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Improve business performance through technology.

Prepare for new career opportunities.

Organizations use Information Management Systems to collect, process, and store data, and then distribute that information to those who need it. These information systems are an indispensable tool for managers in almost every discipline, who analyze and interpret the data and information, and use it to make decisions and increase effectiveness and efficiency. This program is delivered online.

Frequently Asked Questions
  • What is the high school GPA requirement to enroll into Baker?
    Baker College has a “right-to-try” admission policy. That means all students who have earned a high school diploma or its equivalent, such as a General Educational Development  (GED) certificate, are accepted at Baker. Find out more by reading our Undergraduate Admissions Requirements or by talking with an admissions advisor.
  • Can I take classes without a high school diploma or GED?
    If you haven't earned a diploma or a GED certificate, you may be able to take classes at Baker College. We will ask you to take placement tests to ensure you have the foundation of knowledge you need to successully complete college-level studies. Please contact the Admissions Office to learn more about our placement testing and admissions policy. Note: This does not apply to online students; for Baker Online, a diploma or GED certificate is required.
  • How do I apply for Financial Aid?
    Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) using the school code for the Baker College Campus that you plan to attend. Remember, you must apply for financial aid every year. New applications are available after January 1st each year. Always complete your FAFSA as early as possible. To help speed the application process, we encourage you to have your taxes completed prior to applying. The Federal government’s FAFSA website allows you and/or your parent or guardian to link to the IRS website to retrieve tax information. Note: Students and parents of dependent students are required to apply for a Personal Identification Number (PIN) in order to sign the FAFSA application electronically. Please visit www.pin.ed.gov for more information.
  • How do I apply for a student loan?
    Once you have applied for financial aid, you will receive a Financial Aid Notification package from the Financial Aid office. Your FAFSA serves as the application for the Student Loan. If it is determined that you qualify for student loan funds, the eligibility amounts will be listed on your award notification, and a student Loan Request Form will be included with the award package. The Loan Request Form must be completed and returned to the Financial Aid Office before the loan process can begin. If you are a new student and would like to request student loan funds to help cover your educational expenses you will need to:
    • Complete the paper loan request form indicating the amount you would like to borrow.
    • Sign and date the form.
    • Return the form to the Financial Aid office.
    If you are a returning student and would like to request student loan funds to help cover your educational expenses you will need to:
    • Log into the SOLAR system.
    • Select STAR System.
    • Select Financial Aid office.
    • Select Loan Request.
    • Select the appropriate financial aid year and click Continue.
    • Select the type of loan you would like to request and click Continue.
    • Read the Stafford Loan Request Authorization information and click I Agree.
    • Type in the requested dollar amount and click Submit Request.
  • How do online classes work?

    After you enroll, and are accepted to your online program, you sign-up, or "register" for your first courses. Like all Baker Online students, you will begin your online experience with a three-week online class designed to orient you to the Baker Online classroom, and review the expectations and requirements of Baker Online students. When you have completed this course successfully, you can move on to additional online courses.
  • Is Baker College Online accredited?
    Baker Online is part of Baker College, a private, non-profit, accredited, degree granting, higher educational institution with locations throughout Michigan. As an accredited college, Baker College has been granted legal authority by the state of Michigan to operate as a nonprofit educational corporation and is empowered to grant certificates, associate, bachelor, master, and doctoral degrees. It is approved for veterans’ benefits. Baker College is recognized as an institution of higher education by the U.S. Secretary of Education, U.S. Department of Education. All Baker Online undergraduate and graduate programs are accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant. Some Baker Online graduate programs have additional accreditation:
  • Does Baker provide any help in my job search?

    As a graduate of Baker College, you are eligible for our Lifetime Employment Services, which include:
    • Job searching techniques
    • Resume and cover letter assistance
    • Job interview questions
    • Job postings
    • Relocation tips
  • Is Baker accredited?
    Yes. Baker College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org. Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

    Additional Accreditations

    Baker has also earned specialized accreditations for programs and degrees in:
    • Business Administration
    • Engineering and Technology
    • Health Sciences
    • Human Services
    • School of Education
    • School of Nursing
    For details about these specialized accreditations, see the individual Programs and Degrees pages.
  • How can I send a copy of my official transcripts to another organization?
    To access your transcripts, log into the SOLAR System, select the Star System and select the Academic Office. Once there, click on the transcripts link.

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Program availability varies by campus. Please contact the Admissions Department on your campus to learn more.

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Information Systems

Improve business performance through technology.

Prepare for new career opportunities.

Organizations use Information Management Systems to collect, process, and store data, and then distribute that information to those who need it. These information systems are an indispensable tool for managers in almost every discipline, who analyze and interpret the data and information, and use it to make decisions and increase effectiveness and efficiency. This program is delivered online.

Career Facts

$119,460

Median salary for General and Operations Managers

5%

Estimated employment increase by 2022 for General and Operations Managers

$127,640

Median salary for Computer and Information Systems Managers

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Overview

Overview

Baker’s Information Systems MBA degree is designed for executives and managers who work in departments other than information systems, and need to understand how these technologies are used in the decision-making process.

Through our curriculum, you develop a working understanding of emerging technologies and Information Management Systems and, through hands-on experience with business analysis tools, learn how they can be used to complement and improve teamwork, leadership, project management, and customer service.

As a graduate, you’ll be able to combine your core expertise with fluency information systems to improve performance and develop new opportunities.

Course Information

Course Information

MBA Major Course Rotation Schedule 2015 – 2017  [PDF 13KB]

Information Systems Management Major Requirements20 Hours
Course Number Course Title Credit Hours

MIS 511

4 Quarter Hours

Provides an overview for students of Information System, and prepares them to be successful in their professional roles as well as for future academic studies in the field. An emphasis is placed on how management can use information and information technology to gain competitive advantage, increase productivity, and make better and timelier decisions particularly when formulating business strategy and policy.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in CGS 501
Management Information Systems 4

MIS 521

4 Quarter Hours

Guides an IS project manager through the what, when, and how of the work necessary to take a project from its fledgling idea to successful deployment in an efficient and effective manner. This course will provide the tools, skills and knowledge for successful planning, organization, and implementation of information systems and emphasizes the use of real-world examples and applications. Common mistakes and pitfalls in project management when used in designing information systems will be discussed. Topics covered include project scoping, estimating, budgeting, scheduling, tracking and controlling.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in CGS 501
Information Systems Project Management 4

MIS 531

4 Quarter Hours

Prepares students to be able to manage, within organizational settings, the major concepts and frame work, design and implementation of databases. It examines the theories, concepts, and application issues associated with the design and implementation of database management systems. Topics include requirements analysis, user specifications, design strategies, implementation, testing, growth, maturity, and obsolescence. Other topics include relational and distributed databases, business implications of database design, data integrity, and security.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in MIS 511
Database Design and Management 4

MIS 541

4 Quarter Hours

Provides a baseline level of knowledge for success in industry and preparation for networking certifications, including the MCSA, MCSE, CNA and CCNA designations. Students are exposed to new industry topics such as Networked Attached Storage (NAS), Cable Installation and Management, as well as Fixed and Mobile WiMAX. With a focus on networking operating systems, this course provides up-to-date coverage of Microsoft Windows XP and Server 2003 technologies along with UNIX, Red Hat Linux, and Novell Netware operating systems.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in MIS 511
Data Communications and Networking 4

MIS 611

4 Quarter Hours

Examines a variety of different types of computer supported systems including transactional systems, knowledge systems, management systems, e-systems among others. We will be concerned with being able to understand how to represent systems of various types. Starting with requirements, one may ask, how do we create some representation of a system – either “to-be” or “as-is”. The answer to this question will take us to the world of functional analysis and object oriented analysis with some stops in between to look at requirements analysis and the user interface.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in MIS 511
System Analysis and Design 4
Business Requirements Major Requirements33 Hours
Course Number Course Title Credit Hours

BUS 572

4 Quarter Hours

Evaluates a variety of human resource issues facing corporations and businesses today. These include employee development, performance appraisal systems, job design, hiring and dismissal processes, career management strategies, legal issues, morale monitoring, domestic and global labor market problems, as well as how cultural and economic factors influence the effectiveness of human resource management.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in BUS 678
Human Resource Management 4

BUS 615

4 Quarter Hours

Provides students with an understanding of individuals, groups, and organizations as a whole. This course considers such topics as alignment of people within an organization, as well as techniques for these individuals to manage and lead more effectively. This course will also discuss how technology, the Internet, globalism, and virtual teaming are impacting the work environment today.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in BUS 678
Human Behavior Management of Organizations 4

BUS 630

4 Quarter Hours

Focuses on the use of financial and managerial accounting information for decision-making purposes. Topics include accounting concepts, accounting systems, preparing financial statements, product costing and overhead allocation, variance analysis, budgeting, and responsibility accounting. How these topics should be applied in information based decision making is emphasized. Case analysis is used to enhance student learning of key accounting concepts.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in BUS 678
Accounting for the Contemporary Manager 4

BUS 640

4 Quarter Hours

Provides an understanding of corporate financial management including the introduction of key concepts in the field of finance and the environment in which they are applied. Students learn how to gauge the financial health of their company and to measure and understand the financial return in relation to risk. Capital budgeting and management of working capital are also discussed. This course emphasizes teaching students to improve their business financial decision making.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in BUS 678
The Financial Environment 4

BUS 650

4 Quarter Hours

Provides students with an integrated understanding of the concepts of economics. The emphasis is on the application of economics and uses actual economic events to encourage the study of the principles of economics and to show how these concepts can help students understand the complex and dynamic American economy.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in BUS 678
The Economic Environment 4

BUS 660

4 Quarter Hours

Concentrates on the marketing concept and its impact on the strategic decision-making process of the firm. This course emphasizes planning and managing marketing activities of multi-product firms and provides an understanding of the fundamental issues which influence marketing decisions. The specifics of implementing a marketing plan are discussed. In addition, the effects of the global marketplace and sources of marketing research are discussed.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in BUS 678
The Marketing Environment 4

BUS 678

4 Quarter Hours

Emphasizes the use of data collection and analysis in business environments to facilitate decision making. Research designs will be addressed so that students can ask and answer specific questions. Students will learn to properly use basic descriptive and inferential statistics. This course will offer an applications-oriented perspective to conducting and critically evaluating primary research.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in CGS 501
Research and Statistics for Managers 4

BUS 690

4 Quarter Hours

Integrates the theories, skills, and knowledge gained from previous courses and provides students the opportunity to make strategic business decisions. Students will analyze the strategies of current public corporations. Students will also complete a decision-making business simulation. This is the capstone course of the Baker College MBA program.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in BUS 678
Corequisite(s):
BUS 572, BUS 615, BUS 630, BUS 650, BUS 660, BUS 675 or BUS 755 or MIS 511, BUS 640 or BUS 759
Strategy in a Global Environment 4

CGS 501

1 Quarter Hours

Orients graduate students to the standards and expectations of the College, including topics such as policies and procedures, the online learning environment and expectations, academic integrity, APA writing requirements, library resources, and professional standards.

Graduate Seminar 1
Quarter Hours Required for Graduation 53
Program Description

Program Description

This program has been designed for managers in departments other than information systems who wish to learn more about information resources. In addition to the core MBA courses of the program, students are exposed to very specific information management issues which confront managers every day. The information management major provides executives and managers with an understanding of emerging technologies, management support systems, managerial and leadership techniques, and information resources in ways that will make the manager’s organization more effective and efficient.

Program Requirements

Program Requirements

MBA Program Overview

The MBA program at Baker College combines the best of conventional academic training with the best of field-based learning. The typical business disciplines are represented in the curriculum to ensure that graduates have the necessary business background to be conversant with various aspects of running organizations and companies. Graduates will have the ability to implement theory into practice, conduct and interpret research, and will be both capable and confident to significantly contribute to long-term corporate success. All graduates of the MBA Program are expected to achieve the MBA Program Outcomes through their course of study.

MBA Admissions Requirements

Candidates applying for matriculation into the MBA program must submit the following materials:

  1. The Graduate College Application (completed).
  2. Non-refundable application fee of $35.00.
  3. A typed essay (500-1000 words) addressing the candidate’s reasons for entering the program.
  4. Official college transcripts indicating an undergraduate degree with a GPA of 2.5 or better (4.0 scale) from a regionally accredited college or university. Official college transcripts must be mailed from the institution granting the degree directly to the Center for Graduate Studies.
  5. A current resume indicating a minimum of three years of full-time, professional work experience.
  6. GMAT or GRE scores may be submitted if the candidate wants the scores considered in the admission decision.

Application forms and detailed directions are available in the Center for Graduate Studies’ Administrative Offices and online. Students are admitted on a rolling admission basis and acceptance decisions are determined by the Admission Committee.

Admission to the MBA program as a degree candidate is classified as either full or conditional status. Conditional status is an enrollment status applicable to students who may be deficient in one of the requirements or standards for matriculation such as: undergraduate GPA or another credential required by the program. For applicants admitted on conditional status, the Center for Graduate Studies will specify the conditions for admissions. If the conditions are not met, the student will be dismissed from the program.

Baker College Center for Graduate Studies has received specialized accreditation for its business programs through the International Assembly for College Business Education (IABCE), located in Lenexa, Kansas, USA. The business programs in the following degrees are accredited by the IACBE.

Master of Business Administration with concentrations in: Accounting, Business Intelligence, Finance, General Business, Health Care Management, Human Resource Management, Information Systems, Leadership and Marketing.

Accreditation

Accreditation

External peer review is the primary means of assuring and improving the quality of higher education institutions and programs in the United States. This recognition is accomplished through program accreditation, approval or certification.

Baker College has received specialized accreditation for its business programs through the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE) located at 11374 Strang Line Road in Lenexa, Kansas, USA. The business program in the following degree is accredited by the IACBE:

  • Master of Business Administration

View all MBA majors and assessment reports.

Student Learning Outcomes

Student Learning Outcomes

Mission of the MBA Program

The MBA program at Baker College combines the best of conventional academic training with the best of field-based learning. The typical business disciplines are represented in the curriculum to ensure that graduates have the necessary business background to be conversant with various aspects of running organizations and companies. Graduates will have the ability to implement theory into practice, conduct and interpret research, and will be both capable and confident to significantly contribute to long-term corporate success.

Intended Student Learning Outcomes for MBA Program

Graduates of the MBA program will be able to:

  1. Communicate using the advanced oral and written communication skills necessary for success in the business environment.
  2. Apply standards of ethical and legal behaviors in a professional environment.
  3. Collect, interpret and analyze existing and/or original research, using quantitative and statistical tools, and use in the decision making process.
  4. Analyze the interrelatedness of market, economic, social and political trends, and their impact on a global environment.
  5. Analyze the strategic planning process, and develop and assess strategic plans.
  6. Reason analytically and apply theory across interdisciplinary boundaries to solve problems and create innovative solutions.
  7. Analyze financial reports, risk management strategies and their impact on the decision making process.
  8. Evaluate various leadership strategies and the implications of their use.
  9. Discuss problems from diverse perspectives and analyze the impact of individual and cultural differences on the business environment.
  10. Illustrate commitment to personal and professional development, community service and life-long learning.
  11. Analyze the impact of information systems and technology on a business and demonstrate the ability to make effective information management decisions.
  12. Analyze the strategic impact of human resource development and management on a business.

FAQ's

  • What is the high school GPA requirement to enroll into Baker?
    Baker College has a “right-to-try” admission policy. That means all students who have earned a high school diploma or its equivalent, such as a General Educational Development  (GED) certificate, are accepted at Baker. Find out more by reading our Undergraduate Admissions Requirements or by talking with an admissions advisor.
  • Can I take classes without a high school diploma or GED?
    If you haven't earned a diploma or a GED certificate, you may be able to take classes at Baker College. We will ask you to take placement tests to ensure you have the foundation of knowledge you need to successully complete college-level studies. Please contact the Admissions Office to learn more about our placement testing and admissions policy. Note: This does not apply to online students; for Baker Online, a diploma or GED certificate is required.
  • How do I apply for Financial Aid?
    Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) using the school code for the Baker College Campus that you plan to attend. Remember, you must apply for financial aid every year. New applications are available after January 1st each year. Always complete your FAFSA as early as possible. To help speed the application process, we encourage you to have your taxes completed prior to applying. The Federal government’s FAFSA website allows you and/or your parent or guardian to link to the IRS website to retrieve tax information. Note: Students and parents of dependent students are required to apply for a Personal Identification Number (PIN) in order to sign the FAFSA application electronically. Please visit www.pin.ed.gov for more information.
  • How do I apply for a student loan?
    Once you have applied for financial aid, you will receive a Financial Aid Notification package from the Financial Aid office. Your FAFSA serves as the application for the Student Loan. If it is determined that you qualify for student loan funds, the eligibility amounts will be listed on your award notification, and a student Loan Request Form will be included with the award package. The Loan Request Form must be completed and returned to the Financial Aid Office before the loan process can begin. If you are a new student and would like to request student loan funds to help cover your educational expenses you will need to:
    • Complete the paper loan request form indicating the amount you would like to borrow.
    • Sign and date the form.
    • Return the form to the Financial Aid office.
    If you are a returning student and would like to request student loan funds to help cover your educational expenses you will need to:
    • Log into the SOLAR system.
    • Select STAR System.
    • Select Financial Aid office.
    • Select Loan Request.
    • Select the appropriate financial aid year and click Continue.
    • Select the type of loan you would like to request and click Continue.
    • Read the Stafford Loan Request Authorization information and click I Agree.
    • Type in the requested dollar amount and click Submit Request.
  • How do online classes work?

    After you enroll, and are accepted to your online program, you sign-up, or "register" for your first courses. Like all Baker Online students, you will begin your online experience with a three-week online class designed to orient you to the Baker Online classroom, and review the expectations and requirements of Baker Online students. When you have completed this course successfully, you can move on to additional online courses.
  • Is Baker College Online accredited?
    Baker Online is part of Baker College, a private, non-profit, accredited, degree granting, higher educational institution with locations throughout Michigan. As an accredited college, Baker College has been granted legal authority by the state of Michigan to operate as a nonprofit educational corporation and is empowered to grant certificates, associate, bachelor, master, and doctoral degrees. It is approved for veterans’ benefits. Baker College is recognized as an institution of higher education by the U.S. Secretary of Education, U.S. Department of Education. All Baker Online undergraduate and graduate programs are accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant. Some Baker Online graduate programs have additional accreditation:
  • Does Baker provide any help in my job search?

    As a graduate of Baker College, you are eligible for our Lifetime Employment Services, which include:
    • Job searching techniques
    • Resume and cover letter assistance
    • Job interview questions
    • Job postings
    • Relocation tips
  • Is Baker accredited?
    Yes. Baker College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org. Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

    Additional Accreditations

    Baker has also earned specialized accreditations for programs and degrees in:
    • Business Administration
    • Engineering and Technology
    • Health Sciences
    • Human Services
    • School of Education
    • School of Nursing
    For details about these specialized accreditations, see the individual Programs and Degrees pages.
  • How can I send a copy of my official transcripts to another organization?
    To access your transcripts, log into the SOLAR System, select the Star System and select the Academic Office. Once there, click on the transcripts link.
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