaction records, and other strategic, tactical, and operational data. The objective of informant security management specialization is to provide complementary knowledge and skills to MIS students to manage the confidentiality, integrity, and availability (CIA) of an organization’s information assets.

Earn your Master of Science in IT Management in just one additional year with the MSITM 4+1 program.

Major Requirements

Contact Us

Vijayan Sugumaran
Faculty adviser - major & minor with No Specialization
[email protected]

Mark Isken
Faculty adviser - Business Analytics Specialization
[email protected]

Xiaodong Deng
Faculty adviser - Information Security Management Specialization
[email protected]

A minor in Management Information Systems allows students to enhance their understanding of how information technology applies to their major field of study. Business students gain the skills necessary to expertly leverage information technology and strategically align it with solutions in any business environment. An MIS minor can enhance any major, positioning the graduate for roles in corporate, small business, government and not-for-profit organizations.

Minor Requirements

OU's Master of Science in Information Technology Management 4+1 program offers motivated students an expedited way to earn both an undergraduate degree in management information systems and a master's degree in information technology management in a minimum of five years. Students in the 4+1 program can graduate with an MSITM degree by completing an additional 18 credits (six courses) instead of 20 credits (10 courses) beyond the undergraduate MIS major requirements.

Learn more about the MSITM 4+1 program.

The OU Pledge is Oakland University’s commitment to provide undergraduate students with opportunities for meaningful, hands-on learning. This commitment seeks to enhance students’ academic knowledge with experiential learning, internships and/or research experiences that empower them to make substantive professional contributions.


  • Analysis for modeling complex business situations
  • Business process modeling and redesign
  • Communication (verbal and written)
  • Interpersonal and team building
  • Logical thinking and programming
  • Project management and leadership
  • Technology (Microsoft Visual Studio, VB, VBA, HTML, C#,
    ASP.Net, SQL)


  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan
  • Computer and Engineering Services
  • Compuware
  • Crain Communications
  • Ford Motor Company
  • IBM
  • Inteva Products
  • TEKsystems

For more information on careers, please visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics or O*Net.


  • Business Intelligence Analyst
  • Database Analyst/Developer/ Modeler
  • E-Commerce Specialist
  • Helpdesk/Technical Support Specialist
  • IT/IS Business Analyst
  • Network Engineer/Administrator
  • Programmer Analyst
  • Software Quality Assurance Specialist
  • System Analyst
  • Web Developer

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AIS (Association for Information Systems)
Student Organizations

Wage Range | $40,750 - $152,060
Median Annual Wage | $77,200 - $93,730
National Growth | 7 - 25% from 2020 to 2030

*Data from the National Bureau of Labor and Statistics



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