Lee Business School to Offer New Information Management Degree

Jun. 22, 2015

The Lee Business School will begin offering a new undergraduate major and minor in information management (IM), pending approval by the Nevada System of Higher Education Board of Regents.

The Bachelor of Science Business Administration in Information Management replaces the BSBA in Management Information Systems (MIS) that was placed on hold during the Great Recession. The business school has continued to offer the Master of Science in MIS.

For now, students will enroll in the MIS major. The degree program is expected to receive Regents’ approval later this year, and students can then be moved into the new IM major.

Industry demand for graduates with information management skills has remained high, said Andrew Hardin, associate dean for research, director of the Center for Entrepreneurship and associate professor of management information systems.

“The IM degree fills the void left by the elimination of the undergraduate MIS degree,” said Hardin, who will be teaching Introduction to Big Data in the fall.

“This will help us send more students into the workforce with the skills needed to collect and analyze the massive amounts of data being generated by today’s companies. Information management majors will gain additional skills that will allow them to develop technological solutions for contemporary business problems.”

The new degree will help meet industry needs because by the year 2025, all progressive companies will rely on highly skilled business technology professionals to be competitive, said Jack Braman, founding member and former CIO of Las Vegas Sands.

“The acceleration of knowledge and rapid advancements in intelligent machines will create new industries and products and will greatly change how we run our businesses,” Braman said.

“The IM degree has been designed to prepare future professionals with the power to use digital technology and information for the development of innovative ideas and to design new productivity processes.”

In addition to Introduction to Big Data, the curriculum includes courses such as Java Programming, Database Management, Business Intelligence, and Big Data Retrieval and Analysis. Given the demand for an applied information technology program, a large number of students are expected to enroll in the new degree program, Hardin said.

Career options for graduates are vast in the growing information systems field, he added. “These positions require skills in business intelligence/analytics, big data, database administration, systems design, networking, security and project management.”

A recent report by Temple University states that 78 percent of information systems students get hired, and 76 percent of those students are satisfied with their jobs. Average beginning salaries are reported as $57,212 for undergraduates and $65,394 for graduates. The 2014-2015 Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook reports that the 2012 median salary for computer and information systems managers was $120,950, and demand for this occupation is expected to grow by 15 percent over the next 10 years.

For more information about the MIS/IM degree, view the academic catalog.