Graduate Programs in Information Technology

Information technology studies and manages the information systems that are essential to the operations of organizations of all kinds. Information technologists bring together technical knowledge and management skills to help organizations solve problems and make information accessible when and where it is needed. They are skilled in collaboration, team building, analytical ability and problem solving. They are trained to respond to present needs and anticipate the needs that will arise in the future.

At the Master’s degree level, students have several options. Some of the degree offerings vary by type of school offering the degree. The primary master’s level degrees are:

  • Master of Science (MS) in Business Analysis or General Information Technology
  • Master of Science in Information Technology (MSIT)
  • Master of Management (MM) in IT
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Information Technology Management or Information Technology Consulting

At the master’s degree level, education focuses on information technology theory, as well as how that theory is applied in practice to the daily needs and contingencies of an organization. At this level greater attention is given to how the technology can help an organization capitalize on opportunities and mitigate risk from challenges. Greater emphasis and expectation is placed on the student’s ability to quickly and accurately analyze situations and make appropriate recommendations after critical analysis and creative application of theory and technology.

The Ph.D. Degree (Doctor of Philosophy) can be obtained with concentrations in

  • General Information Technology
  • Information Technology Education
  • Information Technology Management
  • Information Technology and Project Management
  • Information Assurance and Technology

At the doctoral level, the academic program focuses on research and high-level study of IT theory and strategy, the interdependence of technology and organizational strategy, advanced management theory, IT planning, and IT delivery systems. The doctoral program prepares students for upper management and executive level positions in organizations of all kinds, positions in research and development, consulting and teaching in a college or university.

The demand for Information Technologists with advanced degrees is great. Further, it is expected to grow as computers and other technologies become more integral to all aspects of organizational operations and strategy. Salaries are higher than for many other careers. A business systems executive in Banking, in 2008 could expect to earn between $77,000 and $263,000; an Information Technology Director could expect to earn $115,500 to $205, 500.

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