Business Administration—Management Information Systems Concentration

Business Administration—Management Information Systems Concentration


Western's Business Administration majors explore leadership roles in business and the community, providing students with the perceptual and analytical skills necessary to make decisions and evaluate policies in business, and develop an understanding of the social, economic, and regulatory environments in business. All  students earning a degree in Business Administration develop significant understanding of  management information systems and computing.  

In the Management Information Systems (MIS) Concentration students learn how information technology can contribute to an organization, and how to develop and apply information technology based business solutions. The concentration teaches students to combine their understanding of business, information systems, and technology to help organizations compete more successfully by streamlining current operations. 

Western’s Decision Sciences Department is part of the College of Business and Economics, which prepares students for positions of leadership and stewardship in management and administration sectors of complex organizations—from small companies to large multinational enterprises.

95.6% of Management Information Systems graduates are either employed or continuing their education within six months of graduation, of those who responded to Western's 2015-2016 Employment Survey

Beyond the Classroom

Most companies are looking for people with real world experience, which is why Western students receive encouragement and support in finding relevant internships. Student internships often provide valuable industry connections and can lead to a job offer after graduation. Other ways to network and gain extracurricular experience include:  

  • Study Abroad: Study business at institutions around the world through Western's study abroad program.
  • Management Information Systems Association (MISA): The MISA engages and educates current and future MIS students. MISA hosts industry professionals, visits companies and tours their facilities, has a virtual mentor program, and creates group events for networking purposes.

Careers and Graduate Studies

Management Information Systems opens the door to many high-tech jobs in this fast paced field. You may work in areas as diverse as managing networks, databases, IT projects, telecommunication systems, computer security systems, or websites. Your work setting can range from deep inside a datacenter to a system consultant overseeing projects in a foreign country. 

Employers of Recent Graduates: 

  • ATG Stores: .NET Web Applications Developer
  • Boeing: IS Analyst, Programmer, Information Technology (IT), Network Architect, Functional Analyst, IT Systems Analyst, and Programmer Analyst 
  • Costco: Accounting Report Analyst
  • Expedia: Web Analyst 
  • Holland America: Database Administrator 
  • Imprev: Systems Engineer 
  • Larson Gross PLLC: IT Assistant
  • Liberty Mutual: IT Analyst 
  • Microsoft: Associate Consultant
  • Northwest Business Technology Group: Technician  
  • Peace Corp: Assistant English Teacher/Computer Operations 
  • QuickPivot: Technical Consultant
  • Safeco: Quality Assurance IT Analyst 
  • Seattle Area Pipe Trades: IT Administrator 
  • SPIE: Software Engineer
  • Suddath Relocation Systems LLC: PC Technician
  • Starbucks: Contract Specialist 
  • Teleion Consulting: Associate Analyst
  • Trans Ocean Products: Application and Report Developer 
  • Western Washington University: Project Analyst



Sample Jobs

  • Systems Analyst 
  • Computer Systems Manager 
  • Software Test Analyst 
  • Administrator 
  • Database Administrator
  • Software Developer
  • Business Analyst
  • Website Developer

Requirements and Course Details

To learn more about this program, including grade requirements, a course listing, how to declare the major, and more, see the Program of Study Details.