Master of Science in Information Technology Management
A comprehensive graduate degree program designed to train business students for a career as a CIO, CTO, or IT manager.
The role of IT management is to be a full partner, if not a leader, in business and technology innovation for the entire firm. The successful CIO, CTO, or IT manager has significant business savvy and the skills to align IT to business strategy and deliver innovative programs, projects, and technologies to meet business objectives. This MS ITM program is designed to produce IT professionals suited for the top positions in the IT management field. The degree meets the needs of the modern management-level technology professional who will be responsible for the planning, budgeting, design, integration and deployment of strategic enterprise technologies and programs that contribute to the organization's success.
The core curriculum provides grounding in the key topics of IT governance and frameworks such as ITIL and COBIT, enterprise architecture, IT finance, capital budgeting, compliance and portfolio, and program management. These skills are enhanced with a strong set of basic business knowledge and managerial skills in business dynamics, communication, leadership, problem solving, accounting and finance, and analytical skills.
Through our elective program, students will able to build or renew a wide range of specific technological skill and knowledge in such areas as security, systems design, database management, inter-networking technologies, enterprise applications, and emerging technologies. Students will be able to communicate clearly with line-of-business counterparts and internal clients to create an IT strategy that aligns to business strategy. They will also provide well-argued business cases and business proposals that demonstrate evidence of both course and programmatic learning outcomes.
Taught by instructors who are working at the cutting edge of IT technology, our students will put to use the skills and the knowledge to manage effectively in an IT environment increasingly affected by evolving demands of IT outsourcing, regulatory issues of security and compliance, and the increasing use of Internet/Web tools such as Software as a Service, Infrastructure as a Service, and Cloud data storage and management.
Graduates of the MS in Information Technology Management degree program possess the skills and knowledge to:
- Understand business strategy, operational goals and the contributions of IT, and be able to communicate clearly with line-of-business counterparts and internal clients, creating an IT strategy that aligns to business strategy.
- Provide well-argued business cases and ROI projections for all projects and to lead IT financial and project portfolio management.
- Lead enterprise architecture development and deliver projects that are as successful in business alignment as they are in technological sophistication.
- Manage effectively in an IT environment increasingly complicated by demands of IT outsourcing, security and compliance.
Either a minimum of three years full-time work experience in an IT department, or a minimum of 30 undergraduate units in CIS courses, equivalent to an undergraduate certificate in CIS.
Math Proficiency Requirement
Students admitted to this program are expected to possess a level of mathematical skill at least equivalent to College Algebra (MATH 30) and Statistics (MATH 40).
Ageno School of Business Courses: $2,610 per 3-unit course
Tuition varies for other courses. See Tuition & Fees for details.
Foundation Program — 12 units
- ACCTG 201
- Accounting for Managers
- FI 203
- Financial Analysis for Managers
- ITM 225
- Management Information Systems
- MGT 210
- Management Theory and Communications
Advanced Program — 33 units
Core Courses — 18 units
- ITM 340
- Managing Information Technology in the Business Enterprise (to be taken as part of the first six units of the advanced program)
- ITM 342
- Enterprise Architecture Planning
- ITM 343
- Budgeting and Finance for the IT Manager
- ITM 344
- Information Technology Governance,Portfolio and Program Management
- ITM 395
- Strategic Information Technology Planning, Organization and Leadership (to be taken in the last six units of the advanced program)
- OP 340
- Project Management (prerequisite for ITM 344)
A general concentration in information technology management designed to further equip students with an understanding of information systems theories and concepts, a working knowledge of current technologies and the ability to analyze and integrate future technology applications.
Any three 300-level graduate ITM courses for a total of nine units.
Any two 300- or 400-level graduate courses for a total of six units.
A focused graduate degree concentraion designed to develop MSITM students to manage IT programs in the healthcare field.
For students who want to be prepared to succeed in the active arenas of managing IT systems in healthcare environments, the Management of Healthcare Information Technology Systems concentration in the MSITM is an obvious choice. The 5-course concentration prepares students to enter into the field healthcare Information Technology as an effective, competent, and forward-thinking professional. It also is an excellent way for working professionals to modernize and diversify their skill set for an ever-changing market.
Required Courses — 12 units
- ITM 340
- Managing Information Technologies in the Business Enterprise
- ITM 349
- Healthcare Information Systems
Two of the following — 15 units
- ITM 350
- Healthcare IT Governance and Strategic Planning
- ITM 351
- Healthcare IT Enterprise Infrastructure
- ITM 352
- Managing Projects in Healthcare
- ITM 353
- Emerging Trends in Healthcare Information Technology Management
The following may be taken with the approval of the department chair:
OPERATIONS, PROJECT MANAGEMENT & INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY MANAGEMENT DEPARTMENT
Golden Gate University's instructors are what sets us apart from similar institutions. Most of our faculty are professionals working in their fields of expertise. They bring their firsthand experiences and knowledge to the classroom, incorporating cutting-edge practices from the business and legal communities.