SDSU General Overview

The MIS department is a multidisciplinary department, which includes ten full-time tenured or tenure-track faculty members in the areas of information systems, data science, and supply-chain management.  MIS faculty are active in high-impact research.  Recent accomplishments include funded research in cybersecurity by the U.S. Navy and the development of the Artificial Intelligence (AI) Lab that supports multi-sensory (e.g., audio, eye-tracking, computer vision) experiments, data collections, and system development research in the areas of AI, affective computing, big data, virtual reality, cyber and physical security.  MIS faculty publish in leading business journals such as Journal of MIS, MIS Quarterly, Journal of the AIS, and the Journal of Econometrics.  Our research and faculty have been featured in outlets such as The Guardian, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Bloomberg BNA, HBO and Wired.  The MIS department has active partnerships within the Fowler College and throughout the SDSU campus in areas such as Accountancy, Statistics, and Homeland Security among others.  
The MIS department offers the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) – Information Systems Major, Master of Science in Information Systems (MSIS), and MBA specializations in supply-chain management, information systems, and project management.  For more information see:
The Fowler College of Business enrolls approximately 5,500 undergraduate business majors and about 500 graduate students pursuing the MBA, MSIS, and MSA degrees.  The Fowler College of Business is accredited by AACSB (since 1959) and has over 52,000 alumni. 

Founded in 1897, San Diego State University is a dynamic public research university and the oldest and largest university in the region.  SDSU serves approximately 35,000 students, offering baccalaureate degrees in 91 areas, master’s degrees in 78, and doctorates in 22.  SDSU is ranked 7th nationally in terms of ethnic diversity and the awarding of degrees to ethnic minorities and ranks among the Top 10 universities nationally in applications for admission.  The Carnegie Foundation classifies SDSU as a “Doctoral University with Higher Research Activity.”  ​During the past academic year, SDSU received a total of 707 external grants and contracts totaling nearly $130 million and, during its current capital campaign, the university has raised more than $725 million in campaign contributions.  For more information, see
SDSU is a large, diverse, urban university and Hispanic-Serving Institution with a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence.  Our campus community is diverse in many ways, including race, religion, color, sex, age, varying ability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, national origin, pregnancy, medical condition, and covered veteran status.  We strive to build and sustain a welcoming environment for all.  SDSU is seeking applicants with demonstrated experience in and/or commitment to teaching and working effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds and members of underrepresented groups.

Undergraduate Programs

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) – Information Systems Major

The MIS department offers an undergraduate BSBA degree with a Major in Information Systems.  The curriculum is guided through extensive consultation with the MIS Advisory Board which includes representatives from Accenture, AWS, HP Enterprise, Illumina, Intuit, Millennium Health, Mitchell International, Nvidia, Qualcomm, SAP, and Western Digital, among others.  The curriculum is designed to produce graduates for business-technology careers and focuses on systems development, cloud computing, and cybersecurity in addition to the core business skills such as finance and accounting. 

Program Learning Goals (PLG) and Degree Learning Outcomes (DLO)

PLG 1: Analyze stakeholder information requirements and design, develop, and implement information systems:
DLO 1: Design and construct capabilities to optimize the use and management of information
DLO 2: Create software programs to solve common business problems
DLO 3: Interconnect, manage, and safeguard information system assets

PLG 2: Communicate organizational and technical concepts to technical and nontechnical stakeholders:
DLO 4: Use models and other IS design artifacts to deepen understanding of problems and solutions
DLO 5: Prepare and defend both written and oral professional-quality proposals and reports for IS-related topics
DLO 6: Apply collaboration and leadership techniques in an IS setting

PLG 3: Use data to support evidence-based reasoning:
DLO 7: Integrate data from a variety of systems and data structures
DLO 8: Analyze data to discover meaningful relationships and trends

Graduate Programs

Master of Science in Information Systems

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Program Learning Goals (PLG) and Degree Learning Outcomes (DLO)

PLG 1: Design and use technology-supported solutions to improve decision making and create value
DLO 1: Analyze and define information requirements
DLO 2: Design or use solutions to store, secure, retrieve, or communicate data, information, or knowledge
DLO 3: Explain information technology infrastructure and architecture

PLG 2: Create value through the development of data, information, or knowledge strategies and the management of processes or projects
DLO 4: Develop data, information, or knowledge strategies, processes, or projects
DLO 5: Align data, information, or knowledge strategies, processes, or projects with organizational strategy
DLO 6: Measure value created by data, information, or knowledge strategies, processes, or projects
DLO 7: Propose solutions for managing risks associated with data, information, or knowledge strategies, processes, or projects

PLG 3: Demonstrate business professional skills
DLO 8: Exhibit leadership and collaboration skills in team-based tasks
DLO 9: Write effective business communication
DLO 10: Create and deliver professional oral presentations

Research Stories

Not on Our Watch

MIS Faculty: Aaron Elkins and Bongsik Shin
MSIS Student: Eric Monette

Lie-detecting Kiosk Can Catch Deceptive Travelers

MIS Faculty: Aaron Elkins

SDSU Professor Honored as “Hero” By Anti-Human Trafficking Organization

MIS Faculty: Murray Jennex
MSIS Student: Jessica Whitney

Internships and Recruiting

The MIS departments places students into internships and full-time positions for many San Diego businesses.  If you interested in recruiting at SDSU please contact the MIS department chair: Bruce Reinig via email or phone (619) 594-3032.  The MIS department works closely with staff in SDSU Career Services.

Upcoming Events

SDSU 2019 Spring Career & Internship Fair (STEM on February 13, 2019)

The Spring Career and Internship Fair will be held over 2 days on Wednesday, February 13 and Thursday, February 14, 2019.  The fair will run on both days from 10am - 2:30pm Location TBD. This event is a great opportunity for all students and alumni to connect with a diverse array of employers, from corporations to nonprofits, for internships, part-time, and full-time positions.

The 2 day fair is open to all majors on both days, with Day 1 (Wednesday, February 13, 2019) featuring a STEM section for science, technology and engineering companies.

Fowler College of Business Career Fair 2019 (March 7, 2019)

Employers will be on campus to recruit Fowler College of Business students and alumni for full-time, part-time, and internship opportunities. Students will be interested in speaking with recruiters to learn more about their organization, available positions, and the application process.

Student Projects

The MIS Advisory Board sponsors poster board presentations for student projects every semester. 

The projects are for a junior-level MIS 306 Information Systems Analysis course and a senior-level MIS 481 e-Business and Web Development course. 

In Fall 2018 there were 50 student groups of 4-5 students presenting to over 20 judges from campus and industry.  The best project winners for each class received a $500 scholarship award from SIM San Diego.

Contact Bruce Reinig at if you would like your organization to host a project or if you would like to serve as a judge.  

Overview of Course Projects:

MIS 306: Information Systems Analysis
Goal: Learn and apply systems development life cycle (SDLC)
Course Project: Solve a real-world social or organizational problem
Learning Activities: Feasibility assessment, requirement analysis, logical design, prototyping, cloud architecture, documentation
Tools: Modeling tools such as Visio and Lucidchart; UI design tools such as Adobe XD; and Collaboration tools such as Asana. 

MIS 481: e-Business and Web Development
Goal:  Learn how to plan, design and develop ecommerce businesses
Course Project:  Design and deploy a real-world ecommerce platform
Learning Activities:  Front-end development using HTML, CSS, and JavaScript and backend development using Amazon Web Services (AWS)
Tools:   Framework such as WordPress, WooCommerce; Cloud Service such as EC2, Route 53, S3 and CloudFront and tools such as Google Analytics