Explore Management Information Systems (B.S.)
Today's organizations are seeking professionals who can bridge the gaps between business and information technology. Designed to meet the needs of today’s businesses, Champlain’s online bachelor’s in management information systems degree will help you advance your career in this growing field, and allow you to bring more to the table than your valuable technical skills as both an experienced business and information technology professional.
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Graduates of Champlain's management information systems online program will gain the skills needed to manage and plan an organization's technology needs, in addition to subject matter expertise in a specialization of your choice. With a focus on both foundational business and technical skills (including knowledge of 7+ key applications, platforms, and programming languages, listed below), in addition to key soft skills like problem-solving and critical-thinking, you'll emerge from the program as a well-rounded employee prepared to tackle today's IT challenges, and with a diverse skill set that can carry you through your career.
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Pursue Your Management Information Systems Career
Computer and information technology occupations are projected to grow 12% from 2018 to 2028, much faster than the average for all new occupations, as a result of an increased business focus on cloud computer, data collection and storage, and information security. The median annual salary for these occupations is over $86,000.*
Graduates of Champlain's online management information systems degree program will be prepared to work as information systems managers in fields such as finance and insurance, the information sector, company and enterprise management, and government.
*Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), 2019; job titles: Payscale, 2019
Top Jobs for Bachelor's in Management Information Systems Graduates
- Database Administration
- Information Security Analyst
- IT Business Analyst
- IT Manager
- Project Manager, Information Technology
- Systems Administrator
- Software Developer
- Software Engineer
Learn more about Champlain's 100% online management information systems bachelor's degree, designed for working professionals.
Champlain's online management information systems courses encompass the top skills needed by today's IT professionals. Graduates of the program are required to complete the following courses.
IT Courses (33 credits):
- Networking Fundamentals
- Introduction to Python
- Business Information Systems & Security
- Enterprise Database Systems
- Information Systems Design (15-week course)
- Information Systems Development (15-week course)
- Intro to Operating Systems
- Windows Server Administration I or Linux Systems Administration I
- Information Systems Analysis & Design
- Network Design
- Relational Database Design & SQL
- Usability in Website and Software Design
Business Courses (33 credits):
- Financial Accounting
- Managerial Accounting
- Business Information Systems and Security
- Business Law I
- Managing Behavior in Organizations
- Project Management I
- Managing Talent
- Revenue, Profitability & Customer Satisfaction
- Principles of Marketing
- Business Elective
General Education Courses (54 credits):
- Interpersonal Communication
- Intercultural Communication
- Critical Reading & Expository Writing I
- Critical Reading & Expository Writing II
- Writing in the Workplace
- Intro. to Psychology or Intro. to Sociology
- Introduction to Statistics (15-week course)
- Ethics in the Professions
- Technical Writing
- Microeconomics or Macroeconomics
- Hum/Sci/Math Electives (9 credits required)
- Lab Science (4 credits required)
- General Electives (11 credits required)
Management Information Systems Course Descriptions:
This course provides students with an understanding of the many different devices and technologies, from historical to emerging, that are required to design and build networks. In a broad survey of concepts and terminology, students will learn about topology, communications, protocols, and security, and to diagram basic networks to specification.
From day one, students in this course are problem solving, first in terms of algorithmic design and then as early as week two via programming in the latest version of Python, using PyCharm. Students begin by writing a program to have a conversation, having strings and numbers as input, and advance, by week seven, to building a working password saver program, capable of looking up, adding (and encrypting), and storing passwords.
In this course, students must use previously acquired and new, advanced skills in SQL (Structured Query Language) to modify an existing database to the needs of a client. Students write stored procedures and common table expressions, and learn to debug, rollback and use system stored procedures.
In the first of two capstone courses for the Management Information Systems (MIS) degree, students explore the role, types, and planning and development of MIS. Individual and team assignments reinforce learning of key concepts related to strategic initiatives and global trends, supply chain management, and innovative organizations and e-business initiatives.
In the second of two capstone courses for the Management Information Systems (MIS) degree, students design, plan, and develop a project that addresses a contemporary computer information system industry challenge and management problem. Students must consider people, processes and technology, including ethics and security, and present their proposals and solutions to the class and instructor.
Use Windows? Want to know more about Linux and or Apple? In this course, students don't just read about other operating systems, they step out of their comfort zones and develop a working knowledge of their structure and functionality. As part of these activities, students also learn how to use VMware and, in the case of students without access to Apple hardware, resources offered in the cloud as a services. Students also survey/compare mobile device operating systems.
This hands-on course will cover the fundamentals, of current Windows server systems and network administration. Topics will include the basics of installing the operating system, adding and managing users and groups, installing and managing services, Windows security objects and permissions, disaster recovery, and migration from previous versions of the operating system.
A hands-on course covering key components of the Linux operating system. Through hands-on activities students will gain a working knowledge of the Linux operating system. Topics include installation and configuration of Linux, using common commands and graphical interfaces, installing common server applications, User and group account management, as well as performance monitoring and security systems.
This course covers the fundamentals of systems analysis while emphasizing the role of communication and other soft skills needed in IT and in business overall to be successful. The topics are useful for anyone who is involved in developing software system requirements and architectures (e.g., users, technical managers, product managers, technical leads, programmers, other software project team members, and clients).
Examines the basic principles and methodologies used in the design of both local and wide area networks. Topics include network options, analysis, component and protocol selection, performance considerations and RFP development.
NETW-250 or NETW-260
Learn the basics and more in this course on Relational Database Management Systems (RDBMS) and SQL (Structured Query Language). Students propose a final project in the first module and then work, week-by-week, to design, create, and populate the database. Then, students learn to create queries and stored procedures.
Websites have three functions - to facilitate, enable and persuade - and are only useful if they can connect people and achieve definite goals. In this course, students learn to understand the concept of usability, and the roles of interaction, users, communication and collaboration as well as how to evaluate usability, and observe and test users.
WEBD-215 OR SDEV-230
Accounting is the language of business. This course introduces the student to accounting from the point of view of the user of financial reports and is appropriate for personal as well as business applications. Students explore the impact of transactions on the financial position and profitability of a business, and analyze financial reports of real-world corporations.
Managerial accounting focuses on the needs of management for accounting information to make informed decisions in the internal operations of a company. Topics include decision-making, accounting for planning and control, cost-volume-profit relationships, and budgeting.
Provides an overview of the entire legal system, with an emphasis on contract rights. Discusses the essential elements of a contract, the breach of contracts and the remedies for breach. Presents business and consumer laws, including white-collar crime, landlord-tenant rights, real property interests and administrative law.
There are two ways to view behavior in organizations: cultural/interpretive and technical/rational. Students will explore both views, how they explain and predict organizational behavior and the management approaches they inform. Within these contexts, students will explore team and individual behaviors, ethical and diversity issues in the workplace, and how to foster success in the face of significant change. Students will apply course concepts to real-world scenarios and their personal experiences.
Organizations value project management skills for all employees because these skills make everyone more effective and efficient. You will be introduced to skills that define a project's scope, specifications and assumptions. You will also learn to develop a work breakdown structure and task plan, and to schedule and control the, project. These skills can be used immediately, in work and home life.
Talent management is the process of attracting and retaining talented employees, and cultivating critical knowledge and skills, recognizing that employees' talents and skills drive business success. Using a manager's strategic perspective, students study how to recognize and develop employees' talents, evaluate performance and influence behavior within regulatory constraints. Additionally, they focus on the interrelationship between organizational culture and traditional human resources topics. Other themes include related ethical issues, the global workforce and links between social responsibility, culture and business success.
MGMT-210 or permission of CPS Associate Dean.
Successful organizations identify new customers while continuing to satisfy existing ones. Building on information from their marketing course, students study this key business process. Topics include lead generation, customer relationship management, customer service support and related performance measurements and technologies. Assignments and discussion require application and synthesis of knowledge, and include global issues such as international sales, managing the process across organizational borders and related outsourcing issues. Students are also introduced to the process model and the related systems perspective.
Marketing is the process that moves goods/services from concept through customer, while considering the customer's needs and satisfaction. Students learn marketing terminology and principles including the marketing mix (product, price, place and promotion) and the Four C's (create,connect,change and cancel). Marketing knowledge is reinforced through application, and students have an opportunity to integrate these principles with managerial accounting concepts. The impact of ethical issues, diversity, globalization and social responsibility on marketing decisions will also be examined.
Students will study the basic concepts and theories of communication, and learn to apply this knowledge to improve their relationships with others through everyday communication. Specifically, students will learn how to interpret people's verbal and nonverbal behavior more accurately, and to be more aware of how others interpret communicative behavior. They will learn how to listen actively with empathy, and how to interact effectively and appropriately with others from different social and cultural backgrounds. Students will also explore how to use communication as a tool to develop their relationships and self-concepts, and how to manage conflict using specific communicative strategies.
This course builds on COM 130, but with an emphasis on how to develop skills for communicating competently in an increasingly diverse society. Students will explore how culture is communicated verbally and non-verbally, and how to interpret and understand culturally-specific communicative practices. They will also learn how to establish, develop and manage relationships with culturally different peoples, and how to recognize and overcome cultural stereotypes and prejudices.
Complete COMM-130 or COM-100.
Develops the ability to use writing for learning, thinking, and communicating. Includes an emphasis on critical reading of various texts for meaning, form, and voice. In order to discover their writing voices so they may communicate at a college level, students write several short formal and informal papers in response to their reading. They react to and summarize texts, develop and organize ideas, incorporate the ideas of others, revise and edit.
In addition to building on the skills learned in the first semester, this second-semester course develops the ability to write essays with an emphasis on research, critical reading and thinking. Students continue to learn strategies for writing texts that are clear, coherent, comprehensive, creative, concise and correct for a specific audience and purpose.
Specific application of common tools for writing in the working world. Students will be instructed in rhetorical strategies of professional writing including style, report formats, editing, document design, and integration of visual aids. Students will complete a semester-long writing project; oral and written reports associated with the process of problem-solving within the project will be included.
ENGL-112 or COR-125
A survey of the science of psychology, including an overview of human behavior in various areas such as physiopsychology, development, learning social psychology, personality and abnormal behavior.
A study of human groups, culture, the self, and human interaction. The course focuses on contemporary American society and the influence of culture on our actions and beliefs, with the goal of fostering critical thinking about our social environment.
How to collect, organize, analyze, and interpret data in order to make decisions about the world. Topics include descriptive statistics, probability, discrete probability distributions, normal probability distributions, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing with one sample, hypothesis testing with two samples, correlation, regression, chi square tests, and analysis of variance.
Students will become familiar with arguments originating from the following schools of ethics: virtue ethics, deontology, and utilitarianism. Students will apply these ethical schools of thought to formulate arguments, practice deliberation and assess the implications of their decisions for various stakeholders in a professional context.
Must have 75 completed credits or permission of Program Director.
This course introduces students to the fundamental elements of technical writing (clear, concise, and targeted)that are common among seven forms of technical communication: email correspondence, editing,employment communication, proposals, long, formal reports,oral communication, and inventions. Through peer reviews and writing workshops, students develop the ability to write and edit text that precisely targets its audience. This course emphasizes deepening and broadening students' writing, speaking, and thinking abilities in a non-lecture-based, hands-on, discussion-centered classroom.
ENGL-112 or COR-125
Discusses the nature and method of economics with emphasis on microeconomic theory. Focus is on demand, supply, market equilibrium, elasticity, costs of production and resource pricing. Examines the market structures of pure competition, oligopoly and monopoly.
A general survey course that covers theories and applications of macroeconomics. Business firms, international economics, labor and government are included. Also examines monetary policy, taxes, public finances, economic output and growth, and international trade in the world economy.
Graduates of the management information systems bachelor's online program will demonstrate the following skills, knowledge, and competencies:
- Explain complex software within the context of business user needs through training presentations and written documentation.
- Understand relationships between programming languages and information systems.
- Identify current and emerging technologies, analyze existing systems, and design new technology solutions to meet organizational goals.
- Evaluate and compare the strengths and weaknesses of common computer operating systems, perform basic system configuration and server administration tasks, and assess the integration of Internet technologies into all levels of a business.
- Effectively use databases and database management systems to organize, store, and retrieve data.
- Support and defend an original proposal for the operation and maintenance of an enterprise-level database system, including policies for audits, security, backup, repair and replication.
- Perform basic and moderate system configuration and server administration tasks to a network operating system.
- Identify current and emerging technologies and apply them to today's organizations; examine fundamental processes and functional business units in modern and emerging business technology models.
- Explain the various roles management information systems have toward advancing strategic goals and the operational success of an organization.
- Map information system interfaces among organizational units to integrate business functions across an enterprise.
- Evaluate the integration of web-based technologies into business at every level, from manufacturing, supply chain, and inventory management to customer relationships.
- Interpret financial statements of business entities using financial management information systems concepts; use mathematical and statistical analyses in business problem-solving models.
- Plan and control the operation of business organizations through the use of management information systems information; apply project management methods in complex systems development environments.
- Understand the legal environment that exists for U.S. businesses and the obligations of parties under contractual agreements; apply professional ethical codes of conduct as appropriate to industry and organizational environments.
- Research information to create context for informed organizational decision- making.
- Work effectively in project teams to implement IT solutions that address business priorities.
- Acquire in-demand technical, analytical and soft skills employers want - such as communication, creativity, critical thinking, and collaboration - in general education courses that are a part of this degree.
- Linux Server
- Relational Database Management System (RDBMS)
- SQL (Structured Query Language)
- Windows Server
Champlain College Online's management information systems faculty, led by Dr. Albert Orbinati, are expert practitioners in the field. Their industry expertise ensures that our curriculum is aligned with the needs of employers, and reflects the skills today’s management information systems professionals need for success. Classes led by our seasoned experts will give you real-world insight into the world of information technology, and create a rich community of career-focused learning.
Alumni of the Champlain College Online bachelor's in computer and information systems program work in corporations, small businesses, government organizations, and nonprofits nationwide, including:
- CACI International
- IBM Corporation
- Keurig Dr. Pepper
- New London Hospital
- Red Hat, Inc.
- State of Vermont
- Sun Life Financial
- U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
- Vested Technologies
Titles our alumni hold include:
- Business Analyst
- Computer Systems Engineer
- Customer Experience Specialist
- Enterprise Architect
- Financial Program Specialist
- Manager Network Operations
- Information Security Support
- IT Project Manager
- Production Associate
- Senior Accounts Coordinator
- Senior Systems Engineer
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Meet the Program Director
Kathleen HydeMCIS MBA
- Cybersecurity (Graduate Certificates)
- Computer Forensics & Digital Investigations (B.S., Certificates)
- Computer Information Systems (B.S.)
- Information Security Operations (M.S.)
- Management Information Systems (B.S.)
- Web Design & Development (A.S., B.S., Certificates)
Kathleen Hyde, MCIS, MBA, is the Chair of Cybersecurity Programs for Champlain College Online. She is responsible for the online cybersecurity and computer forensics and digital investigations undergraduate programs, as well as the M.S. in digital forensic science program.
As program director, Ms. Hyde maintains the cybersecurity and digital forensic programs' competitive and relevant edge, promotes the growth of the nation's cybersecurity workforce, and shares her passion for lifelong learning by teaching several online classes.
For more than 20 years, Ms. Hyde has provided consulting services in cybersecurity, data recovery, business continuity, and digital forensics to government, retail, finance, professional, and residential customers. She has also served as an instructor for Champlain's cybersecurity program and a subject-matter expert for course development for the past three years. Her areas of expertise and interest include insider threat detection, emerging threats and defenses, digital privacy and surveillance, and cybersecurity for educators.
Ms. Hyde holds both an MBA and an M.S. in Computer Information Studies from the University of Phoenix.
"Sometimes I got up early and used 5AM to 7AM to do my homework, and then if I had a break throughout the day, I could hop on my phone or tablet and access the online classroom through the app. Champlain makes going to school really accessible and easy."
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