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Master of Science in Information Technology (MSIT) Degree with a Concentration in Database Architecture and Design

Online Master's in Database Architecture and Design

Our Master of Science in Information Technology degree program with a concentration in Database Architecture and Design has been designed to provide students with the knowledge, skills, and abilities relevant to pursue a career path in the data architecture field. As you work to obtain your master’s in database design, you’ll study using a problem-based, hands-on curriculum that can help you prepare to pursue a career path in this growing industry.1

   
Next Start Date:
February 22, 2023
Total Credits:
48
Offered:
Online, Houston
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Online Master's in Database Architecture and Design Program Details

Why Get a Master’s in Database Architecture?

Data plays a larger role than it ever has before in the running of businesses and organizations. Data is often used for projecting long-term forecasts, identifying trends, developing risk analyses and more. And as even more organizations employ data across all facets of their business, the importance of skilled data analysis can be crucial to a successful business model.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics...

  1. 9%
    projected employment growth for database administrators and architects between 2021 - 2031*

  2. 11,500
    Over each year of the next decade, it is projected that 11,500 new job openings for database architects and database administrators will be available on average.*

* Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Database Administrators and Architects, at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/computer-and-information-technology/database-administrators.htm (visited December 29, 2022). This data represents national figures and is not based on school-specific information. Conditions in your area may vary.

Online Database Architecture and Design Master's Program Outline

We live in the era of Big Data. In both private industry and governmental organizations, data is used to increase efficiency, help improve decision-making, anticipate trends, and more. But those data systems must be designed, refined, and kept running. That makes database architecture professionals important in today’s world.

If you are considering studying in our online master’s program for Database Architecture and Design, you may be looking to pursue a leadership role in the fields of database architecture, data engineering, database analysis, data warehousing, or data mining. In just one year, our master’s degree in database architecture and design program can help you work to develop industry-relevant knowledge and skills needed to pursue a the next step in your career path.

As you work towards a database architecture and design degree, you can study skills needed to evaluate database environments and processes. Through our specialized curriculum, you will also have the opportunity to evaluate database models, techniques, and best practices. The curriculum includes distributed database architectures, Big Data, data warehousing, data mining, and industry relevant tools.

AIU’s Online Database Architecture and Design Master's degree program can help you learn how to:

  • Evaluate the database environment and development processes.
  • Evaluate database models and logical design.
  • Evaluate database implementation and usage techniques and best practices.
  • Evaluate distributed database architectures.
  • Evaluate Big Data technologies and processes.
  • Evaluate data warehousing models and methodology.
  • Evaluate data mining theories and techniques.
  • Evaluate data mining tools and strategies for extract, transform, and load (ETL) operations.
  • Evaluate data acquisition, architectures, and models.
  • Create a data warehousing strategy based on organizational requirements.
  • Evaluate distributed database system design.
  • Evaluate the control of distributed data and query processing.
  • Evaluate distributed transaction processing, data replication, and database integration.
  • Evaluate parallel and peer-to-peer database systems.
  • Design a distributed database system that incorporates Big Data and appropriate technologies and processes.

These are just among some of the things you can learn in our data science program. As the field evolves, you may have the chance to study additional topics.

Entering this exciting field now can help to prepare you for numerous roles in database architecture, database design and database administration, including Data Specialist, Operations Research Analyst, Data & Analytics Consultant, Business Intelligence Professional, Data Management Analyst, Business Data Analyst and more2.

It is expected that demand for database architects and database administrators will continue to grow as technology improves and businesses continue to make use of large amounts of data. Professionals in this field may also be able to find work at cloud computing firms, which host and process significant caches of data1.

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Estimated Tuition and Grad Date

While many prospective students may wonder how long it takes to get a master’s degree in Database Architecture and Design and how much it may cost, there is no simple answer. Total tuition for the MSIT degree program with a concentration in Database Architecture and Design may vary depending on your educational needs, existing experience, and other factors.

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Courses

Degree Requirements

Courses

Program Core
Credits
ITCO 502 System Analysis and Design 4.5
ITCO 512 Advanced Technical Communication 4.5
ITCO 522 Software Development Management 4.5
ITCO 532 Global Technology Management 4.5
ITCO 542 Enterprise Architecture 4.5
ITCO 552 Innovations and Emerging Media 4.5
ITCO 592 Capstone 4.5
Total Credit Hours: 31.5
Database Architecture and Design
Credits
ITDB 500 Advanced Database Systems and Techniques 4.5
ITDB 510 Data Warehousing and Mining 4.5
ITDB 520 Distributed Database Services 4.5
Total Credit Hours: 13.5

Total Credit Hours : 45

Database Architecture and Design Master's Degree Classes Overview

Through our online master’s classes, you will be able to take part in data mining and data warehousing courses, and more. In this industry-focused curriculum, you will have an opportunity to learn how to design, analyze, test, and implement systems. You can also explore software development management, global technology management, enterprise architecture, and technological innovations. You will have the opportunity to learn and apply advanced technical communications throughout the program. Additionally, our online master’s classes focus on technical topics as well as legal and ethical issues.

As you work towards your online master’s in database architecture and design, you’ll be able to use industry software tools in our 100% online master’s program. In this fast-paced program, you can get access to 24/7 tutoring, and proactive faculty support, with no additional book or tech fees. Courses in our database architecture and design master’s degree program cover a number topics—and include a capstone course to help you bring all your skills together.

For an Online Database Architecture and Design Master's Degree, your classes may include:

Advanced Database Systems and Techniques

This course explores the design and implementation of modern database management systems. Emphasis is placed on database architectures, structured query language, and techniques for efficiency and security. Students will have the opportunity to examine and apply concepts such as normalization and query execution.

Data Warehousing and Mining

This course focuses on data warehousing models and methodologies as well as data mining theory, techniques and tools. Topics include data acquisition, architectures, modeling, and strategies for extract, transform, and load (ETL) operations. Students will have the opportunity to develop a data warehousing strategy to support organization requirements.

Distributed Database Services

This course is designed to provide students with knowledge and experience analyzing and designing distributed database services. The course focuses on database optimization and performance of distributed, multi-user database services. Students will have the opportunity to analyze and architect distributed database services.

System Analysis and Design

This course focuses on advanced concepts in systems analysis, modeling, system design, testing, and implementation. Models covered in this course can include dynamic, static, and structural. Students have the opportunity to learn and use Computer-Aided Software Engineering (CASE) tools.

Global Technology Management

This course focuses on the global nature of technology and the management of technology in the international business environment. Key concepts can include risk management, legal issues, ethical issues, cooperation, and competition.

Innovations and Emerging Media

This course is designed to provide students with the opportunity to learn about current information technology innovations and emerging media. Contemporary topics may include artificial intelligence, machine learning, blockchains, cryptocurrencies, IoT, autonomous vehicles, and digital media. Specific focus is placed on the resultant ethical, social, legal, and cultural issues such as net neutrality, broadband regulation, privacy, and intellectual property rights.

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1 Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Database Administrators and Architects, at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/computer-and-information-technology/database-administrators.htm (visited December 29, 2022). This data represents national figures and is not based on school-specific information. Conditions in your area may vary.
2 AIU cannot guarantee employment, salary, or career advancement. The list of career paths related to this program is based on a subset from the Bureau of Labor Statistics CIP to SOC Crosswalk. Some career paths listed above may require further education or job experience.

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