Program Details

Program Outline

Program Outline

The Software Analysis and Development specialization in the bachelor’s degree in information technology is designed to provide students with important knowledge and practical experience in software development, current platforms, industry best practices, analysis and software testing. In this specialized curriculum, you can learn about the architectures for integrating systems, XML Web services and middleware, network programming, message and queuing services, and low-level data communications.

We can help you learn how to:

  • Summarize details of essential computer concepts
  • Use an operating system interface to access, add, troubleshoot and configure hardware and manage files
  • Implement a relational database management system utilizing the concepts of database design and data modeling
  • Design and develop business applications using programming languages, tools and software development methodologies

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Courses

Courses

Degree Requirements

Program Core
ITCO610Principles of Information Systems6
ITCO620Object-Oriented Applications6
ITCO630Database System Design and Implementation6
ITCO650Enterprise Networks6
Total Credit Hours:24

Specialization Options

IT Project Management
ITPM611Principles of IT Project Management6
ITPM613Leadership, Management, and Communication of Technical Projects6
ITPM615IT Project Quality Management6
ITPM619Risk Management and Project Cost Control6

Total Credit Hours: 0

Classes Overview

Classes Overview

AIU offers an industry-current MSIT program with a specialization in IT Project Management for students interested in learning the skills needed to manage information systems and information-technology projects in organizations. The important areas covered include project management, strategic information systems management, enterprise network infrastructure and information-systems building blocks. Students will understand the broad range of projects that an IT professional could expect to undertake and gain experience in the best practices and industry expectations common to IT work in the real world.

This one-year master’s program is designed to help students get the in-depth, industry-current business knowledge they want—compressing their studies into a shorter timeframe, but still providing the knowledge and credentials they're looking for to move forward professionally. By studying advanced topics in IT Project Management to complete the specialization requirements, you have an opportunity to acquire industry-current knowledge and skills specific to the area of managing information systems and information technology projects in organizations.

You Can Learn How to:

  • Use project-management methodologies to plan and manage information technology projects
  • Apply management principles to plan and manage information-technology infrastructure and software portfolio
  • Utilize quantitative and qualitative risk-management techniques to identify and manage the project constraints that include cost, time, risks and quality.
  • Conduct requirements and needs analysis for software, hardware and infrastructure projects
  • Employ formal techniques and methodologies to plan, procure, and manage project human and material resources for the project
  • Understand and master the technical vocabulary, current industry best practices and general knowledge necessary for success as an IT project manager
  • Analyze existing IT projects from real-world situations to gain experience in solving contemporary industry problems
  • Develop solutions and procedures for the variety of challenges and tasks included in any current IT project
  • Work as a team to collaborate on strategies, plans and solutions for IT projects
  • Communicate their ideas using the proper professional conduct and verbiage
  • Develop the mindset of an IT project manager, growing leadership and communication skills as well as technical know-how
Tuition and Fees

Tuition and Fees

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Career Paths

Career Paths

What could you do with a degree in IT Project Management?

Like standard project managers, those working in an IT-specific role help plan and execute major changes to a company's information system. This may include upgrades and installation of new technology, as well as smaller ongoing maintenance projects.

Industries That Use IT Project Managers

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than half of the jobs in IT project management are clustered in these five industries:

●     Computer systems design and related services

●     Finance and insurance

●     Information

●     Management of companies and enterprises

●     Manufacturing1

 

Key Skills for IT Project Managers

Managing IT projects requires both technical knowledge and the ability to motivate and manage team members—not to mention the business and industry knowledge that helps anticipate challenges. Top desired skills often include:

●     Knowledge of prominent technical platforms and methodologies

●     Strategic thinking

●     Business savvy

●     Risk assessment

●     Resource management

●     Familiarity with the industry

●     Communication skills

●     Leadership and team-management skills

 

Earning a master’s in IT Project Management demonstrates that you have a passion for the subject, knowledge of both the academic theory and current practices, and experience in the field. And the investment can prove advantageous: according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, people who have a master's degree earn 18% more per week than those with a bachelor's degree.2

 

1: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Computer and Information Systems Managers,

on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/management/computer-and-information-systems-managers.htm (visited July 29, 2016).

2: http://www.bls.gov/emp/ep_chart_001.htm
Related Degrees

Related Degrees

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Today’s business needs strong leaders in the IT security realm. A master’s degree in information assurance and security can help you deepen your knowledge of information assurance and security and gain the managerial skills you need to lead departments, teams and IT security projects.

Master of Business Administration (MBA) Degree: Specialization in Technology Management

Today’s fast-paced, ever-changing business environment requires leaders to have a firm grasp of technology. With an MBA degree with a specialization in Technology Management from AIU, you can learn to analyze, develop and deploy business solutions in even the most technology-driven environments.

Master of Business Administration (MBA) Degree: Specialization in Project Management

Master the ins and outs of determining scope, scheduling, cost control and communication. The MBA in Project Management can teach students to lead project management departments and prepare for industry certification.

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