Jun 20, 2019  
2019-2020 General Catalog 
2019-2020 General Catalog

Management Information Systems

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Department Head: David H. Olsen
Location: EBB 711
Phone: (435) 797-2342
FAX: (435) 797-2351
E-mail: david.olsen@usu.edu
WWW: http://huntsman.usu.edu/mis/

Undergraduate Advisor:
Ben Elwood, Business 309, (435) 797-2272, ben.elwood@usu.edu

Degrees offered: Bachelor of Science (BS), Bachelor of Arts (BA), and Master of Science (MS) in Management Information Systems

Full Details of the learning objectives, assessment plan, student outcomes, and evidence of continuous improvement for these programs of study can be found at huntsman.usu.edu/about/accreditation-assessment.

Undergraduate Programs


The Management Information Systems major is designed to prepare individuals for positions as managers in business information systems, including database administrators, worldwide web designers, electronic commerce developers, systems analysts, applications programmers, IS security managers, and systems trainers.

University Honors Program

The University Honors Program offers students in all colleges and majors the unique opportunity to deepen their educational experience with hands-on practical applications of their academic knowledge. The Honors Program admits incoming, transfer, and existing USU students based on application. High achieving students with at least one year remaining are encouraged to apply.  See the University Honors Program catalog entry and website (honors.usu.edu) for more information.

Learning Objectives and Assessment

Assessment information for the Management Information Systems Department can be found online.


Jon M. Huntsman School of Business Requirements

All bachelor's degree students majoring in Management Information Systems must satisfy the Huntsman School of Business entrance requirements . Academic advising about these requirements is provided by the FJ Management for Student Success, EBB 309.

Matriculation Requirement and Transfer Limitation

No more than 15 USU Huntsman School of Business credits (ACCT, BUS, FIN, MGT, MIS), numbered 2000 and above, earned as a nonbusiness major (before acceptance into the Huntsman School) can be applied to a Huntsman School degree. No more than 15 business credits can be transferred from other accredited institutions. However, additional USU Huntsman School credits added to previously earned transfer business credits may not exceed a combined total of 15. Furthermore, to earn a bachelor's degree in a Huntsman School major, at least 50 percent of the required Huntsman School credits must be earned from coursework taken from the Utah State University Huntsman School.

USU Credits and Business Credits

At least 30 of the last 60 semester credits must be taken from Utah State University, at least 20 of which must be completed in upper-division courses, of which at least 10 credits must be completed in courses required by the student's major. At least 50 percent of the Huntsman School of Business credits required for a Huntsman School degree must be taken from the Utah State University Huntsman School or its departments, which include: School of Accountancy, Economics and Finance, Management, and Management Information Systems.

Four-Year Degree Plan (8 Semesters)

A four-year degree plan for the Management Information Systems major is available in the department.

Student Organizations

The Department of Management Information Systems sponsors a student organization that provides unique experiences to complement and enrich formal coursework. Leadership development and human relations skills are among the personal attributes enhanced by involvement in the various organization's various activities.

Additional Information

For more information about requirements for the majors and minors within the Management Information Systems Department, see the major requirement sheets, available from the department.

Graduate Programs

Additional Information

Specific details about each of the foregoing degree programs are outlined in policy and procedure documents available through the department. All requirements are subject to change; check with the department for current requirements.


Faculty in the Department of Management Information Systems are active in research and scholarly endeavors. Current and published research topics include business communication, international communication, neural networks, genetic algorithms, data mining, and management information systems as related to business and industry, curriculum for business schools, business re-engineering, electronic commerce, group decision support systems, microcomputer applications, use of microcomputers in various subjects including accounting and business communications, cooperative education, and other areas related to management information systems.

Financial Assistance and Assistantships

Funds for scholarships are provided through the School of Graduate Studies and administered in the department. Those interested in scholarships should contact the graduate director or the department head.

Each year several high-quality graduate teaching assistants are needed. Those who are interested in teaching assistantships must apply through the department head. They must have had teaching experience or be willing to take teaching methods classes, as well as the School of Graduate Studies-sponsored teaching assistant workshop, prior to receiving an assistantship.

Career Opportunities

Management Information Systems is one of the fastest-growing fields in business and industry. Follow-up studies show that information systems positions pay excellent salaries, and the placement rate of students is nearly 100 percent.

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