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M.S. in Information Technology Management

In the rapidly changing and expanding field of information technology, demand is high for leaders who can combine the science of technology with the art of managing.

Whether you’re looking to advance to a leadership position or striving to become a more effective department manager, the Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota Master of Science in Information Technology Management program will help you gain the business skills and management abilities to ensure your success.

Our curriculum focuses on developing the communications and critical thinking skills needed to advance ethical decision-making in a technology environment. After completing the core courses in management and technology, students choose from a selection of focused electives. Students then finish the program with an application project and summary paper. 

From Start to Finish

  • You can earn your M.S. in Information Technology Management degree in a little more than one year.
  • Cohorts begin every spring, summer, and fall. Apply today.
     

Locations

This program is offered at our Twin Cities location.

Degree Requirements

Degree Requirements

Required Courses 33 cr.
Required Capstone Course   3 cr.
Total 36 cr.

Required Courses: 33 cr.

ITM605 Business Intelligence for IT Professionals (3 cr.)

This course examines the role of business intelligence in an IT organization with an emphasis on identifying IT key performance indicators, analyzing data, and presenting results. Analytics and other quantitative methods such as predictive modeling are utilized to discover non-intuitive trends in data in an effort to anticipate business opportunity.

Upon completion of this course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

  1. Analyze the value of business intelligence (BI) as it applies to information technology strategy.
  2. Illustrate the relationship between data and information and how these assets are managed in organizations utilizing data warehousing and data mining processes.
  3. Differentiate sources and types of data within the IT organization and their uses within functional areas.
  4. Evaluate methods to gather and summarize data for use by IT decision makers.
  5. Evaluate tools to analyze data and solve basic organizational problems.
  6. Construct quantitative models to evaluate IT service delivery.
     

ITM606 Business Driven Information Technology (3 cr.)

This course examines the relationship between information technology (IT) and business processes and the importance of aligning business information systems with business strategy. Topics of discussion include the modern IT-driven business value chain, business process improvement (BPI), and the role of IT in organizational change and business transformation.

Upon completion of this course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

  1. Analyze the various business drivers that impact IT.
  2. Evaluate the role of IT and technology in business processes and organizations.
  3. Analyze the role of IT as an enabler of sustainable competitive advantage.
  4. Defend the economic case for technology outsourcing.
  5. Evaluate systems to enable end-to-end organizational integration.
  6. Analyze ethical, social, legal, and economic issues related to the use of information technology.
     

ITM607 Enterprise Architecture for Managers (3 cr.)

This course introduces the foundational concepts underlying enterprise architecture and discusses the value that enterprise architecture brings to an organization. The fundamentals of planning enterprise architecture initiatives, modeling the different layers of the enterprise, and building and maintaining a results-oriented architecture are examined.

Upon completion of this course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

  1. Illustrate foundational enterprise architecture concepts.
  2. Compare contemporary enterprise architecture frameworks.
  3. Analyze how enterprise architecture supports the strategic objectives of an organization.
  4. Assess the critical success factors necessary for a successful enterprise architecture implementation.
  5. Evaluate trends that may necessitate changes to the enterprise architecture.
     

ITM608 Technology Portfolio Management (3 cr.)

This course introduces the notion of an end-to-end value chain of information technology investments, from initial idea inception through budgeting, prioritization, delivery, management, optimization, and retirement. The tools and techniques for managing this portfolio are identified and evaluated.

Upon completion of this course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

  1. Argue the pros and cons of utilizing technology portfolio management.
  2. Analyze the relationships between IT investment and organizational, performance measures including growth, profit, and asset utilization.
  3. Formulate a pro forma budget that models the financing necessary to evolve and maintain a technology portfolio.
  4. Evaluate the tools available for managing a technology portfolio.
  5. Illustrate the process for implementing a technology portfolio management system.
     

ITM609 Strategic Planning for Technologists (3 cr.)

This course provides an overview of the strategic planning process, from the basics of strategy formulation to the implementation of technology strategies.

Upon completion of this course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

  1. Analyze the technologist's role in an organization’s overall strategic planning process.
  2. Classify strategic business and technology competencies.
  3. Argue effectively for high impact technology adoption.
  4. Assess the strategic planning process from a technological perspective.
  5. Develop a strategic plan integrated with technology planning.

ITM611 Academic and Technical Communications (3 cr.)

This course strengthens and deepens communication skills for technical professionals.  Organization of information for multiple audiences and purposes is engaged for project managers and technologists.  Students work hands-on with technological tools to document and present project outcomes.  Professionalism in both oral and written communication is expected.

Upon completion of this course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

  1. Design and revise business/workplace documents for a specific audience and purpose.
  2. Compose and apply discipline-specific voice, style, and terminology to achieve communication goals.
  3. Distinguish, formulate, and evaluate design principles to assist with visual, written, and oral communication.
  4. Assess and employ technology to assist in achieving communication objectives.
  5. Assemble and interpret relevant research materials.
  6. Prepare professional documents consistent with university and workplace standards.

ITM615 Managing Technology Teams (3 cr.)

This course examines the best practices for recruiting and retaining a talented staff, defining and applying measurable performance metrics, and delegating effectively. The use of efficient time management methods, leveraging different personality types, and results-oriented motivational techniques are studied.

Upon completion of this course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

  1. Evaluate strategies for building high-performing teams and eliminating obstacles to effective teamwork.
  2. Define manager and team member roles.
  3. Evaluate methodologies for managing the complexities of group dynamics, including decision making, power, and conflict.
  4. Test the usefulness of social networks and related technology techniques to influence individuals and groups.
  5. Differentiate cultural nuances to encourage inclusivity and respect.
     

ITM631 Enterprise Security for Managers (3 cr.)

This course is a comprehensive overview of information security and the technology that supports it. Topics include the legal issues related to enterprise security, policy development, and the return on investment expected from security services in relation to the overall corporate risk assessment process.

Upon completion of this course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

  1. Apply basic information security principles and approaches.
  2. Analyze the major enterprise security threats and corresponding countermeasures.
  3. Employ risk management and return on investment analysis as it relates to enterprise security.
  4. Formulate and implement a plan for incident response.
  5. Compare the frameworks commonly used for governance and compliance activities.
  6. Compare and contrast the ethical arguments regarding information access.
     

ITM635 Emerging Technology Seminar (3 cr.)

This course examines a timely technical topic and provides the student access to the relevant authoritative speakers and emerging technology.

Upon completion of this course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

  1. Analyze how emerging technologies are identified, how they evolve, and the factors that may encourage or stifle their growth.
  2. Analyze the challenges in retiring legacy systems.
  3. Evaluate the intellectual property, business structure, financing, technology dissemination, and regulatory issues often associated with emergent technology.
  4. Develop a methodology for assessing the viability of new technology within an organization.
  5. Articulate the skillset necessary to implement and manage leading edge technology.
     

ITM643 Technology Leadership and Communication Approaches (3 cr.)

In this course, leadership theory is applied to technology scenarios. Adaptive and ethical leadership principles are introduced. In addition, teambuilding, collaboration, interpersonal, and written communication strategies are emphasized.

Upon completion of this course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

  1. Demonstrate writing skills appropriate to the task or situation.
  2. Use various communication tools and techniques.
  3. Demonstrate leading edge technology to a managerial audience.
  4. Evaluate strategic purposes and methods for collaboration and advocacy.
  5. Evaluate leadership styles appropriate for the situation.
  6. Design visual communications.

ITM675 Society, Ethics, and Technology (3 cr.)

This course examines the role that science and technology play in shaping our society locally and globally. Historical perspectives as well as future implications of technology implementation are covered.  Topics include security and surveillance, artificial intelligence and robotics, nanotechnology, internet and social media as well as energy and the environment.

Upon completion of this course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

  1. Understand historical technological perspectives and society's dependency on technology.
  2. Evaluate contemporary technological issues in society.
  3. Analyze the rapid changes in technology and their potential implication for ethical dilemmas both locally and globally.
  4. Appraise socio-technical practices and their ethical implications in society.
  5. Formulate strategies for addressing technological dilemmas.

Required Capstone Course 3 cr.

ITM689 ITM Capstone (3 cr.)

This course provides an opportunity for the student to integrate knowledge gained throughout their degree program via a project completed in sponsorship with student's employer or Saint Mary's University. The project focuses on a business problem that requires a technological solution. The solution is researched, planned, and implemented by the student with the recommended implementation strategy presented in a format appropriate for delivery to the top management of the company or organization.

Upon completion of this course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

  1. Appraise the strategic implications of the project.
  2. Integrate technology planning with business needs.
  3. Demonstrate project management skills.
  4. Demonstrate critical thinking skills.
  5. Appraise technical risks, particularly risks associated with information security.
  6. Discuss any ethical implications related to the student's project.



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Robert Andersen, M.S.

Director of Instructional Technology

LaSalle Hall-TC Campus, LSH172

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(612) 728-5206

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Robert Andersen M.S.
Ismail Bile Hassan, M.A.

BS in Information Technology Program - Adjunct Associate Professor

Steven Frich, M.S.

MS Project Management/BS IT Programs - Adjunct Assistant Professor

(651) 278-2186

sdfric09@smumn.edu

Bruce Harick, M.S.

BS in Information Technology - Adjunct Instructor

Darryl Heck, M.S.

Information Technology Management Program - Adjunct Instructor

Harry Hurley

Telecommunications - Adjunct School Assistant Professor

Tuan Le, D.B.A.

Information Technology Program - Adjunct Assistant Professor

Karen Rainford, Ed.D.

Project Management - Adjunct Assistant Professor

Chris Rowland, M.S.

MS Information Technology Management - Adjunct Instructor

(651) 687-5020

crowland@smumn.edu

Joseph Schmitt, M.A.

BS in Information Technology - Adjunct Program Instructor

(651) 962-2176

jxschm02@smumn.edu

Aaron Wampach, M.S.

Information Technology - Adjunct Associate Professor