Management Information Systems (MIS) is a hands-on major that equips students with real-world skills that are highly sought-after in the job market.

To prepare students for leading IT-enabled change in organizations, MIS faculty utilize a variety of instructional methods, which include:

  • Hands-on computer experience
  • Class lectures and discussions, textbook and article studies
  • Class assignments, laboratory projects, and applied (team) projects in the business community
  • Case studies and demonstrations
  • Field trips and presentations by industry practitioners

Curriculum Overview

The MIS coursework prepares students for a variety of jobs. The program is interdisciplinary in nature with specialized training in information systems, management, and information technology. It builds on the BBA common core, which includes coursework in accounting, economics, legal studies, mathematics, statistics, computer programming, finance, marketing, production and management. The program’s educational objectives are realized through a variety of instructional methods, including hands-on computer experience, class lectures and discussions, textbook and article study, class assignments, laboratory projects and applied team projects in the business community, demonstrations, field trips and presentations by MIS practitioners.

Topics Covered

  • Computer programming in business
  • Data management
  • Business process management
  • Project management
  • Web application development with PHP
  • System analysis and design

Areas of Emphasis

Data Analytics

This area of emphasis allows students to gain in-depth knowledge about how to leverage data – big and small – to enable organizations to make more-informed business decisions and derive business value.

Students in Data Analytics will learn about structured and unstructured data, query languages, statistical language, visualization, predictive analytics and data science techniques.

Possible Career Paths

  • Data analyst
  • Business analyst
  • Analytic professional
  • Business intelligence professional
  • Data engineer
  • Database administrator
  • Chief analytic officer

Information Security

This area of emphasis allows students to gain in-depth knowledge about how information security preserves, protects and creates business value for organizations.

Students pursuing this area of emphasis will learn about the how and why of information security management, including the Availability-Integrity-Confidentiality triad, governance, risk and compliance, relevant best practices, regulations and laws, threat intelligence analysis and techniques, organizational infrastructure and telecommunications.

Possible Career Paths

  • Information security analyst
  • Information assurance professional
  • IS governance, risk, and compliance professional
  • IT security consultant
  • Security systems administrator
  • Chief information security officer

Positions & Placements

MIS graduates rank high in career satisfaction because the degree prepares you for some of the best jobs in America and six of the highest paying jobs in Georgia.

This is just a selection of possible job titles and employers of this major. The UGA Career Center provides a more extensive list.

Careers in MIS

  • Consultant (IT/Business)
  • Business Process Analyst
  • Data Analyst
  • App Developer
  • Risk & Security Specialist
  • Energy Informatics Analyst

Prospective Employers

  • EY
  • GE
  • GM
  • Microsoft
  • Apple
  • Chick-fil-A
  • KPMG
  • Deloitte
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • State Farm

MIS Advisors

Natassja Hatcher
  • College Advisor, Undergraduate Program in Athens
Headshot of Heather Roberts
  • College Advisor, Undergraduate Program in Athens