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Management Information Systems

New Class Added

NOTE: a class that has been added to our fall schedule: INSS 735, Information Systems Security, which is all online this semester. 

Degree Programs

  • BS in Business Administration with concentration in Business Information Systems (BUIS)
  • MS in Management Information Systems (MSMIS)
  • MS in Management Information Systems with concentration in Information Assurance (MSIA)
  • Information Analyst Certificate

Department of Management Information Systems 

Chair's Message
Welcome and thank you for your interest in the Department of Management Information Systems (MIS). As you browse through our Web pages you will learn more about the innovative programs we offer, as well as the stimulating and nurturing environment in which our students are mentored and prepared to become principled information technology (IT) professionals, and our faculty members who are driven to generate ideas that advance the IT practice.

We strive to match the emerging educational needs, driven by the rapidly changing technology, with learning opportunities that address those needs. The recognition of Bowie State University as a National Center of Academic Excellence in IA Education (CAE/IAE) by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) was largely driven by our IA curriculum. Most of the IA courses are certified by Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS): 4011 and 4013 certifications.

Active inquiry and real problem solving are emphasized as a major learning mode in all MIS course offerings. Our courses are delivered in computer laboratories or smart classrooms and include significant online content. Our primary instructional objective is to provide you with the state-of-the-art knowledge and the practical skills you need to be effective on the job from the very first day. You will be equipped with the requisite skills to think critically, demonstrate proficiency, and assume a leadership role in the application of IT in business and societal problem solving as well as in locating and seizing opportunities in the constantly changing marketplace. Our ability to offer both online and traditional classroom components for many MIS courses will enable you to preserve considerable flexibility in your course enrollment options. Furthermore, you will have the opportunity to engage in a variety of IT certification training as well as internship/apprenticeship programs through the auspices of our local business partners. These programs could lead to job placement upon your graduation.

Again, many thanks for your interest in the MIS Department. Please contact me if you need additional information about our academic or other programs. We invite you to visit us if you live in or are visiting the Washington metropolitan area.


With all good wishes,

David E. Anyiwo, Ph. D.

Professor and Chair
Tel:  (301) 860-3626   Fax: (301) 860-3593   Email:



The Department of Management Information Systems offers degree and certificate programs that will prepare you for careers in the analysis, design, implementation, and management of information systems and information technology. Students majoring in our degree programs will become skilled and principled IT professionals who can add value to information management and advance the information technology practice. Information management is one of the fastest growing areas of employment in the United States and other industrialized countries. Corporations, public institutions, and other organizations increasingly rely on information technology (IT) for their day-to-day operation as well as for competitive advantage. 

The MIS Department provides a stimulating and nurturing environment that facilitates intellectual growth, scholarship, and independence for its students and faculty. Students are mentored and groomed to become successful IT professionals. Our educational and service programs add value to our students throughout their matriculation at BSU. You will be prepared for leadership in the application of information technology to solve business and societal problems and to seize opportunities in the evolving marketplace. 

The MIS Department provides state-of-the-art, balanced, and viable information systems education that is aligned to the emerging needs of the market. 

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (Business Information Systems Concentration)        

The thrust of the Business Information Systems concentration is to provide student with strong foundation in the analysis, design, development, implementation, use and management of information systems and technology to create business and societal value. The curriculum provides global IT perspectives, and stresses the acquisition and application of critical thinking, communication, and appropriate managerial skills to information processing and problem solving in business, public sector, and other organizations. You will be equipped to become an effective communication link between the functional area managers and computer specialists in these organizations.  The study program will also prepare you for graduate study and research.

What You’ll Learn

The instructional programs in Management Information Systems will equip you with the practical skills you need to succeed in the job market and beyond. The instructional design engages the student, stimulates critical thinking, and enables practical application of the concepts underlying the course material. Since we are preparing you for service in a workplace that involves considerable teamwork, the teaching strategy emphasizes experiential and peer learning, and includes self and peer assessment of your performance. You learn both the principles outlined in the course material and the industry best practices. Class projects focus on solving real problems on campus, in the students’ workplaces, and elsewhere. of the strong emphasis on integrating writing and presentation skills in most of our courses leads to significant improvement in students’ use of English and in their overall communication skills.

The highly skilled professional faculty develop close working relationships with the students through mentoring activities and incorporating  the use of collaborative tools and other instructional technologies

Student Support Programs

Our outreach programs have enabled our students to gain value through their participation in various activities within the institution and the local community. In particular, students have developed meaningful contact with faculty, alumni, corporate representatives and fellow students through the activities of the MIS Club, internship/practicum assignments, and attendance of professional society meetings.

Furthermore, our students have demonstrated excellence and talent both inside and outside the classroom. Their constant participation in the Opportunity Funding Corporation’s (OFC) Venture Challenge has enabled them to gain the knowledge, skills and judgment they need to prepare for life as entrepreneurs. The OFC Venture Challenge provides student teams from selected historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) with a chance to simulate the real world process of raising venture capital. The Challenge has been held annually in Atlanta, Georgia, since 2001, and involves more than 28 HBCUs from the U.S. and the West Indies. A team of MIS students won the first prize trophy and the outstanding presentation awards in 2004. The team advanced to the MOOT CORP Competition, the preeminent global new venture competition involving the best business schools in the world. 

Career Paths

The Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Outlook Handbook has consistently emphasized the need for professionals with information management and other IT-related knowledge and skills. According to the handbook, employment in the IT fields is projected to grow much faster than the average for all occupations.

Students who graduate with the Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration (with concentration in Business Information Systems) have been employed at the entry or mid- level positions in various business and public sector organizations. Typical positions include:

  • Business information system analyst/designer/developer
  • Business information systems consultant
  • Business information systems project manager
  • E-commerce specialist/consultant
  • Business application systems consultant
  • Business application systems sales representative
  • Database analyst/designer/developer/administrator
  • Information systems analyst
  • Project analyst
  • Information systems auditor

Our MSMIS graduates have held junior and senior managerial positions in the government and industry.  The major employers include the US Departments of Defense, Homeland Security, Education, Agriculture, Treasury, and Commerce, as well as Verizon, Northrop-Grumman, Lockheed-Martin, Booz Allen Hamilton, Computer Associates, and various banks and other businesses and government agencies. Typical positions include:

  • End-user Support/Help Desk Analyst/Manager
  • Software Systems/Programs Analyst/Architect/Designer/Developer/Manager,
  • Data Analyst/Architect/, Data Modeler, Database Developer/Administrator
  • Data Warehouse Analyst/ Architect /Manager,
  • Business Intelligence Analyst/Architect/Designer/Developer/Manager,
  • Enterprise Information Systems (ERP, CRM, SCM, SharePoint, etc.) Analyst/Architect/Designer/Developer/Manager
  • Information Systems/IT Project Manager
  • Enterprise Mobile Analyst/Developer/Architect/Manager, 
  • Web/E-commerce/E-Business  Analyst/Architect /Developer/Manager
  • Network  Analyst/ Architect/Manager
  • Information Systems Assurance/Security Analyst/Architect /Developer/Manager
  • Business Continuity Analyst
  • Computer Forensic Investigator
  • Information Systems/IT Auditor
  • Quality Assurance/Testing Analyst/Manager
  • Cloud Architect/Administrator