A Major in Management Information Systems (MGIS) involves the application of information technology and analytical skills to the solution of organizational problems and opportunities for innovation. MGIS graduates are prepared for positions in the design, planning, development, implementation, and management of information systems.
Who uses Management Information Systems?
All businesses use MGIS to make forecasts, manage day-to-day operations, schedule personnel and equipment, manage quality and inventory, work with suppliers, and undertake projects. In addition, management depends on information systems to collect and analyze data to make decisions. Data on customers, suppliers, competitors, and others are the main inputs to decision making at all levels of the organization. While all organizations have information systems needs, some industries have much greater reliance on them. These include banking, insurance, large-scale retailing, and communications.
Skills for Management Information Systems majors include:
- Analytical problem solving
- Business process skills
- Communication skills
- Information technology skills
- Organizational skills
Admission Requirements (Pre-Business)
Freshman admission is competitive. Students who apply for this major and are accepted into the Belk College of Business are initially classified as Pre-Business (PBUS) majors. Students interested in pursuing a major in Business Analytics, Finance, International Business, Management, Management Information Systems, Marketing, or Operations and Supply Chain Management should seek admission to the Pre-Business program to ensure appropriate advising and support. Students who complete the Progression Requirements listed below may declare an upper-division major in Business Analytics, Finance, International Business, Management, Management Information Systems, Marketing, or Operations and Supply Chain Management.
- Minimum GPA: 2.5 overall and 2.5 in Progression Courses listed below
- Pre-Major/Prerequisite/Progression Courses:
[ A minimum grade of C is required for all Progression Courses. Students may attempt each of the Progression Courses listed above a maximum of two times. An attempt is defined as a course that is completed with a final grade of A, B, C, D, or F. Courses repeated under the UNC Charlotte Grade Replacement Policy are excluded from the GPA computation, but will count as an attempt. Otherwise, all grades earned in repeated courses are included in the GPA computation.]
- Declaration of Major and/or Progression Requirements: Junior standing (60 credit hours or more); Pre-Business Requirements listed above; approved Change of Major form. Pre-Business students should submit Change of Major forms to an Academic and Career Coach in the Belk College of Business Niblock Student Center. Students who fail to declare their upper-division major on time will be prohibited from declaring their upper-division major in the College if their GPA falls below a 2.5. Students who do not meet the Progression Requirements above are ineligible for continuation in the Belk College of Business.
Transfer students interested in pursuing a Major in Business Analytics, Finance, International Business, Management, Management Information Systems, Marketing, or Operations and Supply Chain Management should seek admission to the Pre-Business program. Transfer admission requirements for the Pre-Business major include the following:
- Minimum GPA: 2.5 overall and 2.5 in equivalent Progression Courses completed
- Pre-Major/Prerequisite/Progression Courses: See Progression Courses above
The following courses are required. Students may attempt each of these courses two times.
Business Core Courses (27 credit hours)
Major Courses (9 credit hours)
Restricted Elective Courses (6 credit hours)
Management Information Systems Elective Courses
Select one or two of the following:
Operations Management Elective Courses
Select one of the following if only one course was selected above:
Unrestricted Elective Courses
Degree Total = 120 Credit Hours
To obtain this degree, students must meet the University requirements of a GPA of at least 2.0 overall and in the courses for the major. Students must earn a minimum grade of C in all required Progression, Core, and Major Courses. When students repeat a course, both the old and new grades are included in the major and overall GPA. Courses repeated under the Grade Replacement Policy are excluded from the major and overall GPA computation. However, this repeated course does count as an attempt. Students must also meet the Belk College of Business residency requirements listed under the “Degree Requirements” heading on the main College of Business page .
For details about the Business Honors Program, visit the program page .