IT degree programs typically do not focus on IT project management until the graduate level. These programs tend to be designed for students who have either a bachelor's degree in computer science, networking, information technology, or information science, or at least two years of professional IT experience.
Master's degree programs provide training in management and organization, allowing IT professionals to gain positions as project managers. Students can learn how businesses are organized and operated, along with the basics of business communication, accounting, scheduling, contract management and quality assurance. Specializations are available in human resources management, time management, and project management.
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Master's Degree Programs in IT Project Management
Courses provide students with an in-depth understanding of management principles of technology and computer science. Specializations are available in human resources management, time management, and project management. Some courses include:
- IT project management
- IT projects and collaborative technologies
- Enterprise project management
- IT financial analysis
- Principles of management and organization
- Economics for technology professionals
Employment Outlook and Salary Info
IT project managers are hired by businesses to organize, schedule and oversee IT projects. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that companies in the United States employed over 348,500 computer and information systems managers, including IT project managers in 2014 (www.bls.gov). Computer and information systems managers made a median annual salary of $131,600 as of 2015, according to BLS data.
Continuing Education Options
IT project managers are not typically required to gain certification in their field. They often work their way up to supervisory roles. Those individuals who are interested in teaching IT project management at the college level might consider enrolling in a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) program in information sciences.
IT project management programs at the master's degree allow students to specialize in such areas as project management, time management or human resources. These programs typically require some experience with computer science, whether through a bachelor's degree or time spent working in the field.