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Undergraduate Management Information Systems (MIS) Major

According to Alan Morrison of PwC, "The new analytics is the art and science of turning the invisible into to visible...It's about detecting opportunities and threats you hadn't anticipated, or finding people you didn't know existed who could be your next customers. It's about learning what's really important, rather than what you thought was important. It's about identifying, committing, and following through on what your enterprise must change most." The art and science of new analytics technology: Left-brain analytics connects with right-brain creativity by Alan Morrison

Furthermore, Gregg Clark and Pilar Dostal of Ernst & Young state "The volume of data consumer products companies are collecting is mind-boggling. Managing petabytes of information is now the new norm. More and more, unstructured data is at the core of consumer products company decisions. Real-time retailer informaiton, geo-positioning, data from consumer smartphones, and vast amounts of social media data all have to be managed and analyzed to drive insights and value for the business." The Future of Decision Making by Gregg Clark and Pilar Dostal

Smeal MIS graduates are well prepared for careers in industry, consulting, and government sectors as business analytics specialists and system analysis professionals.

Major Overview

The MIS major focuses on technology-supported techniques for exploring, analyzing, integrating, and reporting business data to facilitate fact-based decision-making and enterprise-wide management. MIS students develop proficiency in business analytics, competency in systems analysis and design, and mastery of core business processes.

MIS Highlights

Consider some of the other factors that help to enhance the environment for MIS students at the Smeal College of Business.

Top Ranked

Penn State and Smeal have consistently received top rankings from employers. Recruiters surveyed by Bloomberg Businessweek have continually ranked Smeal in the top ten in recent years.

Student Events

The SC&IS Department hosts a variety of student events each year, including fall and spring career fairs, picnics, and career exploration sessions for MIS majors. First-year and second-year students can also learn more about majors, careers, and involvement opportunities at The Big Event.

Preparing to Enroll

During the second year, all Smeal students apply for their major. MIS applicants must complete the entrance-to-major requirements and must have the specified minimum GPA at the end of both fall and spring semesters. Students with lower cumulative GPAs may be admitted depending on demand.

MIS Major Requirements

Complete all of the following Management Information Systems courses (18 credits). A grade of "C" or higher is required in all MIS course, including MIS 204.
› MIS 301 (3)
Business Analytics (Prerequisite: MIS 204, SCM 200 or STAT 200, Concurrent MATH 110 or MATH 140)
› MIS 431 (3)
Business Data Management (Prerequisite: MIS 301, Concurrent: SCM 301)
› MIS 432 (3)
Business Information System Analysis (Concurrent: MIS 431)
› MIS 434 (3)
Internet Technologies (Prerequisite: MIS 301)
› MIS 441 (3)
Business Intelligence for Decision Making (Prerequisite: MIS 301)
› MIS 446 (3)
Information Technology and Business Strategy (Prerequisite: MIS 301)
› MIS 479W (3)
Enterprise Information Systems (Prerequisite: MIS 432)

Select a Two-Piece Sequence (6 credits) from one of the areas below or complete a designated University minor.
› Accounting
› Economics
› Entrepreneurship
› Finance
› International Business
› Management
› Marketing
› Real Estate
› Risk Management
› Supply Chain and Information Systems

Employment Prospects

The SC&IS Department at Smeal provides a dedicated job-placement services office for students. Companies recruiting majors represent both the services sector (consulting, retailing, and health care industries) and the manufacturing sector (especially computer, aerospace, pharmaceutical, electronics, petrochemical, auto, food, and consumer product industries). In addition to job-placement services, the department partners with the Center for Supply Chain Research (CSCR) in hosting a fall and spring career fair attended by more than 100 companies.

Career placement services within the department are coordinated by Brianne Lippert, who can be reached at (814) 863-3492 or bek147@psu.edu.