Management of Info Systems vs Information Systems /Comp Science. Whats difference?

Discussion in 'IT and Computer-Related Degrees' started by AGS, Aug 11, 2011.

  1. AGS

    AGS New Member

    Can anyone elaborate on MIS and Info Syst? How are they related or different? And also on computer science?

    How are they competitive in todays job market?
  2. Jeff Walker

    Jeff Walker New Member

    Functionally, CIS and MIS are often nearly identical. Functionally, CS and CIS programs are sometimes nearly identical.

    But the differences are supposed to be:

    CS - pure programming. May be theoretical or quite practical. But definitely programming. FWIW, Software Engineering programs tend to be less theoretical, yet still programming (though focused more heavily on the entire development process).

    CIS - less programming, with a greater focus on systems administration. This can be a nice degree for someone who wants to work in IT, but not as a programmer. Some CIS programs are programming heavy, however.

    MIS - More about technology management and less about hands-on IT knowledge. Much closer to a business degree than to a CS degree. As mentioned, some CIS programs are also very light on the actual technology and more focused on management of technology.
  3. Jeff Walker

    Jeff Walker New Member

  4. seduflow

    seduflow New Member

  5. major56

    major56 Active Member

    The Minot State U’s-COB is IACBE accredited. MSU is one of 11 colleges /universities in the N. Dakota University System. In that it gets VERY cold (burr!!!) in ND, online would be the way to go. (I have a friend who served with the 91st Missile Wing at Minot AFB (Minuteman missiles) as witness to the brutal ND winter weather)).

    In that there are many MSIS programs available, what about the degree offering from Minot State stands out and/or peaks your interest?
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  6. ThumperSD

    ThumperSD New Member

    If I want to get a job as a systems analyst/business analyst/network admin/DBA, should I stick to MIS? Would a CS major have an advantage for these positions? Or would both be on equal footing?
    I dont want to be a primary developer... at least not towards my mid-career.

    Ive always been a computer geek(more software wise) since I was a kid but the older I got the more I realized I am business minded. I originally majored in accounting then switched to MIS since the pre-reqs are the same (since they are both part of the college of business admin). Some times I regret not going the CS route since math is by far my best basic subject in school. I feel like I can earn a more quantitative degree but developing is something I dont want to do all of my life. I also want to get into management one day and MBA is certainly a possibility.

    Thanks in advance... Im glad I found this forum and thread
  7. seduflow

    seduflow New Member

    the price of it, lol cant get any cheaper i dont think
  8. atrox79

    atrox79 Member

    For your goals, I think you're doing the right thing. There is more math in CS, but there's also a lot more theory, which (while interesting) doesn't necessarily apply directly to business or application. CIS and MIS both seem like good options for what you want to do. CIS leans a little more towards software/cs and MIS leans a little more towards management/business, so it depends on your goal.
  9. ThumperSD

    ThumperSD New Member

    A management position (project manager or computer systems manager) is certainly my dream position and something I want to pursue later in my career. I know it wont happen until later in my career. I want to pursue an MBA in IS (my Uni offers it) but this should only be done after I get some technical experience as well as a reputation of a leader, correct? Im just a bit worried about getting my foot in the door since entry level positions tend to be more technical
  10. AGS

    AGS New Member

    CIS or MIS

    I always wanted to know which ones are in demand...With the cuts a layoffs, usually the managers are the ones to go first so its always good to have a degree that identifies you with some sort of skill level and have a dual MIS...

    I feel its the wise route..... Managers usually get paid high but they are at higher risk of getting layed off...
  11. major56

    major56 Active Member

    Regrettably when RIFs /layoffs occur out of economic uncertainty or necessity, the diversity of degree/s will matter little toward deterrence. The upside though might be in appealing to a new employer (?).
  12. ThumperSD

    ThumperSD New Member

    Id assume that the most valuable employee to the company regardless of degree. I think this is why having various skills (whether obtained via school or experience) will be a great asset for any company.

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