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What is the deadline for application for admission?

There are multiple deadlines for application. Deadlines for international students are earlier than U.S. applications. Please refer to the university catalog or web site ( www.cl.uh.edu ) for details.


What form of financial aid do you offer for the MIS majors?

The university offers various scholarships and the School of Business and Public Administration offers some teaching assistantships. Please contact student services office for details.


What kind of basic computing background do I need to succeed in the MIS program?

Prospective MIS students are required to possess some background in computer literacy such as computer applications or tools. However, some knowledge of computer programming is highly recommended.  The degree coursework then equips students with the computing skills expected of an MIS graduate.

What are the differences between the Computer Science and Management Information Systems programs?

In a simplistic language, a computer science program tends to be focused on hardcore computer programming, where graduates typically work as programmers in a company, whereas an MIS program blends business education and computing technology, and prepares students to primarily develop and support computer business applications for a company. Thus, there is some overlap in course curriculum between the two programs. 

Why are there many computer science courses in the core requirement of MIS program?

We are preparing students who will be able to handle almost all kinds of computing jobs in industry.


There is only one elective course for the MIS majors. What is the best course?
You can choose a course that would further strengthen your computing skills, or a course that simply interests you.


Can I major in MIS on a part-time basis or at night?
Yes. The MIS program is a full-time/part-time program. Most of our courses are offered in evenings; thus helping working students.

Is there any particular order that I should follow while taking courses?
Yes. The catalog defines the prerequisites for each course. Also you are encouraged to visit with the academic advisor, who has a course sequence chart to follow by MIS majors. Moreover, you may also want to talk to your faculty advisor if you need further help.

Can I do double majors in MIS and any other subject area such as Accounting, Finance, or Marketing?

Yes, but there are specific requirements. Please visit MIS academic advisor in the Associate Dean's office to find details about it.

What kinds of job opportunities are available for MIS graduates?

Almost all companies use computer information systems to support their daily business operations as well as decision-making, and there is an IT department in almost every large company. MIS graduates typically work in the IT department to maintain existing information systems and develop new systems.

What are the differences in the job types and job titles for Computer Science (CS) and MIS majors?
Most CS graduates typically engage in jobs that are more technical and less involved with various organizational functions, than MIS graduates.  Common job titles for CS majors are programmer, systems administrator, and network administrator; whereas the job titles for MIS majors are systems analyst, business analyst, database administrator, business application developer, and web developer.

What is internship? Is there any internship for the MIS majors?
Internships are very important ways for students to gain experience while attending college. They can be rewarding and can lead to exciting careers. Please talk to the academic advisors in the School of Business and Public Administration for details.

What is Cooperative Education? How do I become a co-op student?
Cooperative education offers work experience in a real-life environment. It is designed to prepare students for careers by integrating work experience and academic study. The Career Services office administers Co-op education program. Please contact that office for details.

Where do I go if I cannot find answers to my questions?

You should contact MIS Program Chair, or MIS Academic Advisor in the School of Business and Public Administration.


What is the deadline for application for admission?

There are multiple deadlines for application. Deadlines for international students are earlier than U.S. applications. Please refer to the university catalog or web site ( www.cl.uh.edu ) for details.

What form of financial aid do you offer for the MIS majors?

The university offers various scholarships and the School of Business and Public Administration offers some teaching assistantships. Please contact student services office for details.

What are the basic requirements to apply to the graduate MIS program?
There are basically three requirements: a bachelor's degree in any discipline, transcripts of all previous degrees and courses, and GMAT scores. For the minimum GMAT requirements, please consult the course catalog or visit with a School of Business academic advisor. For international students, TOEFL is also required.

How is the MIS program different from the Computer Science Program?

Typically, a computer science curriculum prepares students for hardcore programming and to develop, maintain, and administer computer systems in any industry. The MIS program focuses on equipping students with skills to develop, maintain, and administer business applications and systems. Neither one is better than the other - they're just different; however, there is some overlap in the coursework for the two majors.

Do I need to have an undergraduate degree in CS or MIS in order to get admission to the graduate MIS program?

It is not necessary to have an undergraduate degree in CS or MIS to get admission into the graduate program. Students with an undergraduate degree in any discipline can apply to the MIS program. However, depending upon the academic background, a student may be required to take appropriate preparatory courses.

Do I need to have technical or computing backgrounds in order to succeed in the graduate MIS program?
 
Technical or computing backgrounds will certainly help to succeed in the graduate MIS program. However, students lacking such background can take necessary preparatory courses and can also choose appropriate electives to fill in any deficiency and graduate with rich repertoire of marketable computing skills.

Graduate students are allowed to take three (3) hours of approved elective courses. What disciplines are acceptable for the courses?
Please refer to the program description for details. Please note that an academic advisor must approve the course to count towards the degree requirements.

How long does it take to complete a master's degree in MIS?
As a full-time student, normally one can complete the program in two (2) years.

I am an accounting major. How do I get some exposure to Management Information Systems?
Accounting majors have the option of working towards an MS/Accounting with a concentration in MIS. It requires a minimum of four (4) courses to be taken from the ISAM rubric. Please get the details about the concentration from an academic advisor or accounting faculty, or consult the current course catalog.

I am an MBA student. How do I get some exposure to Management Information Systems?

MBA students have the option to have a concentration in MIS. It requires a minimum of four (4) courses to be taken from the ISAM rubric. Please refer to the current catalog for details or visit with an academic advisor.

Is there any dual-degree in MIS with any other subject area such as Accounting, Finance, or Marketing?

Please visit with an academic advisor in School of Business Associate Dean's office to learn about the dual-degree programs.

What is a Capstone course and is there any capstone course for MIS program? When should I take this course?
A capstone course culminates students' previous knowledge from other courses in the program. ISAM 5635: Systems Analysis and Design is the capstone course for the MIS program. It should be taken during the final semester of the study.

What kinds of job opportunities are available for MIS graduates?

Almost all companies use computer information systems to support their daily business operations as well as decision-making, and there is an IT department in almost every large company. MIS graduates typically work in the IT department to maintain existing information systems and develop new systems.

What are the differences in the job types and job titles for Computer Science (CS) and MIS majors?
Most CS graduates typically engage in jobs that are more technical and less involved with various organizational functions, than MIS graduates. Common job titles for CS majors are application/system programmer, systems administrator, and network administrator; whereas the job titles for MIS majors are systems analyst, business analyst, database administrator, business application developer, and web developer.

What is an internship? Is there any internship for the MIS majors?

Internships are very important ways for students to gain experience while attending college. They can be rewarding and can lead to exciting careers. Please talk to the academic advisors in the School of Business and Public Administration for details.

What is Cooperative Education? How do I become a co-op student?
Cooperative education offers work experience in a real-life environment. It is designed to prepare for careers by integrating work experience and academic study. The Career Services office administers Co-op education program. Please contact the office for details.

Where do I go if I cannot find answers to my questions?
You should contact MIS Program Chair, an MIS faculty, or an academic advisor in the School of Business and Public Administration.

 
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