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    Jun 24, 2024  
2019-2020 Catalog 
2019-2020 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Information Technology Management, Security in Computer Systems Management Concentration, MS

Program Information

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 current 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. This program is a STEM-designated degree program.

Student Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the MS in Information Technology management program will have the knowledge and skills 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.
  • Describe the processes of digital transformation and business re-engineering.
  • Explain modern software engineering approaches for minimum viable product, CI/CD, self-scaling and site reliability engineering.
  • Demonstrate ability lead and govern the routine operational management functions of IT including tools for PMP, ITIL, SLA monitoring, compliance audit, risk, and security management.

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.

Graduate Writing Proficiency Requirement

Students are expected to possess proficiency in writing to ensure they are successful in their course of study. Students may meet this requirement by satisfying one of the screening criteria listed under Graduate Writing Proficiency Requirement .

Graduate Mathematics Proficiency Requirement

Students are expected to possess a level of mathematical proficiency at least equivalent to MATH 20 Intermediate Algebra . Students may meet this requirement by satisfying one of the screening criteria listed under Graduate Mathematics Proficiency Requirement .

Foundation Program - 3 units

The foundation program course should be completed or in-progress before enrolling in any of the 300-level advanced program courses.

Advanced Program - 30 units

Students must complete ITM 300 in the first six units of the program. ITM 300 is a co-requisite for the following courses: ITM 304, ITM 316, and ITM 318.

Security in Computer Systems Management Concentration - 9 units

The Security in Computer Systems Management Concentration is a technical concentration that begins with the foundational concepts of information security.  The program includes a review of the regulator and governance frameworks and lab work with the Linux technical tools and methods used to monitor defend and investigate IT systems. The program course covers best practices in systems from detecting intrusion, malicious code execution, protecting privacy, implementing firewalls. This concentration builds on the core course ITM 323 Security, Privacy and Compliance .