Master of Science Information and Technology

General

Program Description

Overview

Cybersecurity, data analytics and IT management are key skills in today’s technology-driven marketplace. Our MSIT program provides students with a solid and forward-thinking technical foundation used to effectively plan, design, secure and manage IT systems.

Earn a general MSIT degree or specialize in one of three tracks:

  • Cybersecurity
  • Data Analytics
  • Information Technology Management

Quick Facts

The MSIT program provided me with the perfect mixture of technical and managerial knowledge. I received training in programming, project management, e-commerce, social media, and so much more. The faculty members became my mentors and taught me the leadership skills necessary for my profession.

Olena Kataieva
Graduate Program, Seimens

Choose Your Track

In addition to the eight core courses, you will complete four elective courses to obtain a general MSIT degree or specialize in:

  • Cybersecurity
  • Data Analytics
  • Information Technology Management

Access to Big Data

Providing timely and relevant information requires working with real-world data. Lots of data. Big data.

Cal Lutheran students have access to invaluable research resources, including a fully functional data processing cluster and actual, real world data sets.

Careers in High Demand

A Master’s in IT is considered by Forbes Magazine to be “The Best Master’s Degree,” with a projected employment growth of 30% through 2020.

The Occupational Outlook Handbook places various IT careers in seven of the top 10 positions in Los Angeles County.

Program Highlights

Information Technology (IT) is pervasive today and is at the core of almost any business organization. The Master of Science in Information Technology program (MSIT) is designed to provide students with a solid and forward-thinking technical foundation used to effectively plan, design, implement and manage IT solutions and systems. It prepares students to be strong technical leaders, ready to lead IT-enabled organizational change.

The MSIT program serves both technical professionals wishing to advance their career in the field as well as business professionals wishing to gain valuable IT skills needed to transform enterprise operations. The curriculum is carefully designed to combine the study of fundamental theory with sound practice, applying latest technologies and tools to real-world problems in the comfort of the classroom.

Program Distinctives

  • Flexibility: Courses are scheduled on nights and occasional weekends allowing students to balance the demands of career and personal commitments.
  • Access: Students have access to invaluable research resources, including a fully functional data processing cluster and actual, real-world data sets. Learn more
  • Relevance: Curriculum designed to provide students with skills which can be immediately applied in the workplace to solve real-world information technology problems.
  • Support: Small class sizes facilitate direct collaboration with faculty and networking opportunities. Students have access to a wide range of resources provided by Cal Lutheran.
  • Opportunity: The Occupational Outlook Handbook places various IT careers in seven of the top 10 positions in terms of job growth in Los Angeles County.

Program Learning Objectives

Students who successfully complete the program will be able to:

  • Understand and apply core concepts, techniques, practices, tools, and design principles in the Information Technology field.
  • Demonstrate focused knowledge in areas of specialization in Information Technology such as data management and analytics and Information Technology management.
  • Evaluate technology alternatives to solve organizational and technical problems.
  • Understand and apply system development and project management principles.
  • Analyze, evaluate, and synthesize research, apply theoretical ideas to practical settings, and effectively present the designs and solutions in logical framework.
  • Effectively communicate with both business and Information Technology professionals and work effectively in cooperative multi-disciplinary teams.

Curriculum

You can choose among three tracks to earn a specialization, or pursue a general MSIT degree by selecting elective courses across tracks.

Students with backgrounds that are not in Information Technology (IT) or business may need foundation courses which do not count towards the 36 credits required for the degree.

Core Courses

You will complete the eight core courses below (24 credits).

  • IT 508 Information Technology Management
  • IT 509 Data Management
  • IT 510 Software Planning and Development
  • IT 511 Data Communications and Networking
  • IT 512 Project Management
  • IT 513 Information Security
  • IT 514 Distributed Systems
  • IT 516 Data Structures and Algorithms
Choose Your Track

You'll complete four elective courses (12 credits) from one of the tracks listed below. Alternatively, students can obtain a general MSIT degree by selecting four elective courses across tracks.

Career and Opportunities

The MSIT program teaches skills that are immediately applicable in the workplace.

Our alumni are putting their education to use at companies such as:

  • Amgen
  • AT&T
  • Bank of America
  • Deloitte
  • EBay
  • Hewlett-Packard
  • Intel
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • Medtronic
  • Microsoft
  • NVIDIA
  • Qualcomm
  • Siemens

Here are a few positions and titles held by our current students and graduates:

  • Project Manager
  • Data Analyst
  • IT Manager
  • Chief Information Officer
  • Web Developer
  • Principal Information Systems Architect
  • Senior Security Engineer
  • Vice President, Database Analyst
  • Senior Network Engineer
  • Software Development Manager
  • Chief Software Architect

Networking Opportunities & Career Support

  • The Ventura County chapter of the Information Systems Security Association (ISSA-VC) meets on campus, providing students with the opportunity to learn and network with professionals.
  • Career Services offers students support in identifying the best internship and job opportunities with local companies.
  • HUB101 is a co-work and incubation space for the regional start-up community, offering classes, seminars, speakers, and an ideal networking and creative environment for entrepreneurial enterprises.
  • The School of Management hosts a series of popular events throughout the year where students can interact with business and community leaders. Events include the Entrepreneur Speaker Series, Leadership Essentials, New Venture Competition, Drinks with the Dean, and more.
Last updated Oct 2019

About the School

California Lutheran University is a selective, comprehensive institution offering undergraduate and graduate degrees in the liberal arts and sciences and professional fields. Rooted in the Lutheran tr ... Read More

California Lutheran University is a selective, comprehensive institution offering undergraduate and graduate degrees in the liberal arts and sciences and professional fields. Rooted in the Lutheran tradition, Cal Lutheran encourages critical inquiry into matters of faith and reason. Mentored by dedicated and accomplished faculty members, students pursue their passion and discover their purpose as they seek to grow as individuals. California Lutheran College was founded in 1959 on a ranch donated by Richard Pederson, the son of Norwegian immigrants. The college opened its doors to 330 students in September 1961 and held its first Commencement in May 1964. Read less
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