The Supply and Demand for IS/MAS Graduates
Kevin D. Stocks and Marshall B. Romney
Information Systems/Management Advisory Services (IS/MAS) is composed
of the broad range of topics dealing with information systems and management
consulting as taught in business schools. The purpose of this study is
to obtain data from educational programs throughout the United States
on the number of graduates from Master's programs offering a specialty
or concentration in IS/MAS. Data are examined on the curriculum topics
covered, the computer languages and application software taught, the employment
accepted, and the perceived difficulties and challenges of future IS/MAS
education. This study also examines data gathered from industrial companies
and public accounting firms on the demand for IS/MAS graduates. Employers'
perceptions of appropriate curriculum topics, personality skills, business
skills, and the future direction of IS/MAS education are discussed.