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Old 02-29-2012, 10:19 AM
 
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Hi all,

I'm not posting this in the education section because I want my audience to be business folks.

I'm trying to figure out why people give me the deer in the headlight look when I tell them I have a BS in Management Information Systems.

I've come to the conclusion that HR folks and people in general need to be educated as to what this degree is and how I can contribute to a company. I'm not trying to sound arrogant so sorry if I'm coming across as that. Not my intention. I feel like there needs to be an ambassador for my degree because everyone I run into has no clue.

Without going to google, yahoo, etc... can anyone tell me what they think an MIS degree is? (Don't cheat ) I can say Accounting, Economics, or Political Science and everyone knows what it is, but if I say Management Information Systems, or Information Systems Management people have no clue.

For kicks, once I receive a few responses, I'm going to post all of my MIS classes that I've taken to give a better sense of what it is.

In case you are wondering, yes I am working in the field where MIS degrees are mostly seen so my peers know. Every field should know what an MIS degree is because everyone uses one.
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Old 02-29-2012, 10:24 AM
 
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Hi all,

I'm not posting this in the education section because I want my audience to be business folks.

I'm trying to figure out why people give me the deer in the headlight look when I tell them I have a BS in Management Information Systems.

I've come to the conclusion that HR folks and people in general need to be educated as to what this degree is and how I can contribute to a company. I'm not trying to sound arrogant so sorry if I'm coming across as that. Not my intention. I feel like there needs to be an ambassador for my degree because everyone I run into has no clue.

Without going to google, yahoo, etc... can anyone tell me what they think an MIS degree is? (Don't cheat ) I can say Accounting, Economics, or Political Science and everyone knows what it is, but if I say Management Information Systems, or Information Systems Management people have no clue.

For kicks, once I receive a few responses, I'm going to post all of my MIS classes that I've taken to give a better sense of what it is.

In case you are wondering, yes I am working in the field where MIS degrees are mostly seen so my peers know. Every field should know what an MIS degree is because everyone uses one.
My guess
It has to do with computers and networking systems. You learn how to use SQL and run/setup companies networks / servers. I'd hire you to run my company's network.
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Old 02-29-2012, 10:29 AM
 
Location: Wartrace,TN
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Let me share MY perception of what a person with a MIS degree is.

This individual would work with information technology in developing and reporting on business data useful for managerial purposes.

Some of the systems of the top of my head would be SAP, Oracle (?), A/S 400 systems ect.....

I would not see this as a relevant skill set for smaller businesses but rather larger corporations.
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Old 02-29-2012, 03:20 PM
 
Location: On The Road Full Time RVing
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Without going to google, yahoo, etc... can anyone tell me what they think an MIS degree is? (Don't cheat ) I can say Accounting, Economics, or Political Science and everyone knows what it is, but if I say Management Information Systems, or Information Systems Management people have no clue.

It is a degree given to those who qualified to Manage other people,
who work in Information Systems that manage other persons
company information ( Public or Private ) .
.
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Old 02-29-2012, 05:53 PM
 
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I have a MIS degree. I've never experience a HR person asking what that degree means. It could be different if you are not applying for a field that is not related.

A few reasons that I may not be experiencing people's questions is because I live in a Business Parkway where IBM, Nortel and other major companies are located. I also live in the Duke and UNC.

Can you provide more information about the specific job and located?
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Old 02-29-2012, 06:19 PM
 
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People I've talked to thinks it's just working with computers. I tell them its basically working 1/2 business and 1/2 techwork.
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Old 02-29-2012, 07:16 PM
 
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Actually a management "information system" could be a box of paper index cards!
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Old 02-29-2012, 09:54 PM
 
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In the northeast, most people know what it is. You use information technology to gather and analyze data for management to use during the decision making process. There's a lot of heavy math involved.
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Old 02-29-2012, 09:57 PM
 
Location: Bay Area, CA
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I would guess "Master of Information Science," only because I have the MLIS degree - another about which nobody has any clue, and which stands for "Master of Library and Information Science." But I see now it's a BS in MIS, so that would be an incorrect guess... but yes, I do understand what the IS means!
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Old 02-29-2012, 09:59 PM
 
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I would guess "Master of Information Science," only because I have the MLIS degree - another about which nobody has any clue, and which stands for "Master of Library and Information Science." Am I correct?
I've never heard of MLIS until now. What is involved in that degree?
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