This is a somewhat difficult question to answer because there is overlap between these fields of study, and their boundaries change over time with changes in technologies. In addition each university emphasizes different aspects within each major.
The IS focus is not programming, although we have some graduates who do that, nor is it networking, although some graduates do that. Whatever IS professionals do it usually involves solving business problems or exploiting business opportunities using information technology (IT). For businesses today (ebay & Wal-Mart, for example), this is extremely important. This means that our graduates need to know something about both business and IT. The technology knowledge component in MIS is a lot like what a carpenter would need to know about a hammer. The carpenter doesn't build hammers, but it's important to understand how they work when driving nails.
Information Systems Planning and Management, Systems Analysis and Design, IS Project Management, Web Development, Networking and Security, Data Analytics and Management, Database Management, C++ and Python as well as a sound knowledge of core business disciplines. This broad knowledge base provides maximum contribution to managing the information needs of an organization.
Academia, business systems analyst/auditor/designer, data translator, security analyst, computer systems analyst/consultant, database administrator/designer, data processing system analyst, electronic commerce consultant, information systems consultant/manager, IT consultant/trainer, client delivery specialist, project manager, risk management services, user support, web analyst/designer/developer, knowledge engineer and change management consultant.
”To be an IS professional you must have a healthy curiosity - a desire to learn about new technologies that can be applied to business problems, and a desire to work with people.“
Technical Program Manager - Amazon Web Services
“What you learn in college is nowhere near as important as who you learn it from. The IS professors at Harding will teach you to ask questions, dive deep into problem solving, think beyond how we’ve always done business, and they’ll teach you to do it all as Christians.”
Audit Staff - HoganTaylor
“Having a degree in IS can open so many doors for you. It is a very valuable degree to have, and will make you very marketable coming out of college. I knew I wanted to go into Public Accounting, but I never realized how many doors would open just by having an IS degree on my resume. ”
Sr Project Manager - EA
“Technology is exciting and will continue to transform our lives. The IS degree can be applied to most all industries and is possibly the most influential to how we work and live. You can choose your path and industry with the IS degree as your foundation.”