Journal of Information Systems Education (JISE)

Volume 29

Volume 29 Issue 1, Pages 25-36

Winter 2018


Student Attitudes toward Information Systems Graduate Program Design and Delivery


Mark F. Thouin
William E. Hefley
Srinivasan Raghunathan

The University of Texas - Dallas
Richardson, TX 75080, USA

Abstract: This study examines student preferences regarding graduate management information systems (MIS) education. One hundred and eighty four graduate students responded to a survey exploring student attitudes towards degree program content, delivery format, and peer group interaction. Study results indicate that students prefer a program with an even mix of business and technical coursework taught by full-time faculty featuring frequent guest lectures by industry professionals. The most often cited business courses that should be required include quantitative business analysis, operations management, strategy, and leadership, and the most often identified management information systems courses that should be required were internships, business intelligence, data warehousing, management information systems fundamentals, and information technology project management. The study also explored how students with and without prior work experience differed in their preferences, which will help administrators and faculty with insights and tools to design more effective programs of study.

Keywords: Curriculum design & development, Enrollment, Program improvement, Program assessment & design, Program promotion, Student expectations, Student attitudes, Student perceptions

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Recommended Citation: Thouin, M. F., Hefley, W. E., & Raghunathan, S. (2018). Student Attitudes toward Information Systems Graduate Program Design and Delivery. Journal of Information Systems Education, 29(1), pp. 25-36.