College of Business

Why Study Management Information Systems?

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Management Information Systems (MINS) is the study of how technology can be used to solve business problems and create new business opportunities. The MINS program at Chico State focuses on a mix of applied computer systems knowledge, communication and interpersonal skills, and a practical business orientation to produce graduates who have technical savvy as well as a deep understanding of business functions and processes.

According to a 2012 U.S. News & World Report, 5 of the top 10 jobs in America (Software Developer, Database Administrator, Web Developer, Computer Systems Analyst and Computer Programmer) are in the Information Systems area. Employment in these IS-related occupations is expected to rise 30% between 2010 and 2020. With a global shortage of skilled people in information and communications technology, the salaries for MINS graduates are amongst the highest enjoyed by Chico State graduates.

MINS may be right for you if you have the right stuff, including…

  • Excellent problem solving skills
  • Ability to think strategically about technology
  • Ability to manage time and resources
  • Understanding of “the big picture” as well as the “small details”
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Desire to work closely with co-workers
  • Eagerness to accept responsibility for development and implementation of new ideas

“The best way to predict the future is to implement it.”

  -   David Heinemeier Hansson