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College of Business

John L. Grove College of Business
1871 Old Main Drive
Shippensburg PA 17257
(717) 477-1435
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Department of Accounting, Management Information Systems and Information Technology for Business Education

Dr. J. Jay Mackie, Chair
328 Grove Hall
1871 Old Main Drive
Shippensburg, PA 17257
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Shippensburg, PA 17257
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Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) in

Management Information Systems

The predicted quantity and diversity of positions in management information systems through 2020 make this an extremely attractive career path for college graduates.

Graduates from Shippensburg’s undergraduate Management Information Systems (MIS) degree program frequently find jobs as systems analysts, IT administrators, consultants or others. Many students also choose to further study at the MBA level. If you want a career that involves equal parts business and technology, the undergrad MIS program can provide the skills you need.

The MIS Program at Shippensburg University

MIS professionals need strong communication and problem solving skills as well as a solid knowledge of business principles. At Shippensburg University, MIS students concentrate on strengthening communications skills, obtaining a broad general education that provides a basic understanding of our society and the world, acquiring knowledge of the basic functions of an organization, and on understanding the dependency of an organization upon quality information. During the junior and senior years students broaden their focus to include advanced courses in information systems, management, and other courses that enable them to build the required technical and business knowledge and expertise.

Business Administration Degree Requirements

The undergraduate BSBA degree in MIS requires the completion of a minimum of 120 credit hours in the following areas:

  • General Education Courses: All students are required to complete the university's general education program, which provides a balanced liberal arts foundation.
  • Business Core Curriculum: All Business Administration majors take the same core curriculum. This core includes economics, finance, information systems, marketing, organization behavior, and business law as well as other business subjects. See the College of Business website for complete course listings.
  • MIS Courses: The courses required of the major provide students with the academic background necessary to be successful professionals. See a complete list on the Management Information Systems department page.

Reduced tuition rates apply to out of state students majoring in MIS and ITBE due to federal STEM grants.

The Business Internship Program

Ship has a well-established Business Internship Program that provides opportunities for on-the-job experience while gaining college credits. There are many internship opportunities for management information systems majors, and in some cases students continue as part-time employees while finishing the course work for their degree. Internships often turn into job offers, according to post-graduate surveys of Ship business students.

Shippensburg University management information systems graduates are working in responsible positions in major companies such as Citicorp, IBM, General Motors, Vanguard Financial, Hershey, Capital Blue Cross, Highmark Blue Shield, TYCO, PNC Bank, and various state and federal agencies. Because of the high demand for graduates of this discipline, salaries are highly competitive, and starting salaries in this field are above the average for business graduates.

These internship opportunities include family businesses, franchises, small businesses, and corporations where there is a need for entrepreneurial-minded individuals. Internships often turn into job offers, according to post-graduate surveys of Ship business students.

The SHIP Career Connection online job bank contains listings for both full- and part-time internship opportunities at some of PA’s leading employers. Students can also arrange their own internship by attending job fairs, networking with friends and family in the business world, or applying to federal and state programs. Internships must be approved by both the department chair and the internship director.

Student Organizations

The John L. Grove College of Business has a number of clubs for students to participate in and learn more about their area of study outside the classroom. Student Professional Organizations provide a variety of opportunities for students to develop professional contacts, enhance their course of study with hands-on application, and build lasting friendships within the business community. The MIS Club helps students expand their vision of Information Systems.

Apply to the MIS Program at Ship

All undergraduate applications to the John L. Grove College of Business at Shippensburg University are processed online through the Admissions website. Students granted admission to a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration program may begin taking courses towards the MIS concentration in their second year. Students may also delay choosing a specific concentration until their junior year by enrolling in the undecided major program.

Admission into the John L. Grove College of Business is competitive — successful applicants frequently possess both high standardized test (SAT) scores and a GPA ranking in the upper percentile of their graduating class. Though applications are accepted year round, students entering their senior year of high school should begin the application process at the start of the fall semester.

Students experience learning through small class sizes that encourage interaction with professors and collaboration with classmates. Set on 200 acres in south central Pennsylvania, Ship is close to job and internship opportunities in Harrisburg, Philadelphia, Washington DC and beyond. Book a campus tour today to find out more.