Master of Science in

Information Technology Management

THE BUSINESS OF TECHNOLOGY

The Master of Science in Information Technology Management program is designed for business professionals who want to advance their careers in positions such as Chief Information Officer (CIO), Chief Technology Officer (CTO), and IT Manager. Classes are taught by professionals who also work in the IT management field at major companies in the San Francisco Bay Area. A dynamic classroom environment helps to teach real-world skills for the strategic application of IT — including cutting-edge applications of technologies such as business analytics, mobile, cloud services, and social media.

THRIVE IN A CHANGING TECH ENVIRONMENT

Contemporary Information Technology (IT) managers are organizational leaders who bridge and integrate the worlds of business and IT. They engage business leaders in the 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.


BUILD HIGH-LEVEL SKILLS

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.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS WELCOME

International students are also eligible for up to $2,000 through the GGU International Welcome Scholarship. Students in the MS IT Management Cohort program will have access to job search support for Optional Practical Training (OPT) employment. GGU conducts weekly career seminars (but does not guarantee job placement). Learn more about being an international student at GGU.

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Part-time, self-paced, cohort and other learning options.

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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 the 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.

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BUSINESS ANALYTICS CONCENTRATION

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:
MSBA 300
Foundations of Business Analytics
MSBA 305
Business Intelligence & Decision Support
MSBA 320
Tools for Business Analytics
MSBA 324
Web and Social Network Analytics
MSBA 328
Visualization and Communications through Storytelling

PROGRAM FORMATS

 

NON-COHORT

COHORT?

ELIGIBILITY
domestic or international students international students only
COURSE DELIVERY
in-person and / or online in-person, San Francisco 
PACE
self-paced fixed schedule
COURSE LOAD
part- or full-time full-time
COMPLETION TIME
at your own pace 12 months
ENROLLMENT
start any term fixed start (fall term)
STEM OPT DURATION
up to 36 months up to 36 months
OPT SUPPORT
N/A yes*
FINANCIAL AID
standard standard + cohort grant**

 

OPT SUPPORT

* Students in the MS IT Management International Cohort program will attend weekly career seminars and have access to job search support for Optional Practical Training (OPT) employment. Golden Gate University does not guarantee job placement.

 

COHORT GRANT

**Applicants to the MS IT Management Cohort program are eligible for a one-time grant of $4,000 upon admission to the program.

Cohort students are also eligible for up to $2,000 through the GGU International Welcome Scholarship.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

NON-COHORT

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.

 

INTERNATIONAL COHORT

Admission is selective and limited. Each application is carefully reviewed by the Cohort Admissions Committee of the Golden Gate University Ageno School of Business. In addition to satisfying all the requirements for admission to the Ageno School of Business, applicants to the international cohort program are required to demonstrate their readiness for this rigorous program. Applicants must:

  • Successfully complete the GGU Graduate Writing Placement Exam with a score sufficient to waive graduate writing classes (or satisfy another waiver of GGU's Graduate Writing Placement Exam).
  • Provide academic transcripts showing that he/she has completed mathematics courses equivalent to MATH 20 or above with a grade of "B" or better before enrollment.
  • Provide a detailed resume reflecting all education, all work experience, and relevant awards, certificates and other accomplishments.
  • Provide a written statement of purpose that addresses the following questions:
    1. Why is the applicant a good fit for the program in terms of his/her academic and professional development?
    2. What strengths and experiences do the applicant have that demonstrate the likelihood of success in the program?
    3. What circumstances or challenges in the applicant's background need additional explanation (if any)?
  • A personal interview may be required and may be conducted in-person or via web conference.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

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.

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