Management Information Systems

Management Information Systems

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Program Updates

Due to changes being made to the College of Business and Economics admission standards, the Department of Decision Sciences will be making some minor revisions to the criteria for admission to the concentration as a full major. The revisions will be effective Fall 2019. The primary revision is that applicants’ GPA in business courses completed at Western (CBE GPA) will no longer be evaluated.  All applicants for fall 2019 and future quarters (including MIS pre-majors who declared prior to fall 2019) will be evaluated based on the revised criteria. 

More information on the admission criteria and process can be found in the 'Admission and Declaration Process' section of this page. 

During the spring 2019 application process the average GPA of admitted students was:

  • 3.28 WWU cumulative 

Why Management Information Systems?

As technologies continue to develop, there is an ongoing demand for professionals who can develop technology based solutions to support organizations. Management Information Systems students are problem solvers who develop an understanding of business, people, and technology. They learn how to develop and implement systems to enhance organizational effectiveness and efficiency. 

Career Outlook

Management Information Systems graduates may seek entry-level positions in job titles such as:
  • Business Analyst
  • Web Developer
  • Software Tester
  • Network Developer 
  • IT Support Staff 
  • Data Analyst
  • Business Intelligence Professional
  • IT Consultant

Graduates of WWU's Management Information Systems program work in many types of organizations and have a wide variety of job titles. You can find recent graduates' employment information on the Career Services Center webpage. Employment for computer systems analysts is projected to grow at average rates during the next few years according to the U.S. Department of Labor Career Outlook.

Career Services Webpage 

U.S. Department of Labor Webpage

Role of Management Information Systems in Organizations

The Management Information Systems professional plays a key role in determining the requirements for an organization’s information systems and is active in their specification, design, and implementation. They are able to help an organization determine how information and technology-enabled business processes can provide a competitive advantage. They serve as an effective bridge between the technical and management communities within an organization. 

Admission and Declaration Process

Due to capacity constraints not all students are accepted to the concentration as full majors. Admission is competitive and academic performance is the primary decision factor. 

Application Deadlines

The College of Business & Economics has quarterly application deadlines for all majors and concentrations excluding Economics and Manufacturing and Supply Chain Management. To view the current deadlines please click on the link below. 

Application Deadlines 

Application Process

  • Apply to be a pre-major* by following the steps on the Prospective Students page
  • When you are eligible for full major status you will be contacted via your Western email and asked to complete an additional application which includes a proposed plan of study
  • The requirements for becoming a full major can be found on the Moving From Pre-Major to Full Major page
 

*Students who are eligible for full major status at the time they apply will be contacted via their Western email after their application has been processed and asked to complete the additional application. No priority is given to students who apply as full majors instead of pre-majors.

Prospective Students Page

Moving from Pre-Major to Full Major Page

Admission Criteria

A Decision Sciences faculty admission committee will review all the additional applications submitted by the deadline. Admission is based on:

  • Space available in the concentration
  • Past academic performance
    • Western GPA is the primary factor considered but other factors may include:
      • Performance in business courses taken at Western
      • Trends in academic performance
      • Performance in courses taken at other institutions as listed on the Transfer Equivalency Report
  • Admission priority will be given to students with the best academic performance relative to the rest of the applicant pool.
  • Academic performance will be the primary decision factor, but other factors may be considered (e.g., rationale for pursuing field of study, related work experience, student leadership, etc.).

Admission Notification

Students who apply for admission will be notified of their status via their Western email prior to the first day of registration for the next quarter. For example, if you apply for spring quarter admission, you will be notified of your admission status prior to the start of spring quarter registration.