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Qualified students are urged to apply!

The application deadline for Fall 2015/Spring 2016 is
April 20. There will be an information session for prospective students on April 6, 5:30-6:30 in BBC032

NOTE: MIS Honors starts only in the fall! It's a 2-semester program.

Commendation ceremony

What is the MIS Honors class?

A special 2-semester version of the MIS Practicum (Bus119a). It consists of 119h (instead of 119a) plus one elective. This class is part of the College of Business' Gary J. Sbona Honors Program.

Why should you do this?

  • It's fun to learn and do new things, especially when they're useful.
  • You'll learn useful skills that matter to employers (technical and "soft" like leadership, flexibility...)
  • You get to work with in a team where everyone is smart and motivated. No freeloaders!
  • The class is small. You get personal attention and coaching.
  • Enriched content as compared to 119a., with more depth. Lots of guest speakers.
  • No exams!
  • You get good stuff to add to your resume.
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It's more than a class! You also get:

  • Get to participate in a more significant project than ordinary Bus119a students (great learning experience and good for your resume)
  • Get special networking opportunities with potential employers, alumni, other honors students and faculty.
  • Have opportunities to represent the MIS Department and the College of Business
  • Be among the elite students whose diploma and transcript indicate they earned departmental honors in MIS.
    • Departmental honors noted on diplomas will be awarded to students successfully completing both semesters and maintaining an SJSU GPA of 3.0 and a major GPA of 3.5
    • Students who successfully complete the honors practicum with a B or better will receive a completion certificate (with instructor approval).

How is this different from a regular 119a class?

Who is qualified to apply?

  • Your overall SJSU GPA (SJSU CUM on your transcript) must be 3.0 or better and your Business GPA must be 3.25 or better.
  • You must have completed at least two semesters of course-work at SJSU by the time the Honors Practicum begins.
  • You must have completed 110a, 110b and 100w before the practicum begins, and you must have completed 112 or take it during the fall semester.

Your Business GPA is based on Bus 100 and above courses, including Business Ethics. However, mySJSU does not calculate this for you. This is the official requirement, but for MIS, I'm more concerned about your MIS classes. You should have mostly A's, especially in 110a and 110bIf you are unsure if you are qualified, or just want to talk about the program, contact the instructor:  Jeanne Sawyer.

Enrollment is by invitation only!

How do I apply?

Submitting your application is an online process.

Submit your complete application in the Application Form

Please be prepared to copy/paste into the form:

  • Essay of no more than 500 words on the topic: In what SJSU course did you receive your best grade, and in what course did you receive your worst grade? Please explain the reason for both.
  • Unofficial SJSU Transcript
  • Resume

Then, based on your application, and in consultation with other MIS professors, students will be selected for interview and ultimately offered a position in the class. It is a competitive process.


What if I have questions?

Contact the Honors instructor: Jeanne Sawyer.

When does the class meet?

The MIS Honors Practicum, Bus119h/118s, meets Monday afternoons, 3:00-5:45pm. The instructor is Jeanne Sawyer. This is a two semester class: please do not apply unless you are able and willing to complete both semesters. Your grade in the 1st semester depends on the 2nd. The honors class  counts as your required course (119a) plus uses an elective.

Other areas of concentration should check with the appropriate departments for requirements and the schedule of classes.