Bloch School

MBA Emphasis in Management Information Systems

The management information systems emphasis at UMKC is part of a comprehensive M.B.A. degree, providing general knowledge of business functions (such as accounting, finance, production, and marketing) and stressing leadership and the social and public responsibilities of those in business. Designed in conjunction with our MIS Advisory Board, the emphasis serves people who plan information technology-related careers with courses that include hands-on use of client-based tools, that emphasize management options and contingencies, and that provide a managerial background for MIS functional processes. The emphasis differs from typical MIS degrees in that it focuses upon requirements determination, business processes, decision-making, and leadership within the MIS functional area. This emphasis provides less content on software design, coding, and testing that you may find at many other MIS degree programs.

The emphasis stresses managing information technology for business advantage. Click here for a website that explains the differences among various types of information technology degrees and discusses current career opportunities in the field.

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bullet Program Requirements

There are general requirements for the MBA plus the following requirements for the Management of Information Systems Emphasis:

Four courses selected from the following:

To promote scheduling flexibility for MIS students, we intend to routinely approve up to two of the following additional courses as part of an MIS emphasis upon request. If you want to take them, please ask for permission by sending an email stating your request to your Advisor or to Professor Pick.

If you are thinking about double-majoring, we recommend a second emphasis in Supply Chain and Operations Management. The Operations Management emphasis includes courses on ERP systems and project management that could be very useful to people planning careers in information systems.

bulletIs MIS for me?

Maybe not.

Our MIS curriculum is best suited for people who already possess entry-level computing skills. The curriculum was designed to build upon a solid foundation of skills or experience with information technology. If your undergraduate major was Computer Science or Computer Information Systems, our Management of Information Systems emphasis should help you move your career into management ranks. Similarly, if you have gained computer skills via on-the-job training or some other informal method, the Management of Information Systems emphasis will give you management skills to assist your move up your career track.

If you do not have extensive formal coursework involving computers nor commercial computer-related experience, you can still do well in our courses and learn a great deal from them, but you may have trouble being placed in a job. Most jobs in this field, especially at the entry level, require specific technical skills. The courses that include a significant hands-on computing component are MIS 5552 and MIS 5529. The remaining classes are more managerial and conceptual than technical.

This degree is an "M of IS" degree rather than an "MIS" degree. That means that this degree is less technical than the typical MIS degree and far less technical than most Computer Science or CIS degrees. Click on this link to go to a website that gives more details about the various types of computer-related degrees and the differences among them. See Professor Pick before you take your first MIS course if you have any doubts about how the MIS emphasis fits with your career path.

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topCourse Scheduling


Our plans are to offer classes according to the following schedule:

(D represents courses generally offered before 5:30 p.m., and E represents courses generally offered at or after 5:30 p.m. All offerings are contingent upon sufficient enrollments.)

Course Number Course Title Spring Summer Fall Comments
MIS 415 Managing the Information Systems Resource D in even years; E in odd years . . Undergraduate course.
MIS 5503 Management Information Systems E. E 8-week MBA core course; 1st half of semester.
MIS 5529 Decision Support Systems .. E .
MIS 5552 Data Base Management .E . .
MIS 5554 Systems Analysis, Design, and Engineering .. E .
MIS 5558 Management of Information Technology E. ..
MIS 5587 Special Topics E. . This is a new course being planned in the general area of technology, big data, and analytics. Tentative title is "Technology and Analytics."

Schedule your courses carefully. Most courses are only offered once per year. Additionally, see the list of requirements above where you can see some measures we are taking to give students more flexibility.

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topRegular Faculty

Roger Alan Pick

Dr. Pick

Pick earned his Ph.D. from the Krannert School of Management at Purdue University in 1984. His research interests are in computer economics and model management as well as web-based support of decision making. His writings on these subjects have appeared in Communications of the ACM, Management Science, Journal of MIS, and numerous other outlets. He teaches courses on computer applications, data management, and management and economics of computers.

Sidne Ward

Dr. Ward

Ward received a Ph.D. in Information Systems from UCLA and an M.B.A. and B.A. from the University of Oklahoma. Her research interests include decision support systems, multi-attribute decision making, coordination technology for geographically-dispersed groups, and information retrieval strategies. Her work on these subjects has appeared in Management Science and other outlets. She teaches courses on the management of information systems, decision support and expert systems, and data base management.

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bullet Our Research Program

Although each of our faculty has unique interests, the thread that is common among all members of our faculty is an interest in decision making in the context of using information technology. Pick has an interest in building decision support systems to support unique modeling needs. He is also interested in supporting the modeling process in order to better facilitate informed decisions in the corporate world. Ward is interested in decision-making behavior and in the impact of system design and information display upon how decisions are made. See faculty members' websites for more details.

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bullet Facilities

Named for Henry W. Bloch, co-founder of H & R Block, the world's largest tax preparation firm, the school is housed in a renovated and expanded facility designed to serve the needs of a modern, urban school of management. In addition to classroom and office space, the heritage hall and executive hall include computer and research laboratories, student lounge, and executive education classrooms. The heritage hall is a blend of one of Kansas City's historic mansions and a modern addition completed in 1988. The executive hall was completed in 2013. The UMKC campus is located just southeast of Kansas City's historic and vibrant Country Club Plaza.

The Bloch School has an open computer lab and two computer-equipped classrooms providing students with access to nearly 100 Intel/Windows workstations and several laser printers. Virtually all computers in the Bloch School are connected to the Internet. Besides the computer lab, the school provides Wi-Fi access, and provides a variety of software and databases including Compustat, CRSP, Eventus, Economagic, ABI/INFORM, Lexis Nexis, Academic Search Premier, EconLit, EDGAR, JSTOR, PAIS International, Sage Public Administration Abstracts, Sage Urban Studies Abstracts, MS Office, MS Visio, and MS Project. Plus, Bloch students may use a number of other open computer labs on campus.

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bullet Financial Aid and Scholarships

For information on loans, grants, scholarships and other financial aid contact the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office. A limited number of graduate assistantships and scholarships are available to full-time students through the Bloch School of Business and Public Administration. Applicants who are working should explore with their employers the possibility of full or partial compensation of fees. Applications for graduate assistantships and scholarships may be obtained through the Student Services Office, Room 115, Bloch School.

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bulletAdvisory Board

Representatives of the following companies have assisted us in curriculum design:

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bulletHow to Reach Us

For application forms and information about enrolling in the M.B.A. program, contact:

Office of Student Services
UMKC Henry W. Bloch School of Business and Public Administration
5110 Cherry Street, Room 115
Kansas City, MO 64110-2499 US

or call +1 (816) 235-2215

or e-mail to

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Last revised: 1 May 2015.
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