What Can I Do With a Major In Management Information Systems?
UGA Specific Information for Management Information Systems
Management Information Systems (MIS) is a hands-on major which equips students with real-world skills that are in demand in the job market. Our program prepares students to lead IT-enabled change in organizations.
The Terry MIS program provides the foundation for students to go in a technical direction (such as a programmer or database administrator), a non-technical direction (such as a business process analyst or project manager), or somewhere in the middle (such as a business intelligence or IT risk & security specialist).
Class of 2020 Career Outcomes for Management Information Systems*
** Includes Self-Employed
- Connect with Grace Champion, your Career Consultant - click here to find information on scheduling an appointment and drop-in hours
- MIS Academic Advisor - Kadianne Francis
- UGA MIS Department
CAMPUS STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS
- Society for Management Information Systems (SMIS) • Women in Business • Girls.Code() • Minorities in Tech (MIT) • Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) • Classic Hackers UGA Linux Users' Group • Women in Technology (WIT) • Terry Student Consulting • The MIS Advisory Board • UGAHacks
- To find additional clubs and organizations, go to the Involvement Network
Additional UGA Career Center Recommendations/Considerations
POTENTIAL CAREER PATHS IN MIS
- Application Analyst - As an application analyst you'll combine the maintenance of IT services with working face-to-face users who need your technical support. Application analysts administrate, monitor, and maintain software infrastructures and applications.
- Business Analyst - As a business analyst, you'll work within an organization, helping to manage change and plan for the future in line with company goals. This could be for one specific project, or as a permanent feature of the organization. You'll need to understand the current organizational situation, identify future needs, and create solutions to help meet those needs, usually (but not always) in relation to information and software systems.
- Business Intelligence Analyst - A business intelligence analyst is in charge of producing financial and market intelligence by managing data. Business intelligence analysts analyze said data and create reports to deliver to business stakeholders for decision making.
- Data Analyst - Data analysts are in charge of producing and tracking key performance indicators. Additionally, they gather, understand, and document business requirements using a variety of tools and techniques. Additionally, data analysts manipulate, analyze, and interpret complex datasets relating to the business they work for.
- Database Administrator - Database administrators are in charge of the maintenance and security of databases. They test programs, fix errors, and make any necessary modifications to the databases they are in charge of. Additionally, database administrators are tasked with implementing security measures to ensure the integrity of said databases.
- Information Security Analyst - Information security analysts monitor, upgrade, and implement security measures for the protection of computer networks and sensitive business information. They are sometimes responsile for responding to security breaches and computer viruses. Additional responsibilities include encrypting data transmissions and erecting firewalls to protect valuable information.
- Information Systems Manager - Information systems managers direct daily department operations, analyze workflows, and coordinate activities in other areas related to information systems. Additionally, they review project plans and meet with stakeholders to resolve problems.
- Consultant - Consultants work with a variety of clients and advise them on how to best use information technology to meet their business objectives and overcome obstacles. Consultants meet with clients, define project scopes, travel to customer sites, analyze IT requirements, and develop solutions to problems. Additionally, consultants help with the implementation of new systems in a business.
- IT Technical Support - IT technical support is in charge of monitoring and maintaining computer systems and networks. They offer support on hardware and software issues either over the phone or in person. Job titles include application support specialists, help desk operators, technicians, etc.
- Network Systems Administrator - Network Systems Administrators are responsible for maintaining and administering computer networks, computer hardware, software, and applications. Additionally, they diagnose, troubleshoot and fix software and hardware problems related to the business' network and systems. They may also test website performance.
- Project Manager - Project Managers are in charge of managing projects and ensuring that they adhere to the pre-established budget, schedule, and scope. They must also track project milestones and deliverables to ensure the successful execution of the project. Project managers help develop project plans, objectives, technologies, schedules, funding, and staffing as well.
- Risk Advisory - Risk advisors manage risk by identifying, measuring, and making decisions on a variety of risks within an organization. Some key responsibilities include documenting key risks, communicating risks, maintaining data quality of risk management systems, and making recommendations on ways to control and reduce risk.
- Systems Analyst - Systems analysts analyze science, engineering, business, and other data problems to improve computer systems by implementing solutions to these issues. They analyze requirements and procedures to automate systems, improve workflow, and minimize limitations. Additionally, systems analysts troubleshoot program and system malfunctions to resolve issues.
- Web Content Manager - These individuals are incharge of the design, development, and maintenance of websites and web applications. In addition, web content managers back up applications and data for recovery should the website crash. They also determine sources of webpage errors and take action to resolve said issues. Finally, they are in charge of updating content and links in a timely manner.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS - ANSWERED BY YOUR CAREER CONSULTANT
When should I start looking for jobs? The tech and business industries have two main recruitment seasons- September/October and January/February. May graduates are encouraged to recuit during both seasons. To support your search, the UGA Career Center hosts career fairs in September and January every year. To see the specific dates, look on Handshake.
What skills should I emphasize with employers? Of course your technical skillsand business acumen are valuable, but don't forget about your soft skills! Remember that programming languages can be taught, but it's much harder to teach someone skills like communication, work ethic, and leadership. Look at page 26 in the Career Guide to see a list of skills employers and graduate schools value.
What should my resume look like? A MIS resume typically follows standard resume formatting. To see a good example, check out the UGA Career Center resume samples.
What are cover letters? Why do I need to write them? A cover letter is a business letter written to the employer that explains why you are qualified and a good fit for their open position. It accompanies your resume when you apply for a job. While your resume is an overview of your experiences, a cover letter directly address how those experiences have qualified you for the role. The cover letter “builds the bridge” between your resume and the position description so that there is no miscommunication regarding your qualifications. For example, “My experience in ____ and ___ have directly prepared me for this role.” Good cover letters are tailored to the job you are applying to. Even if a cover leter is not required for a role, submitting one demonstrates your initiative and excitement about the role. To see an example cover letter, check out page 36-37 in the Career Guide.
Are internships important? Internships are great tools to help you achieve your goals for full-time employment. MIS students typically complete an internship the summer before their final year, but you are welcome to search for an internship earlier if you would like. While they are excellent tools, they are not prerequisites for the workforce. You can demonstrate your skills and experiences through other mediums, like class and/or independent projects, part-time jobs, student leadership, and more.
How can I meet with my career consultant for a one-on-one appointment? You can schedule an appointment with your career consultant by calling 706-254-3375 or logging in to Handshake. On Handshake, click on "Career Center" and then "Appointments."
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- UGA Mentor Program- Networking with your Bulldog family can help you get ahead in life and career, but where do you even start? The UGA Mentor Program narrows down the world of possibilities to meaningful connections. The program connects students to alumni mentors for personal and professional development
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- LinkedIn - Network with professionals and view job openings
- Interstride - Job/internship openings in countries abroad as well as country career guides providing information about finding employment in other countries.
- Specialized - Check out Idealist for jobs in the Nonprofit sector and USAJobs for opportunities in the federal government.
PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS - American Society for Information Sciences • Association for Computing Machinery • Association for Information Systems • Association for Women in Computing • Computer Software/Systems Jobs • Information Systems Security Association • Institute for the Certification of Computer Professionals • Internet Society • Mass Technology Leadership Council • Software & Information Industry Association • Storage Networking Industry Association
LINKEDIN- Join LinkedIn groups that are relevant to your career interests. To search, select "groups" & type in your keywords. Review the groups that professionals in your field of interest have joined & consider joining those as well. To login, visit the LinkedIn main page.
Employers/Position Title Reported by Class of 2020 Management Information Systems majors
The information below represents employers and position titles from the Class of 2020 Career Outcomes Survey. To view historical Career Outcomes for this major, click here and select "Historical Data" from the navigation menu.
|A-LIGN||SOC Analyst, SOC Staff Consultant||Accenture||Software Engineer, Technical Platform Analyst, Technology Technical Platform Analyst||Acuity Brands||Supply Chain Leadership Program||Ad Victoriam Solutions||Analyst, Salesforce Consultant||AlphaVu||Analyst||Amazon||Area Manager||AmeriCorps||VISTA Associate||Anglicotech||Business Development Analyst||AT&T||Network Engineer, Network Engineer and Technical Business Manager, Not Specified||Atlanta Community Food Bank||Intern||Augusta National Golf Club||Business Analyst||Avanade||Analyst, Analytics Analyst||Bain & Company||Associate Consultant||Blox||Field Coordinator||Capgemini||Associate Consultant, Consultant, Data Analyst, Staff Consultant||Carrier||Digital Technology Leadership Program Associate||Carter's, Inc.||Not Specified||Caterpillar Financial Services||Information Systems Rotational Program||Cedar CX Technologies||Business Analyst||Center for Disease Control and Prevention||Database Manager for PulseNet, Response, Outbreak, and Surveillance Team||CentricsIT||Service Designer||Cerner Corporation||Technical Solution Analyst||Cisco Systems||Operation Analyst||CloudWalk||Project Manager||Coca-Cola Company||Not Specified||Collaborative Solutions||Associate Reporting Consultant||Cox Media Group||Director of Branding & Programming||Credera||Consultant||Crowe LLP||Advisory Staff, Audit IT Assurance Consultant, Staff Consultant||Deloitte||Advisory Analyst, Analyst, Associate, Audit Associate, Business Technology Analyst, Cyber Risk Advisory Analyst, Cyber Risk Consultant, Data Analytics Advisory Consultant, Tax Consultant, Tax Management Consultant, Technology Analyst, Engagement Financial Analyst, Financial Analyst||Delta Air Lines||Data Analyst||Discover Financial Services||Analyst||Elavon||Junior Product Manager||Ernst & Young||Advisory Staff, Business Advisor, Business Advisory Program Staff, Forensic & Integrity Services Staff, GPS Risk Advisory Staff, Information Technology Consultant, IT Risk Analyst Associate, Staff, Staff Consultant, Staff Consultant - Technology Advisory Program, TAP Program, Technology Advisor, Technology Advisory Consultant, Technology Advisory Program Staff, Technology Advisory Staff, Technology Consultant, Technology Risk Consultant, Associate, Risk Advisory Staff||Fidelity Investments||Fixed Income Research Associate||FIS||Project Manager, Technical Business Consultant||Frazier & Deeter||Process, Risk & Governance Associate||FTI Consulting||Consultant, Performance Improvement Consultant||General Motors||Information Technology Security, Software Developer, Software Engineer||Georgia-Pacific||Associate||Assistant Financial Analyst||Grant Thornton LLP||Advisory associate, Innovation Consulting Associate, IT Risk Associate, Risk Advisory Associate||Hewlett Packard Enterprise||Technical Account Manager||Hospitality South||Employee Manager||Ingles Markets, Inc.||Pharmacist||Insight Global||Analyst||Intrepid Sentry Security Group, LLC||Product Development Intern||Itineris||Functional Analyst||Johnson Lambert||Business Advisory Services Associate, Consultant||JP Morgan Chase||Data Science Analyst||KPMG||Advisory Associate, Advisory Associate - Cyber Security, Associate, CIO Advisory, Customer Solutions Associate, Data Analyst, Data Analytics Associate, IT Advisory Associate, IT Audit and Assurance, Tax Ignition - Data and Analytics Associate, Audit Associate||Kronos Incorporated||Solution Consultant||LA Clippers||Basketball Data Analyst||Liberty Mutual Insurance||Underwriting Development Program||M2REST||Realtor||Manhattan Associates||Software Consultant||McDonald||Store Manager||Microsoft||Premier Field Engineer||NCR Corporation||Business Analyst, Information Technology Analyst, IT Analyst, Product Analyst||Nine Quarter Circle Ranch||Staff||OneTrust||Consultant, Implementation Consultant, Technical Implementation Consultant||Oracle||Technical Consultant, Cloud Solutions Engineer||Origami Risk||Risk System Analyst||Perficient||Associate Business Consultant, Associate Technical Consultant, Technical Consultant||Perimeter Church||Worship Resident||Philips||Performance Analyst||PowerPlan||Business Analyst, Software Developer||PricewaterhouseCoopers||Customer Success Consultant, Cybersecurity and Privacy Analyst, Cybersecurity and Privacy Associate, Forensic Technology Associate, Management Consulting Associate, Not Specified, Risk Assurance Associate, Technology Consultant, Technology Advisory Associate, Technology Consulting Associate||Protiviti||Consultant, Technology Consultant, Technology Strategy Consultant||Red Ventures||Digital Marketing Analyst||Rocketansky||Software Engineer Intern||RSM US LLP||Risk Consulting Analyst, Technology Consultant, Technology Risk Consultant||Ryan, LLC||Consultant - Excise Tax||Sogeti||Associate Consultant||Southwest Airlines||Business Analyst Intern||State Farm||Business Operations Analyst||Techport Thirteen||Associate Consultant||Terrapin Beer Company||Financial Analyst||The Coca-Cola Company||Business Systems Analyst, IT Associate||The Home Depot||Analyst for Online Merch Ops||The Navigators||Intern||Tractor Supply Company||Vendor Coordinator||Truist||Data Analyst, Corporate Functions Development Analyst||Truist Financial||Business Analyst||U.S. Air Force||Contracting Officer (64P), IT Specialist||U.S. Bank||Junior Scrum Master||U.S. Federal Government||IT Project Manager||U.S. Military||Not Specified||Unum||Professional Development Program Associate||UPS||Financial Analyst II||Velosio, LLC||Associate Consultant||VMware||Solutions Engineer||VSoft Corporation||Junior Solutions Engineer||Webflow||Software Engineer||WestRock||Third Party Security Analyst|
Graduate/Professional Schools attended by Class of 2020 Management Information Systems majors
The information below represents graduate/professional schools and programs reported through the Class of 2020 Career Outcomes Survey. To view historical Career Outcomes for this major, click here and select "Historical Data" from the navigation menu.
|DeVry University||Accounting, Not Specified||Georgia State University||Computer Information Systems, PhD; Actuarial Science, Master's; Accountancy, Master's; Management Information Systems, Bachelor's||University of Georgia||Accounting, Master's; Accounting and Management, Master's; Business Analytics, Master's; Business and Technology, Master's; Business Technology, Master's; Law, JD||University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill||Law, JD||University of Texas at Dallas||Business Analytics, Master's|