Information Systems and Quantitative Analysis
The study of Information Systems and Quantitative Analysis involves application of computers, mathematics, statistics, and other quantitative techniques in the solution of a wide variety of business problems. While computer science often concentrates on building the computer tools which make computers useful, it is information systems and quantitative analysis which specifically focuses on effectively applying these tools in the solution of everyday business problems.
The discipline of information systems (IS) includes the acquisition, deployment and management of information systems resources. IS encompasses the development, implementation and management of computers, communications and data for organization-wide systems as well as departmental and individual technology systems. It also includes the responsibility for acquiring new information technology and incorporating it in the organization’s strategy, planning and practices.
IS also includes the development and evolution of organizational infrastructure and systems to support organizational processes by applying methods, techniques and technology. The creation of information systems requires innovative and quality human machine systems and interfaces as well as recognition of socio-technical design issues and change management.
The Bachelor of Science in Management Information Systems has been accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET, Inc., the recognized accreditor of college and university programs in applied science, computing, engineering, and technology. ABET accreditation demonstrates a program's commitment to providing its students with a quality education.
More information about the College’s accreditation and learning objectives can be found online at http://accreditation.ist.unomaha.edu. Specific program educational objectives for the ABET accredited programs in Management Information Systems can also be found on the following Web page: http://www.ist.unomaha.edu/?p=about/abetaccred
Bachelor of Science in Management Information Systems
The Bachelor of Science in Management Information Systems (BIS) degree will provide the students with the educational background for pursuing an exciting career in applying computers in business and government to process data and solve a wide variety of business problems. The computer is an important tool, which processes information for management decision-making.
Managers can be more effective and efficient when assisted by computer-based information systems. The student will learn how the computer can be applied to produce information both for controlling the day-to-day operations of a business and for planning for the future of that business. Information systems and quantitative analysis produces the educational background appropriate for pursuing career opportunities in business data management, management information systems, information centers, systems analysis, systems design, decision support, information security, electronic commerce, and other related areas.
A minimum of 120 credit hours is required for the degree. Thirty of the last 36 hours required for the degree must be registered for and carried at UNO. Registration in courses without having taken the stated prerequisites could result in administrative withdrawal. To obtain a BIS a student must fulfill certain university, college and departmental requirements listed below.
Integrated Undergraduate/Graduate Track (IUG) in Management Information Systems
The department of Information Systems and Quantitative Analysis offers an Integrated Undergraduate/Graduate Track which allows dedicated students to complete the BS and in MIS undergraduate degree and the MS in MIS graduate degree in five years. The primary purpose of UNO’s College of IS&T’s integrated undergraduate/graduate (IUG) track in MIS is to provide outstanding students in the College of IS&T an option to complete the BS undergraduate degree in MIS and the MS graduate degree in MIS in five years (147 total hours). The IUG program is designed for dedicated students who are motivated and willing to take on early the challenges relating to graduate education. As such, the program involves both intensive study and preparation in the MIS field. Interested students are encouraged to meet with their adviser to find more information about this track.
Second Baccalaureate Degree
A student who has met the degree requirements for a BS in MIS at the University of Nebraska at Omaha must complete a minimum of 30 additional semester hours at the University for a second, (different), degree. In particular, students interested in obtaining a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration should plan early in their academic career with an adviser to reduce the number of hours needed to accomplish this task. ISQA, in conjunction with the College of Business Administration, has developed a set of courses, which can satisfy requirements in each college. The two baccalaureate’s degrees may be awarded simultaneously when the student becomes eligible to receive them.
Minor in Management Information Systems
A minor in management information systems may be obtained by completing ISQA 3310, ISQA 3910 and ISQA 4110, plus three hours of upper-division information systems and quantitative analysis courses in management information systems. A grade of “C-” or better is required in each course applied toward this minor in management information systems.
Minor in Management information Systems for Accounting Majors
Courses have been approved by the departments of ISQA and Accounting as specifically relevant to students in the accounting area. The prerequisites are consistent with course requirements of accounting students.
Minor in ERP Systems for Business Majors
Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems such as SAP, PeopleSoft or Oracle are used to integrate internal and external management of information across an entire organization-embracing finances/accounting, manufacturing, sales and service, customer relationship management, etc. The purpose of ERP is to facilitate the flow of information between all business functions inside the boundaries of the organization and manage the connections to outside stakeholders. The college of IS&T offers a verity of courses that utilize ERP systems as a technology platform to apply course concepts.
Undergraduate certificates allow the college of IS&T to offer a path for individuals who do not hold a baccalaureate to advance their education along a focused, professional-orientated course of study and to have those studies acknowledged, documented, and later (should the student so desire) to a related bachelor’s degree program.
The goal of the certificate is to provide non-traditional and traditional students an opportunity to take a focused set of undergraduate courses and earn a certificate of completion. Prospective students in the workplace who have only an Associate Degree would benefit from advanced certifications in targeted areas. Such certifications fit with organizational professional development requirements and could be used, at the discretion of the organization, as professional development units (PDUs).
Data Management (DM) is the practice of managing data-related issues for organizations. Data management practitioners seek to optimize the design, storage, and use of organizational data.
Systems Development practitioners seek to optimize the design, implementation, and use of information systems for organizational purposes.
Information Technology Administration
The undergraduate certificate in Information Technology (IT) Administration is designed for students who are interested in managing the complex technical infrastructure of today’s organizations and is offered in partnership with University of Agder in Norway (UiA), a sister university to UNO. The certificate consists of 14 credit hours of hands-on courses, covering such areas as systems administration, network administration, database administration, security administration, and distributed systems. All courses will be offered online. Students will take courses taught by both UNO and UiA instructors and will have the opportunity to work with students residing in a country other than their own.
Integrated Undergraduate/Graduate Track (IUG) in Management Information Systems
The IUG track is a 147-hour undergraduate-graduate option that allows eligible students to work toward the MS in MIS degree requirements while completing their undergraduate degree. Students interested in this option will work closely with an adviser and a faculty mentor to develop an integrated plan of study.
Time of admission to the program: Students will be eligible for admission to the integrated degree program when they have completed their junior year in the College of IS&T. Students can apply for consideration in the last part of their junior year. Student will start taking courses in the graduate program in their senior year.
Joint admission: Students must apply to and meet admission requirement of the MS in MIS graduate program.
Plan of Study: In consultation with an adviser and a faculty mentor, students will be required to prepare a plan of study. The plan will cover the entire time period of the program and it will be periodically reviewed with an adviser.
Advising: Students will present their portfolio and a plan of study in person to the integrated program committee prior to being admitted to the program.
Tuition charges: Students will be required to pay graduate tuition rates when taking graduate courses.
Admission Requirements and Procedures
- Students with junior standing and at least 85-90 hours of completed course work in their undergraduate degree program may apply for admission consideration into the integrated undergraduate/ graduate (IUG) track.
Interested students will be required to present a “portfolio” of the following credentials. Whenever possible, candidate students will be required to present their “portfolio” in a presentation to the IUG Selection Committee.
- Three letters of recommendations, at least two from faculty.
- Statement of intent---a personal statement about why the student wishes to apply for the IUG track.
- Undergraduate transcripts
- Other supporting documents (e.g., projects and papers, software, work experience, etc.) should be included where possible.
- Students are highly encouraged to identify and work with a faculty mentor who knows their background and can champion their application to the IUG track.
- All applicants will need to meet any other admission requirements established for the MS in MIS program. Other Requirements:
- The application to the IUG track will be considered as a complete package and therefore obtaining a high UGPA and/or GMAT/GRE Score is not a guarantee of admission.
- Students are allowed to apply up to 9 hours of ISQA 8xx5 or ISQA 8xx6 courses towards the undergraduate degree.
MISSO - the MIS Student Organization - was founded in 1999 and has been an active part of UNO ever since. In the past few years, MISSO has hosted guest speakers from a variety of information systems-related companies and organizations. MISSO has also sponsored field trips, workshops, and a variety of social events.
MISSO’s goals are:
- To provide a sense of community and camaraderie among students enrolled in and/or interested in the MIS program.
- To provide MIS students with career development advice and contacts through professional and social events.
- To provide students with presentations by and valuable contacts with professionals in business and industry.
MISSO has a general meeting once a month, usually featuring a guest speaker. In addition, other activities are planned. MISSO membership is open to all UNO and UNL students. Students of all majors who are interested in the field of information systems are invited to join the meetings. http://www.isqa.unomaha.edu/misso.htm
For more information, contact the academic advising office at 402-554-3819.