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Top Schools for Management Information Systems

Read about programs in management information systems, available at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Find ranking and program information for three universities and colleges, as well as a table that lists other schools in the U.S. that provide training in management information technology.

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School Overview

Students who are interested in management information systems can find programs at Bentley University, a small regional college, as well as the renowned Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the University of Minnesota, home to one of the top business schools in the U.S. Both Bentley University and the University of Minnesota offer undergraduate and graduate programs in this specialized field of study; training at MIT takes place at the graduate level.

Top U.S. Schools with Management Information Systems Programs

1. Bentley University in Waltham, MA

Bentley University is a small college that by U.S. News & World Report ranked fourth among best regional colleges in the North for 2011. The university also offered one of the top 20 management information systems programs in the nation that same year.

Bentley's Information and Process Management (IPM) department offers an IPM minor for both undergraduate and graduate students with three tracks of study. These include enterprise systems, information management and process management. Some undergraduate and graduate courses include topics in information support systems, business cyberforensics, management processes and information privacy. Graduate students can also pursue internships and seminars.

2. Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, MA

According to U.S. News & World Report in 2011, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) had some of the best business and engineering departments in the country. In particular, the management information systems department topped the list of best programs in the nation for same year.

The System Design and Management program at MIT is administered by both the Sloan School of Management and the School of Engineering, through which graduate students receive a master's degree in both management and engineering. The program is offered in a 13- to 24-month full-time or time-flexible format and includes core studies in systems architecture and engineering. Students can also pursue elective programs in leadership and new product development. A Graduate Certificate in Systems and Product Development is also available.

3. University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

The University of Minnesota in Twin Cities is a public research institution with one of the top 20 business schools in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report in 2011. For the same year, the university also offered one of the top five management information systems programs in the country, as designated by USN&WR.

Located in the Carlson School of Management, the Master of Business Administration (MBA) program offers an emphasis on information systems. Required coursework includes topics in business intelligence, enterprise systems and global sourcing of information technology. Undergraduates in the management information systems program can take classes in computer programming, databases and business development. Additional programs include a minor in management information systems.

List of Ten Top Schools for Management Information Systems

School Name Distinction Location
Bentley University Offers a unique combined business and liberal arts curriculum Waltham, MA
Carnegie Mellon University Master of Information Systems Management (MISM) program offers three tracks Pittsburgh, PA
Massachusetts Institute of Technology Home of the Center for Information Systems Research Cambridge, MA
Purdue University - West Lafayette Ranked number one by the Wall Street Journal for its number of qualified graduates West Lafayette, IN
Stanford University Eight research priorities in management information systems Stanford, CA
University of Georgia Unique Master of Internet Technology program Athens, GA
University of Maryland - College Park College Park Scholars' Business, Society and the Economy program College Park, MD
University of Minnesota - Twin Cities International experience requirement for all undergraduates majoring in business Minneapolis, MN
University of Pennsylvania Management information systems program located in the world's oldest business school Philadelphia, PA
University of Texas at Austin Management information systems program offers extensive software training in Oracle, Access and SQL Austin, TX
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