Online Master of ScienceManagement Information Systems

Business Moves at the Speed of Technology. Lead the Way.

Your bachelor’s degree is a great foundation, but a Master of Science in Management Information Systems opens doors. The MS in MIS degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Collat School of Business brings technology and business together to help you reinforce your technical knowledge and build your communication, business, and leadership skills. Technology is transforming business. With a rigorous curriculum and three innovative concentrations to choose from, you can too.

Program Highlights

  • Study with a custom curriculum designed by an advisory council of IT professionals
  • Earn your degree in less than 2 years and 100% online
  • Build your network with other IT professionals
  • Transfer credits accepted
  • Choose from three cutting-edge concentrations to focus your expertise: IT Management, Information Security, or Web and Mobile Development
  • Scholarships available to qualified candidates

Why Choose a Management Information Systems degree?





The MIS field needs experts. Become one.

The relationship between business and technology is symbiotic. It's becoming more important every day, which means modern technology experts need more than technical skills, they need business savvy too. Expand your technological knowledge and develop new skills for the business world with a master's in management information systems degree. With an MS in MIS, you can move your leadership role past beta testing — you can take it live. From global technologies to small-scale apps, the IT field has undergone significant expansion in a short amount of time — and it's just getting started. Businesses around the world rely on MIS leaders' ability to use technology for data management, security and to achieve organizational goals. Our MIS degree can help you develop the skills necessary for success, such as project management, social media, IT governance, business intelligence, and data security. No matter which concentration you choose — IT Management, Information Security, or Web and Mobile Development — our MS in MIS degree is a strategic way to broaden your skills and expertise for IT leadership in 21st century business.

Who should pursue a Master’s in Management Information Systems degree?

No matter your level of experience, your passion for information systems is what counts with us. Our program is designed for seasoned IT professionals and aspiring tech experts alike.  Even if you earned your bachelor’s degree in an unrelated field, you can still pursue an MS in MIS degree by participating in our bridge program. Gain the formal knowledge necessary to earn your master’s degree in the field without another four-year commitment.

With a 100% online platform, you have the flexibility to sharpen your business communication, interpersonal, technological, and security skills on your schedule, not ours.

Why Choose UAB’s Collat School of Business?

Develop the Skills that Count

Your online MS in MIS degree carries weight when it is from a recognized institution. We have garnered national and international respect for our excellence in research, service, innovation, rigorous academic standards, and consistent record of growth and accomplishment. Our accolades include:

  • U.S. News & World Report ranked UAB the No. 17 "Best Online Graduate Business Program" and one of the nation's "Best National Universities" in its 2015 annual guide to America’s Best Colleges.
  • The University of Alabama at Birmingham is designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Research by the Department of Homeland Security and the National Security Agency.
  • The Princeton Review named UAB among the "Top 10 Universities in the United States for Diversity" for four consecutive years.
  • The University of Alabama at Birmingham's Collat School of Business is accredited by AACSB and the SACS.
Our renowned business school is focused on leadership and innovation. We create and share business knowledge that transforms our students’ lives through a relevant and robust curriculum, technology-driven instructional methods, and a climate that fosters continuous improvement. We are proud to have expanded our selection of online master’s degree programs to include the rigorous master’s in management information system degree. We offer an engaging learning environment with classrooms extending well beyond the UAB campus walls. Our location allows our faculty to integrate the practical experience of the state’s leading companies — from Fortune 500 corporations to entrepreneurial startups — into our programs.

Industry Outlook and Career Opportunities

With the increasing use of mobile computing, advances in data analytics and big data, and rising risks of cyber attacks, computer and information systems professionals will find no shortage of opportunities to showcase their skills. In fact, the tech field is expected to gain an additional 1.8 million jobs by 2020, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), and as technology progresses that number will only increase. MIS growth potential isn’t limited to the business world. Many industries are on the lookout for management information systems experts to help plan, coordinate, and direct technology-related activities and decisions. For example, with the healthcare industry aggressively implementing information technology, employment of tech experts in medical and surgical hospitals is projected to grow 42% by 2022, according to the BLS. What are some career options for MIS professionals? From IT developer to chief technology officer, a master’s in management information systems degree can lead to many career paths, all with varied compensation. Depending on experience, education, and job title, in 2012 MIS professionals earned up to $143,164 a year. At left are some common career paths for MIS professionals, along with average salaries according to the BLS.
Information Systems Manager

Average Annual Salary $120,950Information systems managers plan, coordinate, and direct computer-related activities in an organization. They help determine the information technology goals of an organization and are responsible for implementing computer systems to meet those goals.

Chief Information Officer (CIO)

Average Annual Salary 142,609Chief information officers oversee IT infrastructure and computer systems from an executive level. They evaluate IT operations, establish technology strategies for products and services, and manage IT personnel and development teams.

Chief Technology Officer (CTO)

Average Annual Salary $143,164Chief technology officers develop and implement new technology within their organizations. They monitor hardware, software, and databases, and lead technology teams in day-to-day operations.

IT Director

Average Annual Salary $100,860IT directors manage network, system, and enterprise information security from the management level. They review system performances and security audits, and build relationships with external service providers.

IT Security Manager

Average Annual Salary $58,387While the responsibilities vary between industries, all IT security managers oversee the protection of business information by implementing security measures on networks and computers. IT security measures are responsible for IT infrastructure, intrusion detection, and customer service.

Computer and Information Research Scientist

Average Annual Salary $102,190Computer and information research scientists invent and improve advanced computing technology and find innovative uses for existing technology. They contribute to the field by working with other technology specialists to make computer systems as efficient as possible and publishing their work in academic journals.

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and career site
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Earn Your Degree on Your Schedule

With technology there’s never a dull moment. The field is continuously advancing and evolving, which means MIS experts face new and different challenges every day. Don’t lag behind. Be a part of these advances with our 100% online MS in MIS degree designed to evolve with tomorrow’s technological landscape.

Each course in our online program incorporates input from a dedicated IS advisory council of IT professionals to ensure that you learn real-world skills valued and in-demand by companies seeking IS professionals. Advance your career and the field with one of our three concentrations:

  • Web and Mobile Development: Learn how to manage the design and development of websites and apps.
  • Information Security: Find out how to manage the security teams that protect sensitive information against cyber attacks.
  • IT Management: Learn how to manage and effectively utilize the distinctive skills that IT professionals bring to the C-suite.

Want to learn more?
Explore our online master’s in management information systems degree course descriptions.

MS in MIS Bridge Program (6 Credit Hours)
IS 591 Introduction to Networking and Computer Programming — 3 hours
IS 592 Systems Analysis and Database — 3 hours
Management Information Systems Core (18 credit hours)
IS 611 Information Technology & Business Strategy — 3 hours
IS 612 Information Technology Governance & Management — 3 hours
IS 613 Information Security Management — 3 hours
IS 615 Social Media & Virtual Communities — 3 hours
IS 617 Introduction to Business Intelligence — 3 hours
IS 618 Technology Based Project Management — 3 hours
Concentrations (12 credit hours)
Web and Mobile Development (12 credit hours)
IS 630 Web Development — 3 hours
IS 631 Web Interface Design and Content — 3 hours
IS 616 Web Analytics — 3 hours
IS 633 Mobile Applications — 3 hours
Information Security (12 credit hours)
IS 620 Attack and Penetration — 3 hours
IS 621 Incident Response & Business Continuity — 3 hours
IS 622 CISSP I — 3 hours
IS 623 CISSP II — 3 hours
IT Management (12 credit hours)
IS 640 Technology Planning & Capital Budgeting — 3 hours
IS 641 Leadership in IT — 3 hours
Elective Choose any IS or Web & Mobile Concentration Course — 3 hours
Elective Choose any IS or Web & Mobile Concentration Course — 3 hours

The help you need to get the career you want

With technology there’s never a dull moment. The field is continuously advancing and evolving, which means MIS experts face new and different challenges every day. Don’t lag behind. Be a part of these advances with our 100% online MS in MIS degree designed to evolve with tomorrow’s technological landscape.

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I have a busy work and family life and may not be able to attend scheduled online classes each week. Can UAB’s MS in MIS program accommodate that?

Yes, UAB’s online MS in MIS program is asynchronous. This means there is no specific time when you need to be online. You can complete your weekly assignments on your schedule from the comfort of your home or workplace. Your courses are available 24 hours a day, and there are no site visits or campus classes to attend.

I don’t have an undergraduate degree in an information technology or information systems-related field. Can I pursue a master’s in management information systems degree?

Yes. UAB offers a bridge program for students without undergraduate degrees in the field. Our bridge program allows you to complete prerequisite coursework prior to starting your MS in MIS program. Contact an enrollment advisor, or download a free brochure for more information.

I have a bachelor's degree in a different field. Can I pursue a master’s in management information systems?

Yes, students without a bachelor’s degree in management information systems or a related field have the opportunity to participate in our bridge program. For more information on our MS in MIS bridge program, please complete the form above to download a brochure or to speak with an advisor.

What should I look for in an online program?

We recommend students pursuing online undergraduate or graduate degrees consider programs with extensive experience delivering online learning, professional accreditation (AACSB), a dedicated full-time faculty, a high level of student satisfaction, and a low student attrition rate. UAB’s online management information systems degree offers you all of these advantages, providing the benefits of a traditional university education with the convenience and flexibility afforded by the use of advanced technology.

Why is accreditation important?

It’s important to entrust your education to an academic institution recognized for professional excellence and tested for quality assurance. Since 1982, the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Business has maintained accreditation by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), a seal of excellence afforded to only 176 universities worldwide for undergraduate and graduate business degree programs.

Does the diploma say "online"?
Your MIS diploma will not distinguish that you are a distance student in our online program. Students can be confident that UAB’s standards of excellence are the same for on-campus and online programs. Online students, if they wish, attend the same graduation ceremony as on-campus students.
How long will it take to earn my Master of Science in Management Information Systems degree?

Students can complete their master’s in management information systems (30 credit hours) in as few as 5 semesters. Completion of the entire MS in MIS degree is contingent upon individual student general education course completion and transfer credit evaluation.

Can I transfer credit hours earned at another institution to UAB?

Yes, UAB accepts transfer credits from other institutions. For more information, please complete the form above to download a brochure or to speak with an advisor.

What if I have more questions?
To learn more about UAB’s master’s in management information systems degree, please complete the form above to download a brochure or to speak with an advisor.


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