Management Information Systems

Major Requirements

Major: Management Information Systems

Degree Type: B.S.
Minimum Credits Required for Degree: 120

University Degree Requirements

  1. Satisfactory completion of all requirements of the curriculum in which one is enrolled.
  2. Earn a minimum total of 120 credits in approved coursework.  Some academic programs exceed this minimum.
  3. Satisfactory completion of the general education requirements as specified by the university.
  4. A minimum institutional GPA of 2.00 based on work taken at NDSU.
  5. At least 30 credits must be NDSU resident credits.  Resident credits include credits registered and paid for at NDSU.
  6. At least 36 credits presented for graduation must be in courses numbered 300 or higher.
  7. Students presenting transfer credit must meet the NDSU residence credits and the minimum upper level credit. Of the 30 credits earned in residence, a minimum of 15 semester credits must be in courses numbered 300 or above, and 15 semester credits must be in the student’s curricula for their declared major.

For complete information, please refer to the Degree and Graduation Requirements section of this Bulletin.

University General Education Requirements

Communication (C)12
College Composition I
College Composition II
Fundamentals of Public Speaking
Upper Division Writing
Quantitative Reasoning (R) 3
Science and Technology (S) 10
Humanities and Fine Arts (A) 6
Social and Behavioral Sciences (B) 6
Wellness (W) 2
Cultural Diversity (D) *†
Global Perspectives (G) *†
Total Credits39

 May be satisfied by completing courses in another General Education category.

 General education courses may be used to satisfy requirements for both general education and the major, minor, and program emphases, where applicable.  Students should carefully review major requirements to determine if specific courses can also satisfy these general education categories.

  •  A list of university approved general education courses and administrative policies are available here.

Pre-Major Requirements

COMM 110Fundamentals of Public Speaking3
ENGL 120College Composition II3
ECON 201Principles of Microeconomics3
or ECON 202 Principles of Macroeconomics
MATH 144Mathematics for Business4
PSYC 111Introduction to Psychology3
or SOC 110 Introduction to Sociology
Total Credits16

Major Requirements

Core Requirements
ACCT 200Elements of Accounting I3
ACCT 201Elements of Accounting II3
TL 116Business Software Applications3
PHIL 216Business Ethics3
STAT 330Introductory Statistics3
STAT 331Regression Analysis2
ENGL 320Business and Professional Writing3
Admission to the major program is required prior to taking the following courses:
FIN 320Principles of Finance 13
MGMT 320Foundations of Management 13
MRKT 320Foundations of Marketing 13
BUSN 430Legal and Social Environment of Business 13
BUSN 489Strategic Management 13
SCM 460Production & Operations Management3
MIS 320Management Information Systems3
MIS 315System Analysis and Design3
MIS 350Enterprise Systems3
MIS 375Database Design for Business Application3
MIS 376Data and Telecommunications Administration3
MIS 470Information Systems3
Track: Select one of two tracks: Information Technology or Business Analytics
Students must select either the Information Technology Track or the Business Analytics Track to complete the MIS major requirements.21-23
Total Credits77-79

Information Technology Track

CSCI 312Survey of Programming Languages3
Programming Electives - Select two from the following (recommended CSCI 160 or CSCI 227; CSCI 161 or CSCI 228) 6-8
Computer Science I
Computer Science II
Intermediate Visual BASIC
Modern Software Development
Computing Fundamentals in Python I
Computing Fundamentals in Python II
Web Scripting Languages
Introduction to Computing
Introduction to the R Language
Techology Electives - Select two courses; one must be 300-400 level6
Accounting Information Systems
Modern Software Development (If not used above in programming electives.)
Topics on Personal Computers
Web Scripting Languages (If not used above in programming electives.)
Comparative Programming Languages
Artificial Intelligence, Ethics, and the Environment
Foundations of the Digital Enterprise
Social Implications of Computers
Computational Economics
Data Analytics in Finance
Program and Project Management
Digital Marketing
Supply Chain Analysis and Analytics
Introduction to Biostatistics
Introduction to the R Language (If not used above in programming electives.)
Business Elective - Select a 300-400 level course from MIS, ACCT, FIN, MGMT, SCM, TL, or BUSN prefix. Could also take CSCI 473 or ECON 324 or any other prefix course and number cross-listed with a business prefix course listed here. This elective excludes internships, study abroad, LEAD prefix courses & MIS 371.3
Internship in IT (MIS 397)3
Total Credits21-23

 Business Analytics Track

BUSN 380Business Analytics: Business Problem Solving with Spreadsheets 3
MIS 340Applied Business Intelligence3
MIS 479Business Data Mining and Predictive Analytics3
Programming Elective - Select one from the following:3-4
Computer Science I
Intermediate Visual BASIC
Modern Software Development
Computing Fundamentals in Python I
Web Scripting Languages
Introduction to Computing
Introduction to the R Language
Business Elective - Select 300-400 level courses from MIS, ACCT, FIN, MGMT, SCM, TL, or BUSN prefix. Could also take CSCI 473 or ECON 324 or any other prefix course and number cross-listed with a business prefix course listed here. This elective excludes internships, study abroad, LEAD prefix courses & MIS 371. 6
Internship in Analytics (MIS 397)3
Total Credits21-22

Denotes Common Body of Knowledge (CBK) course. 

Degree Requirements and Notes

  • Students follow the published curricula for the Management Information Systems program of study from the semester/year of entrance in the College of Business to graduation provided enrollment at NDSU has not been discontinued for more than one year. Students who change their major are subject to meeting the curricular requirements in effect at the time the new major is declared.
  • The CoB accepts a maximum of up to (but not including) 50% of upper-division (300-level and 400-level) business courses* required for degree completion, with a minimum grade of C**. All transfer courses are subject to approval by the course discipline chair or designated representative.
    • * Defined as courses with the following prefixes: ACCT, BUSN, ENTR, FIN, MGMT, MIS, MRKT, SCM
    • ** Credits that do not qualify for degree completion will still be accepted as general credits towards graduation, within the restrictions defined by university policy.
  • Students must earn a 2.50 institutional GPA to graduate.
  • Admission to the MIS major is required to enroll in the advanced 300 or 400 level courses in the CoB.
  • A letter grade must be earned in any course that fulfills a major requirement (with the exception of some practicum options).
  • Of the credits completed in residence at least 30 credits must be in 300-400 level CoB courses.
  • Students must be accepted to the MIS major prior to the completion of the last 30 credits in 300 and 400 level CoB courses.
  • Students are not eligible for a Business Administration minor with this major.
  • For multiple majors within the CoB, at least 15 unique credits of 300-400 level CoB courses must exist between the majors.
  • Prerequisite for Management Information Systems Practicum: MIS 320 with a grade of C or better.

Minor Requirements

Minor: Management Information Systems

Required Credits: 21

Students should refer to for information on declaring the minor with the CoB.

MGMT 320Foundations of Management3
MIS 315System Analysis and Design3
MIS 375Database Design for Business Application *3
or CSCI 366 Database Systems
MIS 376Data and Telecommunications Administration *3
or CSCI 459 Foundations of Computer Networks
CSCI 227Computing Fundamentals in Python I **3-4
or CSCI 160 Computer Science I
Select one of the following:3
Accounting Information Systems
Information Systems
Or an MIS advisor-approved CoB course that is MIS related
Select one of the following:3
An MIS adviser approved 300-400 level CSCI course
Or one of the following:
Visual BASIC
Computer Science II
Intermediate Visual BASIC
Computing Fundamentals in Python II **
Total Credits21-22

Students who take CSCI 366 Database Systems & CSCI 459 Foundations of Computer Networks, must select an additional MIS advisor-approved CoB course.


 It is strongly recommended that students who take CSCI 227 select CSCI 228 as their elective in preparation for MIS 315.

Minor Requirements and Notes                                 

  • A minimum of 9 credits must be completed in the CoB.
  • Approval forms must be submitted after completed CSCI 227 Computing Fundamentals in Python I or CSCI 160 Computer Science I.
  • To be accepted into the minor program, students must have a 2.50 institutional cumulative GPA.  To complete a minor, students must earn at least a 2.50 GPA that is based on the courses used to satisfy the minor requirements. Courses may not be taken pass/fail.
  • If the cumulative GPA falls below the 2.50 after acceptance into the program, the student will not be allowed to register for the CoB courses until the cumulative GPA returns to 2.50 or above.
  • Students are subject to the minor requirements in effect during the year in which the minor was approved.
  • Minors must satisfy all course prerequisites.
  • Approval for a minor does not guarantee enrollment in specific courses.
  • Graduation with a minor in Management Information Systems requires a grade of 'C' or better in all courses required for the minor.