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MBA in Information Systems Rated No. 1 in Nation

Text: 2016 College Choice Ranking Best Management Information Systems Master's

The Texas MBA concentration in information systems is the No. 1 degree in its field, according to College Choice.

The online publication's 2016 ranking of best master's degree programs in management information systems awarded first place to the McCombs School of Business, with MIT and the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities taking second and third, respectively.

The ranking lists 25 institutions across the country offering MS and MBA degrees that bridge business needs with technology. MIS programs typically combine courses in business with those in technology, computer analysis, and information systems.

"We’re delighted to see rankings reflect the internationally acclaimed scholars and dedicated teaching faculty that support our MIS offerings," says Steve Gilbert, chair of the Department of Information, Risk, and Operations Management at McCombs.

McCombs is well-known as a technology- and information-rich school. The school ranks No. 3 for information systems in U.S. News & World Report's 2017 edition of best business schools, where McCombs has held top-five rank for the past 24 years. Among the Texas MBA class of 2015, 17 percent of graduates found employment in the technology industry.

Gilbert notes that recently there has been a virtual explosion in demand for data science and business analytics, which the Texas MSBA program (initiated in 2012) addresses and whose innovative curriculum filters into both MBA and undergraduate offerings at McCombs.

For its ranking, College Choice relied on data from public sources, such as U.S. News & World Report, the National Center for Education Statistics, and Payscale.com.

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