Master of Science in Technology and Innovation
The creation of new and innovative solutions requires a unique blend of skills in solution creation as well as talent to assess new technologies and weaving the most promising into key elements of real worlds systems. The trick is to go beyond replicating the old way with new technologies to a completely different way of working, which better leverages the people and the other system elements to produce significantly enhanced value. Success requires not only an effective solution, but also requires support to help all involved through the transformation from the old way of working to the new. Aspen’s program for Technology and Innovation provides the proper mix of technical knowledge, skill, and insight with the business insight and change management expertise to both plan for and assist new product deployments achieve success.
Finish Fast – Can complete in 18 months
Enjoy Flexibility – 12 courses with start dates every 2 weeks
Choose Where You Learn – 100% online courses
Earn an Affordable Degree – Tuition and fees only $12,720
Pay Monthly – Opt to pay $325 per month
Focus On Your Passion – Choose your Capstone
These programs are designed for learners with a technical bachelor’s degree (in some computing discipline, engineering, mathematics, or statistics) or any bachelor’s degree and at least two years of professional experience in the proposed area of study.
Graduate students are required to complete a Capstone project. This individualized project allows students to apply knowledge and skills acquired in their courses and real-world experiences.
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- 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.)
- CIS515 - Management of Information Systems
- CIS525 - Information Systems Strategic Planning
- CIS535 - Telecommunications
- CIS680 - Object Oriented Analysis & Design with UML
- CIS656 - Relational Database Design
- BUS560 - Business Ethics
- Mid-Program Proctored Exam
- CIS634 - Strategic Management of Technology and Innovation
- CIS675 - Systems Design
- CIS635 - Decision Support Systems
- CIS545 - Emerging Technologies
- Final Proctored Exam
- STI799 - Graduate Capstone
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
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
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
This course investigates the use of object-oriented approaches to modeling software requirements and design. Topics covered in detail include an introduction to object oriented analysis & design (OOAD), specifying a system's requirements using a use-case driven approach, defining a set of candidate classes that suitably model a problem domain, and leveraging the experience of experts by applying analysis and design patterns to describe the solution domain. Students will develop a hands-on experience of using the widely adopted graphical modeling language - the Unified Modeling Language (UML) version 2.0 - to visually model concepts and decisions in both the problem and the proposed-solution domains. A mix of a semester-long course project and case studies will be used to illustrate the application of the major concepts discussed. The course project will expose the student to a practical OOAD road map from requirements analysis to system design.3 Credits
The goal of this course is to provide a comprehensive introduction to the SQL language. This course not only covers the syntax of SQL, but also shows how it can be used to create and maintain a database and retrieve information from it. It also provides an introduction to relational databases. In addition to explaining concepts, the course uses a variety of assignments to reinforce the material in each chapter.3 Credits
Today’s managers face many different opportunities to make decisions ethical and unethical as they compete with other firms. This course will provide an opportunity for managers to take business ethics seriously. That means taking the time to understand the core elements of the system that have gone awry and led to some extreme behaviors. Business ethics is primarily about business. This course will allow managers to get beyond the view of business as separate from ethics by allowing an opportunity to understand that business ethics is a fundamental of business management. This course begins by exploring the inherent values of future managers, how ethics is an integral aspect of an organization’s value-creation activities and aspirations.3 Credits
As scholars and managers have raced to better understand innovation, a wide range of work on the topic has emerged and flourished in disciplines such as strategic management, organization theory, economics, marketing, engineering, and sociology. This work has generated many insights about how innovation affects the competitive dynamics of markets, how firms can strategically manage innovation, and how firms can implement their innovation strategies to maximize their likelihood of success. You find as you take Strategic Management of Technology and Innovation, that a great benefit will be in recognizing the dispersion of the literature across such diverse domains of study and that many innovation topics have been examined from different angles. This diversity might pose integration challenges to you the student, as you seek to integrate this wide body of work into a single coherent strategic framework.3 Credits
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
This course strives to combine your power to logically model and analyze diverse decision-making scenarios with software-based solution procedures. You will learn skills needed to apply decision models to different kinds of organizational decision-making situations. Assignments will be application oriented and software based in order to meet this goal. You will discuss fundamental concepts, assumptions, and limitations behind a variety of decision modeling techniques and how to effectively implement these theories in current technological settings and in practical situations.3 Credits
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
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