MS Next-Generation Disruptive Technologies


Program Description


Blockchain-Focused Master’s Degree Next Generation Technologies

This 36-semester hour Blockchain-Focused Master of Science degree in Next Generation Technologies concentrates on the next generation of technologies that could cause major disruptions in the way we live and work. Blockchain technology is the focus of this program at present because it is recognized worldwide as a serious disruptive force in the history of money as well as ledger technologies. In a short period, hundreds and thousands of blockchains have emerged to address multiple problems in financial, business, social, and even political arenas. The program offers concentrations in Blockchain and Quantum Information Science.

Program Goals

The student graduating with a Master of Science in the Next Generation Disruptive Technologies program will be able to:

  • Recognize the necessity for conducting a theoretical and empirical analysis
  • Adapt to rapidly changing technology, advanced learning, and entrepreneurship qualities
  • Master Blockchain as one specific type of disruptive technology

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Disruptive Technologies Requirements

The following courses comprise the Master of Science in Next Generation Disruptive Technologies – 36 semester hours. The semester hour value of each course appears in parentheses ( ).

Complete all of the following core courses – 15 semester hours:

  • ISEM 500 Strategic Information Systems Planning, (3)
  • Engineering and Management of Enterprises
  • ISEM 540 Enterprise Architecture and Integration (3)
  • ISEM 515 Commercialization of New Technologies


  • ISEM 528 Industry Analysis and Technology Patterns (3)
  • NGDT 585 Principles of Software Architecture Patterns (3)

Choose one of the following courses – 3 semester hours

  • CISC 595 Software Architecture Pattern Design & Implementation
  • ISEM 501 Information and Communication Technologies Principles
  • PMGT 510 Principles of Project Management
  • ANLY 500 Analytics I: Principles and Applications (3)
  • CISC 504 Principles of Programming Languages
  • CISC 610 Data Structures and Algorithms
  • Any other graduate core course

Complete the following experiential courses – 6 semester hours:

  • GRAD 695 Research Methodology and Writing (3)
  • NGDT 699 Applied Project in Disruptive Technologies


  • GRAD 699 Graduate Thesis (3)

Complete 15 semester hours from the following concentration:


  • NGDT 520 Foundations of Blockchain (3)
  • NGDT 525 Evolution of Crypto Assets and Tokens (3)
  • NGDT 534 Implementing Smart Contract and DApps (3)
  • NGDT 540 Industry Blockchain and Blockchain-as-a-Service (3)
  • NGDT 545 Major Blockchain Trade-offs and Choices (3)
  • NGDT 560 Internet of Money and Future of Blockchains (3)

Admission Process

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The admission process at HU is designed to help you make good decisions about your educational choices and to make sure you explore all the enrollment options at the University, so you find the plan that works best for you. The process is meant to be informative and encouraging–not to present an intimidating barrier to your educational plans. Just as every student receives personal attention in the classroom, every applicant receives thorough consideration and guidance during the enrollment process.

The University seeks students from a variety of backgrounds who can contribute to a vibrant and diverse University community. Students can demonstrate their academic potential through a variety of means. No one particular factor can measure a student’s potential, therefore the University gives consideration to all aspects of your admissions application.

Last updated November 2019

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