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MIS Degree - Management Information Sciences

Management Information Systems Degree - MIS Degree Program Online Program OverviewProgram DetailsWhy Choose Franklin

Become a catalyst for technology-driven business improvements

As businesses march into the future, it’s the firms that build competitive strength at the intersection of technology and business competencies that will have the edge. Leading the way are a new breed of managers that help companies navigate the effective and strategic use of technology.

Franklin University’s Management Information Sciences (MIS) Major equips you to understand technology and harness that knowledge to help businesses gain competitive advantage. And, through Franklin’s MIS Degree Program, you’ll be ready for your own advantage: a career in one of the fast-growing industries of the next decade.

Leverage technology to deliver game changing solutions

Our MIS curriculum imparts the business savvy to understand the how and why of business operations, the technical depth to identify innovative uses of information systems, and the communication skills to mobilize cross-functional teams toward the implementation of game changing solutions.

That’s why our coursework focuses on these key areas: requirements definition, business analysis, systems analysis, process re-engineering, project management, data modeling, and technical communication.

Gain technical depth not found in most MIS degree programs

Thanks to Franklin’s spotlight on technology throughout the MIS coursework, you’ll be better prepared to tackle the complex technical issues businesses face and to build, support, and grow useful information systems. Not only will you learn to design, code, and test software, you’ll possess the mathematical knowledge and skills to apply technology effectively and efficiently in support of critical business processes, including inventory control, risk analysis, and market projections.

Through hands-on, group and individual projects, you’ll gain practical experience, too, integrating systems that deliver real business value. For example, you’ll interact with an open source ERP system, build a website, add e-commerce functionality, and configure customer relationship management (CRM) modules in support of business intelligence and sales. In another project, you’ll plan out a complete systems upgrade, from infrastructure to staffing to budget, and develop a solution with consideration for the business impact, risk, and reward.

Benefit from industry-leading curriculum taught by experienced faculty

Because our course offerings reflect the recommendations of computing professional societies, such as the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM) and Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP), you can be confident your education reflects industry-leading standards.

You’ll learn from real-world practitioners, too; professions with extensive years of experience in the field who teach, encourage, and inspire, helping you learn from their mistakes—and build upon their successes. And because an expert advisory panel regularly reviews our curriculum, you can be assured that our MIS Degree Program is current and relevant, even in a rapidly changing information systems environment.

Earn your degree from a university built for busy adults

Earn your degree on your terms by taking classes 100% online or pursue available coursework at one of our Midwest locations. Regionally accredited and nonprofit, Franklin was built from the ground-up to satisfy the needs of adult learners. Our seamless transfer process and team of academic advisors will help ease your transition to becoming a student, while our flexible course schedules help to balance your education with work, family, and life. Get started on your future today!

Gain The Skills Employers Desire

  • Requirements Definition
    • Collaborate with business stakeholders and technical teams in defining and documenting requirements for developing technology-based solutions
    • Develop and evaluate user and system requirements, applying insights from use cases and test scenarios
    • Analyze, specify, and create detailed requirements definition documentation, including conceptual data models, process flows, and user interface (UI) mockups
    • Conduct requirements verification and validation sessions to gain input and approval from business and technical stakeholders
    • Act as technical, business, and team liaison in effectively communicating user and functional requirements
  • Business Analysis
    • Assess business opportunities, identify problems, and recommend technology-based solutions
    • Manage needs assessments and cost-benefit analyses, aligning technology strategies with business objectives
    • Conduct elicitation sessions in order to gain better understanding of business problems
    • Analyze business requirements to determine how to functionally meet requirements
    • Review business case and statement of work (SOW) documents to ensure achievable deliverables and address risks
    • Validate proposed technical designs, ensuring alignment with business needs
  • Systems Analysis
    • Define objectives and prepare systems design specifications to meet user requirements and address interface issues
    • Lead application lifecycle development, including systems evaluation, development of new applications, and application maintenance
    • Analyze functional needs and establish priorities for systems design, modification, or implementation to promote effective operations and/or outcomes
    • Define end-to-end controls, conversion, and systems implementation plans, including user training
    • Investigate multiple means of deriving input data, selecting the most accurate, feasible, and economic method
    • Translate compliance and regulatory requirements into detailed functional specifications for procedural or system changes and enhancements
    • Devise or modify procedures to solve problems, such as equipment capacity, limitations, and operating times
  • Process Reengineering
    • Understand and document current business processes
    • Use assessment tools to solicit stakeholder input in identifying process improvement opportunities
    • Evaluate and present recommendations for process improvement initiatives
    • Create and apply process improvement and re-engineering methodologies and principles to meet requirements and efficiently deliver processes
  • Data Modeling
    • Execute quantitative research projects by identifying business problems, conducting data exploration and modeling, and communicating results to key stakeholders
    • Plan and oversee data modeling and structural design and development using industry-standard tools and techniques
    • Develop and implement scorecards and data-driven predictive models
    • Research theories and technologies in predictive analytics, generating fresh ideas for transforming data into practical models
    • Consult with business partners and stakeholders throughout model development to better understand and solve priority business issues
    • Use statistical analysis to identify root-cause issues and predict failures
  • Technical Liaison
    • Act as liaison between stakeholders and technical teams, providing strategic counsel to determine the most effective processes and solutions
    • Report the status of the program or initiative to appropriate team members, management, and executives
    • Coordinate and facilitate design discussions among partners, technical leads, quality assurance engineers, and other team members
    • Define development, change, and communication processes, incorporating them into project approach
  • Technical Documentation
    • Gather, organize, synthesize, and summarize technical information and business process changes
    • Capture processes and procedures, create documents, presentations, and visual media, and present technical information to non-technical users
    • Create user and instruction manuals, help documents, FAQs, tutorials, and presentations on a variety of documentation projects
    • Review and maintain technical documentation, making revisions, corrections, and updates as necessary
  • Project Management
    • Facilitate information technology projects through business assessment processes, from development through implementation
    • Translate project objectives into team assignments, specific tasks, and measurable milestones, establishing operational objectives and work plans
    • Manage systems development tasks and resources, ensuring projects are delivered on time, within budget and as specified
    • Communicate project status updates to team members, business partners, sponsors, management, and other interested parties, overseeing issues management, tracking, and resolution
    • Create and maintain project-based documentation, including timelines, budget, project plans, risk assessments, performance requirements, and status reports
    • Support project teams during project release and implementation

Career Opportunities

  • Business Analyst

    Business Analysts gather business requirements, assess needs, determine technical requirements, and establish corresponding project plans.

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  • Information Architect

    Information Architects determine the information structure of websites and applications, creating site maps, wireframes, schematics, and other working prototypes to represent the intended user experience.

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  • Information Technology Manager

    Information Technology Managers manage technology portfolios and oversee teams responsible for day-to-day operations of systems, networks, hardware, software, data storage, and internet services.

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  • Project Manager

    Project Managers develop plans for business initiatives, direct resources, and manage project scope, budget, timelines, and expectations.

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  • Systems Analyst

    Systems Analysts investigate productivity and efficiency problems, and analyze requirements in order to design solutions to improve output and outcomes.

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  • Software Developer

    Software Developers employ the software development lifecycle to design, test, and evaluate computer programs.

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  • Quality Assurance Analyst

    Quality Assurance Analysts work to pre-empt and determine root-cause defects in products and software.

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Employment Outlook

In 2012 there were 22,557 job openings related to Management Information Sciences. That same year, 12,946 students completed programs in Management Information Sciences. 

Occupations Job Openings (2012) Expected Growth
Computer and Information Systems Managers 10,351 18.5%
Computer Programmers 12,205 12.9%
Database Administrators 4,240 18.4%

Source information provided by Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI) - October 2014

Our Recipe For Your Success

Academic & Industry Experts

Classes are taught and designed by credentialed professionals with real-world experience.

  • Programs are designed by combining the insight of industry leaders with the academic expertise of our faculty, ensuring what you learn translates into on-the-job success.

  • Academic concepts and theories are brought to life through our teaching faculty’s professional expertise, and can be immediately applied in your career.

  • Faculty with industry experience teach our courses, not graduate students or life-time academics, so you learn not only the theories behind the practice but also how to apply them in real-world situations.

Relevant & Consistent Curriculum

What you learn is a reflection of the program you choose, not the format in which it’s applied.

  • All programs are designed for learning outcomes to flow from the program level into actual coursework.

  • This top-down approach allows credentialed professionals to customize assignments based on trending industry topics without deviating from a program’s core outcomes.

  • Regardless of your professor or the format of your class, you receive the same quality education.

Hands-On Learning Experience

Franklin's coursework teaches not only theories and concepts, but also how they apply to practical situations.


  • Professional course designers ensure that class activities such as learning simulations, case studies, interactive videos, and group exercises are relevant and appropriate.

  • A curriculum development team is dedicated to making sure all courses are intuitively designed so content is taught in a logical manner that facilitates your success in the classroom and beyond.

Continuously Evolving Programs

Consistent program reviews ensure our programs stay at the forefront of industry trends.

  • Survey results and feedback from student and faculty assessments are reviewed regularly so that our programs are always improving and up-to-date.

  • A structured review process helps identify industry gaps that guide curriculum enhancements allowing our academic and industry experts to regularly implement new industry trends.

  • Regular assessment provides hard data that is used to improve student learning and teaching methods.

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