Bachelor of Science (BS) in Management Information Systems
Explore the technology side of business.
Step into the dynamic field of Management Information Systems, where creativity, innovation and strategy can all be found at the intersection of business theory and technological skill.
Through this William Woods University program you will learn the skill needed to design and develop websites, work with databases and networks and so much more. You will become an expert in technology and will then be able to combine this knowledge with the business side of things—learning project management, strategy and other vital skills to flourish in the business world.
Whether you go on to work as a systems engineer for a leading technology company, work as a web designer at a marketing agency, or whether you use your skill to build the web presence of a small start up, our expert faculty, individualized mentor programs and specialty tailored curriculum are designed to help you get there.
Attend faculty-recommended conferences and other networking opportunities
Engage in internships specific to your field of interest and gain hands-on experience
Participate in various business partnerships through upper-level courses
Interact with the local community through various service learning opportunities as part of your senior capstone coursework
Pursue an exciting career as a/an
Quality assurance analyst
Industrial security specialist
Our alumni have found great careers at:
State of Missouri Information Technology Service Division
The MIS program at WWU is one I would recommend to anyone. Many of the classes allow hands-on experiences, and the professors are willing to go out of their way to help you succeed. There are also numerous ways to get involved with the program outside the classroom. Not only do you leave with a solid education, but also with a close group of friends who have shared the same experience. William Woods is a great place to be with endless opportunities.
— Stacie Bonte, MIS graduate, digital communications specialist at Fleishman-Hillard
My William Woods University MIS degree gave me the skills to be successful in a competitive, challenging and ever-changing world of information technologies. Through advanced learning classes, e-commerce classes and three internships I received priceless learning opportunities that cannot be replicated in a textbook. The MIS professors sit down with you and map out your classes to maximize your educational experience and guide you towards your chosen career path. They take ownership of your development, and I wouldn't be where I am without them!
— Alicia Jones, MIS graduate, Application Developer at MCH Strategic Data
The Bachelor of Science in Management Information Systems (MIS) degree at William Woods University consists of 122 distinct credit hours for graduation— including 51 core major credits, which includes both a technology component and a business component.
Courses you may take
Principles of Accounting I
An introduction to the principles underlying accounting information. The course will focus on the role that accounting information plays in planning, evaluating, and recording operating activities of businesses. An introduction to financial statements is also included. In this course students will summarize financial data and construct basic financial statements using various software tools such as Excel and QuickBooks.
Advanced Productivity Tools
Student will learn advanced skills involving the applications of spreadsheets, databases and word processors. Students will be exposed to PivotTables, Vlookup, Match & Index functions, Goal Seeker and Solver, PMT function, data tables, SQL queries, Macros, Sorting, forms, linked objects and more
A straightforward, fundamental approach to managing a small firm. Students will organize, interpret data and show the proper procedures in planning, operating, directing, and evaluating a new small business.
This course provides practical information covering five main topics: money management (budget, credit cards, income taxes, and mortgage payments), insurance, investments, retirement and estate planning. Students are expected to integrate various personal finance instruments and construct a personal finance plan based on their personal assessment.
Formulate and develop the business/management communication process and its functions in a business environment. All types of business communications will be analyzed, practiced, and assessed.
Introduction to Web 2.0
Through digital collaboration, this course will introduce the student to Web 2.0 tools by integrating and utilizing these tools in a business settings. Students will examine the theory of online business, simulations and other pedagogical implications while considering the social, interpersonal, cultural and technical implications of Web 2.0 in a business sense.
(Students will be required to have Webcam & mic/headset)
Students will learn basic skills involving the applications of word processing, database, spreadsheet, presentations, and e-mail using the Office 2013 suite. Students will be exposed to employment considerations and new administrative features. Several of the specific components will include: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, and Outlook.
Database Management Systems
This course prepares student to develop application programs in the database environment. Models of data, data structure and file organization are covered.
Networks and Telecommunications
The features of centralized, decentralized, and distributed systems are explored. Special emphasis placed on LAN (Local Area Network) technologies.
This course is designed to instruct the student in the proper design and analysis of website development. Students will learn the basics of HTMl, CSS, website portals, content management systems, web hosting and domain name construction. A final project will require the student to maintain a website, host and domain name.
This course is an examination of the knowledge sets, skills, tools and techniques of project management, with an emphasis on how project management contributes to the strategic goals of the organization. The course focuses on the role of information technology as an integration tool in project management. Topics: Microsoft project, work breakdown, structure development, resource scheduling, developing a project network, project organization, time management, and performance measurement and evaluation. The course also examines the managerial competencies required to organize and lead a project.
MIS Advanced Projects
The course in Advanced Applications/Experience is a class based on individual or group IT research and/or practical applications in IT and MIS environments. The student(s) is expected to choose a topic and/or experience from the syllabus list or mutually agreed upon topic by the student and instructor. After agreement, a contract will be signed and submitted before work can begin. The student will meet as directed with the professor for updates.
Study and Write code in one of the following program languages: C#, Visual Basic, .NET, HTML/XML, etc., Java Scripting or any other programming language deemed applicable. Implement an application using standard development with MS Access, on or off campus.
Web Applications and Development
Study and Write code in Dreamweaver and or .NET and publish to the Internet. Maintain several web sites that are already up for non-profit or University web sites.
Go onsite to a WWU business partner once a week and shadow an IT professional in Central MO or campus UIT experience if available.
Load, setup, install and maintain network OS workstations in a lab experience.
Management Information Systems internships provide students with the opportunity for hand-on application of the theories and applications they have learned in the classroom. For each credit hour obtained in the internship, the student is required to work 40 hours in an approved organization. A 2 credit hour internship = 80 hours, 3 credit hours = 120 hours, etc. Requires approval of the division chair.
Enterprise Collaboration Software
This course analyzes and assesses the managerial applications of Internet technology for a successful Web-based competitive organization. The application of management principles to business-to-consumer, business-to-business, and intra-business commercial ventures are examined. Topics: Electronic business models; the forces driving the widespread implementation of EC; the critical success factors for on-line retailing; proactive strategies for EC operations; on-line consumer trends and behaviors; web advertising and promotion strategies; EC and service industries; business-to-business electronic commerce models; electronic payment systems; EC strategy implementation; and environments that impact electronic commerce.
The Systems Analysis course is a study of the methods for structured analysis and design of Information Systems. Topics include data definition, flow charting, data flows and more.
Management Information Systems/Capstone
This course is designed to prepare the student for a role in the management of information field. Topics covered will include systems development, acquisition, control, organization and the computer processing environment. Students will partner with a business in developing and/or maintaining an information systems challenge project.