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Spring 2010

New push nets increased numbers for graduate MIS program

By Steve Eaton, editor

Potential students wanting a chance to gain some real international experience working with people from multiple cultures may want to consider moving to Logan, Utah.

At least that is true if they are interested in getting a master’s degree in management information systems, according to Bob Mills, management information systems graduate director and associate professor.

Dr. Mills, who was named the teacher of the year for the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business in 2008, was asked to see if he could generate more interest in the program in 2009. Within months enrollment in the program went from 18 to more than 60 students.

Pictured: Bob Mills (Photo by Russ Dixon)

Many of the people who enter the program are coming from areas outside the U.S., including Kiribati, South Korea, China, the Dominican Republic, India, Bangladesh, Thailand, Brazil, Japan, Costa Rica and Germany.
“Students who enter our program end up working with people from all over the world,” Dr. Mills said. “That kind of practical experience and exposure to such cultural diversity can prove very valuable in the workplace.”
The program helps graduates land jobs as database managers, systems analysts and computer information systems leaders.

Dr. Mills said that, with the assistance of graduate students, they have responded quickly to any e-mails and inquiries that have come in about the program. They have increased their marketing and featured students from other countries in their promotions. The faculty has been more aggressive and supportive in recruiting efforts, he said.

“Bob Mills has revitalized our MIS master’s program,” said John Johnson, the head of the Management Information Systems Department. “Our attention has now shifted to finding ways to better serve our growing enrollment. And that’s a wonderful challenge to have.”