Master of Arts in Information Technology

Master of Arts in Information Technology

Philosophy
The skills needed by today's informational technology leaders span multiple disciplines not typically available through traditional business or computer science programs. The Master of Arts in Information Technology Leadership (IT Leadership) program seeks to prepare working professionals with real world expertise to lead technology initiatives within their organizations, and across business sectors. The program focuses on identifying and analyzing information technology and organizational problems, creating and implementing innovative solutions, and making effective and ethical decisions. As a result of this focus, the program is approachable to both current IT professionals as well as professionals outside of the IT field.

It has become more important than ever to have a working knowledge of technology and interpersonal leadership skills to recognize and capitalize on trends that can impact businesses. When using information technology to respond to challenges in the workplace, it is key to have an understanding of the capabilities and limitations of the technologies as well as the interpersonal communication skills to facilitate change. The IT Leadership program prepares students to meet these challenges.

Program Description
The Information Technology Leadership program prepares students to effectively integrate technology solutions that address the challenges facing organizations today. Students gain a solid foundation of mixing both technology theory and real world application of the technology with the communication skills needed to realize the benefits of the technologies. Graduates will be proficient at leading multidisciplinary teams, evaluating information technologies, and guiding the organization through the ethical implementation of effective technology solutions.

Format
The 37 semester credit program is offered in an online format, which allows professionals to maintain their current employment status while enhancing their knowledge and skills. Students enroll in the foundational courses during the first year and leadership and advanced courses and the capstone project during the second year.  All courses are taken online and the program ends with a student research symposium on the Duluth campus.

Program Outcomes 
Upon completion of the Information Technology Leadership program at The College of St. Scholastica, the graduate will be able to:

  • Analyze integrated business practices across the organization
  • Evaluate and align technology solutions to strategic objectives and priorities
  • Communicate complex ideas through oral presentations and written documents
  • Effectively lead and develop IT professionals
  • Guide organizations through effective and enduring change
  • Incorporate ethics and values into leadership and decision making

Admission Requirements 

The Master of Arts in Information Technology Leadership program considers applicants who:

  1. Submit a completed Graduate Admissions Application form online.
  2. Have earned a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university and meet ONE of the following criteria:  
    • Have a major in IT, CS or MIS-related field (preferred, but not required)
    • Have a minimum two years experience working with information systems if the baccalaureate degree is not in an IT, CS or MIS-related field
    • Completed the prerequisites prior to the beginning of the Information Technology Leadership Program, if less than two years experience with information technology and the baccalaureate degree is not in an IT, CS or MIS-related field
  3. Submit all official transcripts of relevant course work necessary for admission or prerequisites as designed by the program.
  4. Earned a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.8 in undergraduate coursework.
  5. Submit a completed Master of Arts in Information Technology Leadership Essay.
  6. Submit two Graduate Recommendation forms from individuals who have observed or evaluated your leadership competencies or abilities in the IT field.

Prerequisites

Only those who do not meet the work experience and baccalaureate degree admission or IT experience requirements need to complete the following three prerequisite courses. All prerequisite courses are available online.

  • CIS 3105 - Management Information Systems
  • CIS 3107 - Database Modeling
  • CIS 3108 - Systems Analysis and Design

International Applicants will need to complete additional admission requirements.

Note: Meeting minimal entrance requirements does not necessarily guarantee admission.

Application Deadline
Application deadline for priority consideration is August 15 for a Fall start. Review of completed application files will continue until all open seats for the program are filled.

Degree Requirements
A total of 37 semester credits are required for graduation, including credits for the Capstone Project. Credit toward the degree will be given for courses with a grade of 2.0 or better; students are expected to maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0. A maximum of 6 graduate semester credits may be transferred from another college or university if approved by the student's advisor and/or the program director. The Master of Arts in Information Technology Leadership graduate program must be completed within seven years and students must make sufficient academic progress toward the degree during their enrollment. Students not enrolled for more than two consecutive semesters are required to reapply to the program before enrolling in additional courses. Credits that are more than seven years old as of the date of graduation will not count toward the degree.

Curriculum 
The Master of Arts in IT Leadership curriculum is made up of 13 courses for a total of 37 credits.  The curriculum consists of 4 foundational courses to prepare students with a core set of skills and knowledge, 3 leadership courses, 3 advanced strategic technology courses, and 3 courses associated with the capstone project.  The foundational courses should be completed prior to enrolling in the advanced and specialization courses and there are course prerequisites identified in the course descriptions.

Summary of Curriculum

Foundational Courses

CIS 6101: Leadership Communications 
CIS 6105: Strategies of Information Technology 
CIS 6113: IT Management Ethics 
PRM 6119: Strategic Decision Making

Leadership Courses

CIS 6208: IT Project Management 
CIS 6235: Professional Relationships 
CIS 6248: IT Change Leadership

Advanced Courses

CIS 6550: Business Process Analysis 
CIS 6575: Optimizing Intellectual Property 
CIS 6599: Emerging Topics in Information Technology

Capstone Project

CIS 6795: Research and Writing 
CIS 6800: Capstone Project I 
CIS 6900: Capstone Project II

Following is a list of ALL graduate courses and their descriptions in the School of Business and Technology: