Master's in Information Technology Management
The coursework required for the Master's in IT Management includes two required core courses—Ethics in IT Management and Capstone—as well as six required foundation courses and four elective courses. Below represents a sample of course offerings. Format and content may change.
Ethics in IT Management (3 credits; required)
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.
Capstone (3 credits; required)
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.
Introduction to IT Management (3 credits; required)
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.
Communication for IT Managers (3 credits; required)
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.
Strategic Planning & Financial Management (3 credits; required)
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.
Requirement Analysis & System Design (3 credits; required)
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 & Technology Insertion (3 credits; required)
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.
IT & Data Governance Strategy (3 credits; required)
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.
The Information Technology Management program requires four elective courses to be completed. You can choose to select courses from one of four focus areas that enable you to tailor your studies and sharpen your expertise in a particular specialty. Each focus area aligns with a 12-credit graduate certificate, meaning you can graduate with both a master’s degree and a graduate certificate. Note: that a student is not required to select a focus area and can instead mix-and-match four electives across specialties.
Project Management Focus Area
Develop the strategies you need to effectively iterate towards better end products and services.
- Agile Project Management Fundamentals (must be taken first)
- Lean-Agile with Scrum and Kanban
- Agile Frameworks for Lean Enterprises
- DevOps Essentials
Business Intelligence Focus Area
Harness and integrate data analytics to support decision-making and competitive intelligence.
- Competitive Intelligence Organizational Design
- Global Competitive Intelligence
- Information Management for Competitive Intelligence
- Business Intelligence, Big Data, & Analytics
Cybersecurity Focus Area
Master the specialized skills needed to prevent and mitigate cyber risks through an accelerated, customizable curriculum.
- Ethics in Cybersecurity
- Information Security
- Cybersecurity Governance Frameworks
- Information Assurance & Risk Management
- Security Architecture & Design
- Information Security Laws & Regulatory Compliance
- Communication Strategy for Information Security Professionals
- Disruptive Technology & Organizational Change
Digital Integration Focus Area
Apply today’s technology skills to develop tomorrow’s digital transformation solutions through an accelerated, customizable curriculum.
- Artificial Intelligence for Business Solutions
- Blockchain & Smart Contracts
- Cloud Computing
- IoTs & Wireless Technologies
- Technology Convergence & Digital Innovations
- Supercomputing & Big Data Analytics