Master of Science in Information Technology Management
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 that enable business success, 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 was designed by faculty with experience in leading-edge technologies 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 business 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 extensive field experience at some of the Bay Area's top companies present courses that address strategic application of the foundation while integrating emerging technologies, e.g. unstructured data analytics, cloud services, virtualization, mobile platforms, and social media. Students with a special interest in Business Data Analytics may choose a concentration in either of those areas.
Graduates of the Master of Science in Information Technology Management program will be able to:
- Explain the framework of the IT discipline, identifying both foundational and support organizations.
- Contribute to management level discussions with the business regarding IT's support of strategic goals and objectives.
- Identify and address issues associated with the internal operation of IT and offer solutions.
- Engage in planning and budgeting processes for all 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 dialog that results in a strong partnership.
- 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.
Ageno School of Business Courses: $2,925 per 3-unit course.
Tuition varies for other courses. See Tuition & Fees for details.
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 degree 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 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 Proficiency Exam or by completing ENGL 201 (formerly ENGL 301) Graduate Writing with a grade of B or better. See "Proficiency in Mathematics, English and Computer Skills Required for Certain Master's Degrees and Certain Graduate Certificates."
Math 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 the heading "Proficiency in Mathematics, English and Computer Skills Required for Certain Master's Degrees and Certain Graduate Certificates."
TOTAL UNITS -- 39
FOUNDATION PROGRAM -- 6 UNITS
Foundation courses provide the groundwork for the advanced program core and concentration courses. Some or all of the foundation courses may be waived if you have previously completed comparable undergraduate courses. For more information on waivers, please speak with an enrollment counselor at 888.GGU.EDU1.
ADVANCED PROGRAM -- 33 UNITS
Students in the MS ITM Management program should complete ITM 300 in the first nine units of the program. ITM 300 is a co-requisite of ITM 304, ITM 315, ITM 316, and ITM 317.
REQUIRED COURSES -- 24 UNITS
- ITM 300
- Management of IT in the Business Enterprise
- ITM 304
- Database Theory and Data Management Tools
- ITM 315
- Infrastructure and Hosted Services
- ITM 316
- Software Engineering
- ITM 317
- Networks & Communications
- ITM 323
- Security, Privacy, & Compliance
- ITM 343
- Budgeting & Finance for IT Managers
- ITM 395
- Strategic IT Planning, Organization & Leadership (Capstone)
ELECTIVES -- 9 UNITS
Select three courses from the following or select the concentration below:
- MSBA 300
- Foundations of Business Analytics
- MSBA 305
- Business Intelligence & Decision Support
- MSBA 320
- Tools for Business Analytics
- MSBA 324
- Web and Social Analytics
- MSBA 328
- Visualization and Communications through Storytelling
- ITM 342
- Enterprise Architecture Planning
- ITM 344
- Project Governance: Portfolio & Program Management
- ITM 347
- Project Management for IT Professionals
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.
Choose three courses from the list below:
OPERATIONS, PROJECT MANAGEMENT AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY MANAGEMENT DEPARTMENT
- Bridget Albosta, Adjunct Professor
- Andrey Aredakov, Adjunct Professor
- Celeste Ayers, Senior Adjunct Professor
- Howard Bernstein, Senior Adjunct Professor
- Douglas Carlberg, Adjunct Professor
- Robert Chow, Senior Adjunct Professor
- Edward Curran, Adjunct Professor
- James Dalton, Adjunct Professor
- Richard L. Dawe, Professor
- John Denning, Adjunct Professor
- David Fickbohm, Distinguished Adjunct Professor
- Robert Fulkerth, Professor
- Andrew Guitarte, Adjunct Professor
- Abdallah Harb, Adjunct Professor
- James Hays, Adjunct Professor
- Homer Johnstone, Distinguished Adjunct Professor
- Shinmei Kiyohara, Senior Adjunct Professor
- Olga Kowalewsky, Adjunct Professor
- Judith Lee, Associate Professor & Department Chair, Operations & IT Management
- Michael Lombardo, Adjunct Professor
- Rao Mikkilineni, Adjunct Professor
- Ross Millerick, Adjunct Professor
- John F. Morales, Adjunct Professor
- John Moreno, Senior Adjunct Professor
- Ainsley Nies, Adjunct Professor
- Eli Raber, Adjunct Faculty
- Nabil Rageh, Professor
- Mona L. Sabuco, Distinguished Adjunct Professor
- Heinz Jorg Schwarz, Senior Adjunct Professor
- Jane Sherman, Adjunct Professor
- Janice M. Spangenburg, Adjunct Professor
- Marie Spark, Project Management Program Director & Lecturer
- Gwendolyn Stripling, Adjunct Professor
- Satish Subramanian, Adjunct Professor
- Isaac Sun, Adjunct Professor
- Nabanita Talukdar, Visiting Assistant Professor and Director of Math Programs
- Siamak Zadeh, Adjunct Professor
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