MBA/MS-Information Systems

The MBA/MS-Information Systems combines a broad managerial education with in-depth training in the skills required to manage IT projects, oversee application development, and develop an organizationís IT strategy.  The program is open to all students who have an aptitude for information technology, and it is particularly useful to students with backgrounds in information technology management, computer science, computer engineering, electronics engineering, and related fields.  Students will learn how to manage the organizational challenges facing information systems managers while simultaneously acquiring the skills necessary to manage information systems functions.

The program allows students to receive both the MBA and MS-Information Systems simultaneously upon completion of the required 57-66 credit hours.

All courses in the program are offered on campus; many are also available on-line. You may enroll on a full- or part-time basis, but course availability is greatest during the fall and winter semesters.  

Admission is rolling, and you may begin the program in September or January. May admission is also usually possible for part-time students.

University of Michigan-Dearborn students who have been admitted to the MBA/MS-Information Systems may take up to 6 graduate credits during the final semester of their undergraduate program.


MBA Core Courses (9 courses/27 credits)


ACC 505
BE 530
BPS 516
DS 520
FIN 531
MIS 525
MKT 515
OB 510
OM 521

Developing and Interpreting Financial Information
Economic Analysis:  Firm and Consumer
Corporate Social Responsibility 
Applied Statistical Modeling
Financial Fundamentals and Value Creation
Computer and Information Systems
Marketing Management
Organization Behavior
Operations Management

MBA Applied Integrated Management (4 courses/12 credits in three areas)

  • International Business (3 credits) from: BE 583 The Global Economy: Crisis and Growth (no credit if you have already completed BE 580), FIN 655 International Financial Management, MKT 622 Global Marketing, OB 610 International Dimensions of Management, OM 571 Supply Chain Management
  • Capstone (3 credits): BPS 535 Strategic Planning and Decision Making
  • General AIM Courses (6 credits) from: ACC 616 Corporate Actions and Reactions, BA 605 Managerial Decision Making, BPS 585 Managing Strategic Innovation and Change

MS-Information Systems Core Courses (6 courses/18 credits)

MIS 575
MIS 641
MIS 642
MIS 644
MIS 649
MIS 650

Information Management
Enterprise Architecture and Networking
Information Assurance
IT Policy and Strategy
Business Intelligence
Information Systems Quality (no credit after MIS 640)

Electives or Optional Concentration (3 courses/9 credits)

Tailor the degree to your own interests with an optional MBA concentration in Accounting, Finance, International Business, Marketing or Supply Chain Management.  (Students in the dual-degree program may not earn the MBA Management Information Systems concentration.)  

Alternatively, you may elect courses from our extensive list of graduate business courses.  Students may count up to 3 credits in non-business graduate courses or Business Internship (BI 500, 506, or 560) toward the MBA electives with the approval of the Graduate Programs Office.

Breadth Requirement

  • Complete AIM courses in at least 3 different disciplines.
  • Complete no more than 4 AIM, MBA Concentration, and Elective courses (12 credits) in any one discipline other than MIS.
  • Complete no more than 7 courses (21 credits) in MIS courses after completion of the MBA Core.
  • Complete graduate business courses in at least 7 different disciplines.

No single course may be counted toward more than one requirement or concentration in the dual degree program.

Course Waivers, Exemptions and Transfer Credit

Students may waive any of the MBA Core Courses except MIS 525 if they have equivalent courses in an AACSB business program completed within the previous 10 years and have earned at least a 3.2 post-60 GPA (that is, your GPA in courses taken after your first 60 undergraduate credit hours).  Students who do not meet these criteria may request to have their courses evaluated for waiver credit at the time of admission. Students must have earned a B or better in equivalent courses as a part of a degree program completed within the previous 10 years.

Previous coursework deemed substantially similar to MIS 525 may qualify to exempt students from those courses. Exempt courses must be replaced with other approved courses in the MS-Information Systems degree program.

Regardless of waiver and exemption credits granted, students must earn at least 57 credits in the dual-degree program.

In addition, up to 6 transfer credits for equivalent graduate coursework can be applied to the degree if those credits have not previously been counted toward a degree.

Exemptions, waivers and transfer credit are granted at the discretion of the program faculty.