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Best MIS Graduate Programs: School List

Find out which top-rated schools offer master's degree programs in management information systems (MIS). See what sets these schools apart to decide if one of them is right for you.

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Management information systems (MIS) professionals coordinate the use of information technology (IT) to complete a task or enhance a business process. Graduate level education in programs such as IT management and information system design may be required for some management positions. MIS can also be studied as part of a Master of Business Administration (MBA) program. Two of the top schools that offer master's degree programs hold multiple honors from various publications.

Top Graduate Programs in Management Information Systems

1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) was 9th on a 2009 list of the top 200 universities in the world by Times Higher Education, a ranking publication from London, England. MIT was also named the best business school in the nation for information systems by U.S. News & World Report in 2010.

MIT's Sloan School of Management and the MIT School of Engineering offer a joint program leading to a Master of Science (M.S.) in System Design and Management. The program provides an education in the architecture, engineering and project management of complex systems in a global setting. Eleven required courses, four electives and a thesis can be completed in 13-18 months, and a distance-learning format of the program can be completed in 24 months.

2. The University of Texas at Austin

With 11,000 graduate students annually, the University of Texas at Austin (UT) has one of the largest graduate schools in the country. In 2010, the university was named the nation's 25th best value in public colleges by Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine.

The McCombs School of Business offers an information management concentration in the full-time MBA program. This program was ranked third in U.S. News & World Report's 2010 ranking of top business programs for information systems. Each year, the program's 65 students learn how to use information technology to improve business processes and information distribution at the management level. Students take courses in service management, customer insights and supply chain management.

List of Good U.S. Schools with Information Systems and Management Graduate Programs

School Name Distinction Location
Arizona State University Day, evening and online programs offered Tempe, AZ
Bentley University The Graduate School of Business is ranked among the top 100 nationally and top five in New England, according to U.S. News and World Report Waltham, MA
Carnegie Mellon University Information systems management programs offered in 1-year, 16-month and global 21-month tracks Pittsburgh, PA
New York University M.S. in Management and Systems program offers four concentrations, including leadership, risk management and database technologies New York, NY
Northwestern University Part-time program offers online courses plus more than six areas of concentration Evanston, IL
University of Arizona Offers campus-based and online master's program, plus a Ph.D. program Tucson, AZ
University of California - Berkeley MIS program focuses on project-based learning Berkeley, CA
University of Georgia MIS program ranked #8 in 2014 by U.S. News and World Report Athens, GA
University of Maryland - College Park Master of Information Management (MIM) program offers eight specializations, plus an individualized program option College Park, MD
University of Texas at Austin Student groups include the Sigma Fellows and the Graduate Business Technology Group Austin, TX
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