Careers and Starting Salaries

Students who earn a Master of Science in Management Information Systems (MS-MIS) report they are in high demand, earn good starting salaries and have opportunities for advancement.

Job Placement
Students in our program are assisted by the Career Management Center in the Mays Business School with career placements. Historically, the career placements for our MS-MIS graduates have been quite favorable. Historically, approximately 75 percent of our students had professional internships while pursuing their degrees and 90-100 percent of our graduates found full-time jobs within 90 days of graduation. The following table summarizes placement and salary data for the last three graduating classes from the MS-MIS program.

Class of 2015 Class of 2016 Class of 2017
No. of Graduates 66 105 116
No. Seeking Jobs 65 104 111
Employment (within 90 days of graduation) 65 (100%) 93 (89%) 100 (90%)
Out-of-State Placement 35% 49%  Unavailable
Salary Average* $78,765 $79,808 $81,528
Bonus/Relocation Average* $10,691 $9,090 $12,068

What are our graduates doing?

Functional Roles

  • 70% – Information Technology
  • 25% – Consulting
  • 5% – Other

Industries

  • 33% – Technology
  • 32% – Consulting
  • 20% – Financial Services
  • 15% – Other

Top Hiring Companies

  • Deloitte
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • Visa
  • ViaSat Inc.
  • Bank of America
  • Ernst & Young

Geographical Placement

  • 63% – Southwest
  • 11% – West
  • 9% – Northeast (New England)
  • 5% – South
  • 5% – Mid-Atlantic
  • 4% – Midwest
  • 3% – International

Future Prospects for Employment and Advancement
Experts report that the job prospects for graduates should continue to grow:

  • An article in Business 2.0 entitled “America’s Best Jobs in the Hottest Markets” identifies information management jobs such as software developer, information technology manager and business process analyst as the highest demand and best paying jobs in America.
  • Demand for information systems managers is skyrocketing with projected 10-year growth rates of 15 percent. This figure is well above the average expected job growth rate for all occupations.

Work Authorization for International Students
The MS-MIS program has been certified as a major within the U.S. Department of Education’s STEM initiative, which focuses on promoting and supporting careers in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. The Department of Homeland Security has determined that (effective May 10, 2016) students who have graduated with a STEM degree may be eligible to apply for a 24-month extension of their Optional Practical Training (OPT), resulting in a maximum of 36 months of OPT. Additional information about OPT is available from the International Student Services office.

*Employment data self-reported by students via survey at the time of graduation.