Business Analytics / Information Systems

Frequently Asked Questions

Part 1: General Questions

Why is the degree name changing from Management Information Systems (MIS) to Business Analytics and Information Systems (BA&IS)?

The term "Management Information Systems" reflects the critical and varied role that Information Systems plays in organizations. While information systems in organizations have many different applications, over the last many years the power of information systems to support business analytics initiatives has been a major theme in the industry. Businesses now are increasing data-driven in all aspects of their operations. Our courses in the Muma College of Business reflect this data-intensive nature of information systems applications. The faculty in the ISDS department is also world renowned for their credentials and specializations in exactly this focus - Data Analytics and Business Intelligence. The new name – Business Analytics & Information Systems – reflects our current and exciting curriculum that has a strong foundation in business, data, analytics and information systems. This is also going to be a major asset for our students as they enter the workforce where business analytics and information skills are increasingly intensely sought after.

What is the difference between a degree in MIS and Business Analytics and Information Systems?

Businesses today are so reliant on systems and technology and there is such a wide range of applications that information systems and technology enable for the 21st century firm. A typical degree in Management Information Systems prepares students for a broad range of information systems careers in businesses. A degree in Business Analytics & Information Systems continues to do this, but also offers students a strong foundation in data and analytics to reflect the growing trend where business analytics needs and applications drive the demand for information systems applications. Hence, while the coursework will be similar, students will have access to more data/analytics courses in the new major. Also the core courses and capstone experience will integrate business analytics into their content as well.

How has the curriculum changed and when does the curriculum change take place?

Currently, each of the core courses includes data analytic components. Beginning in fall 2016, more emphasis will be placed on the business analytics components in each of the core courses. Additional data analytics related electives are being added to the curriculum to offer a wider selection of related courses for students. In addition, Operations and Supply Chain Management currently required for the major is moving to the business core. There is also a choice between taking Business Data Communications or Business Intelligence as a required core course. Also see the response to the question listed further below "What are the course requirements for the MIS degree? What are the course requirements for the Business Analytics and Information Systems degree?".

When will the name change be effective?

The name change goes into effect fall 2016.

Will employers understand the value of the Business Analytics and Information Systems degree?

The Business Analytics and Information Systems degree will more accurately describe the skill set that students will graduate with upon completion of the major. Employers recognize the highly sought after skills of data analytics and business intelligence that is now reflected in the name for the major. We are starting to see the early stages of a national trend in business MIS programs reflecting this focus. This program at the Muma College is at the forefront of this change.

Is graduating with a degree in Business Analytics & Information Systems more valuable in the marketplace than the MIS degree?

The marketplace today values knowledge, skills and the abilities students bring as much as they value a "name" or "credentials". While we are delighted and proud of the new name, ultimately it is the knowledge that students have from a program such as this that makes the student competitive and highly sought after in the marketplace. Rest assured that both the "old" management information systems program and the "new" business analytics & information systems program achieve this goal of ours to equip our students with the best and most relevant knowledge and skills necessary for succeeding in the business world.

Part 2: For Prospective Students and current "Pre-MIS" students.

The degree is named Business Analytics and Information Systems. Do I need to choose a track, either Business Analytics or Information Systems?

The Business Analytics and Information Systems degree is comprehensive and students do not need to choose between Business Analytics or Information Systems. Students will graduate with skills in both analytics and information systems and will be prepared to enter the market place with careers in analytics and/or information systems.

Can I concentrate in other areas of technology in the Business Analytics and Information Systems degree?

We have concentrations in the areas of cybersecurity and healthcare.

Is there anything I need to do to graduate with the Business Analytics and Information Systems degree?

Other than of course choosing this as your major and doing all required coursework, no! All students that are enrolled in fall 2016 will automatically be coded as a Business Analytics and Information Systems degree seeking student.

Part 3: For Current MIS students planning to graduate in December 2016 or later.

Is there anything I need to do to graduate with the Business Analytics and Information Systems degree?

Other than of course choosing this as your major and doing all required coursework, no! All students that are enrolled in fall 2016 will automatically be coded as a Business Analytics and Information Systems degree seeking student.

I declared a major in MIS, and I want to graduate with a major in MIS. Can I still graduate with the MIS degree?

Yes. Students that entered the Muma College of Business before fall 2016 as MIS degree seeking students and anticipate graduating after fall of 2016 do have the option to graduate either with the MIS degree or the BA&IS degree.

Students that would like to graduate with a degree in MIS need to send an email to both Michelle Jenkins at mjenkins@usf.edu and Jaime Lynn at jalynn@usf.edu before the deadline to apply for graduation. The subject of the email should read: "Request for MIS degree" and the body of the email should state: "I want my degree to read MIS and not BA&IS."

Are there changes in course requirements and electives that affect my graduation path or enrollment?

For the MIS degree ISM 4220 was required. For the Business Analytics & Information Systems major you can choose between taking ISM 4220 (Business Data Comm) OR ISM 4402 (Business Intelligence). Other than this, the program itself is not very different since most of our ISM courses already reflected the business analytics content. You will of course see more of the business analytics focus in both how the core courses and capstone course are run.

Note: students graduating in May or August 16 will still graduate as MIS and will absolutely need to have taken ISM 4220 (Business Data Comm)

What are the course requirements for the Business Analytics and Information Systems degree?

Business Analytics & Information Systems major requirements (15 hours)

Note: Operations & Supply Chain management will still be required but is likely to be part of the Muma business core starting Fall and will hence be required of all business students and so is not listed here explicitly

Electives (9 hours)

What were/are the course requirements for the MIS degree? (Note: all MIS students who graduate in May 2016 or August 2016 will still need to follow this sequence below).

Major Requirements for the B.S. Degree (18 Hours)

Electives (9 Hours)

Part 4: For Current MIS students graduating in May 2016 or August 2016

There are no changes for students graduating in May 2016 or August 2016. Please follow the exact same requirements for the MIS degree as before.