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A master's degree in information technology could prepare you with the communication skills, critical thinking abilities, and technical competencies to help advance your career.* You will have the opportunity to apply appropriate technologies in the analysis and design of information systems, as well as assess ethical, legal, and social issues.
The Master of Science in Information Technology program is designed to provide you with an integrated design and technology background that may help you advance your career.* You will have the opportunity to study:
This program is designed for students with a bachelor's degree from a regionally or nationally accredited college or university with a major in information technology, computer science, information systems, management of information systems, or a similar field of study.
Graduates may choose to pursue a career as a consultant or start their own technology services business. You can focus on an area of study that best fits your career and educational goals.
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This information technology degree gives students the opportunity to focus on one of three concentrations.
Kaplan University offers multiple start dates, giving you greater flexibility with your education, life, and work schedules.
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Jul 06, 2016
Online Start Date
Aug 24, 2016
is an introductory course for students entering the Master of Science in
Information Technology program who do not have an undergraduate degree in
information technology. Students will learn the foundational principles of
information technology as the field relates to business and will examine the changing
roles of various information technology specialties. The course also provides an
introduction to the relationship of information technology courses to other
parts of the Master of Science in Information Technology curriculum. Students
will analyze case studies, engage in focused discussions on subjects relevant
to information technology, and complete research and written assignments that address
information technology support of various business scenarios.
GB 512 or IT 513; only available as a second-term course for IT students; otherwise, permission from the Dean is required
Total Program Credits: 60
Prerequisite only required of students who enter the Master of Science in Information Technology without a bachelor’s degree in information technology.
This course provides students with a
foundation in the concepts and paradigms that shape information
technology today. Students will distinguish between current
competing ideologies to expand their technological knowledge and
make informed business decisions. A focus will be placed on
Internet technologies, hardware and software components, and
networked environments, as well as ethical and social issues in
information technology. Students will also be introduced to the
Master of Science in Information Technology learning team model,
which will be built upon throughout the
GB 512 or IT 513
Total Program Credits: 60
Students will select IT 599 or IT 597/IT 598.
This course provides an in-depth overview of
system analysis and design methodologies. Students examine
techniques to develop systems more efficiently using the system
development life cycle (SDLC). Students use object-oriented
approaches to develop information systems using the Unified
Modeling Language (UML).
This course focuses on the key factors in effectively managing information systems projects. You will study project management techniques for information systems projects through detailed case studies and exercises. You will learn how to manage information systems projects through the use of the five project management process groups integrated with the ten project management knowledge areas. Approaches for information systems project management and examples relevant to information systems projects are used throughout the course.
This course helps you develop effective academic writing skills and the ability to synthesize, evaluate, and discuss a variety of information technology concepts. The course emphasizes accurate grammar and standard punctuation, as well as the appropriate application of American Psychological Association (APA) style guidelines to produce logically structured academic papers that integrate refereed sources into the supporting arguments. You will achieve a comprehensive approach to graduate-level writing and research.
This course discusses the main tasks in designing a database and will use ERD tools in this process. The course covers fundamental design topics including: data modeling, entity-relationship diagrams, enhanced entity-relationship diagrams, the top-down database design methodology, the bottom-up database design methodology, functional dependencies, and the normalization process. The course will also introduce students to advanced topics of database management.
This course covers the SQL programming language and its use to retrieve and modify data in a relational database. Methods of ensuring data isolation and consistency are explored. Designing queries for optimum performance is emphasized. Query execution plans will be used as a tool for creating appropriate indexes to improve query performance. You will research the growing importance of “big data.”
This course introduces data communications and
networking technologies from the business perspective by heavily
utilizing case studies and the decision-making process. Topics
consist of network operating systems, local and wide area
networks, and voice and wireless networks, as well as security
and the Internet. The focus will be on practical applications of
these concepts, including support issues, administration, and
IT professionals must focus on a wide range of
security-related issues and develop security systems that address
constantly changing threats. This course takes the approach that
security components and business functions work in tandem. Topics
like asset identification, human factors, compliance with
regulations, personnel security, risk assessment, and ethical
considerations are covered, as well as computer and network
security tools and methods.
This course provides a detailed discussion of
the legal and ethical issues associated with the information
technology age. Topics covered in this course include: ethical
theories related to information technology, protection of
intellectual property, privacy, computer and network security,
cybercrimes, and ethical behavior for working in the computer
The Master’s Capstone in Information Technology synthesizes knowledge gained throughout all courses in your degree plan, and its comprehensive applied project or thesis demonstrates your mastery of this knowledge, as well as your relevant skills and abilities.
Last term or permission of the Program Chair and/or Dean of the School of Business and Information Technology
MASTER’S-LEVEL INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY INTERNSHIP I (2 Credits)
The internship provides you with an opportunity to learn about IT careers through practical, real-world experiences and mentoring from an IT professional. This experience will improve your technology skills and your understanding of the expertise needed for career success.
Prerequisites Required: Last term or permission of the Program Chair and/or Dean of the School of Business and Information Technology
MASTER’S-LEVEL INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY INTERNSHIP II (2 Credits)
The internship provides you with an opportunity to learn about IT careers through practical, real-world experiences and mentoring from an IT professional. This experience will improve your technology skills and your understanding of the expertise needed for career success.Prerequisites Required: IT 597
Total Program Credits: 60
Students entering the program who do not possess a bachelor’s degree in information technology or a comparable field of study must take IT 503: Principles of Information Technology their first term in place of an IT elective.
This course provides a detailed overview of
decision-making systems, models, and support in business. The
course covers many fundamental topics including: analysis and
development of decision support systems, business intelligence,
knowledge acquisition and representation, knowledge management,
intelligent systems over the Internet, and advanced intelligent
Business Intelligence and Analytics Concentration
Total Program Credits: 60
Concentration courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.
This course provides a detailed overview of
knowledge-based systems techniques and applications. Topics
include symbolic structures and semantics, knowledge
representation models, search techniques related to problem
solving, knowledge engineering, knowledge and domain
classification models, configuration models, and diagnosis and
This course discusses data warehousing. Topics covered in this course include: data warehousing architectures; data warehouse design; data warehouse dimensional modeling; data preparation and pre-processing; extraction, translation, and load (ETL) processing; business intelligence; executive information systems; dashboards; scorecards; drill up/drill down; slice and dice; managing unstructured data warehouses; terminologies, taxonomies, and ontologies and advanced data warehousing concepts. Advanced data warehousing concepts will include data warehouse appliances, big data, and big data technologies.
This course is intended to equip you with foundational skills in data analytics. These skills include problem/question definition, data identification and preparation, statistical and/or logical modeling, and evaluation and deployment. Both categorization and prediction modeling are covered, along with methods for selecting the most appropriate methods for a given question and data set. The course uses industry-standard software to enable you to learn analytical approaches such as linear and logistic regression, association rules, decision trees, k-Nearest Neighbors and k-means clustering, discriminant analysis, and other useful analytic techniques.
This course teaches you methodologies for using data analytics to detect, identify, and mitigate risk in a variety of forms. A variety of different quantitative risk assessment techniques are presented, including Failure Mode and Effects Analysis, fault tree analysis, expected payoffs, decision trees, and more. The case method is utilized to show real-world applications in finance, engineering, project management, loss/theft, loans, and fraud. The course will focus on formal risk processes. Issues of risk analysis ethics will also be included.
In today's world, protection of data is
serious business. This course explains the concepts and
techniques involved in keeping computers and networks secure. The
course examines fundamentals such as viruses, worms, and other
malicious software; authentication and encryption security; file
security and shared resources; firewalls and border security; and
physical and network topology security.
Information Security and Assurance Concentration
Total Program Credits: 60
An ethical hacker is a security expert who attacks a system on behalf of the system's owners. This course focuses on discovering network vulnerabilities that a malicious hacker can exploit. The course explores penetration testing, footprinting and social engineering, scanning and enumeration, operating system weaknesses, and the methods used to hack Web servers and wireless networks. You will perform hands-on projects using state-of-art hacking tools and techniques.
This course explores the expertise required to conduct digital forensic investigations. Topics include investigation methods, problem-solving techniques, current forensics analysis tools, digital evidence acquisition and control, and impact of ongoing technological changes on digital forensics. Student projects include scenario-based investigations in investigating cybersecurity breaches. This course explores the expertise required to conduct digital forensic investigations. Topics include investigation methods, problem-solving techniques, current forensics analysis tools, digital evidence acquisition and control, and impact of ongoing technological changes on digital forensics. Student projects include scenario-based investigations in investigating cybersecurity breaches.
This course covers project management from a strategic perspective. The course emphasizes the life cycle project phases and processes advocated by the Project Management Institute (PMI) and defined in the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide). It stresses strategic project selection and initiation and incorporates aspects of the five process groups, as discussed in the PMBOK® Guide, and their importance in the project life cycle. Further, this course examines the impact of various project management tools and techniques on time, cost, scope, quality, risk, customer satisfaction, and resources.
Completion of all core
Project Management Concentration
Total Program Credits: 60
Topics in this course include: setting project goals and objectives; conducting feasibility studies; selecting management approaches; preparing a project plan; establishing measurement tools; and executing control within the project for optimal performance. Additional instruction includes strategies for effective resource acquisition, management; and performance reporting, with special attention on workforce globalization, ethics/legal issues, outsourcing, and conflict management in diverse environments. This course also includes guidance on alternate methods for project planning, such as agile and extreme approaches for complex and obscure projects.
Completion of all core courses and GM 591
Project Execution with Monitoring and Control provides an analysis of the principles, tools, and techniques for the execution, monitoring, and controlling of project cost and schedule. You will use tools, software, and techniques to establish a project baseline and control cost and schedule. Topics in this course include preparing PERT/CPM networks, estimating time and resources, creating the project baseline, controlling the baseline, crashing the network, optimization and heuristics techniques for resource allocation, earned value management, and statistical control tools.
Completion of all core courses and GM 592
This course provides an in-depth understanding of the final phase of the project life cycle, the various ethical dimensions of projects, and the professional responsibilities of project managers. Closing phase activities explored in the course include final project accounting, closing procurements, and capturing lessons learned, among others. You will gain an understanding of the ethical dimensions of project management, an ability to differentiate between ethics and legality as they pertain to projects, and a recognition of the function of organizational codes of conduct relative to projects. Finally, you will learn the professional responsibilities of project managers.
Completion of all core courses and GM 593
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