Students must complete between 36 and 45 graduate credits in the Program (preceded by any or all of the non-degree skills courses) to complete the M.S.. ITL degree. Each student is required to nine core competency courses, two elective courses and the capstone experience. The total number of credits to fulfill the requirements depends upon the student’s academic and professional background.
Foundation courses provide students with a broad-based background in research methods, network systems, databases, and statistics. The following four courses are required but may be waived based on a student’s background.
CIS 523 – Data Processing and Database Management
CIS 540 – Data Comm and Internetworking
MBA 620 – Statistical Thinking for Managers
Core Competencies Courses
The Core curriculum focuses on Managerial, Technical, and Technology Management competencies. Students are required to take a total of nine courses in these core competencies: three courses from Managerial Competencies area, three courses selected by the student from Technical Competencies area, and three courses from Technology Management area.
Managerial Competencies (all three required)
CIS 612 – Ethics, Issues and Government Regulations
CIS 615 – Project Management for IT/IS
MBA 810 – Self Assessment for Leadership
Technical Competencies (one required and two selected)
INL 631 – Technology Architecture (required)
Select two from the list
CIS 624 – Data Warehouses
INL 644 – Information Security
INL 650 – User-Interface Technologies
Technology Management (all three required)
INL 632 – Technology Development Management
INL 660 – Planning and Effective Management of IS/IT Resources
INL 736 – Organizational Effectiveness: Beyond the Fads
Electives provide the framework for keeping pace with the rapid advancements in technology. Students are required to take two elective courses in new technologies.
CIS 646 – Collaboration Technologies
CIS 658 – Data Mining
CIS 619 – LAN Administration
INL 635 – Digital Media Content
INL 653 – Web Services
INL 665—Computer Digital Forensics
INL 668 – Computer and Network Security
INL 743 – Entrepreneurship
INL 760 – IS/IT Human Resource Management
Capstone Experience (one course)
Students culminate their study with an integrative three-credit capstone experience, taken in the final semester of the program. This course is completed with a cohort group of students and provides the opportunity to integrate what has been learned in the core and elective courses.
INL 880 – IT/IS Capstone Experience
Twelve to sixteen courses (at least 36 graduate credits) are required for the degree. The table below specifies the program requirements regarding the foundation, core, electives, and capstone courses. Individual plans for progression will be determined for each student in consultation with the Program Director.
The design of this program assumes that the student has a background in information science, information systems or business administration. Some students may be required to take one to four foundation courses to supplement their background.
Students who are less skilled in communications and/or information literacy may prepare for the graduate program by taking basic skills course(s).The Director of the graduate program will be able to advise such students concerning what course work would be needed in order to prepare to enter the program.