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Management Information Systems (MMIS)

[Program Overview] [Program Outcomes] [Curriculum] [Admission Criteria] [Application Requirements] [Transfer Credits] [Academic Standing] [Time to Completion] [Accreditation] [Faculty] [Contact Information]

Program Overview

The Master of Management Information Systems represents an important state-of-the-art concept in graduate education in the field of management information systems (MIS). Merging management and technology education, it is designed to help both technically-oriented information technology (IT) professionals and those from other fields gain expertise in the management of information systems in modern organizations. The MMIS promotes Metropolitan State's well-known ability to tie theory to practice, with a cutting-edge MIS education designed to have a "shelf life" that outlasts successive generations of hardware and software. The program core gives a strong background in management and information technology areas. Flexibility in elective courses, plus applications emphasis throughout courses, internships and the final integrative project gives students a strong base for the future.

The program is designed to serve several distinct groups of Information Technology Management professionals who need a strong mix of management theory and practice along with technological competence. This group needs more technical education than an MBA student, but less than a student who will be working in a purely technical capacity. Included are:

  • General management professionals who need to understand how to manage the technical and IT aspects of their organizations. These students need the mix of management and technical work that leads to stronger technological understanding and analytical skills, resulting in stronger general management in firms where IT is a part of their competitive strategy.
  • Technical professionals who need to upgrade and update their technological skills while also updating their analytical and management abilities. Technical and project managers also need this type of mix, as well as systems analysts and managers who will be progressing in their careers. Any managerial or higher level professional in organizations where IT is important will find the MMIS of great value.

The MMIS prepares you in the areas of:

  • strategic IT management
  • IT strategy and Internet strategy
  • supply chain management
  • IT security management
  • electronic commerce
  • enterprise resource planning (ERP)
  • globalization
  • human factors
  • knowledge management
  • customer relationship management (CRM)
  • managing the IT function (operationally)
  • project management
  • systems analysis and design
  • social networking strategies for organizations
  • business/information analytics and business intelligence technology management
  • telecommunications

The MMIS serves the target groups by offering a choice of distinct concentrations:

Information Management Concentration

The Information Management concentration has a mixture of general management, IS/IT management, and management-level conceptual technical knowledge that enables you to understand the business environment and its management while being prepared to oversee or interact with technical staff in meeting information management needs. Professionals in all organizations will find this a valuable management education.

Online MMIS

There is also an option to take the Information Management Concentration online, called the Online MMIS. This track allows you to complete the MMIS degree with nearly all online classes, to assist those where travel schedules, location or other factors make online delivery desirable. It also accommodates professionals who need the schedule flexibility provided by online education. In this track, all courses are specified (limited electives) to allow consistency in the application of the curriculum. Specific courses are required for this option, and one in-class section may be required. Contact the program for more information on this option.

Systems Management Concentration

The systems management concentration takes a more technical approach. Upon completion of this program, systems analysts, technical analysts and managers will be updated on the latest techniques and approaches to developing the information systems of their organizations, and will be competent to lead and manage systems development projects as well as managing less technical functions.

Program Outcomes

The MMIS program goal is to prepare you for management, high-level work and potential leadership in management information systems and related fields, and general management in organizations where information technology is important. The program targets working adults who desire high quality applied MIS education along with solid theory.

Program Objectives

  • prepare for management of IS, IT, and related functions;
  • prepare to be a leader in the integration of IT into the firm to help meet organizational goals;
  • prepare for management of IT planning processes; and
  • prepare general managers of firms for broader strategic uses of IT.

Curriculum

The Prerequisite Phase assesses and ensures your readiness to begin graduate work in management information systems. Prerequisite courses include College Algebra, Financial Accounting, Statistics and a programming language (programming language can be satisfied concurrently with your first year classes—please contact program for details). You may not take MMIS Phase I, II or III program classes until these prerequisite courses have been successfully completed and you are fully admitted to the program. Note: Because this program does not require a GMAT, GRE or equivalent test, a special assessment process has been developed for evaluating your application. This process may generate requirements for admission that include preparatory work in a required discipline that may not count toward graduation. For example, math and written analysis are primary areas of assessment. This preparatory work assures that high quality instruction is maintained throughout the program.

Phase I focuses on the functional disciplines of business and organizations as they apply to modern information systems. It provides a solid grounding in the core IT competencies, management, and marketing theories, processes and skills needed by managers in today's rapidly changing environment.

Phase II consists of relevant electives which you choose to best meet your own educational and career needs. Electives may focus on one of several disciplines or be a mix of courses from a number of topical concentrations. Some electives are prescribed as part of specific tracks—please see Track descriptions for details.

Phase III is the synthesis and capstone phase. The work in this phase calls for you to integrate what you have learned in previous courses and professional experiences to form a coherent picture of IT management within organizations. The program makes use of an innovative applied project to "bring it all together." Effective communication is fundamental to good management, and so you are expected to demonstrate writing skills by completing a written report about your work on this project, which is performed with a cohort.

Course Requirements (44 credits)

Information Management Concentration

Prerequisites

The following prerequisite courses must be completed before you can take any graduate-level courses or be admitted to the MMIS program:

Phase I (28 credits)

Phase II (12 credits)

You will choose 12 elective credits to meet your own IT career goals/needs/choices from the MMIS electives listed in the Schedule. A Two-Year Schedule is provided on the MMIS website which details electives.

Phase III (4 credits)

MIS 699 Integrative Capstone Project (4 credits)

Cohorts are formed each spring semester to do applied IT projects. Twin Cities' organizations are solicited for IT-management-related, systems development or other related projects. Experienced senior faculty oversee teams which determine clients' perceptions and create both team and individual reports.

System Development Concentration

Prerequisites

The following prerequisite courses must be completed before you can complete any graduate classes or be admitted to the MMIS program:

Phase I (30 credits)

Phase II (10 credits)

You will choose 10 elective credits to meet your own IT career needs/choices from the MMIS electives listed in the Schedule. A Two-Year Schedule is provided on the MMIS website which details electives.

Phase III (4 credits)

MIS 699 Integrative Capstone Project (4 credits)

Cohorts are formed each spring semester to do applied IT projects. Twin Cities' organizations are solicited for IT-related, systems development or other related projects. Experienced senior faculty oversee teams which determine clients' perceptions and create both team and individual reports.

Generally, nearly all MMIS courses are available as online courses.

Admission Criteria/Process

Admission Decisions/Categories

The College of Management Graduate Admissions Committee evaluates applications for evidence of undergraduate scholarship, professional experience and demonstrated aptitude for successful graduate business study. Applicants who meet all application requirements, you are given full admission to the program. Applicants who have one or more prerequisite courses to complete and their application otherwise supports the conclusion that they can successfully undertake graduate study, you may be granted conditional admission to the program. Conditionally-admitted students must complete these prerequisites prior to completing any graduate course work. Applicants denied admission may not take graduate level courses in the program.

Registration by Undergraduate Students

With permission of the MMIS Director, students may register for "special" graduate level prerequisite courses during their last semester of undergraduate studies.

Reapplication for Denied Applicants

If an application for admission to the program is denied, the applicant may reapply for admission only after a minimum of six months has passed after the denial. The applicant will need to demonstrate a substantive difference in the reapplication to be considered for admission.

If your application to the program is denied, you may apply for another College of Management graduate program. A new application form must be accompanied by the application fee, a new goals essay, updated resume, two new references and GMAT scores and/or assessment test scores appropriate to the degree for which you are applying.

English and Quantitative Competence Assessment

All College of Management students, except those in special international cohort programs, are expected to demonstrate English and quantitative competence at a level to support success in graduate studies. Applicants whose abilities are assessed to be inadequate for graduate study, you may be required to enroll in appropriate undergraduate courses until their skills have been brought to a satisfactory level. These undergraduate courses must be successfully completed prior to taking any graduate level courses.

COM Graduate Student Orientation

Applicants who are fully admitted to a College of Management graduate program will be required to attend a graduate student orientation session before or during their first semester of course work. If they do not attend an orientation session, a hold will be placed on their records preventing them from registering for further graduate classes until you attend orientation.

Application Requirements

Applicants should allow 7-10 business days for review once all required application materials are received and sent to the College of Management Graduate Admissions Committee.

To be considered for admission you must submit:

  • Application
  • Non-refundable application fee
  • Official transcripts for all colleges/universities attended
  • Test scores
  • Current resume
  • Goals essay
  • References

See Applying to the Program for application packets, details on the requirements, deadlines and International Student application requirements.

Transfer Credits

Once fully admitted, students may transfer up to 8 credits into your graduate program. A course is accepted for transfer only if it has been completed within the last five years from an accredited institution, no degree was granted, and a letter grade of B or better was earned in the course. Courses are accepted in transfer only upon the approval of the Graduate Programs Director in consultation with Director of MMIS Program.

Academic Standing

Students must remain in satisfactory academic standing to continue in a College of Management master's degree or graduate certificate program. Only courses for which they receive a letter grade of C (2.0) or better count toward degree or certificate requirements. The option of a competence/no competence with a narrative transcript is not available to College of Management graduate students. A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 and passing grades (i.e., C or better) for all required courses included in any graduate or certificate programs are required for graduation. Academic standing is calculated at the end of each semester.

Students receiving a letter grade of C+ or below in any graduate course, or who have a cumulative GPA that drops below 3.0, will be placed on academic probation. They will be removed from academic probation when their cumulative GPA rises above 3.0 and they have repeated and passed any required courses for which they received an F.

Required courses for which a student receives an F must be repeated and passed in order to graduate. College of Management master's and graduate certificate students may repeat courses if they receive a grade of C or C+, upon approval of the Graduate Studies Director. If a course is repeated once, only the higher grade is used in computing the grade point average. If a course is repeated a second time, the grade point average includes grades earned in both of the repeat attempts. No course may be taken more than three times.

Dismissal From the Program Due to Unsatisfactory Academic Standing

Students who receive a grade of F in a required course must re-take the course and pass it in order to complete their program and graduate. They have up to one year (or the next time the course is offered) from the time an F was received to re-take the course. Failure to do so may result in dismissal from the program. If a student who received an F cannot complete the course with a passing grade of C or better within the two allowable re-take opportunities, they will be dismissed from the program.

Appeal of Removal from the Program Due to Unsatisfactory Academic Standing

Students who are removed from the program may appeal their removal to the College of Management Dean. The appeal must be made in writing and provide specific grounds for the appeal. The appeal is due to the Dean within 30 days of the date of the letter notifying them of the decision to remove them from the program. The Dean has 30 days to respond in writing to the appeal. Appeals received after 30 days will not be considered.

Readmission after Dismissal

Students who have been dismissed from a graduate program may apply for readmission no sooner than one calendar year after the last semester of study. To reapply, they have to complete the same process that was required for their initial admission and they must meet all the requirements of the Program as of their time of readmission. Readmission decisions are made by the College of Management and are not automatic.

Time to Completion

You have five years from your first semester of graduate study to complete your degree program requirements and two years to complete your certificate requirements. You may request an extension of the time limit by writing to the College of Management Graduate Programs Office. Such requests must be received prior to the expiration of the time limit. Requests for extensions should include your reason(s) for requesting the extension, a summary of your plan to finish graduation requirements, and a specific date for the extension to expire. Extension decisions are made by the College of Management and are not automatic.

College of Management Outstanding Student Award

During your final semester of course work, you may be nominated by the faculty for the College of Management Outstanding Student Award. Nominees are evaluated on the basis of their academic performance in their graduate degree program, as well as achievements in their community and professional contributions. All finalists are recognized in the commencement program, the outstanding student receives special recognition during commencement, and is named as part of a permanent plaque in COM.

Accreditation

Metropolitan State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Higher Learning Commission
30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2400
Chicago, IL 60602-2504
312-263-0456

The MMIS is compatible with the MSIS (Master of Science in Information Systems) 2006 Graduate Curriculum Standards established by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and Association for Information Systems (AIS), which are two key standards-setting bodies in the MIS field.

Faculty

Resident faculty members are primarily:

  • Holders of doctoral degrees in their fields
  • Authors of applied and refereed publications
  • Experienced in their academic fields.

Additionally, the College of Management has a strong community faculty who are fully committed to educational excellence. All community faculty have graduate degrees, either a master's or a doctorate, as well as business expertise in their fields. The College of Management assures the quality of its community faculty through a careful selection process, extensive training through our own Teaching Academy, and regular student evaluations.

Contact Information

Office Location
1300 Harmon Place
Minneapolis, MN 55403
Mailing Address
College of Management
Graduate Programs Office
Metropolitan State University
1501 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55403
Phone: 612-659-7290
Email: com.graduateprograms@metrostate.edu
Website: choose.metrostate.edu/comgradprograms
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