Information Technology (M.S.)
Technology plays a significant role in our daily lives and drives much of the business and government activities of the Washington metropolitan area. Moreover, many jobs focus on the efficient and effective management of IT.
Marymount’s Master of Science in Information Technology prepares individuals for leadership roles in the IT industry. The program provides knowledge and skills across the entire range of topics in the industry – systems engineering, decision-making for IT, ethics and law, computer networking, database technologies, IT governance and strategy, Web development, and information assurance.
To meet career needs, students have the option of selecting a track as part of their degree studies:
- Computer Security
- Health Care Informatics
- Project Management and Technology Leadership
- Software Engineering
Marymount’s location near Washington, DC, is particularly advantageous, as many government-related IT matters become the source of discussion and study. Marymount’s full-time IT faculty members – all of whom hold doctorates – are hands-on practitioners and scholars. They conduct research, participate in professional activities including congressional committees, and continually participate in professional development opportunities. Adjunct faculty members support the program, bringing their real-world experience from such organizations as the FBI, Department of Justice, the Aerospace Corporation, Noblis, the Department of the Navy, and InfoReliance.
The student body in Marymount’s IT program is culturally and professionally diverse. They work for the federal government, international organizations, government contractors, educational institutions, and local nonprofits.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics states, “Overall employment of computer network, systems, and database administrators is projected to increase by 30 percent from 2008 to 2018, much faster than the average for all occupations.”
Marymount’s IT programs prepare graduates for a robust job market. They assume leadership roles in IT departments of major corporations, government agencies, and government contractors. Their roles include:
- Managers of enterprisewide networking, including handling responsibilities for information security and assurance
- Specialists who design and build computer systems with current systems development life cycle methodologies
- Project managers for complex projects in industry and government, serving as a critical link between IT team members and business professionals to ensure timely project completion within budget constraints
- Health care IT specialists
- Database administrators and data modeling specialists in government, industry, health care, and education
- Enterprise architects
Some even start their own business.
Marymount faculty members are very connected to the industry and assist students with their career preparation.
Courses are listed in recommended sequence of enrollment.
- IT 510 Systems Engineering
- IT 515 Decision Making for IT
- IT 520 Enterprise Infrastructure and Networks
- IT 530 Computer Security
- IT 540 Enterprise Data Management and Analysis
- IT 550 Ethics, Law, and Policy in the Information Age
- IT 610 IT Governance and Strategy
- IT 680 IT Master’s Project or IT 670 Computer Network Defense (for those in Computer Security track)
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Last updated January 31, 2018