Information technology MBA programs explore organizational behavior and leadership, global environments, information systems management, and operations management. The coursework includes hands-on training through team and individual projects. Prerequisites include a bachelor's degree, letter(s) of recommendation, a resume, and an admissions portfolio.
Master's Degree in Information Technology
Within the program, students learn to 'bridge the gap' between computer science and the everyday computer users in business. They gain the critical analysis and problem-solving skills to analyze diverse organizational cultures, advocate for change and recognize dilemmas within business environments. Courses students may encounter include:
- Marketing management
- Organizational strategy
- Managerial accounting
- Financial management
- Systems design and analysis
Popular Career Options
Graduates could have the skills necessary to manage and develop information technology projects along with the theoretical knowledge and hands-on experience needed to direct, plan, monitor, and manage information technology programs, as well as lead personnel. Some popular careers include:
- Information technology project manager
- Information system manager
- Information security manager
Employment Outlook and Salary Info
Computer and information systems managers, including IT project managers and IT security managers, should have 15% growth over the 2014-2024 period, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) (www.bls.gov). This growth rate is much faster than average, and the BLS reports that these managers should have favorable job prospects. The mean annual wage for all computer and information systems managers as of May 2015 was $141,000.
Master's holders can seek further education through the completion of a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Information Technology. In these terminal degree programs, students can choose from concentrations in information security, software engineering, or information systems. Students must complete multiple exams, including one to enter the program and a comprehensive exam prior to their original doctoral research. Completion of a Ph.D. prepares students for advanced research and academia positions within colleges and universities.
Additionally, master's holders can gain certification for information technology (IT) specialists through professional organizations. CompTIA, for example, offers multiple certifications, including IT for sales professionals and green information technology (www.compTIA.org).
An MBA program with an information technology focus combines leadership, technical and business skills for numerous media. Through various independent and group projects, students are prepared to enter the workforce, pursue certification or continue their education in a doctoral program.