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The MIS Program

The MIS major at the University of Dayton is designed primarily to develop business systems analysts. These professionals analyze and design information systems in business organizations and marshal resources (i.e., manage projects) to bring the systems development effort to successful completion. MIS professionals also facilitate the successful operation and maintenance of organizational information systems.

Beyond the core business curriculum common to all business majors, the MIS major is comprised of eighteen hours of required courses which make up the MIS core and six hours of elective courses taken for breadth. This breadth requirement can be satisfied in one of three ways:
Option 1. Take any 2 MIS elective courses from the list below.
Option 2. Complete a related minor. These minors are designed to enable the MIS major to gain additional depth in a specific area of MIS practice. Such areas will change from time to time, reflecting the dynamic nature of the MIS discipline. (Indeed, our curriculum stays up to date because of the regular review and feedback provided by our MIS Advisory Board, a group of MIS professionals and leaders from around the region.) Two minors - Business Intelligence and Cyber Security - are currently available.
Option 3. Complete another business major, i.e., double major in another business discipline.
Students should meet with their advisor to decide which option is most consistent with their interests and career goals. In particular, those selecting the Cyber Security minor need security clearance, which is a process that should be started early, preferably by the middle of their junior year.

A distinctive feature of the program is the year-long capstone consulting project for a local organization. Naturally, this live experience is a major selling point in job interviews. Check out descriptions of some recent projects. Besides this built-in real-world experience, most students also take advantage of the many available MIS internship and/or "co-op" education opportunities. Indeed, such co-curricular practical experiences, e.g., internships or projects through our Center for Project Excellence, are a required feature of our program. From the very first year, our curriculum also emphasizes participation in networking and other activities that provide our students with an edge in the job market and in the development of their future careers.

Courses (see Catalog for course descriptions and see course prerequisite sequence):

Core courses:

  • MIS 150 Professional Development Experiences in Information Systems (0 credits)
  • MIS 305 Introduction to Business Applications: Problem Solving with Visual Tools (1 credit)
  • MIS 325 Programming for Business Systems (4 credits)
  • MIS 380 Systems Analysis and Re-engineering (3 credits)
  • MIS 381 Principles of Project Management (1 credit)
  • MIS 385 Systems Implementation with Database Management Systems (3 credits)
  • MIS 465 MIS Project I - Analysis and Design in Teams (3 credits)
  • MIS 475 MIS Project II - Design and Implementation in Teams (3 credits)

MIS Elective courses: follow one of three breadth requirement options (6 credits or more)

Breadth Requirement Option 1

  • Choose two courses (3 credits each) from:
    • MIS 366 Business Intelligence (Spring term only)
    • MIS 368 Principles of Information Security Management (Fall term only)
    • MIS 430 Telecommunications and Networking (Fall term only; off campus; security clearance required)
    • MIS 460 Advanced Web Development (Spring term only)
    • MIS 467 Data Warehousing (Fall term only)
    • MIS 468 Internet Security (Spring term only; off campus; security clearance required)
    • MIS 499 Independent Study (faculty advisor permission required)

Breadth Requirement Option 2

  • Complete one of these two minors:
  • Note that this option adds only 6 credits beyond Option 1 as the MIS major elective requirement is effectively waived. The MIS major curriculum provides for 6 credits of General Electives. MIS majors who use their general electives for courses in these minors can complete either minor without adding to the 124 credits required for graduation for all business majors. 

Breadth Requirement Option 3

  • Complete one of these additional majors, i.e., double major in:
    • Accounting
    • Business Economics
    • Entrepreneurship
    • Finance
    • International Business
    • Leadership
    • Marketing
    • Operations and Supply Management
  • Note that the MIS major elective requirement is effectively waived in this option facilitating a double major. The actual number of credits taken will depend on the major selected. See your advisor for the requirements of these majors.

These courses may be taken according to the general schedule below. Some of the alternatives for the junior year are identified. Other combinations are possible as long as pre-requisites/co-requisites are met. Also, electives may be taken in the junior year depending on pre-requisites. Please see the MIS curriculum requirements page for a recommended schedule for General Education and Business course requirements.

  Fall Term Spring Term
1st Year   MIS 150
2nd Year     MIS 301, MIS 305 (total 4 cr)
3rd Year Alternative A MIS 325, MIS 385 (total 7 cr) MIS 380, MIS 381 (total 4 cr)
Alternative B MIS 380, MIS 381, MIS 385 (total 7 cr) MIS 325 (total 4 cr)
Alternative C MIS 325 (total 4 cr) MIS 380, MIS 381, MIS 385 (total 7 cr)
4th Year   MIS 465, MIS Elective (total 6 cr) MIS 475, MIS Elective (total 6 cr)