Manage, analyze, and understand vast amounts of information with a BBA in MIS

Businesses need technologically savvy employees to stay ahead of their competition. The Marian University Bachelor of Business Administration in Management Information Systems program helps students gain a firm understanding of the technical and business knowledge needed to analyze, organize, and present relevant information successfully to all management levels to support effective decision-making.

Students in the Bachelor of Business Administration in Management Information Systems (MIS) program learn highly valued technology skills, problem-solving, and how to communicate findings. Students graduate with abilities to create, apply, and use information systems in multiple settings.

Courses in the MIS major provide the technical skills, business core concepts, and interpersonal abilities needed to work for private companies, nonprofit groups, or universities. Internship experiences in various settings also give graduates a head start in their careers.

Study MIS and become the communication bridge between business and technology

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    Choose an Emphasis

    Applied Technology Emphasis

    Focus on a broad cross-section of technologies most important to business.

    Applied Business Emphasis

    Focus on tools that support specific areas of business, such as human resources, marketing, and operations.

    Build a Solid Foundation in MIS

    An integration of technology, business, and liberal arts courses culminating in the student’s ability to apply technology to solve real-world problems through creativity, critical thinking, and communication skills.
    Internships and cooperative work experiences align academic theory and practice with on-the-job applications to enhance career pursuits.
    The ability to study a problem, determine which technology is appropriate for the solution, when to deploy it, and how to use it effectively and efficiently will be explored.

    A Career in MIS

    What does an MIS professional do?

    MIS professionals help businesses streamline processes and solve problems by managing the hardware and software that collect and store data. These professionals know how to use technology to improve people’s lives and help companies make better decisions. MIS experts see the relationships between employees, technology, and processes to help businesses run smoother.

    What jobs can graduates aspire to?

    • Computerized information systems design
    • Content design and management
    • Database development
    • Facilities management
    • Business analysis
    • Systems administration

    Explore a Management Information Systems Degree

    Listen to Dr. Cheryl Seelig, professor, describe the business majors and minors at Marian University.  A business degree from Marian University opens the door for a career with any company, in any industry.  Choose a specialty in sport and recreation management, business administration, marketing, marketing and public relations, accounting, healthcare administration, management information systems, or finance. Professors bring topics to life through their real world experience in running companies and managing staff. Courses teach you about businesses not only from a local/regional perspective but also from an interconnected global perspective. Discuss current events and how to survive and thrive in different economic conditions. Whatever your major, participate in an internship where you spend between 150 and 300 hours at a business either in the U.S. or abroad.

    As a business student, you will take general education courses alongside students from all Marian bachelor programs.  Then you will take a core of business courses and courses specific to your concentration.  If you are not sure what business major is for you, reach out to our Center for Academic Support and Excellence (CASE).  They have tools to help you choose a business degree based on your interests and abilities.

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    The Program
    Through the Bachelor of Business Administration in Management Information Systems program, students take courses that address the technical skills, business core concepts, and interpersonal abilities needed to meet the increasing demand for information systems professionals. The program prepares students to use highly valued technology skills to help organizational leaders analyze and manage vast amounts of information to improve organizational decision-making. The MIS internship provides experiences in a variety of settings so that our graduates get a head start in their careers. In addition, the flexibility of the BBA MIS program provides students the opportunity to focus on advanced information technology or a specific business area.

    For more details regarding this program, view Marian’s Academic Bulletin.

    Sample Course Plan:
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    General Education Program:

    46-49 credits of University requirements, including:


    An examination of the private, corporate and social dimensions of business life in the context of a total ethical life. Economic theories and actual business practices and cases are considered and evaluated from the perspective of established normative ethical principles.


    An introduction to the overall functioning of an economic system with a view toward understanding the factors underlying income, employment, and prices on the aggregate level. Topics include such monetary and fiscal policies as suggested by the relevant theories discussed.


    MAT 001 Basic Algebra, MAT 002 Essential College Mathematics, with grade of C or higher or an appropriate math placement test score

    A course designed to acquaint the business student with mathematical techniques used in business and common business applications of those techniques.


    MAT 112 Pre-Calculus Mathematics, Appropriate math placement test score or MAT 112 with a grade of C or higher

    A first course in the calculus treating functions of one variable. Topics include limits, continuity, derivatives, and integrals of polynomial rational functions. A major emphasis of this course is the application of these concepts to problems arising out of industry, economics, business, and the sciences.

    This course introduces the basic concepts of computer technology, the use of integrated microcomputer software, and the role of information technology in a wide range of professions. The first half of the course covers basic information on computer components and peripherals, as well as foundation concepts in using the Internet as a research tool, word processing, spreadsheet and presentation software. The remainder of the course is divided into modules focusing on computer software used in a range of professional endeavors, such as education, publishing, marketing, programming, and graphic arts.

    TEC 102 is highly recommended.

    Business programs core, 34 credits as follows:

    31 credits:

    The purpose of this course is to introduce the student to generally accepted accounting principles, basic accounting systems, accounting theory; and financial statements.

    A course in resume writing, interviewing skills, techniques for personal enhancement, and international business etiquette; supplies the student with criteria beyond academics for acceptance into the world of work and future entry-level management positions.


    An interdisciplinary introduction to the basic principles of data analysis with an emphasis on application. Students are expected to apply these principles to data analysis in their respective areas of study. The applied focus is on the computerized application of summary statistics, one/two/multi-sample tests, linear models, association tests, randomness/normality tests, time series comparison, quality control charts and probability distributions as used across a variety of community and organizational settings. Other techniques may be added as appropriate for specific disciplines.


    This course introduces the student to the economic, political, social and cultural issues of operating a business in a global economy. An understanding of exchange rate mechanisms, international trade agreements and international strategies will be developed.

    A study of business law. Topics included in the course include the American legal system, contracts, property, negotiable instruments, creditors’ rights and bankruptcy, agency, business organizations, labor and employment relations, government regulations, and torts.


    A capstone business course that integrates the functional areas of a business with the strategic decision-making process. In a team environment, students are expected to employ the skills and knowledge learned from their academic career in a computer-simulated industry. An analysis of case studies and/or current business articles will also be used to link academic concepts and theories to real-world situations. (Senior Standing, all Business core courses must be completed before taking this course.)


    This course is an introduction to microeconomics: the study of how households and firms interact and make decisions to allocate limited resources in the markets for goods and services.


    An introduction to financial management. Topics include the role of financial managers and financial markets, valuation of corporate securities, risk and return, financial statement analysis and capital budgeting.


    A systematic analysis of the management process involving an integration of classical, behavioral, and modern contemporary philosophies. The importance of relating the theoretical principles of planning, organizing, leading, and controlling to practical experience is featured.


    ENG 105 Expository Writing, ENG 230 Professional Comp. & Research Writing, or appropriate English placement test score

    A general overview of the scope and significance of marketing both domestically and internationally. The course emphasizes the marketing of consumer and industrial goods and analysis of the marketing mix variables of product, price, promotion and place. It introduces marketing policies and practices of business firms.

    This course introduces information technology systems that support organizational decision-making and problem solving. The course surveys the technical and organizational issues involved in the use and design of information systems and how the application of IT can enable an organization to improve quality, timeliness, and competitive advantage.

    Management information systems courses, 18-21 credits as follows:

    12 credits:



    The study addresses the principles and tools of information systems analysis and logical design. It enables the evaluation and selection of system development methodology. The course emphasizes the factors for effective communication and integration with users and user systems. Systems development, life cycle standards, object-oriented design, and the use of data modeling tools enhance learning.


    This course continues study from TEC 210. This study focuses on strategic data planning and enterprise modeling using CASE tools. Personal demonstration in the mastery of the design process acquired from earlier courses is expected. The predominant objective of this course is to design and construct a physical system using database software to implement a logical design.


    Focuses on the managerial and strategic characteristics of online business initiatives. It covers the different e-business practices and provides an understanding of how successful companies are taking advantage of e-business, as well as an understanding of the main challenges and risks associated with e-business models and strategies. The course also introduces important elements involved in designing and developing digital products and services including the technological, economic, and change management principles essential to successful digital transformation.


    ( also FIN 403) This course deals with computer applications in quantitative management decision making at an advanced level. Students will utilize a variety of research tools to locate, analyze and evaluate information. It will investigate the use and application of computer technologies within organizations such as management support systems, decision support systems and executive information systems. Hands on application of front-end software, such as Microsoft Office, will be used to conceptualize, analyze, and develop technological solutions to practical business situations.

    0-3 credits from the following courses:


    A course designed to provide the student with field work experience through a work opportunity related to the student’s career objective. A learning contract is used to focus expectations, duration of
    the experience, and means for evaluation. The student will benefit applying classroom learning to actual job experience. (“0” credit receives CR/NC grade.)


    A course designed to provide the student with field work experience through a work opportunity related to the student’s career objective. A learning contract is used to focus expectations, duration of
    the experience, and means for evaluation. The student will benefit applying classroom learning to actual job experience.

    6 credits from the following courses:

    A study of selected topics offered at the discretion of the instructor. Open to qualified juniors and seniors who wish to do advanced work and consent of instructor.

    This course addresses topics from selected themes of contemporary interest in the broad content area of business and may focus on accounting, economics, management, leadership, marketing, finance, and technology. This course will explore questions raised by emerging new issues in the field of business and their potential impact on business, research, and society.


    This course aims squarely at the customer-serving objectives of effective operations in creating a world-class service or manufacturing concern. Effective domestic and international operations management (OM) requires continually improving the operating process and resources of the organization, especially people. OM requires harnessing the talents of front-line employees, technicians, experts, and upper-level managers while blending the interests of customers, employees and other stakeholders in the face of work force diversity, changing technologies and a global economy. The course also highlights the interdependencies between operations and other functional areas as marketing, finance/accounting, product/service design, human resources, and information systems.

    A study of the efficient flow of inventories within manufacturing and services operations. Topics include purchasing, receiving and stores, inventory management and valuation, inventory control systems, materials handling and physical distribution. The course addresses the legal ramifications specific to goods and services.


    This course focuses on the functions and activities in a team-based, project-management organization. The project life cycle is discussed. Activities such as initiating, planning, staffing, budgeting, executing, piloting/testing and monitoring the project are addressed. Key issues and challenges facing the project manager are identified. Hands-on experience is provided through case studies, exercises and projects.


    The emphasis of this course is developing electronic solutions to business problems in a client/server environment. Learn to determine the enterprise coverage needed to derive maximum value from corporate information through analysis, selection, and implementation of appropriate software packages or hardware/software systems. Identify trends; perform sophisticated analysis to develop business models and forecasts to produce reports and to understand the facts behind the trends specific to ecommerce, supply-chain management, electronic resources planning and electronic digital data.


    This course will address the use and operation of special and timely software technologies for the development of professional skills. This course focuses on the application of the software in addressing specific business processes or functions. Students engage in skills development, identifying appropriate applications, and evaluating the future growth of the software. Students produce a professional quality project using the new software application.

    19-22 credits:

    University elective

    Professional Standards in Business

    Business programs at Marian University focus on the following principles of business education:


    Outcomes Assessment – The academic business unit developed and fully implemented an outcome assessment process consistent with their mission and broad-based goals.

    Strategic Planning – The academic business unit developed and implemented a strategic planning process that enables continuous improvement and guides it into the future consistent with its mission.

    Curriculum – Programs offered are consistent with current, acceptable business practices and the expectations of professionals in the academic and business communities.

    Faculty – Highly qualified faculty provide appropriate program coverage devoting quality time to teaching, service, and scholarly activity.

    Scholarly and Professional Activities – Faculty members are involved in scholarly and professional activities that enhance the depth and scope of their knowledge.

    Resources – Financial resources available are sufficient to support a high-quality learning environment.

    Internal and External Relationships – The academic business unit has effective working relationships with other functional units within the institution, meaningful linkages to business practitioners and organizations, effective relationships with external organizations, and is accountable to the public.

    International Business Education – The academic business unit ensures that students possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities to understand and deal effectively with critical issues in a dynamic global business environment.

    Educational Innovation – The academic business unit maintains an environment that encourages and recognizes innovation and creativity in the education of business students.


    Professional Conduct (Standard for Students)

    Faculty and staff in the Business Department in the College of Professions expect the highest standards of honest, ethical professional conduct from each student. Primary components of professional behavior expected include:

    • Respect for others
    • Full engagement
    • Responsibility, integrity, and commitment to quality


    The mission of the Bachelor of Science in Management Information Systems program is to develop information system professionals who use their technical and business knowledge to analyze, organize, and present relevant information to all management levels in support of effective decision-making.

    Learning Outcomes

    • Demonstrate an integrated knowledge of business functions and systems.
    • Possess effective written communications skills.
    • Exhibit effective oral communications skills.
    • Effectively apply critical thinking skills to business problems.
    • Apply sound managerial concepts and principles in the development and operation of information systems.
    • Relate the techniques of business analysis to a variety of business problems.

    As a graduate of the Marian University Bachelor of Science in Management Information Systems program, students are able to create, apply and use information systems in a variety of settings, including education, government, health care, industry, manufacturing, transportation, and business at all levels. Students will graduate qualified for positions in areas such as computerized information systems design, content design and management, database development, facilities management, business analysis, and systems administration.

    Management Information Systems

    Data based on Information Technology Program

    Assessment (Information Technology Program)

    Outcome: Knowledge Acquisition
    Measure: Information Technology Exit Examination
    Benchmark: All students score greater than 60% on comprehensive exit exam
    Results: All students scored above 60% on the exit exam.

    Outcome: Application of Principles
    Measure: TEC 200 Assessment
    Benchmark: 75% in each area.
    Results: Composite average: Fall 2014 (N=40) = 68%. Spring 2015 (n=38) = 67%


    Recent graduates have held internships in places such as

    • Arc of Fond du Lac
    • Farmers & Merchants Bank
    • Lakeshore Chinooks
    • Marian University
    • Rockline Industries
    • School District of Kohler, WI
    • SECURA Insurance
    • Society Insurance
    • LLC

    Marian University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

    With the quality, applied approach to learning in the BS in Management Information Systems program, students gain a firm understanding of the information needs of businesses from expert faculty, who offer insight from hands-on experience in the field.

    Criteria for Undergraduate Business Students

    A student who meets Marian University admission standards and who declares a business major must comply with the following standards at each class level:

    Freshman Criteria (for students with at least 30 credits completed)

    Students should have completed the following with a minimum grade of C:

    • ENG 101 or ENG 105

    Students must maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 2.00

    Sophomore Criteria (for students with at least 60 credits completed)

    Students should have completed the following with a minimum grade of C:

    • ENG 151 or ENG 106
    • MAT 111 or MAT 130 or MAT 132
    • BUA 210
    • Science lab(s)

    Students must maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 2.00

    Junior and Senior Criterion (for students with at least 80 credits completed)

    Students must maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 2.00

    Failure to Meet Criteria

    Any business student failing to meet these criteria is placed on probation. During the first semester of probation, students may continue taking business courses. If the student has failed to meet the criteria after one semester on probation, that student may only retake deficient classes and general education requirements.

    Graduation Requirements

    A business student is not allowed to graduate with a D+ or lower grade in any business course. If such a grade is recorded, the course must be retaken and a grade of C- or above must be achieved. All business students are required to take a comprehensive exit examination during the semester prior to graduation. Students pursuing more than one major in the business program must complete at least 15 credits of unique courses to count in each major. Students pursuing a minor must complete at least 9 credits of courses unique to the minor.

    Internship Experience

    The internship provides practical work experience related to the student’s career objective. All internships involve planned and supervised on-the-job training with interaction among the student, a faculty advisor, and a supervisor from the site of the internship. The student may complete the internship on a part- or full-time basis. Before the student begins their internship, they must consult with the internship coordinator in their respective discipline to review requirements and expectations.

    Prior to the start of the internship, the site must be approved and a learning contract and supervisor agreement must be completed. Students are eligible to register for a 0-3 credit internship upon achieving junior status. Specific internship requirements such as number of hours, paperwork, and other assignments may differ depending on major. Students must consult with the program director and internship coordinator for these details and cannot register for the internship until authorized by the internship coordinator. Business students are required to complete a minimum of one internship experience regardless of the number of declared majors.

    W. Alan Dixon, Sr., Ph.D.
    Associate Professor

    As part of the Bachelor of Science in Management Information Systems program, students apply knowledge gained in class to solving real-world problems through creativity, critical thinking, and communication skills. Students enhance their résumé through internships and cooperative work experiences that combine academic theory and practice with on-the-job applications.

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