Management Information Systems

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration
Department of Accounting and Management Information Systems
College of Business Administration

The management information systems program focuses on using computers as a functional tool within an organization to solve problems. Graduates will be able to analyze an organization’s computer needs, plan a computer-based delivery system to meet these needs and direct the implementation and operation of the computer system.

Career Opportunities

Employment opportunities are abundant in the rapidly expanding area of computer-based information systems. The recruitment of students for positions in business and industry has been extremely heavy in recent years. Starting salaries for graduates are excellent.

Graduates may follow a variety of career paths. Most graduates can expect to begin as a programmer/systems analyst and move into management positions. Numerous career opportunities exist in broad areas such as consulting, industry, government and education.


The management information systems program has three areas. Half of the curriculum includes liberal arts and BG Perspective courses in the natural sciences, social and behavioral sciences, humanities and arts, and cultural diversity in the United States.

One area focuses on various basic business courses such as accounting, economics, finance, management, marketing and law. These courses provide the essential background to design effective information systems.

The final area relates specifically to the computer and its uses and includes courses in statistics, operations research, computer programming, database management, systems analysis and design, business process management, data communications, and managing computer resources.

Special Features

The Office of Cooperative Education assists management information systems students in obtaining practical experience through a co-op during the junior or senior years. A large number of well-qualified students are able to extend their classroom experiences with a co-op.

Since the program in management information systems includes some background in various areas of business, students may choose a double specialization in another business field.

Students in management information systems have access to computer laboratories as well as to large time-sharing and batch systems owned and operated by the University.

College Highlights

The College of Business Administration offers outstanding academic programs, nationally recognized chapters of professional student organizations, a large base of scholarship support and a tradition of success based on providing students with the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in a competitive business environment. The college maintains close ties with regional and national businesses.

The undergraduate and master’s business and accounting programs are accredited by the AACSB International-The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Less than 500 colleges and universities worldwide that confer business degrees have achieved this recognition for assuring quality and continuous improvement in their programs, faculty and resources.

Preparation for College

Most students begin their study of computer-related programming courses at BGSU. Although some students are able to take such courses while in high school, such courses should not be taken in place of a college-preparatory program. Students should complete four years of mathematics, with at least two years of algebra recommended.

Completing the requirements for high school graduation is necessary for admission to BGSU, but only finishing the minimum coursework will leave you unprepared for college. Consider taking four years of mathematics instead of the three that are required. Two, three or even four years of the same foreign language is excellent preparation for college. You will also benefit from competency in computer use. Courses that provide exposure to or training in the visual and performing arts are excellent choices.

Entrance to the College of Business Administration

Entrance to the College of Business Administration as a pre-business or economics student is selective. New freshman and new transfer students may apply for entrance to the College with their application for University admission. Math and composite ACT scores (or equivalent SAT scores) are used in the selection process.

Admission to BSBA Program

Admission to BGSU does not guarantee admission to the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree program. Students enroll in the College of Business Administration as pre-business students. Full admission to the BSBA program requires completion of calculus and a set of introductory business courses with a satisfactory grade point average. The BSBA degree will be granted only to those students who achieve BSBA admission and fulfill all degree requirements.

Students who have questions should contact undergraduate student development in the College of Business Administration, 419-372-2747.

Sample Program

The following is a sample of courses appropriate for all BSBA students. Actual courses taken will vary depending upon personal interests and electives selected.

For a complete listing of course requirements, please refer to the BGSU undergraduate catalog:

Requirements for Transfer Students

Generally, non-business courses taken at either two-year or four-year institutions are accepted for transfer credit by the College of Business Administration.

For students who transfer to BGSU from a two-year institution, courses that match introductory business courses offered by the CBA are acceptable for transfer credit.

Ordinarily, transfer credit is not accepted for business courses beyond the introductory level that require junior or senior standing at BGSU. However, students who believe that they have sufficient background in the subject matter of a course may be permitted by the appropriate department to take an examination for credit in the course.

For students who transfer to BGSU from a four-year institution, equivalent lower-level, introductory and business core courses are often accepted for transfer credit. Upper-level business courses in an area of specialization may be accepted up to a maximum of 50 percent of the coursework required within a given area of specialization.

Minor in Management Information Systems

The minor in management information systems is available to all students except those specializing in management information systems in the BSBA program. The minor consists of 30 hours of computer science, accounting and MIS courses. For more information, see the Undergraduate Catalog.

For Further Information

Internet Access

BGSU's website for future students contains University highlights, admissions procedures, financial aid information and many department profiles. It can be accessed at

The University

Bowling Green State University is a vibrant university that engages, challenges and prepares students for meaningful futures. At BGSU, students enjoy an education that integrates personal growth, academic excellence and an environment that expands their thinking and potential. A mid-size residential university, BGSU has an enrollment of approximately 20,000 and a full-time faculty of more than 900 on its main campus. More than 200 undergraduate majors and programs are offered as well as master's and doctoral level programs.

NOTE: Information in this guide is subject to change without notice. To learn more about the official program of study for Management Information Systems, please check the undergraduate catalog online at: