The master of management information systems (MMIS), offered in Wichita and online, is a professional degree that integrates the information systems and business cultures. During their program of study, students focus on the strategic role information systems plays in a business organization. With emphasis on current research activities in the field of information systems, the MMIS degree offers current topical studies that better prepare students for employment in the field.
The MMIS program supports both traditional and emerging career opportunities in information systems. Management of information is core to virtually all sizes and types of organizations and industries, thus a management information systems master ’s degree expands job opportunities for program graduates.
First offered at Friends University in 1990, the MMIS program is one of the most successful graduate programs at Friends. Based on a model for busy adults, the program attracts a diverse group of students from a wide range of educational backgrounds, professional experiences and interests to earn a MIS graduate degree in Kansas.
A continual curriculum review process maintains topical alignment with professional organizations and industry needs. The MMIS curriculum accommodates rapid change in the field of information systems through this continuous alignment process.
There also are four concentrations in the MMIS degree program: business analytics; management information systems; security; and supply chain management and logistics. These concentrations bring like-minded students together through a series of five courses to further develop your expertise.
- The Business Analytics concentration is designed with five courses that draw upon methods and tools, including advanced skills and techniques in statistics, forecasting, data mining and modeling for working with enterprise-level data systems. The primary purpose of the concentration is to make better decisions. This concentration requires prerequisite math skills of at least applied calculus or calculus I and business statistics (or equivalent) along with some programming skills.
- The Management Information Systems concentration extends the MMIS core knowledge with advanced knowledge in analysis and documentation for the implementation, design and application of computer systems that lead to strategic work and the capacity to manage technologies within organizational and managerial systems.
- A Security concentration provides knowledge of security threats and solutions to implement highly secure systems and networks that serve managerial and organizational goals. The concentration emphasizes knowledge of network and cyber security, as well as architecture and design and risk management. Through collaborative work in a seminar course, security policies, processes and operations are investigated and organized to provide a clear understanding of the challenges and opportunities in mitigating security threats and maintaining the integrity of operations.
- The Supply Chain Management and Logistics concentration brings together the human computer interaction with knowing and using important features of ERP systems, conducting lean manufacturing reviews, getting certified in Six Sigma and developing a supply chain to obtain a competitive advantage. This concentration is designed specifically for those involved on the technical side of exporting, importing, and producing and partnering with businesses associated with the I-35 corridor between Canada and Mexico as well as throughout the United States and the world.
- Research, evaluate, recommend and select current and emerging technologies and advise organizations on their application.
- Demonstrate proficiency in collaborative management of IT projects.
- Demonstrate the ability to identify and document stakeholder business needs and manage the analysis, design, and technical aspects of IT projects to meet those needs.