University of Arkansas

Walton College

The Sam M. Walton College of Business

Master of Information Systems Program

Innovative organizations place high value on cross-disciplinary leaders, and we've positioned our curriculum to meet that demand. When information technology expertise is blended with traditional business disciplines, our graduates can 'pull it all together' to make timely, informed decisions for their employers.


The Master of Information Systems is designed to provide professional preparation for positions in business and government.

Students may concentrate in one of four areas: Information Technology Management, Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Management, Enterprise Systems (ES) Management, or Software Engineering.

Curriculum Overview

Global Immersion

Studying abroad as part of our "Global Technology and Analytics" course, our students gain the skills needed to manage IT with a global perspective.

Study Abroad

Career Outlook

The job market for MIS graduates continues to be strong as the demand for combined technological expertise and managerial skills increases.

Close partnerships with our corporate partners facilitate recruiting, networking and career opportunities.

Who Hires Our Graduates?

Enterprise Systems

Our students gain a competitive advantage through exposure to multiple enterprise systems platforms, coupled with large, real-world datasets.

Enterprise Systems


Master of Information Systems

Master of Information Systems

Program Length: 1 year

Application deadline
February 1st

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Admissions Information
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Related Degree Programs

The Professional MIS program, as apposed to the full-time MIS, can be completed in less than 2 years. Students take 6 hours each semester and meet approximately one Saturday every month.

The Enterprise Systems Graduate Certificate is available in three unique concentrations: Business Analytics, Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), and Enterprise Information Systems (EIS).

Enterprise Systems Chart

Enterprise Systems

Enterprise systems platforms integrate business processes and align IT to support business strategy. Enterprise Systems at Walton College are comprised of four major hubs and support systems, along with access to large, real-world datasets:

  • IBM z10 Mainframe Server
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2012
  • Teradata Database Server
  • SAP Enterprise Resource Planning Software.
Learn more about Enterprise Systems

The MIS Program: Career Information

Industry Job Outlook

As an MIS student, you develop leadership, communication, problem-solving, and analytical skills that are sought after by leading employers around the world.

Career Services for Walton MIS Graduates

The Walton College Career Development Center is available to assist you in developing a personalized career plan. Our team of dedicated professionals can help with career planning and development, resume preparation, interview skills, and job search strategies. Each year, more than 2,000 business-related positions are posted with the Career Center, making it the best source for information systems jobs in the region. Career fairs take place twice a year with regional and national employers participating.

Demand for MIS Professionals

Many of our graduates have gone to work for:
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The Full Time MIS Curriculum

Many courses in the MIS program are team-taught by faculty and industry experts, combining and comparing theory with practical application in real-world scenarios.  Students will develop leadership, communication, problem-solving, and analytical skills that are sought after by leading employers around the world.

Prior to beginning MIS graduate coursework, students must demonstrate proficiency in Systems Analysis & Design, Visual Basic or C#, and SQL by completing the “IT Toolkit” course with a grade of “B” or higher, by examination, or equivalent.

Program Outline

Core Courses-required for all concentrations 9 credit hours
Areas of Concentration (choose one) 15 credit hours
  • Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Management
  • Enterprise Systems (ES) Management
  • Information Technology Management
  • Software Engineering Management
Electives (advisor approval) 6 credit hours

For a more in-depth listing, view the academic catalog.

Admissions Requirements for the MIS Program

Applications for the full-time Master of Information Systems Program should be submitted by February 1st.

Prerequisites for the program include computer systems analysis and a programming language. Business foundations (accounting, economics, finance, and statistics) are also recommended.

Frequently Asked Questions

Only at Walton College you can experience a unique combination of curriculum, enterprise-level computing experience, and a hands-on approach to learning. Employers appreciate the fact that MIS graduates are capable of working with and managing the most current information technologies as well as having the interpersonal skills to excel in a business environment.

The Walton College is the only business school in the world that integrates into their curriculum all of these systems used by Fortune 500 companies:

  • IBM z-10 Mainframe Server
  • Teradata Data Warehouse Server
  • SAP Enterprise Resource Planning Software
  • Microsoft SQL Server Enterprise DBMS and Data Tools
  • Large-scale, real-world datasets from Sam’s Club, Tyson Foods, Dillard’s, Walmart and others

To successfully complete coursework in the Professional MIS, Full-Time MIS, and Certificate programs, students should have a laptop/device that meets the following criteria:

  • Specifications: Preferably 5 years old or less, 4 GB RAM minimum, 4 GB free disk space minimum
  • Operating System: Windows 7, Windows 8.x, or MacOS 10.x (Students using a Mac should install Windows on their machines)
  • Network: Wireless enabled and/or Ethernet port
  • Virus Protection: An up-to-date virus protection software.
  • Walton College Virtual Desktop: Instructions for installing the Virtual Desktop client on your laptop/device can be found in your Walton Connect Blackboard site

Yes. Every year, we have students with a wide variety of backgrounds enter the program and transition successfully into the IS field. To help facilitate this transition and maximize the value of the program courses, we offer “IT Toolkit” transition courses each summer prior to the beginning of the program.

Students applying for the MIS program should have a common body of knowledge of business (accounting, management, economics, and statistics) and ideally will have past educational or professional experience in one or more business areas. Prior to beginning coursework, students must demonstrate proficiency in the following information systems topics: System Analysis & Design, Visual Basic or C#, and Structured Query Language (SQL). This may be accomplished by completing the “IT Toolkit” course (ISYS 511V) with a grade of “B” or higher, or passing a proficiency exam (or equivalent). Students who present excellent credentials with their application, but do not have meaningful exposure to one or more requisite areas may be required to take additional courses during their MIS program, should the advisor feel additional exposure to business or computing topics is needed, outside of program curriculum.

No. The MIS program begins in the Fall semester.

The U.S. News & World Report has listed Software Developer and Computer Systems Analyst as the top two careers in the “100 Best Jobs of 2014.” Learn more…

Graduates of the MIS program have been successfully placed in a variety of positions with large companies such as Acxiom, Dillard’s, J.B. Hunt, IBM, Tyson Foods, Hewlett Packard, General Motors, SAP, and Walmart, as well as smaller firms such as Rockfish Interactive and Orchestro.

AACSB or the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business is the premier accreditation institution for business schools around the world. Nearly 600 institutions worldwide have the accreditation. As an accredited institution, we must follow a set of strict guidelines governing faculty and academic quality, meaning that your degree will be more valuable to both you and your future employer. To learn more about AACSB and what it can do for you see bestbizschools.

Yes, the MIS degree program is currently classified in a category designated as STEM by the Department of Homeland Security.

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