With the growth in Internet-based companies and the digitization of processes and data in traditional companies, the demand for business analysts, data analysts, and information systems professionals is growing in most economies. The MIS minor offers Business and other Mason undergraduate students a focused set of courses that provide them foundational knowledge and skills in management information systems. The focus is on applying information systems solutions to business problems. The minor is not intended for MIS/IT/CS majors. It is intended for students who could benefit from a deeper understanding of MIS as it relates to their major. The benefit of being able to apply information systems solutions in their chosen career would make the students more marketable/attractive to employers in an increasingly digital economy. The MIS minor offers a useful and attractive option for both business and non-business students.


At least eight credits must be unique to the minor and not applied toward any other major, minor, or concentration. Students must achieve a grade of C or better in each course that is applied toward the minor.

For policies governing all minors, see AP.5.3.4 Minors. The School of Business residency requirement for this minor supersedes the university requirement: at least nine credits must be earned at Mason.

Banner Code: MIS

Minor Requirements

Total credits: 15

Required Courses

MIS 303Introduction to Business Information Systems3
MIS 310Database Management Systems3
or IT 214 Database Fundamentals
MIS 320Networks and Security3
MIS 330Systems Analysis and Design3
Total Credits12


Choose one course from the following:3
CS 112Introduction to Computer Programming
IT 106Introduction to IT Problem Solving Using Computer Programming
IT 109Introduction to Computer Programming
IT 322Health Data Challenges
IT 324Health Information Technology Fundamentals
MIS 350Introduction to Programming for Business Applications
MIS 410Advanced Database Systems
MIS 412E-Business Systems Development
MIS 415Information Systems Audit and Control
MIS 420Information Security and Assurance
MIS 430Data Warehousing
MIS 431Data Mining for Business Applications
MIS 491Seminar in Management Information Systems
Total Credits3