Management Information Systems

Management Information Systems Bachelor of Science Degree (B.S.) Business Administration

About Management Information Systems

Be ready to impact the bottom line with a top IT skillset.

Build the kind of business knowledge that today's employers value. The Bachelor of Science in Business Administration at PennWest California combines business fundamentals with specialized courses to give you a professional advantage in an ever-changing business environment.   

In the bachelor's degree in business administration program, you will build a strong foundation with your business core courses. In addition, you'll choose a discipline for in-depth study: Management information systems is one of seven concentrations that give business students the opportunity to develop focused expertise.  

Learn practical applications of information systems fundamentals.   

Undergraduate business administration majors complete 27 credits in the management information systems concentration. Specialized work in IT management examines such topics as data base management systems and design, systems analysis, and more. The Introduction to Information Systems course covers the role and value of information systems, hardware and software used in information systems, managing information and data resources, decision making, and developing information systems.    

 In PennWest California's business administration program, you also will work on building quantitative, critical thinking and analytical skills. This means you'll graduate not only with a demonstrated competence in your subject area, but also with the ability and tools to apply that knowledge. 

Business administration students are also encouraged to have a minor:

  • Some students choose a business discipline other than their concentration.
  • Other popular choices include psychology, communication studies, public relations, statistics, leadership, women's studies, Spanish and Arabic.
  • Students also may choose to complete dual majors or dual degrees with international studies or math.

PennWest California business graduates are ready for a wide range of career opportunities. Recent PennWest California business graduates also have gone on to graduate business programs at such top schools as the University of Pittsburgh, West Virginia University and the College of William and Mary, and to graduate economics programs at Youngstown State and Florida State.

Learn about our accelerated bachelor's-to-master's degree program.

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS: Business Administration

Concentration: PennWest California students complete the bachelor's degree in business administration with IT management as their concentration.  Students complete 27 credits in the management information systems concentration, adding an important specialization to general business study.    

Solid foundation: Completing PennWest California's 120-credit-hour bachelor's degree in business administration means you'll be ready to explore many careers in business and industry. Your business core courses introduce you to the functional areas of business and business analytics. PennWest California business graduates gain a distinct professional advantage by also developing skills in critical thinking, communication and teamwork.   

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Credit hours for the bachelor's degree in business administration, which can be completed in eight semesters or four years.
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Degree Benefits

The bachelor's degree in business administration program integrates business study with the liberal arts, natural and behavioral sciences, and modern qualitative and information technology methods. You'll know the basics from your business core courses and add a valuable specialization with your management information systems concentration. You'll graduate ready to explore many professional career opportunities.

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Graduate Outcomes

Employment of computer and information systems managers is projected to grow 15% through 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations, because an increasing number of firms are expanding their business to include digital platforms. PennWest California business graduates also succeed in a variety of careers and professions, including accountant, banker, city manager, general manager, government agency administrator, hospital administrator, industrial relations manager, insurance agent, office manager, production manager, purchasing agent, sales manager, securities analyst and stock broker. You'll find PennWest California business graduates in all types of companies, including Aflac, Allegheny Steel, Bank of America, Clear Channel Media, Jackson Hewitt, T-Mobile, Tyco Electronics, U.S. Postal Service and Walmart.

Business Administration (B.S) Management Information Systems Concentration
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Expert Faculty

Our highly qualified business and economics faculty members have significant industry experience, as well as advanced degrees in their fields. They are dedicated to teaching PennWest California students the skills necessary for success in business. Our professors have earned MBAs and doctorates from such top schools as American University, City University of New York, George Washington University, Northeastern University, University of Rhode Island and Wayne State University.

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Research Focus

PennWest California's undergraduate business administration program emphasizes the value of doing research. Students can work one-on-one with individual faculty members, or as part of the discipline-specific research methods course. Students also have the opportunity to work with PennWest California's Center for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship. The Center is PennWest California's one-stop shop for all things related to starting and maintaining a successful business. 

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Student Recognition

Student achievement in the business administration program is recognized in several ways. Qualified students can become members of Omicron Delta Epsilon, an honorary economics fraternity; Phi Beta Lambda - Future Business Leaders; Student Accounting Association;  Economics Club; Finance Club; American Marketing Association; and the Society for the Advancement of Management. Outstanding graduating seniors are recognized with awards for excellence.


B.S., Business Adminstration Courses Management Information Systems Concentration

Course Credits
General Education Courses 40 or 41
Building a Sense of Community
UNI 100 First-Year Seminar
ENG 101  English Composition I
Public Speaking
CDC 101  Public Speaking  OR  COM 250  Oral Communication: Management
Mathematics and Quantitative Literacy
MAT 181 College Algebra
Health and Wellness
Any Health and Wellness Course
Technological Literacy
MIS 201  Management Info Systems
Any Humanities Course
Fine Arts
Any Fine Arts Course
Natural Sciences
Any Natural Science Course
Social Sciences
PSY 100  General Psychology
General Education Options
  • Any Ethics and Multicultural Awareness Emphasis Course
  • ENG 211  Business Writing
  • MAT 225  Business Statistics
  • BUS 281  Management Science I
Required Major Courses 30
ACC 200  Financial Accounting 3
ACC 321  Managerial Accounting 3
BUS 242  Business Law I 3
BUS 381  Management Science II 3
BUS 499  Integrated Strategic Capstone 3
ECO 201  Principles of Microeconomics 3
ECO 202  Principles of Macroeconomics 3
FIN 301  Financial Management 3
MGT 300  Principles of Management 3
MKT 300  Principles of Marketing 3
Concentration Courses 21
CIS 120  Application Programming I 3
CIS 299  Systems Analysis I 3
MIS 321  Accounting Info Systems 3
MIS 375  Information Tech Ethics 3
MIS 385  Health Information Systems 3
MIS 401  Business Driven MIS 3
MIS 421  Strategic Issues in MIS 3
Related Electives 9
ACC, BUS, ECO, FIN, HRM, MGT, MIS or MKT courses, 300-level or above not already included in the "Required Major Courses" or "Concentration Courses" above or MIS 301. No more than 6 credits can be MIS 492. 9
Free Electives 19 or 20
Total 120

Additional requirements, not counted toward the General Education requirements, include:

  • Special Experience Course (1 course required): Any Special Experience Course
  • Writing-Intensive Component Courses (2 courses required): Any two ECO, MGT or MKT Upper-Division Writing-Intensive Courses
  • Laboratory Course (1 course required): BUS 381 Management Science II

B.S., Business Administration Programs

  • Accounting
  • Arts Administration
  • Business
  • Economics
  • Finance
  • Management
  • Management Information Systems
  • Marketing