Career and Leadership Development

Management Computer Systems

The Management Computer Systems (MCS) major is an interdisciplinary program. The major prepares the student to apply computer technology to design, build, and maintain information systems for organizations such as business, government, and education. This major offers a blend of management and computer courses. The MCS major can be taken either in the College of Business and Economics for a BBA degree, or in the College of Letters and Sciences for a BS degree. MCS graduates regularly rank among the top, on campus, in terms of placement percentage and average starting salaries.

Emphases within the major:

Management Computer Systems (BBA)
Management Computer Systems With a Minor (BS)
Management Computer Systems Without a Minor (BS)

Major skills acquired:

Analytical Reasoning
Communication Skills
Database Fundamentals
General Business Theory and Practice
Knowledge of a Variety of Current Hardware
Management Fundamentals
Precision/Attention to Details
Problem Solving/Trouble Shooting
Professional Programming Practices and Techniques
Software and Systems Architecture
Systems Analysis and Design

Related occupations:

(With corresponding Dictionary of Occupational Titles number). The following list of related occupations is an open list of ideas to expand your career research. Some of these careers may require additional experience or education.
Computer Marketing Representative
Information Scientist (109.067-010)
Network Engineer
Network Manager
Programmer Information Systems Consultant
Programmer, Chief Business (020.167-018)
Programmer, Engineering and Scientific (020.167-022)
Programmer, Information Systems (020.187-010)
Programmer, Process Control (020.187-014)
Programmer/Analyst (012.167-010)
Project Manager (189.117-030)
Systems Analyst (131.167-010)
Systems Engineer, Electronic Data Processing (003.167-022)

Representative employers that have hired our students:

Accenture - Milwaukee, WI
Acuity - Sheboygan, WI
Alliant Energy Corporations - Madison, WI
American Family Insurance - Madison, WI
Ameritech - Hoffman Estates, IL
Auncor Network Services - Minneapolis, MN
Aurora Health Care - Milwaukee, WI
Cellcom - DePere, WI
CESA - Various locations in Wisconsin
CUNA Mutual Group - Madison, WI
Digital Measures - Milwaukee, WI
Ernst & Young - Milwaukee, WI
Famous Footwear - Madison, WI
G.E. Medical Systems - Milwaukee, WI
Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation - Madison, WI
Greenbrier & Russel - Brookfield, WI
Harley-Davidson Motor Corporation - Milwaukee, WI
InterVarsity Christian Fellowship - Madison, WI
Keane, Inc. - Boston, MA
Kemper Insurance - Long Grove, IL
Kimberly-Clark Corporation - Neenah, WI
Kohler Company - Kohler, WI
Kohl-s Department Store - Menomonee Falls, WI
Kraft Foods - Madison, WI
Menasha Corporation - Neenah, WI
Newell Companies - Freeport, IL
Northwestern Mutual - Milwaukee, WI
Penta Technologies - Brookfield, WI
Quad/Graphics - Pewaukee, WI
Rockwell Automation - Milwaukee, WI
S.C. Johnson - Racine, WI
Sentry Insurance - Stevens Point, WI
Software Architects - Westchester, IL
State Farm Insurance Companies - Bloomington, IL
Strong Capital Management - Menomonee Falls, WI
SVA Consulting - Madison, WI
Syntech Systems - Jefferson, WI
Syslogic, Inc. - Brookfield, WI
Virtual Properties - Madison, WI
WCTC (Waukesha County Technical College) - Waukesha, WI
West Bend Mutual Insurance - West Bend, WI
Wisconsin Electric - Milwaukee, WI
Wisconsin Gas Company - Milwaukee, WI
WPS Resources - Green Bay, WI

Graduate schools attended by our students:

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, WI
Marquette University - Milwaukee, WI
University of Wisconsin - Whitewater, WI

For further information outside Career & Leadership Development

UW-Whitewater Computer Management Systems Department
Program Coordinator, McCutcheon, Room 305
Phone (262) 472-5684

American Federation of Information Processing Societies
1815 North Lynn Street
Arlington, VA 22209

AITP (Association of Information Technology Professionals)
505 Busse Highway
Park Ridge, IL 60068

Association for Computing Machinery
11 West 42nd Street
New York, NY 10036

American Association for Systems Management
24587 Bagley Road
Cleveland, OH 44138