Description of Program
In the Master of Science in Information Technology Leadership (M.S. in ITL) program, students examine the foundation of information technology and the leadership skills needed for mid- to high-level information technology or systems managers. There is ample evidence that companies have a significant need for such leaders with the widespread use of information technology. Industry studies report that it is important for both the technical and the business sides to better understand each other’s jobs and functions, especially as technical people assume project management roles.
Recommended by industry leaders, the program’s curriculum in current information technologies and management of human and technology resources is meant for professionals who wish to become leaders in information technology. The program builds upon the strengths of the University’s M.S. in Computer Information Science and MBA programs, enabling students to acquire the foundation of leadership skills and technology concepts.
The M.S. in Information Technology Leadership program focuses on three main competency areas:
- Managerial Competencies: leadership, human resource management, and process management
- Technical Competencies: architecture, data communication, application development, data management, and security
- Technology Management Competencies: Policy and Organizational Competencies—mapping IT to mission, budget process, and organizational processes; capital planning competencies, investment assessment, and acquisition; and implementation, legacy, migration, and integration issues and performance measures.
Additionally, these areas are extended through electives in current information technologies. Finally, the program is completed with an integrative capstone experience.
The program emphasizes teamwork, interpersonal communication, and presentations. To address the dynamic nature of the field and the realization that there will always be a need for some self-training, this program encourages active student involvement and collaborative learning. Students are expected to participate in class discussions, to evaluate new software packages, to make formal presentations, and to do independent projects. The program prepares individuals for end-user computing services by addressing both technical challenges and management skills. The program promotes the professional development of the student in the field of Information Technology Leadership.
A strength of the program is its practical focus, built upon a strong conceptual foundation.
The program is offered mainly in an online format. Some courses are still offered in the traditional format and are offered at three convenient locations in Pennsylvania: at La Salle's Main Campus in Philadelphia, at the Bucks County Center in Newtown, and at the Montgomery County Center at Metroplex Corporate Center in Plymouth Meeting.