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.
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.
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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. 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:
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
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.
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.
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.