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
MIS program ranks #16 in USA Today's 2018 rankings

Curriculum Overview

Topics covered include:

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

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Area of Emphasis in 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 include:

  • data analyst
  • business analyst
  • analytic professional
  • business intelligence professional
  • data engineer
  • database administrator
  • chief analytic officer

Area of Emphasis in 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 include:

  • 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.

Careers in MIS

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

Prospective Employers

  • E&Y
  • GE
  • GM
  • Microsoft
  • Apple
  • Chick-fil-A
  • KPMG
  • Deloitte
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers

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

Acceptance Criteria

What’s considered in your acceptance to the management major?

  1. Grades in ACCT 2101 and ACCT 2102 
    Applicants currently enrolled in ACCT 2102 will be evaluated based on the grade in ACCT 2101
  2. Grades in ECON 2105 and/or ECON 2106
     Applicants currently enrolled in one of these courses will be evaluated based on the grade in the completed course.
  3. Grades in Mathematics courses
    Grades in MATH 1113, 2200, 2250 and 2260 are considered.
  4. Standardized Testing
    Students are required to submit ACT or SAT scores and sub-scores to the University prior to being considered for admission to a major in the Terry College. In addition to required ACT/SAT scores, students may also supplement their application by submitting a score from the ETS Proficiency Profile if they believe their ACT/SAT scores do not represent their current performance level. IMPORTANT: Read detailed Testing Requirement instructions by clicking here.
  5. The Statement of Purpose
    A brief essay (300-400 words) in which the applicant describes his/her interest in the major and his/her future goals. If applying the IB co-major, the first-choice Statement of Purpose should describe the interests/goals in IB and the level of foreign language the applicant has satisfied. If the applicant is proficient in a language without college credit, include this in the Statement of Purpose.
  6. Grades in prefix courses
    Grades in courses previously complete in the prefix of the major to which the applicant is applying can be considered, but are not required, for admission to the major. For example, if applying to the RMIN major, grades in RMIN courses (e.g., RMIN 4000) can be considered. The management information systems major considers grades in MIST 2090, as well as other MIST prefix courses. In addition, grades in the College's Foundation First courses (FINA 3000, MARK 3000, MGMT 3000), as well as MSIT 3000, can be considered by all majors if completed.
  7. Terry Direct
    UGA students who are in good standing with the Honors Program and apply to a Terry College of Business major will be guaranteed their first choice of a first (primary) major with the Terry College. This guarantee does not apply to second, double or co-majors.

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