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Management of Information Technology, M.S.

Program Director: Elizabeth Chang, Ph.D. chang@hood.edu;  (301) 696-3564 

The Master of Science in Management of Information Technology is an interdisciplinary degree designed to meet the growing demand for managers with business and information technology skills. Students completing the program will be able to assess corporate IT needs; formalize these needs into requirements and specifications; design integrated IT solutions; assess the cost/benefit of such solutions; determine the impact on operations of such solutions; evaluate alternative technologies; manage the development, implementation and deployment of IT solutions; manage large technology projects; and manage technical employees.

The 36-credit program provides students with knowledge and skills related to:

  • Business issues associated with the management of complex, large technology projects and the people who work within those projects;
  • Information technology and the issues that must be confronted in order to consider, design, develop, manage, implement and deploy successful information technology solutions within organizations.

The program is intended for students with undergraduate degrees in the computing sciences, information technology or business, or professionals with an undergraduate degree in any discipline who are already employed in an information technology area. Persons without this background can successfully enter and complete the program but may have to complete a series of foundation courses in order to attain the appropriate background for study.

Full-time graduate students who are exempt from the foundation courses should be able to complete the requirements for the degree in two years.

This program meets the needs of working students who study on a part-time basis. It is also suitable for full-time study if the student satisfies the foundation requirements. An international student who must have full-time status and who enters the program without completion of the foundation courses may need to take additional courses that are not part of the program in order to maintain that status when beginning the program. In this case, we will assist the student to enroll in courses in other related areas, such as mathematics. These supplementary courses will not count towards the degree completion.

The amount of time required to complete the degree will vary, depending on how many courses are taken each semester. All program requirements must be completed within seven years.

Foundation Courses 

The Master of Science in Management of Information Technology requires the completion of six foundation courses designed to provide the appropriate prerequisite background for the major. The program director determines the required foundation courses or exemptions based on a thorough evaluation of transcripts and other supporting documents. The objective is to ensure the student is well prepared and ready to succeed in the program.

  • IT 510 Computing Hardware and Software Systems (3 credits)
  • IT 512 Elements of Computer Programming (3 credits)
  • MATH 500 Statistics (3 credits)
  • ECON 551 Foundations of Economics (3 credits)
  • MGMT 551 Management Theory (3 credits)
  • MGMT 552 Quantitative Methods for Managers (3 credits)

Required Courses 

The courses required for the program provide breadth and depth of knowledge in both management and information technology. The 36-credit program requires, beyond the foundation courses.

Economics Courses 

  • ECON 560 Managerial Economics (3 credits)

Management Courses 

  • MGMT 560 Organizational Behavior (3 credits)
  • MGMT 561 Financial Management (3 credits)
  • MGMT 564 Production and Operations Management (3 credits)
  • MGMT 566 Management Information Systems (3 credits)
  • MGMT 585 Human Resource Management (3 credits)

Interdisciplinary Courses 

  • ITMG 527 Management Issues in Information Systems (3 credits)
  • ITMG 533 Managing Technical Project Teams (3 credits)

Information Technology Courses 

  • IT 514 Contemporary Issues in Information Technology (3 credits)
  • IT 518 Systems Engineering and Integration (3 credits)
  • CSIT 530 Applied Database Concepts (3 credits)
  • IT 548 Telecommunications and Networking (3 credits)