Frequently Asked Questions B.B.A. in Management Information Systems



Who is this program best for?

This program works best for people who want a major that combines management and information systems courses. It also provides the foundation if you want to go on and earn a MBA. This program is designed for the adult learner who wants to attend classes in the evening or online.


What are the admission requirements and how do I apply?

The management information systems major is designed for students who have earned an associate degree or have approximately two years of college coursework completed (exceptions can be made for students with different backgrounds). Students need a minimum of a 2.0 GPA to transfer to Viterbo. Since this major is part of the Dahl School of Business, students need to maintain a 2.5 GPA in all their business coursework. To apply, submit the online application for admission, and request your official transcripts of high school and all college coursework be sent to Viterbo's Center for Adult Learning.


How is the management information systems major different from the daytime BBA in computer information systems?

Viterbo’s management information systems major is a degree completion program. This means we have set up the courses so students with previous college coursework can finish their bachelor’s degree coming to classes one night a week or online. All courses are delivered in an compressed format (time shortened) each course is only seven weeks long. Additionally, this program is designed to help you apply classroom theory to your workplace helping you to see a direct correlation between the course content and your world of work. All of the information technology classes are delivered in an online format. You can take other general education and management courses in our one night a week evening format if you prefer or you can take all classes online.


Will my previous college coursework transfer?

Yes, Viterbo has a very generous transfer policy. Students with a completed associate degree will generally transfer 60–72 credits; leaving approximately 64 credits remaining. You must earn a grade of C or better to transfer. Computer courses that are more than five years old will transfer, but will not fulfill major requirements. All students complete 42 credits in the MGIT major with Viterbo.


How long will it take me to complete my degree?

Every student is different but most students who transfer in an associate degree or 60+ credits will complete their bachelor’s degree in two to three years. You can attend either full or part-time, whatever works for your personal situation. If you want to attend school on a full-time basis you must carefully think through the work load with your academic advisor.


How much study time is required when taking an accelerated class?

You should expect to spend 10–15 hours a week in preparation for class. If you are taking an online class you will need to plan on 15–20 hours a week.


Can I enroll in a combination of evening classes and online classes?

Yes. You can complete the general education business support classes and management classes either evening or online. All information technology classes are offered only in an online format.


Can I apply for financial aid?

Yes. Every student who is enrolled in a minimum of six credits each semester is eligible to apply for financial aid. The financial aid office will determine each semester if you are an online or on-campus student.


Are tuition charges different if I am enrolled online or on campus?

No. Viterbo charges the same tuition for evening and online classes. See the business office website for the current tuition and fees schedule.


How do I get started?

Begin the process by submitting your application for admission and requesting your college transcripts. If you live within driving distance, an appointment with your academic advisor is recommended and strongly encouraged.