Management Information Systems (MIS)

Degree Offered

  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

MIS Program Objectives

Students in the MIS program gain the skills necessary to analyze an organization’s information needs and develop technological solutions to effectively solve business problems.  In today’s fast-paced, global environment, technology is a necessary and integral part of business.  MIS professionals have the knowledge to understand both the business goals and information needs of the organization, and to deliver the application of technology to meet those needs.  Career opportunities include:

  • Consulting
  • Database Administration
  • Information Systems Security
  • Networking and Telecommunications
  • Systems Analysis and Design
  • Technology Management

This is an excellent major for students who enjoy technology and want to apply their knowledge in a business environment.

Admission Requirements

Students who are direct admitted to the major as first-time freshmen must possess an overall GPA of at least 2.5 and have completed the course prerequisites listed in the table below with minimum grade of C-, unless otherwise noted, to be eligible to enroll in upper-division course work. 

Students who are not direct admitted to the major (i.e. Business) will declare the major at the beginning of the semester in which they satisfy the course prerequisites listed below.  Applicants also must possess an overall GPA of at least 2.5 to be considered for admission to the major.

ACCT 201
ACCT 202
Principles of Accounting
and Principles of Accounting
CS 101Intro to Computer Applications4
ECON 201
ECON 202
Principles of Microeconomics
and Principles of Macroeconomics
ECON 225Elementary Business and Economics Statistics3
or STAT 211 Elementary Statistical Inference
ENGL 101
ENGL 102
Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric
and Composition, Rhetoric, and Research
or ENGL 103 Accelerated Academic Writing
Choose one of the Following:3-4
College Algebra 5-Day
College Algebra 4-Day
Pre-Calculus Mathematics
Calculus 1a with Precalculus
Choose one of the Following:3-4
Applied Calculus *
Calculus 1b with Precalculus *
Calculus 1 *
Calculus 2 *
Total Hours28-33

Students who are direct admitted to the major and meet the requirements listed above are guaranteed permission to enroll in upper-division course work. The College will accommodate as many majors as resources are available.  Students who are denied admission to the major may apply for admission in a future application period or accept admission to an alternative major in the College.

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Program Requirements

General Education FOUNDATIONS

Please use this link to view a list of courses that meet each GEF requirement.

NOTE: Some major requirements will fulfill specific GEF requirements. Please see the curriculum requirements listed below for details on which GEFs you will need to select.

General Education Foundations
F1 - Composition & Rhetoric3-6
Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric
and Composition, Rhetoric, and Research
Accelerated Academic Writing
F2A/F2B - Science & Technology4-6
F3 - Math & Quantitative Skills3-4
F4 - Society & Connections3
F5 - Human Inquiry & the Past3
F6 - The Arts & Creativity3
F7 - Global Studies & Diversity3
F8 - Focus (may be satisfied by completion of a minor, double major, or dual degree)9
Total Hours31-37

Please note that not all of the GEF courses are offered at all campuses. Students should consult with their advisor or academic department regarding the GEF course offerings available at their campus.

Degree Requirements

To qualify for the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration students must meet the following criteria:

  • Complete a minimum of 120 credit hours.
  • Possess an overall GPA of 2.0.
  • Possess a GPA of 2.0 for all major courses (i.e. ACCT, MIST), calculated using all attempted GPA hours unless excluded by the D/F repeat policy.
  • The College of Business and Economics accepts all baccalaureate transferable course work completed at public and private colleges in West Virginia and other regionally accredited institutions.  Since the College is AACSB accredited, upper-division courses (courses equivalent to 300/400 level at WVU) must be evaluated by the Dean or designee before they may count toward business core, major core and major restricted electives in the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration or Bachelor of Science in Economics program. 

Curriculum Requirements

Minimum Overall GPA of 2.0 is required
Possess a GPA of 2.0 for all major courses (i.e. ACCT, MIST), calculated using all attempted GPA hours unless excluded by the D/F repeat policy.
ACCT 201Principles of Accounting (Minimum grade of C-)3
ACCT 202Principles of Accounting (Minimum grade of C-)3
CS 101Intro to Computer Applications (Minimum grade of C-; may fulfill GEF 2A)4
ECON 201Principles of Microeconomics (Minimum grade of C-; may fulfill GEF 8)3
ECON 202Principles of Macroeconomics (Minimum grade of C-; may fulfill GEF 8)3
Select one of the following (Minimum grade of C-; may fulfill GEF 8):3
Elementary Business and Economics Statistics
Elementary Statistical Inference
Select one of the following (Minimum Grade of C-; may fulfill GEF 1):3-6
Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric
and Composition, Rhetoric, and Research
Accelerated Academic Writing
GEF 2A, Science & Technology3
GEF 5, Human Inquiry & the Past3
GEF 6, The Arts & Creativity3
GEF 7, Global Studies & Diversity3
Select one of the following; minimum grade of B- in MATH 150 or C- in MATH 154 or higher; (may fulfill GEF 3):3-8
Algebra with Applications
and Applied Calculus
Pre-Calculus Mathematics
and Calculus 1
Applied Calculus
Calculus 1a with Precalculus
and Calculus 1b with Precalculus
Calculus 1
PSYC 101Introduction to Psychology3
SOCA 101Introduction to Sociology (May fulfill GEF 4)3
BCOR 191First-Year Seminar1
BCOR 199Introduction to Business (Fulfills First Year Seminar requirement)3
BCOR 299Business Communication (Fulfills Writing and Communication Skills Requirement)3
BCOR 320Legal Environment of Business3
BCOR 330Information Systems and Technology3
BCOR 340Business Finance3
BCOR 350Principles of Marketing3
BCOR 360Supply Chain Management3
BCOR 370Managing Individuals and Teams3
BCOR 380Business Ethics3
BCOR 460Contemporary Business Strategy3
ACCT 331Managerial Accounting3
MIST 320Managing Information Technology3
MIST 351Database Management Systems3
MIST 352Business Application Programming3
MIST 353Advanced Information Technology3
MIST 355Data Communications3
MIST 450Systems Analysis3
MIST 452Systems Design and Development3
MIST Electives (ACCT 321, ACCT 322, & GIS 350 Allowable MIST Electives Courses)6
Unrestricted Electives (needed to reach 120 hours)13
Total Hours120

Suggested Plan of Study

First Year
BCOR 1993ACCT 2013
BCOR 1911ECON 201 (GEF 8)3
CS 101 (GEF 2A)4ENGL 101 (GEF 1)3
Select one of the following (GEF 3):3Select one of the following:3
 GEF (Choose from 2A, 5, 6, or 7)3
SOCA 101 (GEF 4)3 
GEF (Choose from 2A, 5, 6, or 7)3 
 17 15
Second Year
ACCT 2023BCOR 2993
ECON 202 (GEF 8)3BCOR 3303
ECON 225 (GEF 8)3BCOR 3503
ENGL 102 (GEF 1)3BCOR 3703
PSYC 1013MIST 3523
 15 15
Third Year
BCOR 3403ACCT 3313
MIST 3203BCOR 3803
MIST 3513MIST 3553
GEF (Choose from 2A, 5, 6, or 7)3GEF (Choose from 2A, 5, 6, or 7)3
Minor or Unrestricted Electives3Minor or Unrestricted Electives3
 15 15
Fourth Year
BCOR 3203BCOR 4603
BCOR 3603MIST 4523
MIST 3533MIS Elective 3
MIST 4503Minor or Unrestricted Electives4
MIS Elective3 
 15 13
Total credit hours: 120

Major Learning Outcomes

management information systems

The objective of providing a foundational education in management information systems and innovation at the undergraduate level cannot be realized without appropriate curricula content, effective teaching, and ultimately, learning. Within the undergraduate management information systems major, we subscribe to the following learning goals for each of our undergraduate students:

  • Competence in core technical areas associated with MIS, such as programming, data communications and databases
  • Knowledge of the selection, implementation and use of management information systems in organizations
  • Awareness of how to analyze business problems and to design, build and maintain appropriate technological systems to solve those problems
  • An ability to apply business skills to technical problems while using an information ethics lens to achieving solutions

MIST 320. Managing Information Technology. 3 Hours.

PR: Admission into the College of Business and Economics. This course provides student with an understanding of how information systems are used in business and how they impact (positively or negatively) the competitive position of organizations.

MIST 351. Database Management Systems. 3 Hours.

Introduction to database theory, design, implementation, management, and models; development of database applications for management systems.

MIST 352. Business Application Programming. 3 Hours.

PR or CONC: MIST 351. Provides an understanding of fundamental programming concepts required to develop end-user business applications in an object-oriented, event-driven environment. These skills will be utilized in the systems design and development course.

MIST 353. Advanced Information Technology. 3 Hours.

PR: MIST 352. Presents students with a fundamental knowledge of hardware and software technologies, including emerging technologies, focusing on the functionality and management of the technology in a business organization.

MIST 355. Data Communications. 3 Hours.

Provides an overview of the TCP/IP model and related technologies of the data communications corporate infrastructure as well as a survey of the essential tools and strategies for the effective management of business networks.

MIST 356. Network Security. 3 Hours.

PR or CONC: MIST 355. This course focuses on the managerial and technical aspects of information security in networks. The course covers security issues in informations systems, information assurance management and policy, network security planning, technologies, implementation, and security strategy.

MIST 357. Information Ethics. 3 Hours.

PR: BCOR 330. This course introduces the student to the field of information ethics, including such topics as privacy, accessibility, censorship, intellectual progpery, accuracy, virtual reality and artificial intelligence.

MIST 450. Systems Analysis. 3 Hours.

PR: MIST 351. Emphasizes the systems approach, concentrating on the first half of the systems development cycle: feasibility studies, cost/benefit analysis, organizational analysis, assessment of information needs, and project planning. Effective teamwork and communication are stressed.

MIST 452. Systems Design and Development. 3 Hours.

PR: MIST 353 and MIST 450. Follows the systems analysis course with the second half of the system development cycle; user interface design, data design, process design, system specifications, use of software development tools, documentation, testing, conversion, and maintenance.

MIST 491. Professional Field Experience. 1-18 Hours.

PR: Consent (May be repeated up to a maximum of 6 hours.) Prearranged experiential learning program, to be planned, supervised, and evaluated for credit by faculty and field supervisors. Involves temporary placement with public or private enterprise for professional competence development.

MIST 493. Special Topics. 1-6 Hours.

PR: Consent. Investigation of topics not covered in regularly scheduled courses.

MIST 495. Independent Study. 1-6 Hours.

Faculty supervised study of topics not available through regular course offerings.


Department Chairperson

  • Virginia Franke Kleist - Ph.D. (University of Pittsburgh)
    Management information systems.


  • Virginia Franke Kleist - Ph.D.
    University of Pittsburgh

Associate Professors

  • A. Graham Peace - Ph.D. (University of Pittsburgh)
    Management information systems.
  • Nanda Surendra - Ph.D. (University of Cincinnati)
    Management information systems.

Assistant Professor

  • Stephane Collignon - Ph.D. (Virginia Tech)
    Business Information and Technology
  • Salman Nazir - Ph.D. (McGill University)
    Management information systems

Teaching Assistant Professor

  • Bradley Reed - PhD


  • Thomas L. Blaskovics