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Gain management-level knowledge of current technology concepts and tools.


Sometimes it’s a struggle to find people within an organization that possess basic ideas about information technology let alone what the issues are, the tool and technology options, or the best practice solutions. All of these organizations need knowledgeable leaders who know how to manage solution-based projects and apply that know-how effectively.

Aspen’s Master of Science in Information Technology provide you with a solid foundation and the requisite knowledge and skills for the professional to join an organization’s IT team and quickly add value.

Finish Fast – Can complete in 18 months
Enjoy Flexibility – 12 courses with start dates every 2 weeks
Choose Where You Learn – 100% online courses
Affordable Monthly Payments – Opt to pay $325 per month

Focus On Your Passion – Choose your Capstone

Value of Aspen’s Master of Science in Information Technology (MSIT)

  • Fine-tune project management and leadership skills
  • Acquire an understanding of business practices
  • Learn to leverage your technical knowledge
  • Strengthen your communication skills
  • Create a work-related Capstone project that will benefit your organization

Students who complete the MSIT program will graduate with a solid foundation in technical areas of business and technology operations as well as the specialized skills essential for management careers in this growing field.

This graduate degree program features a curriculum that pairs fundamental core courses such as Data Communications, Emerging Technologies, Intranets, and Information Systems Strategic Planning with specialized electives including e-Business, I.T. Project Management, and P.M. Organization Framework.

Is This Program for Me?

This program is designed for learners with a technical bachelor’s degree (in some computing discipline, engineering, mathematics, or statistics) or any bachelor’s degree and professional experience in the proposed area of study.

Do you want to move into technical leadership positions? Do you seek to expand your influence over technical solutions for business operations? Get in touch to learn more.

Admission Requirements

  • Application – A completed application.
  • Bachelor’s Degree Transcripts – Official transcript demonstrating a conferred bachelor’s degree from an institution that is accredited by a CHEA recognized accrediting body or an international equivalent.
  • Military Documentation (Optional) – A copy of the most recent orders; or a copy of DD214 (This can be requested from the National Archives.)

Courses:

    This course imparts valuable insight into the planning, organizing, and controlling of user services. Managing the essential technologies as well as the management of the traditional information systems development process is explored. This course also incorporates investigation into organizational learning curves, dealing with vendors, budgeting, accounting, management reporting, and legal considerations of information systems (IS). Each module in this course melds textbook material with additional content from external resources. This course addresses issues and strategies enabled through creative exercises and brief research projects designed to help students synthesize new learning and apply the concepts presented. Each encourages critical thinking about the subject matter. A broad range of analysis and synthesis skills, such as inference, recognition of assumptions, deduction, evaluation of arguments, and interpretation are enlisted through such project-oriented assignments. Investigating articles and case studies that present timely and different approaches to information systems management assists in emulating real MIS challenges. Discussion questions afford online interactive students the opportunity to exchange ideas with peer learners on current topics concerning this dynamic field.

    3 Credits
    Required Books

    In this course we will provide you with both a strong foundation for understanding what is meant by information technology and the business side of managing it. We will explain information technology in the context of organizations and their use of it. This course focuses on business pressures and the strategies used to counter them, especially through the use of Web-based strategic information systems.

    3 Credits
    Required Books

    Telecommunications has become an essential feature of the business environment, and has become linked to the success of a business' operations. It has been said that information is the lifeblood of the organization. Then, to complete the analogy, telecommunications represents the firm's circulatory system that maintains its life and viability. This course systematically evaluates a fictional business and its telecommunications systems. Students will examine telecommunications primarily from a business management perspective, rather than an engineering one. The objective of this course is to provide students with the vocabulary and technical understanding required to be effective telecommunications decision makers.

    3 Credits
    Required Books

    Project Management Essentials introduces the fundamental elements of effective project management and provides students with the opportunity to apply these elements using exercises and examples based on real-time projects. The tools and techniques used to plan, measure, and control projects, as well as the methods used to organize and manage projects, are also discussed. If you intend to certify as a Project Management Professional (PMP)®, initiate contact with the Project Management Institute at www.pmi.org and/or your local PMI® chapter. 

    3 Credits
    Required Books

    Project Management Organizational Framework covers principles and practices presented in the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) developed by the Project Management Institute (PMI) Standards Committee. This guide addresses such organizational and structural issues as scope, time management, human resource planning, and project communications, and serves as the foundation for the project manager certification areas of competency.

    3 Credits
    Required Books

    This course provides an overview of business communication technologies, from basic components and subsystems to whole networks. A solid understanding of the fundamentals of data communications is essential for business and information management students. In today's business environment management and staff need a thorough understanding of information communications in order to assess needs; plan for the introduction of products, services, and systems; and manage the systems and technical personnel that operate them.

    3 Credits
    Required Books

    This graduate-level course provides an in-depth discussion of both the theories behind systems design as well as "real world" information about how the systems design process works in a variety of industries. Systems design is a practical field that relies on a core set of concepts and principles, as well as what sometimes seems an eclectic collection of rapidly evolving tools and techniques. Learning systems design requires an appreciation of the tried-and-true techniques plus mastery of new and emerging tools and techniques that recent graduates are increasingly expected to apply on the job.

    3 Credits
    Required Books

    PMIF completes the topics presented in the Project Management Institute's Project Management Body of Knowledge and includes project cost, quality, procurement, and risk management. Continuing the work from PMOF, PMIF provides students with additional opportunities to apply these concepts using real-life exercises and examples. Special consideration is given to preparing students for the Project Management Professional (PMP)® certification exam. 

    3 Credits
    Required Books

    You will find in this course that enterprise social networks are made up of people who are linked together in some fashion. These linkages can be formal and well-defined, such as an organizational structure, partner network, or a team workspace membership. They can also be informal and fluid in nature, based on shared goals, objectives, expertise, or projects. Information and metadata (description of the information) logically link individuals together, thereby providing the social network.

    3 Credits
    Required Books

    This is an especially good time for a thoughtful course on eBusiness. We are nearly a quarter of the way into the second half of the Information Age revolution. Very little of what is now accepted management practice and application opportunity was even conceived of 13 years ago. E-Business will provide a comprehensive strategy framework that addresses the crucial elements of e-business strategy formulation. The key elements of the three phases of strategic analysis, strategy formulation and strategy implementation will be explored.

    3 Credits
    Required Books

    This course is designed to address the entire technology commercialization process, from idea to market. As technology drives innovation and companies seek more effective ways to exploit the intellectual property they create, it is important for students in business, engineering, and the sciences to understand the processes that result in successful new technology products in the market. This course is a comprehensive look at the issues related to the transfer and commercialization of new technology. High-tech businesses with patentable technology, whether engineering technology, biotechnology, or information systems technology, display different business models, processes, and characteristics from mainstream types of business.

    3 Credits
    Required Books

    The capstone project allows students to apply the knowledge and skills acquired in their courses to the work environment. This project is completely individualized; students are encouraged to select work-related projects that are of particular interest to them and that will result in professional growth and benefit the organization.

    3 Credits