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Thrive in a Changing Tech Environment

Contemporary Information Technology (IT) managers are organizational leaders who bridge and integrate the worlds of business and IT. They engage business leaders in the ongoing and innovative application of information technologies that enable business success and have the skill sets to function in a complex discipline with many facets.

Build High-Level Skills

The Master of Science in Information Technology Management (MS ITM) program was designed by faculty with experience in leading-edge technologies to develop professionals suited for the top positions in the IT management field. The degree meets the needs of the modern management-level technology professional responsible for the planning, budgeting, design, integration, and deployment of strategic enterprise technologies and programs that contribute to the business organization's success.

International Students Welcome

International students are also eligible for up to $2,000 through the GGU International Welcome Scholarship. Students in the MS IT Management Cohort program will have access to job search support for Optional Practical Training (OPT) employment. GGU conducts weekly career seminars (but does not guarantee job placement). Learn more about being an international student at GGU.

Fits Your Real World

Part-time, self-paced, cohort and other learning options.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

  • Applicants should hold a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited US institution or the equivalent from a recognized foreign (outside the US) institution, and provide official transcripts.
  • Applicants whose native language is not English must meet the English Language Proficiency Admission Requirements.
  • Applicants are required to submit a brief (1 page or less) statement of purpose outlining their interest in the program and any experience with technology and a resume.

Students considered for admission to this program will have a minimum of 30 undergraduate credits in IT courses, or three years of substantial full time work experience in an IT department. A business/engineering manager with four years of experience whose job requires significant interaction with IT may also be considered.

The Master of Science in IT management requires completion of 33 units in the graduate program. Foundation program courses may be waived in accordance with university policy regarding course waivers. To facilitate scheduling, students may be admitted to advanced program courses before completion of the foundation program, but must complete the foundation courses by the time that nine units have been earned in the advanced program.

The MS ITM curriculum is grounded in the four foundational components of IT: 1) software, 2) infrastructure, 3) network/communications, and 4) data. The program addresses these foundations from both a contemporary and forward-looking perspective. Instructors with current field experience at some of the Bay Area's top companies present courses that address the strategic application of the foundation while integrating emerging technologies, e.g. unstructured data analytics, cloud services, virtualization, mobile platforms, and social media. This program is a STEM-designated degree program.

TOTAL UNITS — 30

FOUNDATION PROGRAM — 3 UNITS (Not Included in Total Units)

The foundation program course should be completed or in-progress before enrolling in any of the 300-level advanced program courses.

BUS 240
Data Analysis for Managers

ADVANCED PROGRAM — 30 UNITS

Students must complete ITM 300 in the first six units of the program. ITM 300 is a co-requisite for the following courses: ITM 304, ITM 316, and ITM 318.

CORE COURSES — 18 UNITS
ITM 300
IT Management & Digital Transformation in the Business Enterprise
ITM 304
Managing Data Structures
ITM 316
Software Engineering Leadership
ITM 318
Network and Infrastructure Management
ITM 323
Security, Privacy, & Compliance
MSBA 321
Big Data Ecosystems
CAPSTONE COURSE — 3 UNITS

Select one of the following:

ITM 395
Strategic Information Technology Planning, Organization and Leader
ITM 398
Internship: Information Technology Management
ELECTIVE COURSES — 9 UNITS

Select any three of the following:

Business Analytics Courses
MSBA 300
Foundations of Business Analytics
MSBA 320
Advanced Statistical Analysis with R and Python
MSBA 328
Visualization and Communication
MSBA 330
Self-Service Analytics
Business Analytics Courses
MSBA 300
Foundations of Business Analytics
MSBA 320
Advanced Statistical Analysis with R and Python
MSBA 328
Visualization and Communication
MSBA 330
Self-Service Analytics
Leadership Courses
LEAD 300
Management and Leadership
LEAD 303
Teamwork in Organizations
LEAD 304
Leading Complex Change
LEAD 305
Adaptive Decision Making
Project Management Courses
PM 340
Introduction to Project Management
PM 342
Agile Management for Project Manager
PM 343
Advanced Concepts: Project Planning and Control
PM 344
Project Governance: Program and Portfolio Management
PM 348
Project Risk Management
Security Courses
ITM 331
Securing the Technology Infrastructure
ITM 332
Security Standards and Practices

PLAN YOUR SCHEDULE

PROGRAM FORMATS

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NON-COHORT

COHORT?

ELIGIBILITY
domestic or international students international students only
COURSE DELIVERY
in-person and / or online in-person, San Francisco?
PACE
self-paced fixed schedule
COURSE LOAD
part- or full-time full-time
COMPLETION TIME
at your own pace 12 months
ENROLLMENT
start any term fixed start (fall term)
STEM OPT DURATION
up to 36 months up to 36 months
OPT SUPPORT
N/A yes*

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OPT SUPPORT

* Students in the MS IT Management International Cohort program will attend weekly career seminars and have access to job search support for Optional Practical Training (OPT) employment. Golden Gate University does not guarantee job placement.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Graduates of the Master of Science in Information Technology Management program will be able to:
  • Explain the framework of the IT discipline, identifying both foundational and support organizations.
  • Participate in management level discussions that cross IT departmental lines.
  • Identify issues associated with each of the functional areas of IT and offer solutions.
  • Engage in planning and budgeting processes for each of the foundational components of IT.
  • Use their knowledge of IT organizations to break down barriers existing between IT silos in their work environment.
  • Engage their business community in meaningful dialogue regarding possible solutions to IT/business problems.
  • Integrate new and emerging technologies into each of the foundational components of IT.
  • Describe the processes of digital transformation and business re-engineering.
  • Explain modern software engineering approaches for minimum viable product, CI/CD, self-scaling and site reliability engineering.
  • Demonstrate ability lead and govern the routine operational management functions of IT including tools for PMP, ITIL, SLA monitoring, compliance audit, risk, and security management.

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