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Commerce SchoolU.Va.'s Master's Degree Program in MIS is Ranked Among Nation's Best

Oct. 18, 1999 -- Computerworld magazine recently ranked the master's degree program in Management Information Systems at the University of Virginia's McIntire School of Commerce among the top 25 technology-oriented business masters programs in the country.

In its third annual survey, the magazine polled 1,000 corporate recruiters to find schools that did the best job of preparing students to be tomorrow's technology leaders. Computerworld then surveyed 63 schools from the recruiters' top choices to find out what the school's programs consisted of and what their placement rates were for graduates. Although McIntire offers a one-year M.S. program rather than the traditional two-year M.B.A. program, it still finished No. 21 in the ranking.

"We are pleased with the national recognition given to our graduate MIS program," says Bob Kemp, associate dean for graduate programs. "Designed for the fast-track MIS professional and taught in an executive format, the program provides cutting-edge information management tools. Our program strives to be a leader in the market and this ranking indicates we are meeting this goal."

McIntire's MIS program is distinctive from other graduate business programs, according to professor Ryan Nelson, the program's director. "The program provides a unique synthesis of technical and business knowledge and skills focused on developing information technology managers," he said. "Program participants are exposed to contemporary software development technologies and project management skills, as well as the latest accounting, finance, marketing, and strategy techniques taught within the context of information systems."

The 12-month program is designed for the professional who wants to complete a master's degree while remaining on the job. In addition to two, week-long sessions, classes are taught every other Friday and Saturday on the U.Va. Grounds in Charlottesville. Between class meetings, participants work via computer with other class members and faculty.

The program's job placement rate is 100 percent and most graduates receive multiple job offers, Nelson said.

For more information about the M.S. in MIS program, call Ryan Nelson at (804) 924-7587, or contact him by email at rrn2n@virginia.edu

Contact: Jim Travisano, (804) 924-7005

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SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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