Contemporary Information Technology (IT) managers are organizational leaders who bridge and integrate the worlds of business and IT. They engage business leaders in the 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:
- network/communications, and
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 the 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 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 a 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.
* Students in the MS IT Management International Cohort program will attend weekly career seminars and have access to job search support for Optional Practical Training (OPT) employment. Golden Gate University does not guarantee job placement.
** Applicants to the MS IT Management International Cohort program are eligible for a one-time grant of $4,000 upon admission to the program.
Cohort students are also eligible for up to $2,000 through the GGU International Welcome Scholarship.
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.
Admission is selective and limited. Each application is carefully reviewed by the Cohort Admissions Committee of the Golden Gate University Ageno School of Business. In addition to satisfying all the requirements for admission to the Ageno School of Business, applicants to the international cohort program are required to demonstrate their readiness for this rigorous program. Applicants must:
- Apply to Golden Gate University by July 1, 2018.
- Successfully complete the GGU Graduate Writing Placement Exam with a score sufficient to waive graduate writing classes (or satisfy another waiver of GGU's Graduate Writing Placement Exam).
- Provide academic transcripts showing that he/she has completed mathematics courses equivalent to MATH 20 or above with a grade of "B" or better before enrollment.
- Provide a detailed resume reflecting all education, all work experience, and relevant awards, certificates and other accomplishments.
- Provide a written statement of purpose that addresses the following questions:
- Why is the applicant a good fit for the program in terms of his/her academic and professional development?
- What strengths and experiences do the applicant have that demonstrate the likelihood of success in the program?
- What circumstances or challenges in the applicant's background need additional explanation (if any)?
A personal interview may be required and may be conducted in-person or via web conference.
International students in either cohort must be proficient in English. 79 TOEFL or 6.5 IELTS or 57 PTE is the minimum exam score.
Business analytics concentration - 9 units
The business 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. Students taking this concentration will be introduced to specialized analytics tools and technologies.
Choose three courses from the list below:
- MSBA 300 Foundations of Business Analytics
- MSBA 305 Business Intelligence & Decision Support
- MSBA 320 Tools for Business Analytics
- MSBA 324 Web and Social Analytics
- MSBA 328 Visualization and Communications through Storytelling
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