Management Information Systems

Management Information Systems

Program Updates

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. The average GPAs for admitted students are listed below. The GPAs are updated after each quarterly admission cycle. More information on the admission process can be found in the 'Admission and Declaration Process' section of this page. 

During the  winter 2018 application process the average GPAs were:

  • 3.38 in business courses completed at WWU 

  • 3.27 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 systems analysts is projected to grow at above average rates during the next few years according to the U.S. Department of Labor Occupational 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

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 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 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
    • GPA in business courses completed at Western 
    • Western GPA
  • 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 (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 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.