Management Information Systems

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA): 180.0 quarter credits

About the Major

Management information systems (MIS) involves the managing of people and systems related to information technology. The goal is to integrate both areas of expertise and apply the power of technology to solving business problems.

The major in management information systems prepares students for many opportunities in the information technology field and business. These include careers such as information systems managers, IT Business Analyst and Information Systems Consultants. Aimed at producing graduates who bridge the gap between technical knowledge and business functions, the program focuses on a mix of applied computer systems content, interpersonal interaction, and a practical business orientation.

While administered by the Department of Management, the major in management information systems is interdisciplinary in nature. The courses may be taken by students in other colleges and departments who wish to complement other computer-related studies with business-oriented information systems subjects.

Drexel is a particularly exciting place to pursue any computer-oriented major. Drexel made history as the first university in the nation to require every student to have access to a personal computer. Today, Drexel’s leadership continues with academic software development and major investments in the information infrastructure. Drexel University is a campus where computers are an integral part of all education, not just computer courses.

Degree Requirements 

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) Degree Requirements
General Education Requirements
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: The Craft of Persuasion3.0
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Thematic Analysis Across Genres3.0
COM 270 [WI] Business Communication3.0
MATH 101Introduction to Analysis I4.0
MATH 102Introduction to Analysis II4.0
PHIL 105Critical Reasoning3.0
PSY 101General Psychology I3.0
UNIV B101 [WI] The Drexel Experience1.0
UNIV B201Career Management1.0
English literature elective ENGL 200 through ENGL 3993.0
Fine Arts elective3.0
History (HIST) elective3.0
Select two of the following:6.0
Applied Cells, Genetics & Physiology
Applied Biological Diversity, Ecology & Evolution
Applied Chemistry
Applied Physics
General Education Electives
Students select seven (21.0 credits) general education electives, with a minimum of one course in each of the following three categories. Students take the remaining 12.0 credits from any of the topics listed under Additional General Education Electives.
Society and Culture
Communication, English, Fine Arts, International Area Studies, Language or Philosophy3.0
Social Science
Anthropology, History, Sociology, Political Science, Psychology3.0
Science
Computer Science, Information Systems, Science3.0
Additional General Education Electives
Twelve (12) credits must be earned by taking 4 courses from the following topics: Communication, English, Fine Arts, International Area Studies, Language, Philosophy, Anthropology, History, Sociology, Political Science, Psychology, Computer Science, Information Systems, Math, Science12.0
Business Requirements
ACCT 115Financial Accounting Foundations4.0
ACCT 116Managerial Accounting Foundations4.0
BUSN 101Foundations of Business I (Online students take BUSN 111)4.0
BUSN 102Foundations of Business II (Online students take BUSN 112)4.0
BLAW 201Business Law I4.0
ECON 201Principles of Microeconomics4.0
ECON 202Principles of Macroeconomics4.0
FIN 301Introduction to Finance4.0
INTB 200International Business4.0
MGMT 450Strategy and Competitive Advantage4.0
MIS 200Management Information Systems4.0
MKTG 301Introduction to Marketing Management4.0
OPM 200Operations Management4.0
ORGB 300 [WI] Organizational Behavior4.0
STAT 201Introduction to Business Statistics4.0
Select one of the following:4.0
Business Consulting
Introduction to Entrepreneurship
Management Simulation
Business Statistics II
Major Requirements
Eight required courses (See Major Requirements list below)32.0
Free Electives20.0
Total Credits180.0

 

Management Information Systems Major Required Courses
MIS 342Systems Analysis and Design4.0
MIS 343Database Design and Implementation4.0
MIS 346Management Information Systems Strategy4.0
MIS 347Domestic and Global Outsourcing Management4.0
Select four of the following: *16.0
Visual Basic Database Programming for Business
Linear Models for Decision Making
Technology Management
Business Plan for Entrepreneurs
Management Simulation
Total Credits32.0

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Students select from the following courses, or any other course at LeBow with the program manager's permission.


Sample Plan of Study

 

Term 1Credits
BUSN 101Foundations of Business I4.0
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
MATH 101Introduction to Analysis I4.0
UNIV B101 [WI] The Drexel Experience1.0
Select one of the following:3.0
Applied Cells, Genetics & Physiology
Applied Biological Diversity, Ecology & Evolution
 
Applied Chemistry 
Applied Physics 
 Term Credits15.0
Term 2
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: The Craft of Persuasion3.0
BUSN 102Foundations of Business II4.0
MATH 102Introduction to Analysis II4.0
Select one of the following:3.0
Applied Cells, Genetics & Physiology
Applied Biological Diversity, Ecology & Evolution
 
Applied Chemistry 
Applied Physics 
 Term Credits14.0
Term 3
ACCT 115
or ECON 201
Financial Accounting Foundations
Principles of Microeconomics
4.0
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Thematic Analysis Across Genres3.0
PSY 101General Psychology I3.0
General education elective3.0
Society and culture elective3.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 4
ACCT 115
or ECON 201
Financial Accounting Foundations
Principles of Microeconomics
4.0
ACCT 116
or ECON 202
Managerial Accounting Foundations
Principles of Macroeconomics
4.0
STAT 201Introduction to Business Statistics4.0
History (HIST) elective3.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 5
BLAW 201Business Law I4.0
MIS 200Management Information Systems4.0
Social science elective3.0
ECON 202
or ACCT 116
Principles of Macroeconomics
Managerial Accounting Foundations
4.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 6
COM 270 [WI] Business Communication3.0
INTB 200International Business4.0
MKTG 301Introduction to Marketing Management4.0
OPM 200Operations Management4.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 7
FIN 301Introduction to Finance4.0
ORGB 300 [WI] Organizational Behavior4.0
Science elective3.0
Free elective 4.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 8
MIS 342Systems Analysis and Design4.0
MIS 346Management Information Systems Strategy4.0
PHIL 105Critical Reasoning3.0
Free elective 4.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 9
MIS 343Database Design and Implementation4.0
MIS 347Domestic and Global Outsourcing Management4.0
General Education elective3.0
Free elective4.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 10
Management Information Systems (MIS) Major Course*4.0
Management Information Systems (MIS) Major Course*4.0
Select one of the following:4.0
Business Consulting 
Introduction to Entrepreneurship 
Management Simulation 
Business Statistics II 
General education elective3.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 11
MGMT 450Strategy and Competitive Advantage4.0
ENGL 200 - ENGL 399 course 3.0
Management Information Systems (MIS) Major Course*4.0
Free elective 4.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 12
UNIV B201Career Management1.0
Management Information Systems (MIS) Major Course*4.0
Fine arts elective 3.0
General education elective3.0
Free electives 4.0
 Term Credits15.0
Total Credit: 180.0

 

*

 *See course options in the list of degree requirements.


Co-op/Career Opportunities

Career opportunities exist in a wide range of business settings. Students prepare for careers as managers of information resource units, or as staff members who develop and support computer systems.

Recent Management Information System (MIS) graduates have gone on to work for many types of businesses and other organizations. Some job titles include: MIS designer, systems analyst, project leader, telecommunications administrator, information center manager, database administrator, decision-support system consultant. Some MIS students also choose to continue their studies with an MBA; recent Drexel MIS graduates are now attending Columbia, Princeton, and the University of Pennsylvania.

Visit the Drexel Steinbright Career Development Center page for more detailed information on co-op and post-graduate opportunities.

Minor in Management Information Systems 

Requirements

  • No more than 2 courses or 8.0 credits required by a student’s major may be counted towards this minor.
  • A grade of “C” (2.0) or better must be earned for each course in this minor for it to be counted.
  • No more than two transfer courses may be used to complete this minor. Transfer credits must be taken before matriculated at Drexel.
  • Students should check the pre-requisites of all classes when selecting electives. It is the responsibility of the student to know pre-requisites.
  • Business administration and business & engineering students may complete any of the business minors, including:  accounting, business, economics, entrepreneurship, finance, international economics, legal studies, management information systems, marketing, and operations & supply chain management.
  • Cannot do a major and a minor in the same field of study. 

All prospective students should meet with an advisor from the College as soon as possible. Call 215.895.2110 to set up an appointment.



Required Courses
MIS 200Management Information Systems4.0
MIS 342Systems Analysis and Design4.0
MIS 343Database Design and Implementation4.0
MIS 346Management Information Systems Strategy4.0
MIS 347Domestic and Global Outsourcing Management4.0
MIS 348Visual Basic Database Programming for Business4.0
Total Credits24.0

Facilities

In fall 2013, LeBow College opened its 12-story, Gerri C. LeBow Hall, with a finance trading lab, behavioral studies lab and integrated teaching technology in all classrooms. The new building features two lecture halls, 15 classrooms of varying sizes and seating configurations, including case study rooms and cluster classrooms designed to facilitate group work. Other amenities consist of extensive areas of student spaces, including 12 collaboration rooms, two quiet study areas, and 3,500 square feet of student lounges. Gerri C. LeBow Hall brings together faculty, students and staff, in a state of the art building on the University City campus.


Courses

MIS 200 Management Information Systems 4.0 Credits

Introductory course to Management of Information Systems, a core business function. The course examines how information systems (i.e., information technology, people, procedures, and data) help add value to an organization, and integrate the various functional areas of a business (e.g., accounting, marketing, etc.).

College/Department: LeBow College of Business
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

MIS 250 Introduction to Enterprise Application Software Using SAP 4.0 Credits

This course introduces students to the SAP Business Suite and the fundamental concepts of enterprise application software. We will use a hands-on, case study approach to exploring SAP ERP (enterprise resource planning) capabilities such as financials, operations and human capital management. In addition, we will discuss associated SAP applications like Customer Relationship Management and Supply Chain Management, as well as touching on related solutions such as Analytics, Cloud Computing and In-Memory Computing (SAP HANA). After completing this course, students will be equipped with practical skills and competencies for careers in business and IT where SAP software is universal.

College/Department: LeBow College of Business
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

MIS 341 Microcomputer Technologies for Business 4.0 Credits

Builds on the introductory MIS course. Covers computer hardware, software, and networking technologies in considerable detail. Discusses client/server computing, including network operating systems, middleware, and DBMSs, as well as how these technologies can be cost-effectively and efficiently deployed in business contexts. Uses hands-on labs.

College/Department: LeBow College of Business
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman
Prerequisites: MIS 300 [Min Grade: D] or MIS 200 [Min Grade: D]

MIS 342 Systems Analysis and Design 4.0 Credits

Introduces structured and object-oriented systems analysis and design methodologies in classroom and hands-on lab settings. Discusses system life-cycle concepts and techniques such as dataflow diagrams, structure charts, and E-R diagrams. Also covers object-oriented design, prototyping, and rapid application development approaches.

College/Department: LeBow College of Business
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman
Prerequisites: MIS 300 [Min Grade: D] or MIS 200 [Min Grade: D]

MIS 343 Database Design and Implementation 4.0 Credits

Covers data and file structures, object-oriented database design, and the use of SQL for querying databases. Discusses logical and physical database design and offers hands-on experience with commercial database management systems (DBMSs).

College/Department: LeBow College of Business
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman
Prerequisites: MIS 200 [Min Grade: D] or MIS 300 [Min Grade: D]

MIS 344 Networking Technologies for Business 4.0 Credits

Introduces networking concepts and technologies. Examines the OSI reference model, networking protocols and topologies, and networking operating systems (NOSs). Compares local, campus, metropolitan, and wide-area networks and the newest devices they use. Also includes hands-on use of a leasing NOS.

College/Department: LeBow College of Business
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman
Prerequisites: MIS 300 [Min Grade: D] or MIS 200 [Min Grade: D]

MIS 345 Client/Server Computing for Business 4.0 Credits

Examines client/server architecture and discusses how it may be successfully developed and deployed. Examines the technological infrastructure of C/S systems such as networks and middleware in hands-on lab settings.

College/Department: LeBow College of Business
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman
Prerequisites: MIS 300 [Min Grade: D] or MIS 200 [Min Grade: D]

MIS 346 Management Information Systems Strategy 4.0 Credits

To discuss Management of Information Systems, and then to elaborate on its application to organizational change, especially to reengineering. This course will introduce the student to central aspects of MIS policy and strategy in the first part of the course and then use these concepts to understand reengineering in the latter part of the course.

College/Department: LeBow College of Business
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

MIS 347 Domestic and Global Outsourcing Management 4.0 Credits

To introduce the student to issues in managing the outsourcing of Information Systems. This will be done in a mixture of lectures and student team presentations. The lectures will introduce the students to some of the central themes of outsourcing IS by summarizing current literature. Parallel to these lectures students will form study teams to investigate other important topics of IS outsourcing through a guided literature reading.

College/Department: LeBow College of Business
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

MIS 348 Visual Basic Database Programming for Business 4.0 Credits

To introduce Business students to the basic concepts of programming, object oriented thinking, and database programming in the context of business applications.

College/Department: LeBow College of Business
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

MIS 349 Predictive Business Analytics with Relational Database Data 4.0 Credits

Data mining is about creating new information by examining datasets to identify patterns and unknown questions they relate to by applying data modeling and statistical tools. The objective of this course is to introduce students to data mining through Base Programming, applied statistics, and data visualization methods in SAS.

College/Department: LeBow College of Business
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: (MIS 200 [Min Grade: D] or MIS 300 [Min Grade: D]) and (STAT 202 [Min Grade: D] or STAT 206 [Min Grade: D]) and MIS 343 [Min Grade: D]

MIS 350 Advanced Topics in Enterprise Application Software Using SAP 4.0 Credits

This course goes beyond the basics of enterprise resource planning (ERP) and explores some of the most advanced and timely topics of enterprise application software, such as Analytics / Business Intelligence, Cloud / On-Demand Computing, "Big Data" / In-Memory Computing and Mobile Applications. After completing this course, students will have a good understanding of many of the challenges facing corporate business and IT and how the latest SAP products provide solutions to these challenges.

College/Department: LeBow College of Business
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: (MIS 200 [Min Grade: D] or MIS 300 [Min Grade: D]) and MIS 250 [Min Grade: D]

MIS 351 Introduction to Programming for Business in C# 4.0 Credits

This course is an introductory course to the process and tools necessary to build a complete information system given a specification. In this course, you will learn basic concepts and techniques in computer programming. This course selects Microsoft Visual Studio.Net and C# as the software development environment and programming language. This language and development system is a complete suite of tools for creating stand-alone applications, portions of larger systems, independent objects, complete distributed systems, and active components of the World Wide Web.

College/Department: LeBow College of Business
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: MIS 200 [Min Grade: D] or MIS 300 [Min Grade: D]

MIS 352 Advanced Business Programming with ASP.Net 4.0 Credits

This course builds on the earlier Business Programming with ASP.NET course. Microsoft’s ASP.NET is the major web application framework used to develop web-based business applications. This course introduces the student more advanced topics in business application development. In the earlier course, students learned how to build basic web-based applications using web forms, this course moves on to building application logic using C# and connecting to the back-end databases that store corporate data. Students who complete both sequence courses will have to ability to participate in building all components of Web-.

College/Department: LeBow College of Business
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: (MIS 200 [Min Grade: D] or MIS 300 [Min Grade: D]) and MIS 351 [Min Grade: D]

MIS 361 Information System Project Management 4.0 Credits

The course is structured around the key phases of a project lifecycle – initiating a project, planning a project, executing a project, controlling a project, and closing out a project. It also pays specific attention to the nine knowledge areas of Project Management as defined by the Project Management Institute (PMI)’s Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK): project scope, cost, time, integration, quality, communication, risk, human resources, and procurement management. Additionally, students will be introduced with choices in project management approaches (such as SAP Project Management and APM.

College/Department: LeBow College of Business
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: MIS 200 [Min Grade: D] or MIS 300 [Min Grade: D]

MIS 481 Special Topics in Management Information Systems 1.0-4.0 Credit

College/Department: LeBow College of Business
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if classification is Junior or Senior.

MIS 498 Special Topics in MIS 3.0 Credits

This course covers topics of particular interest to information systems students.

College/Department: LeBow College of Business
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if classification is Junior or Senior.

MIS 499 Independent Study 1.0-4.0 Credit

Independent Study.

College/Department: LeBow College of Business
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if classification is Junior or Senior.

Management Faculty

Shanti Dewi Anak Agung Istri, PhD (Georgia Institute of Technology ). Assistant Professor. Technology commercialization; technology entrepreneurship.
Murugan Anandarajan, PhD (Drexel University) Head of Department, Management. Professor. Individual Internet usage behavior (specifically abuse and addiction); Application of artificial intelligence techniques in forensic accounting and ophthalmology.
Orakwue B. Arinze, PhD (London School of Economics). Professor. Client/Server computing; Enterprise Application Software (EAS)/Enterprise Resource Planning Software (ERP); knowledge-based and decision support applications in operations management.
Suresh Chandran, PhD. Associate Clinical Professor. Corporate entrepreneurship; corporate social responsibility; global management; intellectual property and employee rights.
Qizhi Dai, PhD (University of Minnesota). Associate Professor. Business to Business E-Commerce; information technology adoption; economic analysis of information systems.
Donna Marie De Carolis, PhD (Temple University) Dean, Close School of Entrepreneurship. Professor. Pharmaceutical/biotechnology industries; entrepreneurship; technology & strategy; technology commercialization, strategic alliances; social capital.
David Gefen, PhD (Georgia State University). Professor. Strategic IT management; IT development and implementation management; research methodology; managing the adoption of large IT systems, such as MRP II, ERP, and expert systems; research methodology.
Azi Gera, PhD (University of Maryland). Assistant Professor. Business planning, new venture performance and survival, social networking, cognition and strategy, determinants of firm performance, attention based view, business angles and VC firms, interfirm signaling, private equity investments.
Cuneyt Gozu, PhD (University of Albany). Associate Clinical Professor.
Jeffrey H. Greenhaus, PhD (New York University) William A. Mackie Professor of Management. Professor. Career management, career decision making, work-family linkages, managing diversity,career and adult life development, organizational behavior/human resources, job design, models of work motivation and job attitudes, human resource staffing.
Mazhar Islam, PhD (University of Minnesota). Assistant Professor. New markets in emerging countries, alliances, corporate entrepreneurship, emerging countries, pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry, technological innovation, transaction cost economics.
Robert W. Keidel, PhD (Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania). Clinical Professor. Organization design and change, management of technology, strategic cognition.
Keisha Liggett-Nichols, EDB (Georgia State University). Associate Clinical Professor. Corporate entrepreneurship, determinants of firm performance, evidence-based management.
Frank Linnehan, PhD (Temple University) Interim Dean, LeBow College of Business. Professor. Affirmative action; workforce diversity; equal employment; school-to-work transitions for younger workers. Research focuses on issues of race and diversity in the workplace.
Yu-Chieh Lo, PhD (University of Southern California). Assistant Professor. Organization theory, technology entrepreneurship.
Mark Loschiavo, MS (University of Kentucky). Clinical Professor. Business planning; new venture performance and survival; strategic management; strategic thinking; technology entrepreneurship.
Dali Ma, PhD (University of Chicago). Assistant Professor. Status dynamics, social networks, founding team formation; venture capital syndication; family business; Chinese private entrepreneurship.
Michele K. Masterfano, DBA (Argosy University of Sarasolta). Associate Clinical Professor. Entrepreneurship/small business administration, business planning, social capital, social networking.
Mary Mawritz, PhD (University of Central Florida). Assistant Professor. Abusive supervision; deviant behavior; leadership.
Suchet Nadkarni, PhD (University of Kansas). Associate Professor. Strategic management, cognition and strategy.
V. K. Narayanan, PhD (University of Pittsburgh) Delloitte Touche Jones Stubbs Professor; Associate Dean of Research, Department of Management. Corporate and business strategy; management of technology and innovation; strategy implementation; macro environmental analysis; knowledge management; competitor analysis and intelligence.
Haemin Park, PhD (University of Washington). Assistant Professor. Corporate entrepreneurship; IPO; knowledge-based view of the firm; new venture performance and survival; technology entrepreneurship; venture capital.
Christian Resick, PhD (Wayne State University). Associate Professor. Linkages between CEO personality with organizational culture, climate, and effectiveness; cross-cultural studies of ethical leadership beliefs and behaviors; roles of team leadership and member personality in building shared cognition and effective teamwo
Stanley Ridgley, PhD (Duke University). Assistant Clinical Professor. Business communication; cognition and strategy; competitive intelligence; determinants of firm performance; new markets in emerging countries; Russian business culture.
Raja Roy, PhD (University of Pittsburgh). Assistant Professor. Technology entrepreneurship, determinants of firm performance, technological change, technological innovation.
Samir Shah, DPS (Pace University). Associate Clinical Professor.
Daniel Tzabbar, PhD (University of Toronto). Assistant Professor. Business planning, social capital, technology entrepreneurship, alliances, human capital, innovation management, strategic management.
Joan Weiner, PhD (The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania). Professor. Business ethics, leadership, communication and decision making; educational innovation; health system management design.
Jonathan C. Ziegert, PhD (University of Maryland). Associate Professor. Leadership; team dynamics; group performance; attraction and recruitment; discrimination.

Emeritus Faculty

Sidney R. Siegel, PhD (Drexel University). Professor Emeritus. Organizational change, development and behavior.
Milton Silver, PhD (Columbia University). Professor Emeritus. Strategic planning and control systems, analysis and design of information systems, and executive and management development and training.
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