Master of Science in Management Information Systems

The UIC Business Master of Science in Management Information Systems Program prepares you to use technology to improve business practices.

In today’s economy, managing information is critical to the success of a business. Supply-chain management, mass customization, business intelligence and data mining are all key drivers of a successful business, and all require the effective management of large volumes of information using technology systems. Taught by research faculty, the program is designed to train project managers, technology leaders and future CIOs.

With a degree in MIS, you’ll be able to direct companies on how to design, implement and manage systems in ways that have a direct impact on strategy and operational decisions.

GMAT/GRE Waivers

For fall 2022 applicants, the MS in Management Information Systems program offers GMAT/GRE waivers for the following:

  • Graduates of U.S. colleges and universities with a 3.0+ cumulative GPA and 3+ years of post-bachelor’s professional work experience by the start of the program.
  • Current students and recent alums of the U of I system who qualify through Guaranteed Admissions

Please complete the GMAT/GRE waiver request form to find out if you qualify. Please note that competitive GMAT/GRE scores may help your chances of admission and being awarded merit aid.


The UIC Business Liautaud Graduate School MS in MIS is an advanced degree in the application of information technology to solve business problems. Forbes ranks information systems as the 4th-best master’s degree for jobs with a mid-career median pay of $95,500 with projected employment increase for common jobs associated with this degree at 23.3 percent. In 2014, 100 percent of MIS graduates had found employment within six months of graduation.

Cutting-Edge Curriculum

Fast-paced and flexible: The MS in MIS is a 32-credit hour degree program that can be completed in one year of full-time study, or more than one year of part-time study. Students may be assigned additional prerequisite coursework depending upon their academic and professional background.*

The core: The main components of the curriculum consist of core knowledge in enterprise applications and infrastructure, database management and information systems management. Each student must complete the capstone experience as either a design project with an external company or organization or an independent research project.

Prerequisites: Students must meet both the business and technical background requirements. Each prerequisite course may be waived based on equivalent prior coursework or appropriate work experience in the functional area. These courses are prerequisites and will not count towards the minimum degree requirement of 32 hours. Applicants who have not taken all of the prerequisite courses may be admitted on a provisional basis (i.e., with limited rather than full status) and must complete the prerequisites within their first year of enrollment to retain their status in the program.

Areas of specialization: A student in the program may specialize in technical, managerial or a combination of the two areas. MIS courses are organized around three disciplines: Service Operations and Supply Chain Management, Enterprise Information Technology and Technology Project Management, and Data Mining focused on the finance and marketing sectors..

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Program Outcomes

The MIS Program allows you to customize your education to suit your career goals. You may specialize in technical or managerial aspects pertaining to enterprise IT and technology project management, e-business and supply chain management, data management and business intelligence. You will learn problem-solving skills that will help you to frame, analyze and communicate, ensuring a competitive edge when you enter the job market.

Career outcomes: Business intelligence, corporate IT management, healthcare IT, IS consulting, and auditing and compliance.

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In Their Own Words

Swati Iyer, MIS '14

“The most unexpected and probably the most valuable gain from my master’s program has been the strong professional network that I’ve developed through my internship and course projects. It’s given me the opportunity to keep current with industry trends by talking to experienced professionals in the context—and in the places—of their work.”

Swati Iyer, Ernst & Young  |  MIS '14

IDS 594 Innovation and Technology Change

A case study course on successful innovations in technology, their components, strategies and financial structure.

IDS 517 Enterprise Application Design

This course explores building an enterprise application covering applications design and development, methodologies and technologies.

IDS 589 MIS Co-op Experience

This course provides an opportunity for students to apply their learning in a practical real-world setting by working on a MIS project in a business or a nonprofit setting.

INFORMS Graduate Student Organization

INFORMS UIC student chapter provides an extension of our national chapter mission by enabling a supportive network of fellow students and concerned faculty. The goal of INFORMS is to help students learn more about their field and also to prepare them for their careers. The organization offers weekly meetings with corporate speakers discussing the current trends in our diverse field and career opportunities offered at their companies. These meetings provide an opportunity to get information, while ultimately allowing students to network with possible future employers.

Top Job Functions and Average Starting Salary

  • Business Analyst $70,000
  • Consulting $76,000
  • Data Analyst $75,000
  • Data Engineer $79,000

GAMIS Program

Outstanding UIC and UIUC undergraduate students who have an overall GPA of 3.0 in their undergraduate degree and meet 3.0 GPA requirements in selected IDS-related courses can be admitted into the MIS program without having to submit the GMAT or GRE. UIC/UIUC alumni may apply for GAMIS for up to five years after graduation.

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