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The 30-unit master of information systems management program is available for both part-time and full-time students.
A 15-unit graduate certificate is also offered and can be transferred into the degree program at any time. The certificate focuses on the managerial and technical acumen required to lead an IT enterprise including governance, IT architecture and infrastructure, service delivery, data management strategy, risk management, and fundamentals of cybersecurity.
*These courses are required to earn a Graduate Certificate in Information Systems Management.
**This program qualifies as a STEM program.
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- Required Courses
Operational Excellence and Service Delivery (T81-517)*
This course examines needed management skills and processes for the efficient and effective functioning of IT infrastructure and operational environments to deliver the right set of services, at the right quality, and at the right costs for internal and external users and customers. Specific emphasis is placed on understanding the roles of IT operations including system administration, network administration, help desk services, asset management, DevOps, and reporting. Students will study the application of industry best practice frameworks for the management of information technology infrastructure, operations, and development. Frameworks covered include the Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) and Control Objectives for Information and related Technology (COBIT). Through the application of continuous service improvement, students will understand the IT service lifecycle and will be able to assess the effectiveness of processes and services.
IT Architecture and Infrastructure (T81-540)*
This course will demonstrate the importance of understanding organizational strategy and goals, then designing and deploying an IT infrastructure that supports that strategy and those goals. The course will showcase how fundamental IT building blocks are integrated in meaningful ways in order to support IT services that drive core business outcomes. Through a hands-on enterprise architecture design project, students will learn to design IT infrastructure in a rational, innovative, and cost-effective manner. We will cover a range of enterprise architecture design considerations commonly faced by organizations as they enhance their services, launch new products, or expand to new markets.
IT Governance and Risk Management (T81-563)*
Firms with superior IT governance designed to support the organization's strategy achieve better performance—and higher profits—than firm with poor (or no) governance. Just as corporate governance aims to ensure quality decisions about all corporate assets, IT governance links IT decisions with company objectives and monitors performance and accountability. This course shows how the design and implementation of an IT governance system can transform IT from an expense to a profitable investment. Essential to IT governance is risk management. In this regard, students will learn key aspects of managing risk including risk identification, risk quantification, risk monitoring, risk control, and risk mitigation. Particular focus is placed on project risk management and understanding the process of risk identification, assessment, prevention, mitigation, and recovery; the roles of IT governance, auditing, and control of the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of data.
Enterprise Data Management (T81-575)*
Organizations have begun generating, collecting and accumulating more data at a faster pace than ever before. The advent of "Big Data" has proven to be both opportunity and challenge for contemporary organizations who are awash—even drowning—in data but starved for knowledge. Unfortunately, organizations have not developed comprehensive enterprise data strategy and management (EDM) practices that treat data as a strategic imperative. EDM is a comprehensive approach to defining, governing, securing, and maintaining the quality of all data involved in the business processes of an organization. EDM enables data-driven applications and decision-making by establishing policies and ownership of key data types and sources. The ultimate goal is to create a strategic context for the technology underpinnings of data life cycle management and ensure good stewardship of an organization's data. This course will cover the critical components of building an enterprise data strategy including, but not limited to, data strategy, data governance, data security, data architecture, data quality, data ownership, and metadata management.
Introduction to Cybersecurity (T83-559)*
This course is intended as a comprehensive introduction to the cybersecurity field. It covers a broad range of cyber security terms, definitions, historical perspectives, concepts, processes, technologies, and trends with a focus on managing risk and the employment of cybersecurity as an organizational enabler.
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