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.

ProGRAM Highlights

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 IT Healthcare or 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 dialogue 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: $2,610 per 3-unit course

Tuition varies for other courses. See Tuition & Fees for details.


This program is offered at the following locations: San Francisco , Online .

Student Success rates

Fall 2007 Master of Science in Information Technology Management starters success over a 5 year period:
Graduation rate after 3 years
Graduation rate after 5 years
Continuing after 5 years
Stopped taking classes
38% 63% 12% 25%


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."


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.

MATH 240
Data Analysis for Managers
MGT 210
Management Theory and Communications

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. Students must complete Math 240 prior to taking ITM 324, ITM 325, and/or ITM 345.

Required Courses -- 24 units
ITM 300
Management of IT in the Business Enterprise
ITM 304
Managing Data Systems
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)

Concentration -- 9 units

Choose one of the following concentrations:

General Information Technology Management Concentration -- 9 Units

The general concentration provides students in the IT management program the ability to expand their knowledge of information systems theories and concepts most applicable to their careers.

Select 9 units from the following:
ITM 324
Data Analytics for Business
ITM 325
Tools for Data Analytics
ITM 342
Enterprise Architecture Planning
ITM 344
Project Governance: Portfolio & Program Management
ITM 345
Business Intelligence & Decision Support
ITM 347
Project Management for IT Professionals
ITM 349
Healthcare Systems
ITM 354
Healthcare Informatics
ITM 356
Electronic Health Records

Business Data Analytics Concentration -- 9 Units

The business data 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.

ITM 324
Data Analytics for Business
ITM 325
Tools for Data Analytics
ITM 345
Business Intelligence & Decision Support

Information Technology Healthcare Concentration -- 9 Units

The IT healthcare concentration prepares students to succeed in the active arenas of managing IT systems in healthcare environments. It also is an excellent way for working IT professionals to diversify their skill sets to include the healthcare industry.

ITM 349
Healthcare Systems
ITM 354
Healthcare Informatics
ITM 356
Electronic Health Records


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.

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