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Academic Program Guide

Management Information Systems

College: Business
Degree: BS
Specialized Admission: No

Contact: College of Business Undergraduate Programs Office
Address: 328 Rovetta Business Building
Phone: (850) 644-3892

Description of Major

*Please Note: Face-to-face/in-person instruction of this program is available ONLY at the main campus in Tallahassee, FL. This program is NOT available via Online/Distance Learning.*

The Management Information Systems (MIS) major provides students with both business and technical knowledge to be effective in an ever-changing economic environment, allowing them to move into positions in which they manage the design and development of systems-related solutions for companies to solve business problems and help companies be more competitive. MIS is about the relationships between business, people, and technology. It focuses on using technology to analyze, design, and implement information systems to improve business. Career paths vary from business-focused and technical to training and support of information system users. Typical MIS positions in a variety of industries include systems analyst, systems developer, IT consultant, database developer, software developer, application developer, web developer, information security manager, programmer, IT manager, or database manager.

In the first two years at FSU, students should take courses to complete the following: General Education requirements, Writing requirement, Diversity requirements, and Prerequisite Coursework requirements. Some courses may fulfill requirements in multiple areas. Electives in the first two years should focus on gaining additional exposure to the social and behavioral sciences, and on improving communication and analytical reasoning skills.

Prerequisite Coursework

Prerequisite Coursework: (21 hours)
Each of the following courses must be completed with a final grade of C minus or better:

ACG X021 (3) Introduction to Financial Accounting
ACG X071 (3) Introduction to Managerial Accounting
*CGS X100 (3) Microcomputer Applications for Business or CGS X518 (3) Spreadsheets for Business or CGS X060 (3) Computer Fluency
ECO X013 (3) Principles of Macroeconomics
ECO X023 (3) Principles of Microeconomics
MAC X233 (3) Calculus for Business and Non-Physical Sciences (Higher level Calculus courses will be accepted)
STA X023 (3) Business Statistics (Higher level Statistics courses will be accepted)

*Students taking CGS X100 or CGS X060 or other approved course will also need to take CGS 2518 at FSU.

Note: State-wide common prerequisites are always under review. For the most current information and for acceptable alternative courses, visit the “Common Prerequisites Manual.” This is available from the “Student Services” section of .


Admission Requirements to the Upper-Division Major
Admission to the MIS major requires the following:
1) completion of at least 52 semester hours,
2) a combined GPA on all prerequisite attempts of at least a 2.500; and
3) satisfactory completion of all required prerequisite coursework.

Major Program of Studies at FSU: (49-52 hours depending on if CGS2518 is taken as a prerequisite)

* Courses taken at a Community College may not be substituted for 3000/4000 level courses. *

Lower-Division Requirements (4 hours)
These courses are Term 5 milestones. Transfer students must complete them in their first term of enrollment at FSU.

RMI 2302 (3) Risk in Business and Society
GEB 1030 (1) Intro. to Professional Development

General Business Core Requirements for Management Information Systems majors (18 hours):
A final grade of C minus or better must be earned in each course.

BUL 3310 (3) The Legal and Ethical Environment of Business
FIN 3403 (3) Financial Management of the Firm
GEB 3213 (3) Business Communications
ISM 3541 (3) Introduction to Business Analytics
MAN 3240 (3) Organizational Behavior
MAR 3023 (3) Basic Marketing Concepts

General Business Breadth Requirements for Management Information Systems Majors (9 hours)
Each course selected must be completed with a final grade of C minus or better.

Complete the following course:
MAN 4720 (3) Strategic Management and Business Policy

Plus two (2) electives from the following list of courses:
FIN 3244 (3) Financial Markets, Institutions, and International Finance Systems
ISM 3003 (3) Foundations of Management Information Systems
MAN 3600 (3) Multinational Business Operations
MAR 3231 (3) Retail Management
MAR 3400 (3) Professional Selling
QMB 3200 (3) Quantitative Methods for Business Decisions
REE 3043 (3) Real Estate
RMI 3011 (3) Risk Management/Insurance

Major Area Requirements for Management Information Systems Majors (18 hours)
A final grade of C minus or better must be earned in each course.

Complete the following three (3) courses:
ISM 4113 (3) Management Information Systems Analysis and Design
ISM 4212 (3) Information for Operating Control and Data Management
ISM 4220 (3) Information and Communications Systems Management

Plus three (3) electives from the following list, including at least one (1) programming course indicated with an * below:

*COP 3014 (3) Programming I
*CGS 3406 (3) Object-Oriented Programming in C++
*CGS 3416 (3) Java for Non-Majors
*CGS 3465 (3) Introduction to Programming in Python
ISM 3540 (3) Big Data
ISM 4117 (3) Business Intelligence
ISM 4314 (3) Project Management
ISM 4545 (3) Data Analytics and Mining for Business ISM 4552 (3) Social Media Analytics
* ISM 4930r (3) Special Topics in MIS ISM 4941 (3) MIS Internship
MAR 4524 (3) Consumer Demand Analytics
QMB 4700 (3) Operations Research for Managerial Decisions

Digital Literacy: (0 hours beyond prerequisites)
CGS2060 (3), CGS2100 (3) and/or CGS2518 (3) may be taken for admission. CGS2518 is a required course for graduation in the MIS major.

Oral Communication Competency: (0 hours beyond major coursework)
Students must demonstrate the ability to orally transmit ideas and information clearly. Business majors complete GEB 3213.

Minimum Program Requirements - Summary
Total Hours Required 120
General Education 36*
Prerequisite Coursework 21*
Major Coursework 49-52
Minor Coursework 0
Digital Literacy 0 beyond prerequisites
Oral Competency 0 beyond major coursework
Electives to bring total hours to 120 (must complete 60 hours outside of business)

*Some Prerequisite courses may also be counted as part of General Education requirements.


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1. A minimum of 45 hours at the 3000 level or above, at least 30 of which must be taken at this University.
2. At least half of the major course semester hours must be completed in residence at this University. After enrolling at this University, all remaining major course requirements must be completed at this University.
3. The final 30 hours must be completed in residence at this University.

Employment Information

Salary Information: For more information go to: National Association of Colleges and Employers ( or the Occupational Outlook Handbook ( provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Representative Job Titles Related to this Major: MIS Director/Specialist, Information Manager, Production Manager, Systems Analyst, EDP Director, Data Processing Supervisor, Computer Programmer/Analyst, Operations Manager, Consultant.

Representative Employers: Manufacturers, Insurance Companies, Banks, Governmental Agencies: local, state, federal, Retailers, Consulting Firms.

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