Master of Science in Information Technology (MSIT) Degree with a Specialization in
IT Project Management

Project management careers are becoming increasingly specialized and technical. A master’s degree in IT project management combines advanced project management techniques with the IT knowledge you need to lead projects and manage teams in an information technology environment.

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Next Online Start Date:

March 07, 2018

Total Credits:

180

Offered:

Online

Program Details

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.

We can help you 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 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.

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Courses

Degree Requirements

Lower Division Core
COMP101 Introduction to Computers 4.5
COMP102 Introduction to Computers Lab 1.5
ITCO101 Discovering Information Technology 4.5
ITCO103 Introduction to Computer and Network Hardware 4.5
ITCO 105 Information Technology and Society 4.5
ITCO211 Introduction to Operating Systems 4.5
ITCO221 Fundamentals of Programming and Logic 4.5
ITCO231 Introduction to Databases 4.5
ITCO251 Network Infrastructure Basics 4.5
Total Credit Hours: 37.5
Upper Division Core
ITCO321 Data Structures and Implementation 4.5
ITCO361 Information Technology Security 4.5
ITCO381 Introduction to Web Systems and Media 4.5
ITCO391 Human/Computer Interfaces and Interactions 4.5
ITSD322 Object Oriented Application Development I 4.5
Total Credit Hours: 22.5
General Electives
General Electives -Upper and Lower Division 0
Total Credit Hours: 22.5
General Education
ENGL106 English Composition I 4.5
ENGL107 English Composition II 4.5
HIST105 U.S. History 4.5
HUMA215 Topics in Cultural Studies 4.5
MATH133 College Algebra 4.5
MATH233 Survey of Calculus 4.5
PRES111 Presentation Essentials 4.5
SSCI206 Aspects of Psychology 4.5
SCIE206 Biology 4.5
SCIE207 Biology Lab 1.5
SCIE210 Environmental Science 4.5
SCIE211 Environmental Science Lab 1.5
General Education Elective (1) 4.5
Total Credit Hours: 52.5

Total Credit Hours: 180


This program includes a series of courses that correlate to the respective content and competencies of the A+, Security+ and Network+ Certification exams offered by CompTIA¹. This credential can serve as independent validation of the knowledge and skills required to be successful and useful in the fields of information technology, cyber security and computer networking.

AIU B.S.I.T. students will be eligible to receive a discounted rate for the CompTIA examination fee² once all of the following courses have been successfully completed in residence with the universityᶟ:

CompTIA A+ Certification 
CompTIA Network+ Certification  CompTIA Security+ Certification 
ITCO 101 - Discovering Information Technology ITCO 251 - Network Infrastructure Basics ITCO 361 - Information Technology Security
ITCO 103 - Introduction to Computer and Network Hardware ITNA 353 - Routing and Switching ITAS 362 - Introduction to Information Assurance and Information Security
ITCO 211 - Operating Systems ITNA 355 - Advanced Routing and Switching ITAS 363 - Telecommunications and Network Infrastructure Security 
  ITNA 357 - Network Security Management  
  ITNA 457 - Specialized Network Administration  


For more information on the A+, Security+ and Network+ Certifications, including exam objectives, sample questions, and certification information, please visit http://certification.comptia.org/getCertified/certifications.aspx.

¹American InterContinental University does not prepare students to take the exam necessary to receive the A+, Security+ or Network+ credential. AIU does not guarantee third-party certifications. Certification requirements for taking and passing certification examinations are not controlled by AIU but by outside agencies and are subject to change by the agencies without notice to AIU. Therefore, AIU cannot guarantee that students and graduates will be eligible to take certification examinations, regardless of eligibility status upon enrollment and/or graduation.

²Students must contact the office of the Registrar in order to receive the promo code for the discounted exam rate.

ᶟIn order to receive the discounted CompTIA exam rate, the listed courses must be completed in residence at American InterContinental University.

In this specialized curriculum, you can acquire a solid foundation in key leadership competencies. You’ll have an opportunity to develop and review typical management deliverables that illustrate the ability of the project manager to control the success of projects, and you can learn to use computer applications as a tool for project management.

For a Master of Information Technology with a specialization in Information Assurance and Security, your classes may include:

Principles of IT Project Management

The course provides an overview of the roles, responsibilities, and management methods of the technology project manager. The course assumes no prior knowledge in management techniques and is intended to teach students how to develop approaches and styles of management for software projects.

Leadership, Management, and Communication of Technical Projects

This is an interactive course designed to provide a solid foundation in key leadership competencies and to afford students the opportunity for a truly transformational leadership experience. Several team building, motivation, and human resources development techniques are also covered.

IT Project Quality Management

This course combines project management with quality management by guiding you from Initiation to Closure with the use of cost control. You will develop and review typical management deliverables that illustrate the ability of the Project Manager to control the success of projects. In addition, you will use computer applications as a tool for project management.

Risk Management and Project Cost Control

This course covers factors that contribute to project failures and risk management. Risk identification techniques such as quantitative and qualitative approaches are covered. Expected Monetary Value (EMV), Earned Value Management (EVM), Pareto Analysis, and contingency plans are also covered.

Principles of Information Systems

In this course students examine management skills as they relate to the information technology industry, taking into account the relationship between networking, databases, and programming.

Object-Oriented Applications

During this course students analyze and apply the fundamentals of object-oriented application development.

Database System Design and Implementation

In this course students will focus on the design and implementation of a relational database management system, including concepts such as data extraction and data manipulation.

Enterprise Networks

In this course students examine computer networking concepts, which enable them to translate business objectives into a physical network design. Students will be expected to collect and analyze appropriate information to make context-appropriate, network-related, business decisions.

View the Course Catalog

Total tuition for this degree program may vary depending on your educational needs, existing experience, and other factors.

Estimate your costs, potential savings and graduation date.

Program Outline

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.

We can help you 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 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.

Download program detail PDF

Courses

Degree Requirements

Lower Division Core
COMP101 Introduction to Computers 4.5
COMP102 Introduction to Computers Lab 1.5
ITCO101 Discovering Information Technology 4.5
ITCO103 Introduction to Computer and Network Hardware 4.5
ITCO 105 Information Technology and Society 4.5
ITCO211 Introduction to Operating Systems 4.5
ITCO221 Fundamentals of Programming and Logic 4.5
ITCO231 Introduction to Databases 4.5
ITCO251 Network Infrastructure Basics 4.5
Total Credit Hours: 37.5
Upper Division Core
ITCO321 Data Structures and Implementation 4.5
ITCO361 Information Technology Security 4.5
ITCO381 Introduction to Web Systems and Media 4.5
ITCO391 Human/Computer Interfaces and Interactions 4.5
ITSD322 Object Oriented Application Development I 4.5
Total Credit Hours: 22.5
General Electives
General Electives -Upper and Lower Division 0
Total Credit Hours: 22.5
General Education
ENGL106 English Composition I 4.5
ENGL107 English Composition II 4.5
HIST105 U.S. History 4.5
HUMA215 Topics in Cultural Studies 4.5
MATH133 College Algebra 4.5
MATH233 Survey of Calculus 4.5
PRES111 Presentation Essentials 4.5
SSCI206 Aspects of Psychology 4.5
SCIE206 Biology 4.5
SCIE207 Biology Lab 1.5
SCIE210 Environmental Science 4.5
SCIE211 Environmental Science Lab 1.5
General Education Elective (1) 4.5
Total Credit Hours: 52.5

Total Credit Hours: 180


This program includes a series of courses that correlate to the respective content and competencies of the A+, Security+ and Network+ Certification exams offered by CompTIA¹. This credential can serve as independent validation of the knowledge and skills required to be successful and useful in the fields of information technology, cyber security and computer networking.

AIU B.S.I.T. students will be eligible to receive a discounted rate for the CompTIA examination fee² once all of the following courses have been successfully completed in residence with the universityᶟ:

CompTIA A+ Certification 
CompTIA Network+ Certification  CompTIA Security+ Certification 
ITCO 101 - Discovering Information Technology ITCO 251 - Network Infrastructure Basics ITCO 361 - Information Technology Security
ITCO 103 - Introduction to Computer and Network Hardware ITNA 353 - Routing and Switching ITAS 362 - Introduction to Information Assurance and Information Security
ITCO 211 - Operating Systems ITNA 355 - Advanced Routing and Switching ITAS 363 - Telecommunications and Network Infrastructure Security 
  ITNA 357 - Network Security Management  
  ITNA 457 - Specialized Network Administration  


For more information on the A+, Security+ and Network+ Certifications, including exam objectives, sample questions, and certification information, please visit http://certification.comptia.org/getCertified/certifications.aspx.

¹American InterContinental University does not prepare students to take the exam necessary to receive the A+, Security+ or Network+ credential. AIU does not guarantee third-party certifications. Certification requirements for taking and passing certification examinations are not controlled by AIU but by outside agencies and are subject to change by the agencies without notice to AIU. Therefore, AIU cannot guarantee that students and graduates will be eligible to take certification examinations, regardless of eligibility status upon enrollment and/or graduation.

²Students must contact the office of the Registrar in order to receive the promo code for the discounted exam rate.

ᶟIn order to receive the discounted CompTIA exam rate, the listed courses must be completed in residence at American InterContinental University.

Classes Overview

In this specialized curriculum, you can acquire a solid foundation in key leadership competencies. You’ll have an opportunity to develop and review typical management deliverables that illustrate the ability of the project manager to control the success of projects, and you can learn to use computer applications as a tool for project management.

For a Master of Information Technology with a specialization in Information Assurance and Security, your classes may include:

Principles of IT Project Management

The course provides an overview of the roles, responsibilities, and management methods of the technology project manager. The course assumes no prior knowledge in management techniques and is intended to teach students how to develop approaches and styles of management for software projects.

Leadership, Management, and Communication of Technical Projects

This is an interactive course designed to provide a solid foundation in key leadership competencies and to afford students the opportunity for a truly transformational leadership experience. Several team building, motivation, and human resources development techniques are also covered.

IT Project Quality Management

This course combines project management with quality management by guiding you from Initiation to Closure with the use of cost control. You will develop and review typical management deliverables that illustrate the ability of the Project Manager to control the success of projects. In addition, you will use computer applications as a tool for project management.

Risk Management and Project Cost Control

This course covers factors that contribute to project failures and risk management. Risk identification techniques such as quantitative and qualitative approaches are covered. Expected Monetary Value (EMV), Earned Value Management (EVM), Pareto Analysis, and contingency plans are also covered.

Principles of Information Systems

In this course students examine management skills as they relate to the information technology industry, taking into account the relationship between networking, databases, and programming.

Object-Oriented Applications

During this course students analyze and apply the fundamentals of object-oriented application development.

Database System Design and Implementation

In this course students will focus on the design and implementation of a relational database management system, including concepts such as data extraction and data manipulation.

Enterprise Networks

In this course students examine computer networking concepts, which enable them to translate business objectives into a physical network design. Students will be expected to collect and analyze appropriate information to make context-appropriate, network-related, business decisions.

View the Course Catalog

Tuition and Fees

Total tuition for this degree program may vary depending on your educational needs, existing experience, and other factors.

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