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Whether you are an IT professional who wants to advance into corporate management or a business professional who wants to move into IT, we offer a unique and rare MSITM program that can help you achieve your goals.

If you are an undergraduate majoring in one of our three CIS programs, talk to your faculty advisor about our 4+1 program. You could earn your undergraduate degree and MSITM in just five years. You'll save a year of time and tuition.

Our graduates work at Deere & Company, HON Industries, the Rock Island Arsenal, just to name a few.

Ambrose Advantages

  • Only Graduate IT Management Degree in the Midwest
  • Cross-Functional Training
  • Top Faculty & Individual Attention

We created a program for working professionals, and our expert faculty give you the support needed for a successful graduate school experience. MSITM students gain a diverse toolkit in management and high-level IT skills.

What will I learn

Our program provides an overview of management topics, such as finance, budgeting, and business operations, and teaches you how underlying information technologies can be used to support an effective enterprise. IT-specific courses dive into analysis, design, implementation and management solutions, as well as human resources.

Many times our students tackle projects for their employers or choose projects applicable to their jobs as part of the coursework. In the past, such projects have included developing policies and password controls for onsite laptops, analyzing security entry into SAU classrooms, and improving the online presence of an art museum.

We created this 36-credit hour program for working professionals. You can attend evening classes part-time, or if you can devote the time, enrol as a full-time student and complete the program in as little as three semesters and a summer.

What makes the program different at St. Ambrose?

Our faculty are known for providing a top education and individual attention. At SAU, our student-to-faculty ratio is 12 to 1, which means you get close faculty advising and mentoring, which can deepen your learning.

Small classes allow you to get to know your fellow classmates, and they often collaborate outside of class. They share real-world situations, identify solutions, and immediately apply those to their jobs. You get constant, relevant learning.

All of our programs are strengthened by our CIS Alumni Advisory Council. These 15 alumni are well-established, successful, working IT professionals and industry leaders from across the U.S., and they are invested in the university and care about our students. They give us input and feedback on our curriculum and advise us on industry trends, allowing us to give you a strong and comprehensive education.

Our program is open to all students, regardless of your undergraduate major. We do require that you have some background in networking, database, and programming. Some students who enter the program from a non-computer background may be required to complete up to four undergraduate courses before graduating with an MSITM. Talk to your advisor for more information.

If you are an undergraduate majoring in one of our three CIS programs, talk to your faculty advisor about our 4+1 program. You could earn your undergraduate degree and MSITM in just five years. You'll save a year of time and tuition.

The St. Ambrose Career Center supports you throughout the job seeking process. The centre provides résumé review, practice interviews, and guidance in decisions relating to your career. You are encouraged to use the Center's wealth of career search resources.

What have alumni from this program done?

  • Beth Tinsman '12 MSITM is the owner of Twin State Technical Services, a company she founded in 1992. She enrolled in the MSITM program to stay current on technology and best practices, which she says helps her keep her customers' businesses running smoothly.
  • David Pearson '10 MSITM is a Global Law Services Group Operations Manager for a Fortune 100 company. He also teaches a few computer science classes for St. Ambrose.

What does this program cost?

Deciding to pursue a graduate degree is an investment: personally, professionally and financially. Our students quickly learn that an SAU education can be affordable and worth every penny.

Tuition for the 2018-19 academic year is a $942/credit hour, and there are some additional fees.

There are many ways to finance your education. Incoming students may qualify for an MSITM fellowship. You can apply for a graduate assistantship through the SAU College of Business which covers a portion of tuition.

Or, you can apply for federal student loans. Our SAU Financial Aid Office is here to help.

Degree Requirements

Requirements for this program are comprised of three components: computer core, business core, and electives. The minimum required graduate credit hours is 36, but most students take 39-42 credit hours.

All courses listed below are 3 credit hours. While the MSITM program is management-oriented, MSITM students are expected to be familiar with a high-level programming language (Java is preferred).

Computer Core: 15 credits required

  • CSCI 560 Data Management
  • CSCI 570 Advanced Computer Networks and Data Communications (Prerequisite: CSCI 270 or equivalent)
  • CSCI 600 Systems Analysis in the Enterprise
  • CSCI 640 Legal and Ethical Issues in Information Technology Management
  • CSCI 650 Project Management and Control

Business Core: 9 credits required. Take one course from each skill area.

People Skills

  • MBA 690 Leadership Through People Skills
  • MOL 501 Leadership Theory
  • MOL 529 Conflict Resolution
  • MBA/MOL 621 Human Behavior in Organizations

Organizational Skills

  • MBA 730 International Management Environment
  • MBA 731 Managing Across Cultures
  • MBA 785 Human Resource Management
  • MOL 515 Decision Making and Leadership
  • MOL 625 Leading Organizational Change
  • MOL 645 International Issues in Leadership

Analytical Skills

  • MBA 600 Data Analysis and Decision Making
  • MBA 606 Managerial Accounting
  • MBA 626 Managerial Economics
  • MBA 670 Operations Management

Electives: 12 credits

  • CSCI 515 Computer and Network Security (Prerequisite: CSCI 270 or equivalent)
  • CSCI 630 Information Assurance
  • CSCI 660 Computers and Commerce
  • CSCI 740 Management of Information Technology
  • CSCI 780 Special Topics in Information Systems
  • CSCI 790 Research (may be repeated up to 6 credit hours)

Optional: For those seeking a career change or enhancement of experience base.

  • CSCI 775 Professional Internship (1 credit)

Rene Robinson '10, IT Directorate Employee, US Army

After nine years of programming for the Army, René enrolled in the MSITM program to transition to the management side of information technology. "I needed to learn the processes that non-IT businesses use to understand and motivate employees. Not only does the curriculum address all the major issues in IT management, we get meaningful, hands-on experience." Now she's taken on more responsibilities.

Admission and Application

At Ambrose, we understand that making the decision to further your education through graduate studies is an investment personally, professionally and financially. All of us in the Master of Science in Information Technology Management program are ready to help you through the admissions process.

Application Procedure

To seek acceptance into the Master of Science in Information Technology Management program, applicants must send the following to the program director:

  • A completed online St. Ambrose University graduate admissions application.
  • Students must also meet the program admissions requirements (below).

Application Deadlines

Applications and official transcripts should be received by January 1, 2019, for the Spring 2019 term to ensure consideration for admission.

Admission Requirements

These are the requirements you must meet to apply to the MSITM program:

  • Possess a bachelor's degree in any field
  • Cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 2.8/4.0
  • Satisfy any MSITM or MBA course prerequisites. Undergraduate prerequisites must be completed with a C or better.
  • Minimum TOEFL iBT score of 85 or IELTS score of 6.5 (for international students)

Conditional Acceptance

If you don't meet the GPA requirement, you may apply for Conditional Acceptance in the form of a written appeal to the MSITM department.

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