Department of Information Systems and Analysis

Location: 237 Galloway Business Bldg., Phone: (409) 880-8635

Chair: Kakoli Bandyopadhyay, kakoli.bandyopadhyay@lamar.edu

The Department of Information Systems and Analysis offers both a Bachelor of Business Administration major and a minor program in Management Information Systems (MIS). MIS courses are integrated with SAP education through the SAP-University Alliance Program. The following requirements are effective for all students entering or transferring into the MIS program. A minimum GPA of 2.0 is required to enter and remain in this program. A minimum GPA of 2.5 in MIS courses is required to successfully complete the major in MIS. A student can obtain a minor in MIS by completing 18 credit hours of approved courses listed in the Lamar University catalog.

Management Information Systems is the application of technology to solve business problems. An MIS professional will apply technology to integrate and support business functions such as accounting, finance, marketing, and management. MIS students learn to analyze, design, develop, and maintain information systems to support business activities across the organization. MIS students are taught a variety of software such as Oracle, many different SAP modules, Adobe CS5, Tableau, Visible Analyst (CASE tool), Visual Basic, MS Project, MS Office, etc.

Graduates of the MIS program are highly sought after as a result of their training in analysis and problem solving. They contribute to performance improvement of the organizations through planning and implementation of information systems. They are prepared to meet the challenges of a global environment characterized by rapid technological change because they have mastered many professional skills.

The program prepares graduates to communicate effectively both orally and in writing. It requires students to develop interpersonal skills and to apply both qualitative and quantitative techniques to solve business problems in group and team settings.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor projections, jobs in MIS and related areas will grow at a faster rate than most other areas. Careers awaiting the graduate with a Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) degree in Management Information Systems (MIS) include: Systems Analyst, SAP Consultant, IT Project Manager, Database & Data Warehousing Administrator, SAP Business Analyst, Computer Support Specialist, Electronic Commerce Manager, Web Designer, and Customer Support Specialist.

Degrees Offered

Bachelor of Business Administration in Management Information Systems

Master of Science in Management Information Systems

Minor

To receive a minor in MIS, the student must to complete four required courses and two elective courses:

Four required courses (12 hours):

MISY 3310: Principles of Management Information Systems (SAP)
MISY 3340: IS Infrastructure
MISY 3370: IS Analysis and Design
MISY 4370: ERP Overview (SAP)

Two elective courses (6 hours) should be taken from the list below:

MISY 3350/3360: Java Development/Visual Basic Programming
MISY 3395: E-Commerce Design and Development (SAP)
(with MKTG 3350 E-Marketing as a course substitution)
MISY4350: Project Management and Practice
(with MGMT 3340 Project Management as a course substitution)
MISY 4380: IS Development
MISY 4390: Spec Topics in MISY (SAP)

Master of Science in MIS

The Master of Science in Management Information Systems (MIS) will be a 30 hour STEM program designed to provide students with the necessary technical skills to solve business problems. The program, offered 100% online, is specially positioned toward exposing students to Enterprise Systems thereby offering them a competitive edge in the global job market. The students graduating from this program will work as Business Analysts, ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) Consultants, Business Intelligence Designer, Systems Analysts, Data Analysts, etc. Specifically, the objective of an MS in MIS will be to provide a clear and distinctive opportunity to students to enter into a professional career as Enterprise Systems consultant and/or Business Analyst.

Admission Requirements:

  • Applicants with a 3.0 GPA in their Bachelor's degree or a 3.0 in the last 60 hours of their Bachelor's degree, as long as the total Bachelor's degree GPA is no lower than 2.5, will be admitted without a GMAT/GRE requirement. (If an applicant has at least 15 post-graduate hours, these hours may be used in tandem with a Bachelor's degree with a GPA of between 2.5 and 2.999 to establish a GPA in the last 60 hours).
  • Those applicants who do not have the minimum GPA of 3.0 in either the Bachelor's or the last 60 hours but do have a GPA between 2.5 and 2.999 in the last 60 hours will be required to take the GMAT/GRE. New applicants admitted with a GRE/GMAT requirement will be able to take 9 credit hours prior to providing the required GMAT/GRE score.
  • The GMAT/GRE requirement may also be waived for applicants with 3 or more years of professional experience.
  • Our formula for determining admission will take into account the undergraduate GPA and the score on the GMAT: (GPA x 200) + GMAT score = 1,000, and on GRE: (GPA x 50) + GRE Verbal + GRE Quantitative =/or greater than 428.
  • Lamar University undergraduate students will be welcomed to take MS in MIS courses provided they have a minimum 2.75 cumulative undergraduate GPA. Undergraduate students may take a maximum of 9 graduate credit hours before their undergraduate degree is conferred.

How to Apply:

Please apply at www.applytexas.org

To obtain a MS in MIS degree, students must:

Complete the six following REQUIRED courses:

  • MISY 5340 – ERP Overview
  • MISY 5350 – ERP E-Commerce
  • MISY 5360 – Business Intelligence
  • MIS 5370 – Data Mining and Predictive Analytics
  • MISY 5380 – ES/CRM
  • MGMT 5370 – Supply Chain Management

Complete four of the following Elective courses:

  • MISY 5300 – Database Management Systems
  • MISY 5310 – IT Project Management
  • MISY 5315 – Introduction to Programming for Business Solutions
  • MISY 5320 – Information Assurance and Security
  • MISY 5325 – Cybersecurity Management
  • MISY 5330 – Healthcare Information Systems
  • BUAL 5380 – Managerial Decision Making

Scholarships

The department will offer a limited number of graduate assistantships each semester. The criteria for selection will be based on the department's need and the student's qualifications. To hold an assistantship, graduate students must maintain full-time student status. Students who are on academic probation are not eligible for an assistantship.

The department will automatically consider all prospective students who receive an admission offer to the MS-MIS program for these positions. For prospective students, an applicant's admissions application will also serve as his/her application for graduate assistantships. Graduate assistant selections will be made on a competitive basis.