AND IRENE BLACK SCHOOL OF BUSINESS
Information Systems Major (MISBD)
Chair: Diane Parente
technology? Interested in business?
The Management Information Systems major at Penn State Behrend prepares students for jobs such as systems analyst, business analyst, business intelligence specialist, programmer-analyst, and MIS manager. Since these jobs focus on the application of information technology to business problems and opportunities, the MIS curriculum integrates three main areas of study: Business, Technical, and Analytical.
Business courses provide insight into organizational processes and user requirements. Technical courses develop competencies in programming, web technologies, business intelligence, and ERP. Analytical courses focus on tools, processes, and techniques for application of information technology to business. These courses are supplemented with a required internship and a variety of electives and certificates (SAP/Oracle).
Systems/Business Analyst Options
Students pursue one of two options:
Analyst or Business Analyst. The Systems Analyst option prepares
careers that emphasize
the design and development of
The Business Analyst option prepares students for careers emphasizing ERP, Business Intelligence, and web technologies.
Both options target careers in the
intersection between business and information technology.
Business Analysts are located a bit closer to Business, and Systems Analysts are located a bit closer to IT.
An MIS Job Profile
Wall Street Journal: MIS Top Biz Major in Job Satisfaction Survey
The New IT Worker Shortage
AIS Student Brochure
IT Employment Prospects
What Does a Systems Analyst Really Do?
The Role of a Business Analyst (video)
Business Expertise Drives Tech Careers
Highest Paid IT Jobs in Demand for 2011
Career Outlook for MIS Majors 2012-2018
brochure (PDF) of Penn State Erie's computer-based
programs to compare the MIS curriculum with other majors.
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