M.B.A./M.I.S.

Department of Business Administration, College of Business Administration

Department of Information Systems & Quantitative Analysis, College of Information Science & Technology

Vision Statement

In today's context of globally integrated and interdependent businesses, ubiquitous information technologies, and a mobile workforce, it is critical that graduate education provides students opportunities to develop integrated business and technology skills. The primary purpose of this dual degree program is to provide this integration by enabling students to complete the MBA and MS in MIS degrees simultaneously. This track is designed for dedicated students who are willing to take on the challenges related to graduate education from two perspectives—Business Administration and Management Information Systems. As such, this program involves intensive preparation in both business administration and information systems and a specialization in an area that combines both backgrounds. The dual degree program requires 57 hours of course work beyond foundation requirements. Students who wish to pursue this option must work closely with an adviser to develop an integrated plan of study at an early stage.

Program Contact Information

(Business Administration):

Dr. Donald Baum, Graduate Program Chair (GPC)

Mammel Hall (MH) 332D

6708 Pine Street

402-554-2538

dbaum@unomaha.edu

Ms. Lex Kaczmarek, Director

Mammel Hall (MH) 300

6708 Pine Street

402-554-2303

lkaczmarek@unomaha.edu

(Management Information Systems):

Dr. Leah Pietron, Graduate Program Chair (GPC)

Peter Kiewit Institute (PKI) 284D

402-554-2801

pwolcott@unomaha.edu

Ms. Carla Frakes, Advisor

Peter Kiewit Institute (PKI) 176C

402-554-2073

cfrakes@unomaha.edu

Program Website:

http://www.isqa.unomaha.edu/gmba-mis.htm

Application Deadlines:

  • Fall: July 1
  • Spring: November 1
  • Summer: April 1

Application Requirements:

  • Online Application
  • One official copy of transcripts for ALL institutions previously attended
  • Application Fee
  • If English is not the language of nurture, official test scores from the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE exam are required
    • 500 on the written TOEFL
    • 173 on the computer-based TOEFL
    • 61 on the internet-based TOEFL
    • 5.5 on the IELTS
    • 44 on the PTE
  • Minimum GPA of at least 3.0 in undergraduate courses related to proposed major

Program-Specific Requirements:

  • All applicants must have earned a minimum Junior/Senior GPA of 2.85
  • International applicants who do not have a baccalaureate or equivalent degree from an English-speaking institution of higher education in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, English-speaking Africa, Australia, Ireland or New Zealand are required to submit TOEFL scores. The minimum TOEFL score required for the joint MBA/MS in MIS program is 550 for the paper-based TOEFL, or 213 for the computer-based test, or 79 for the internet-based test; or a 6.5 on the IELTS.
  • Entrance Exam
    • Official GMAT score: minimum GMAT score of 500 with a minimum 20th percentile for both the verbal and quantitative portions; or 293 on the GRE (minimum 20th percentile for both the verbal and quantitative portions)
  • Three (3) Letters of Recommendation
    • From individuals who can evaluate your work and/or academic achievement
  • Writing Sample
    • From work or previous academic experiences
    • If you do not have a writing sample, please submit a two-page double-spaced word-processed essay that addresses the following two topics:
      • Discussion of two accomplishments that demonstrate your potential for success in the dual-degree MBA/MIS program
      • Discussion of your unique personal qualities and life experiences that distinguish you from other applicants to the dual-degree MBA/MIS program
  • Resume
    • Include work experience and background
  • Interview: optional
    • Although not required, applicants are strongly encouraged to arrange for an interview with one or more members of the Graduate Program Committees of the MBA and MIS programs by directly contacting the Committee Chairperson of the College of IS&T. Telephone interviews are highly recommended for applicants outside the local area.
  • Students qualifying for admission based on the standard outlined above, but lacking some founding courses, will be granted provisional status until all foundation courses are completed with grades of “B” (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) or better.

MBA-MIS Degree Requirements

MBA Foundation Courses:

Accounting:

BSAD 8110Accounting and Financial Fundamentals

3 credits

or one year of Principles of Accounting at the undergraduate level:
ACCT 2010Principles of Accounting I

3 credits

ACCT 2020Principles of Accounting II

3 credits

Economics:

BSAD 8180Analytical Foundations of Economics

3 credits

or Micro- and Macro-Economics at the undergraduate level:
ECON 2200Principles of Economics (Micro)

3 credits

ECON 2220Principles of Economics (Macro)

3 credits

College Algebra:

MATH 1310Intermediate Algebra

3 credits

MATH 1320College Algebra

3 credits

or their equivalents

English Composition:

A required course for all international students entering the MBA program who are required to take the TOEFL:

ENGL 1150English Composition I

3 credits

MS in MIS Foundation Courses:

Six (6) hours of programming coursework or equivalent experience

CIST 1400Introduction to Computer Programming

3 credits

CSCI 1620Introduction to Computer Science II

3 credits

or equivalent

Select one:

CIST 2100Organizations, Applications and Technology

3 credits

Or

one semester of undergraduate information systems

or equivalent

Select one:

ISQA 8040An Overview of Systems Development

3 credits

or

ISQA 4110Information Systems Analysis

3 credits

And

ISQA 4120System Design and Implementation

3 credits

or equivalent

Select one:

ISQA 8050Data Organization and Storage

3 credits

Or

ISQA 3300File Structures for Information Systems

3 credits

And

ISQA 3310Managing the Data Base Environment

3 credits

or equivalent

Joint Foundation Course:

Statistics can be satisfied by either:

BSAD 3160Managerial Statistics for Business

4 credits

Or

CIST 2500Introduction to Applied Statistics for IS&T.

3 credits

Or

one semester of undergraduate statistics

MBA-MIS Required Courses (42 hours):

MBA Program (21 hours):

BSAD 8060Essential Leadership Skills

3 credits

BSAD 8010Legal, Social and Ethical Environment

3 credits

BSAD 8100/ECON 8210Managerial Economics

3 credits

BSAD 8200Managerial Accounting

3 credits

BSAD 8310Managing Performance in Organizations

3 credits

BSAD 8400Marketing Policies

3 credits

BSAD 8500Financial Management

3 credits

BSAD 8060: this is the first graduate-level course MBA students are to complete

BSAD 8100, BSAD 8200: Pre-requisites to BSAD 8500

MS in MIS Program (21 hours):

ISQA 8060Research in MIS

3 credits

ISQA 8210Management of Software Development

3 credits

ISQA 8220Advanced Systems Analysis and Design

3 credits

ISQA 8310Data Communications

3 credits

ISQA 8380Managing the Distributed Computing Environment

3 credits

ISQA 8410Database Management

3 credits

ISQA 8420Managing the IS Function

3 credits

MBA-MIS Electives: 9 hours from one of the areas of focus listed below

Students must take a minimum of 3 credit hours of the ISQA 8000-level elective courses and a minimum of 3 credit hours of the BSAD or ECON 8000-level elective courses

Students may enroll in a maximum of 6 credit hours of dual-level (8—6) elective courses

Students may pursue an alternate area of focus with the approval of the Graduate Program Committee

Technology Entrepreneurship Focus:

BSAD 8916/ECON 8916Special Topics in Economics

1 - 3 credits

BSAD 8620Valuation of Intellectual Property

3 credits

ECON 8346Economics of Technology

3 credits

ECON 8736/BSAD 8736/BSAD 8736Economics of Entrepreneurship

3 credits

ISQA 8180Electronic Commerce

3 credits

ISQA 8570/IASC 8570Information Security Policy and Ethics

3 credits

Business Process Transformation Focus:

ECON 8346Economics of Technology

3 credits

ISQA 8196Process Reengineering with Information Technology

3 credits

ISQA 8736Decision Support Systems

3 credits

ISQA 8570/IASC 8570Information Security Policy and Ethics

3 credits

ISQA 8810Information Technology Project Fundamentals

3 credits

ISQA 8820Project Risk Management

3 credits

ISQA 8596IT Audit and Control

3 credits

Applied Quantitative Techniques Focus:

BSAD 8080/ECON 8310Business Forecasting

3 credits

ISQA 8156Advanced Statistical Methods for IS&T

3 credits

ISQA 8736Decision Support Systems

3 credits

Select one of the following:
ECON 8300Econometrics

3 credits

ISQA 8340Applied Regression Analysis

3 credits

ISQA 8160Applied Distribution Free Statistics

3 credits

Health Care Information Systems Focus:

ECON 8600Health Economics

3 credits

ISQA 8570/IASC 8570Information Security Policy and Ethics

3 credits

PA 8760The U.S. Health Care System

3 credits

ISQA 8400Clinical Systems Architecture and Function

3 credits

ISQA 8500Readings in Clinical Informatics

3 credits

MBA-MIS Non-Course Requirements:

Each student admitted to the dual degree option will, within the first semester of their enrollment, file a plan of study in close consultation with a graduate advisor.

MBA-MIS Exit Requirements:

Capstone Courses (6 hours)

BSAD 8800Policy, Planning and Strategy

3 credits

ISQA 8950Capstone Management Information Systems

3 credits

All other core MBA courses must be completed prior to enrollment in this course. A requirement of this course is authoring a business case, analysis of that business case, and preparation of teaching materials for that business case. This course must be completed with a grade of B (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) or better.

Six (6) credit hours or fewer may be left in the student’s program

All other core classes must have been completed except for ISQA 8380

Thesis Option

To take this option, a student will be required to enroll in six (6) hours of thesis credit:

MBA Program
BSAD 8990Thesis

1 - 6 credits

MS-MIS program
ISQA 8990Thesis

3 credits

The thesis must be in an area that relates to both the business administration and information systems domains. The Supervisory Committee must include at least one CBA faculty member and one ISQA faculty member.

Total Credit Hours: 57

MBA-MIS-Other Program-Related Information:

Transfer Credits

  • A student may transfer credits into the MBA/MIS dual-degree program subject to the following conditions:

    • No more than 1/3 of the credits for the dual-degree program may be transfer credits

    • No more than 1/3 of the business credits for the dual-degree program may be transfer credits

    • No more than 1/3 of the MIS credits for the dual-degree program may be transfer credits

    • The transfer credits must conform to the transfer policies of the individual programs that make up the dual-degree program

Other Requirements to Complete the Program

Attendance at a minimum of 3 MBA leadership seminars and completion of the integrative business case requirement

Academic Performance

In addition to UNO Graduate College Quality of Work Standards, Dual Degree (DD) students may repeat only once a BSAD 8-0-level course in which they receive any grade, including "W" or "I". Students earning three "C/C+" grades, or a grade of "C-" or below, will be automatically dismissed from the DD program. Dismissed students will be immediately administratively withdrawn from all courses in which they are enrolled for DD credit.

Students who have been dismissed may not enroll in any courses for DD credit in any subsequent semester or summer session until reinstatement has been granted by the Dual-Degree Program Academic Standards Committee (DDPASC) comprised of the 2 GPC Chairs and 1 faculty member from each GPC.

Students who have been dismissed from the DD program may submit a written petition for reinstatement to the DDPASC. Students petitioning the DDPASC for reinstatement may not enroll in any course for DD credit until after the DDPASC has ruled on the petition. Upon receiving a petition for reinstatement, the DDPASC will evaluate the student's written petition for reinstatement. As part of the reinstatement petitioning process, the DDPASC reserves the right to examine the student's academic record and reserves the right to speak to any previous instructor who has taught the student; this information may be used by the DDPASC in the reinstatement decision. Information provided by previous instructors will not be shared with the student. Reinstatement is a privilege and not all students who are dismissed will be reinstated. Students who have been reinstated will serve a probationary period at the DDPASC's discretion and must satisfy the probationary conditions specified by the DDPASC. In addition to probationary conditions, reinstated students will be subject to additional reinstatement conditions as specified by the DDPASC. These reinstatement conditions will include retaking one or more courses in which the student must earn a grade of "B" (3.0) or higher (the exact grade requirements for retaken courses may in fact be higher than "B" (3.0)). Students not satisfying the probationary or reinstatement conditions will be automatically dismissed.

Grades Earned in Repeated Courses

When making decisions related to the Quality of Work Standards issues outlined in the UNO Graduate Catalog, the Dual-Degree Program Academic Standards Committee (DDPASC) will consider the initial grade(s) received in a course as well as the most recent grade received for the course.  This approach differs from the method used to calculate GPA in a student’s mavlink/DegreeWorks file, where the most recent grade replaces the grade received in the previous course attempt.