Welcome to the MIS Department at UCA. Are you interested in business and interested in computers? Then Management Information Systems (MIS) might be for YOU! MIS graduates work with other business professionals and computer specialists to create all types of business computer systems and applications. The work is exciting and ever-changing. Graduates work on projects with many different people using modern computer technologies.
The MIS Department at the University of Central Arkansas houses three majors (and two minors), a BBA in MIS, BS in Information Systems, and a BBA in General Business. Both BBA degrees (MIS and General Business) require the completion of University Core (the general education requirements – 38 hours), Business Foundation (30 hours) and Business Core (18 hours). Note that some Business Foundation courses (up to 12 hours) may also count as University Core courses, provided the correct courses are selected. The BS-IS degree also requires the completion of the University Core, but its other courses differ.
INTERESTED IN AN ALL ONLINE PROGRAM? The College of Business has one, the BBA in General Business. It is currently the only online business degree. See General Business Major below.
There are two technology degrees offered by the MIS Department. The first is a traditional Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree in MIS. If you like to work with computers and people then MIS might be your perfect match! MIS graduates are among the highest paid graduates from four-year universities, and the opportunities for advancement are some of the best for any undergraduate degree. A MIS degree can lead to great jobs after graduation. The other degree is more technical than the traditional MIS degree. It is the BS in Information Systems, and is designed as a true combination of Computer Science, MIS and business. It is unlike any degree in the state of Arkansas. It requires a minor in Computer Science, some business courses, as well as some MIS courses.
BBA – MIS Major
The MIS major consists of four required core courses, plus four additional courses that will be selected based on the desired concentration (one of these is an MIS elective). MIS has three different concentrations and students must select one of these. Almost all concentrations require three courses (in addition to the four required core courses), plus any one elective (any MIS or QMTH-statistics upper division courses). The four core courses and three concentrations are more fully delineated on the Info on Majors page.
BS – Information Systems Major
The BS-IS major is the most technical major in the department. It requires a minor in Computer Science plus a variety of courses in both business and MIS. It is a true combination of business, MIS, and computer science. Majors are prepared to serve in any technology role in an organization, from pure developers (programmers) to more managerial-type roles. The flexibility in a graduate’s choice of employment and the overwhelming need of such graduates make this an exceptional choice of majors. The curriculum is delineated on the Info on Majors page.
General Business Major
If you are unsure which area of business might be the best fit for you, or you would like a broad business background, General Business is for you. This is the only degree in the College of Business that is totally online! The General Business major is the College of Business interdisciplinary major. Like all business majors, General Business majors must take all foundation and core business courses. But for the eight courses required in one’s major, General Business majors may select any upper division course (3000 level or higher) in any of the core business disciplines: Accounting, Economics, Finance, Insurance/Risk Management, Management, Marketing, or MIS. The only requirement in this selection is that the student must select at least one course in at least three different disciplines. Students may select one course in two disciplines and six courses in a third, or any other combination, so long as the requirement for at least one course in three different disciplines is met. For those desiring an all-online format, there are currently over 20 upper division courses in various disciplines that will count for the eight required courses — so there are plenty of options!