A Curriculum Designed for Future Information Technology Leaders
Gain essential business leadership skills and IT management expertise with the online Master's in Information Technology (IT) Management degree. The curriculum for the program combines integral business knowledge with career-ready information technology management skills to ensure you graduate prepared for advanced opportunities. Additionally, the program offers the opportunity to earn a graduate certificate in one of its three concentrations. Choose from project management, business intelligence, or cybersecurity.
The online Master of Professional Studies in IT Management degree consists of 36 credit hours, offering a balanced mix of theory and practice within the technology industry. Students take two core courses, six foundational courses, and four elective courses.
Georgetown’s IT Management Curriculum At A Glance
- Required Courses
- Foundation Courses
- Elective Courses (Pick from the following groups of focus areas)
Total Credits: 36
Core Courses (2 courses=6 credits)
The management of information technology is strongly related to the management of people. This course will help students understand how people - their suppliers and their customers, their partners and their competitors, and their superiors and their direct reports - come to have moral opinions on ethical dilemmas. Exploring both rational and affective theories of human morality, it will show how to resolve moral questions, and to make moral arguments. It will examine common ethical scenarios involving technology, as well as how ethics is handled in the business world. Finally, the course will review the ethical issues around Artificial Intelligence which may transform both the technology, and the people, with whom students will work. Throughout the course, students will be introduced to moral issues that technology managers have to recognize and resolve in their careers. In addition to other requirements, students must earn a grade of "B" or higher in the Ethics course.
The Capstone Course is the culmination of the student's academic and professional experience in the Information Technology Management program. Students can choose from two capstone options. The first option, students who are seeking to develop more technological knowledge can complete a capstone project that incorporates skills necessary for analyzing key issues, thinking creatively, and developing sound IT solutions. Projects will address global and local challenges. The second option is a capstone simulation and it is designed for students who want to develop their management skills. The simulation is a role playing scenario in which students are occupying the role of an IT Director facing diverse IT management challenges. The simulation required students to use creativity and critical thinking in resolving complex IT issues. Students must earn a grade of B or better in the Capstone Course in order to graduate.
Foundation Courses (6 courses = 18 credits)
The course is focused on the annual financial management cycle (Planning, Budgeting, Managing Operations and Annual Reporting) and will integrate best practice approaches such as the Technology Business Management Framework. Students learn how to identify a business need; propose a technical solution; estimate and quantify solution benefits and costs; request funding with a justification based on a financial analysis and return on investment, and perform results measuring analysis. Students will apply the knowledge to real-world examples through business cases and case studies.
The course provides a theoretical and practical understanding of modern technology solutions used by businesses/organizations to solve complex business problems, optimize existing processes, innovate, compete, and enter new markets, business transformation. Over the duration of this course, students will work both individually and collaboratively in teams to complete group projects, assignments, design thinking activities, and in class exercises. After the completion of this course students will be able to identify and evaluate the impact of modern technology solutions on businesses, employees, and consumers.
This course focuses on the fundamentals of requirements engineering and system architectures, and the relationship of the two areas. It details the requirements activities starting with Organizational goal expression or with a stakeholder need, to stakeholder requirement discovery, through to systems requirements derivation in both agile and traditional methods. The course includes examining the alignment of the system architecture to the enterprise goals to validate the architecture (i.e. building the right system) as well as quality aspects of the architecture (building the system right). The course highlights linkages between early architectural decisions driven by business requirements and concept of operations, and system operational and support costs. The course centers on the hands-on application of class material via a group project that students pursue in small teams.
Enterprise Modernization is about enabling and managing effective IT modernization/integration in an organization. In this course, students will focus on using a systematic approach to identify, plan and communicate modernization initiatives that leverage technology to improve organizational outcomes, aligning to the mission as well as financial and business goals. You will explore new and emerging technologies that provide opportunities to drive transformation across the enterprise. Areas of study will include introducing complex change in large organizations and the role of IT as an enabler and collaborator of modernization across the organization.
The Communication for Technology Managers course is designed to expose students to best practices in internal communication to foster organization-wide understanding and buy-in; ensure that employees understand how a technology decision impacts their work; and act upon internal needs as the technology project is implemented. Messaging exercises will focus on effectively communicating to leadership, employees and stakeholders during a technology change/design, implementation rollout, or crisis. Students will understand the technology manager’s key role in coordinating communications.
Corporate governance is crucial to the success of any enterprise as it provides strategic direction and oversight on the company management by the board of directors. Similarly, IT and data governance provide valuable direction and oversight to the organization’s IT and data managers regarding the use of IT to meet business objectives and for the proper and secure handling of corporate data assets. In this class we will define and develop the critical elements of effective IT and data governance frameworks and explore the relationship between strategy and governance.
Elective Courses (Areas of focus/Grad Cert - 4 courses =12 credits)
Students could choose between taking four courses (12 credits) across the three areas of focus (generalist profile) or take all their four elective courses in one area of focus (specialization profile). If students decide to specialize in one of the three areas of focus, they would be eligible to receive a graduate certificate acknowledging the specialization upon completion of the required coursework (See Appendix B: Required Courses for Each Graduate Certificate). The graduate certificate would then be notated on students’ transcript.
The three graduate certificates are:
- Agile Project Management Fundamentals
- Lean-Agile with Scrum and Kanban
- Agile Frameworks for Lean Enterprises
- DevOps Essentials
- Information Security
- Cybersecurity Governance Frameworks
- Information Assurance and Risk Management
- Security Architecture and Design
- Information Security Laws and Regulatory Compliance
- Communication Strategy for Information Security Professionals
- Disruptive Technology and Organizational Change
- Competitive Intelligence Organizational Design
- Global Competitive Intelligence
- Information Management for Competitive Intelligence
- Business Intelligence, Big Data & Analytic
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You’ll have the flexibility to earn your degree at a pace that suits your schedule:
- Full-time students typically take 9 credits (3 courses) during the fall and spring semesters.
- Part-time students typically take 3 to 6 credits (1 to 2 courses) during the fall and spring semesters.
- Although students are not required to take credits during the summer semester, they have the option of registering for one or more courses in order to continue their progress year-round.
STEM OPT Extension
This program is eligible for a 24-month Optional Practical Training extension for degrees in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM OPT) for qualified F-1 visa students.
All programs offered by Georgetown University are accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.