Contemporary Information Technology (IT) managers are organizational leaders who bridge and integrate the worlds of business and IT. They engage business leaders in ongoing and innovative application of information technologies, and have the skill sets to function in a complex discipline with many facets.
The Master of Science in Information Technology Management (MS ITM) program is designed to develop professionals suited for the top positions in the IT management field. The degree meets the needs of the modern management-level technology professional responsible for the planning, budgeting, design, integration and deployment of strategic enterprise technologies and programs that contribute to the organization’s success.
The MS ITM curriculum is grounded in the four foundational components of IT: 1) software, 2) infrastructure, 3) network/communications, and 4) data. The program addresses these foundations from both a contemporary and forward-looking perspective. Instructors with many years of field experience present courses that address strategic application of the foundation while integrating emerging technologies, e.g. unstructured data analytics (Big Data), cloud services, virtualization, mobile platforms, and social media. Students with a special interest in Business Analytics may choose a concentration in that area.
Student Learning Outcomes
Graduates of the MS in information technology management program will be able to:
- Explain the framework of the IT discipline, identifying both foundational and support organizations.
- Participate in management level discussions that cross IT departmental lines.
- Identify issues associated with each of the functional areas of IT and offer solutions.
- Engage in planning and budgeting processes for each of the foundational components of IT.
- Use their knowledge of IT organizations to break down barriers existing between IT silos in their work environment.
- Engage their business community in meaningful dialogue regarding possible solutions to IT/business problems.
- Integrate new and emerging technologies into each of the foundational components of IT.
- Apply knowledge gained in the program to the completion of a major capstone project.
Declaring Program Concentrations
Students may declare concentrations when they have completed the coursework required for their desired concentrations, or after the “Last Day to Drop Course without Tuition Charge” (per the Academic Calendar) for their final terms, if they will be able to complete their concentrations in their final terms.
To be eligible to declare concentrations, students must have already completed the required concentration coursework, or be able to complete it in their final terms without requiring waivers, substitutions, or directed study courses, unless they are approved in advance by the department chair, program director, or dean.
Students may declare up to two concentrations in a given degree program. Students seeking to declare more than two concentrations will be required to appeal to the dean or vice president of academic affairs for approval. Students’ diplomas will list the concentrations that they had successfully completed at the time their degrees were conferred. Students may not declare additional concentrations after their degrees have been conferred.
The following concentrations are available:
Requirements for the Master of Science in Information Technology Management
Students considered for admission to this program will have a minimum of 30 undergraduate credits in IT courses, or three years of substantial full time work experience in an IT department. A business/engineering manager with four years of experience whose job requires significant interaction with IT may also be considered.
The Master of Science in IT management requires completion of 33 units in the graduate program. Foundation program courses may be waived in accordance with university policy regarding course waivers. To facilitate scheduling, students may be admitted to advanced program courses before completion of the foundation program, but must complete the foundation courses by the time that nine units have been earned in the advanced program.
Business Proficiency Requirement
Students admitted to this program are required to possess an understanding of U.S. business practices equivalent to BUS 201 Economic and Regulatory Essentials of U.S. Business . This requirement must be completed in your first term, and you must have completed this requirement no later than your first nine units at GGU. A grade of “C-” or better is required for BUS 201 . However, graduate students must maintain a 3.00 “B” cumulative grade point average to remain in good standing.
Graduate Writing Proficiency Requirement
Students admitted to the Master of Science in IT management degree program must meet the graduate writing proficiency requirement within the first nine units of the program by successfully passing the Graduate Writing Placement Exam or by completing ENGL 201 Graduate Writing with a grade of “B” or better. Students may meet this requirement by satisfying one of the screening criteria. See Graduate Writing Proficiency Requirement for more information.
Graduate Mathematics Proficiency Requirement
Students admitted to this program are expected to possess a level of mathematical skill at least equivalent to Intermediate Algebra (MATH 20 ). Students may meet this requirement by satisfying one of the screening criteria listed under Graduate Mathematics Proficiency Requirement .
Foundation Program - 3 units
The courses in the foundation program should all be completed or in process before any of the 300-level advanced program courses are taken.
Business Analytics Concentration - 9 units
The business analytics concentration is designed for the IT Management professional who must be able to apply data analytics tools and techniques to both structured and unstructured data, extracting information that the organization can use for strategic decision-making. Students taking this concentration will be introduced to specialized analytics tools and technologies.