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Journal of Information Systems Education

Abstract

In many, if not most, MBA programs, the core has traditionally included a separate course in MIS. During a recent redesign of the MBA curriculum at the University of New Hampshire's Whittemore School of Business and Economics and Suffolk University's Executive MBA Program, core requirements at 42 AACSB schools were reviewed to determine the extent to which this tradition still prevails. The data suggests two very different approaches. In the first, as expected, a stand-alone course remains in the core. In the second, a more unexpected result occurred. When data for U.S. News & World Report's twenty top-rated schools was compared, not one school included a stand-alone MIS in the core. These very different results raise questions about the direction that MIS courses are taking and suggest that current trends may be placing pressure on the role of MIS in the core.

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