Earn an Online Master of Science in IT Degree

The objective of the Information Technology degree program is to provide students with the knowledge and skills to manage information technology systems and projects in an organization. Required coursework builds a depth in business technologies, systems analysis and design, and technology management.

How much will it cost?

The standard graduate rate is $325 per credit hour. Military service members, veterans and eligible military family members benefit from a reduced rate of $250 per credit hour. Grantham also offers scholarship and financial aid opportunities for those who qualify.

TIME TO DEGREE COMPLETION
37
CREDIT HOURS
24
MONTHS TO COMPLETE
UP TO
25%
CLOSER TO GRADUATION WITH CREDIT FOR PRIOR COURSEWORK + LIFE EXPERIENCE
28%

28% Job Growth

Job Outlook1

Employment of information security analysts is projected to grow 28 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations. Demand for information security analysts is expected to be very high, as these analysts will be needed to
create innovative solutions to prevent hackers from stealing critical information or causing problems for computer networks.

Career Options:
  • Computer Network Architect
  • Computer and Information Systems Manager
  • Information Security Analyst
  • Telecommunications Engineering Specialist
  • Computer Systems Analyst
  • Computer and Information Research Scientist
  • Software Developer
Career Options Samples1
Computer Systems Analysts

The computer systems analyst may have several different job priorities while working in the field. Daily responsibilities of these professionals may include testing and monitoring computer information systems for accuracy, error and the need for updates. In business, computer systems analysts may coordinate the need for new computer programs and systems, as well as play a role in the installation of new software and set-up of new computers. In the event that an issue arises, computer systems analysts may also step in to provide troubleshooting services and support to staff using computer systems for their organization. Aside from standard set-up and troubleshooting responsibilities, analysts within this field may also assess their company’s current need for better software or programming changes to help improve business practices.

In the U.S., computer systems analysts can currently earn around $88,270 per year on average. The need for computer specialists may be constantly on the rise, due to the increase in technologically advanced programs and processes current in society. The growth expected for this field is 5-9%, about the national average compared with other jobs.

Software Developer

With a Master of Science in Information Technology, graduates may have the ability to seek out careers in software development. This field may be growing in popularity for IT grads, since it can be influential for businesses and consumers alike. Software developers can analyze current computer software for errors or shortcomings that can be adjusted to fit a client’s needs. Developers may also plan and program their own software, which can be used on computers or in other electronics. In companies, software developers can provide consultation as needed, or when software becomes outdated.

Since a lot of companies rely on software developers to assist with technological needs, these professionals may be found in many places. They can work independently – creating their own programs and software for clients; in businesses – providing services such as software installation and troubleshooting; or in specialty companies involved in work such as game development. Software developers can earn $107,600 per year on average providing these services to the public. Over the next 10 years, this field may see a growth higher than the national average for most careers at 10-14%.

Computer Network Architects

MS in IT graduates may not be limited to software and troubleshooting for their career options. Since the IT field is so large and can influence much of the country, jobs may be available in a variety of IT disciplines. One potential career option for graduates of this degree program may be computer network architect. These professionals may work with companies to establish guidelines for network size – depending on the amount of need. They may also coordinate the use of network installation, and communicate with members of an organizational team to ensure networks are properly set up and functional.

Without computer network architects, it may be difficult for companies or individuals to establish network systems to meet their needs. Architects can also be useful when networks are outdated and require additional updates or installation to remain efficient. In the U.S., the average annual salary for a computer network architect is $104,650. The next decade could show grown for this field, with total growth of 5-9% estimated. For IT graduates, this could be a great field to consider for a lifelong career.

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Call us at (888) 947-2684 to learn more about the Master of Science in Information Technology and our other accredited degree programs, as well as financial assistance opportunities or the enrollment process.

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Information Technology (Master of Science)

Information Technology Degree Program Outcomes

After successfully completing the information technology courses, you will be able to:

  • Analyze a problem, and identify and define the computing requirements appropriate to its solution
  • Design, implement and evaluate a computer-based system, process, component, or program to meet desired needs
  • Implement strategic planning in the area of information systems
  • Use current techniques, skills and tools necessary for computing practice
  • Determine existing and emerging technologies relevant to operations of an organization
  • Apply project management principles to information technology projects
  • Address professional, ethical, legal, security, and social issues and responsibilities
  • Recognize the need for and an ability to engage in continuing professional development
Core Professional Competencies

Grantham University prepares graduates to succeed in a variety of professional and civic settings by incorporating the following six critical life skills into the Master of Science in IT curriculum:

  • Communication – Formulating and expressing thoughts and ideas effectively using oral, written and non-verbal communication skills in person, in writing and in a digital world.
  • Distributed Collaboration – Working effectively across distributed locations and asynchronously to achieve a common goal through relationship-building, shared responsibility, empathy and respect.
  • Professional and Social Responsibilities – Engaging in social responsibility through seeking justice, valuing diversity, respecting the environment; demonstrating professionalism through integrity, mutual accountability and ethical behavior. This includes considering the social and global impact of individual and organizational decisions and an awareness of and adherence to regulations, professional standards and industry best practices.
  • Critical thinking/problem solving – Using analytical reasoning when gathering and evaluating relevant information to effectively formulate possible solutions for an issue, problem or a variety of issues. This includes the ability to recognize potential consequences of a decision.
  • Career Management – Identifying knowledge, skills, abilities and personal strengths and experiences necessary to pursue career goals. Recognizing areas for professional growth, how to navigate and explore job options and to self-advocate for opportunities in the workplace.
  • Data Aptitude - Developing information literacy and the capacity to manage data with subsequent finding, structuring, evaluating and interpreting in order to provide meaningful analysis to accomplish a specific purpose.

Information Technology (Master of Science)

The courses you take in this information technology degree online program will help prepare you for a career in information technology in a variety of business settings1.

  • Potential career paths and positions include:
  • Computer and Information Systems Manager
  • Computer Systems Analyst
  • Software Developer
  • Computer Network Architect
  • Telecommunications Engineering Specialist

Employers can include:

  • Professional, scientific and technical Services
  • Multi-national corporations
  • Financial institutions
  • Large-scale retailers
  • Major manufacturers
  • Government – local, state and federal

Information Technology (Master of Science)

The 100% online coursework you’ll find in Grantham’s online information technology programs are designed to help you prepare for success in your next career.

PROGRAM SNAPSHOT:
Program Core Credits: 37
Total Credit Hours: 37
Accreditation(s): DEAC
Program Core: 37
Course: Title: Credits:
Course: GU500 Title: Graduate Student Success Credits: 1
  This course is designed to help students learn and improve skills and strategies that are essential to academic success at a graduate level. Through activities, application and reflection, the material covered in this course should support and assist students in achieving their graduate level degree. Students should develop confidence in their ability to succeed as a graduate student.
Course: BUS615 Title: eBusiness Credits: 3
  This course covers the internet and related technologies which pose enormous opportunities for developing new business models and significant threats to existing models. Information professionals must be prepared to recognize opportunities and overcome challenges posed by the electronic economy. This course defines the core elements of developing an eBusiness strategy, including branding, competitive analysis, technology assessment, business method models and preparing for emerging trends. Course assignments involve extensive case studies and online research using the latest e-tools. Students collaborate to create a prototype eBusiness venture.
Course: IS515 Title: Management of Information Systems Credits: 3
  In this course, students gain valuable insight into the planning, organizing, and controlling of user services, as well as the management of the information systems development process. The course also examines organizational learning curves, dealing with vendors, budgeting, accounting, management reporting, and legal considerations of information systems.
Course: IS525 Title: Information Systems Strategic Planning Credits: 3
  Information systems are an integral part of corporate operations. This course examines guidelines for developing an information systems plan, selecting systems projects, assessing current systems, and planning future systems expansion that supports organizational growth.
Course: IS535 Title: Telecommunications Credits: 3
  This course provides a brief history of telecommunications, a look at the field's structure and regulation, information on networks and telecommunications services, the basics of traffic engineering, and an introduction to primary data communications systems. The underlying principles and functions of telecommunications management are also introduced.
Course: IS545 Title: Emerging Technologies Credits: 3
  Through this course, students explore state-of-the-art and emerging technologies in information processing. The class includes a survey of recent advances in software development, hardware, and computer networking strategies.
Course: IS649 Title: Information Technology Project Management Credits: 3
  In today's fast-paced and dynamic environment, innovative information technology and system development projects are critical to many companies' success. The emphasis on such projects creates greater demand from senior management to deliver quality information technology projects on time, within budget, and which add functionality and value to their customers and clients. IT Project Management will teach the project manager how to integrate sound project management principles in the information technology project's development profile in order to assure every aspect of the project is under control and delivers the technical objectives. This course will also cover the IT project's life cycle from initiation through closeout and address all the components of project management as they relate to IT projects, based on the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) as defined by the Project Management Institute (PMI).
Course: IS665 Title: Data Communications Credits: 3
  This course provides an overview of business communication technologies, from basic components and subsystems to whole networks. Highlights include areas such as TCP/IP and the Internet, wireless networks, high-speed LANs, Wide Area Networks (WANs), network security, and issues concerning network management. This course enables students to make informed decisions about technologies comprising the data communications field. The purpose of this course is to present the concepts of information communications in a way relating specifically to the business environment and to the concerns of business management and staff. An important theme throughout this course is the essential role of standards, which are addressed in terms of groupings shaping the marketplace and defining the choices available to the decision-maker.
Course: IS675 Title: Systems Analysis and Design Credits: 3
  This course reviews efficient processes for information systems analysis and development. It also covers state-of-the-art techniques for information systems specifications and design. Other topics covered include real-time structured analysis and design, and object oriented analysis and design.
Course: IS696 Title: Network Systems Design Credits: 3
  This course provides an overview of management principles, practices, and technologies for managing networks, systems, applications, and services. Highlights include the design of networks such as LAN/WAN, ATM, wireless, voice, video, and data. This course enables students to make informed decisions in order to configure modern operating systems and devices for networking
Course: IS599 Title: Information Management and Security Capstone Credits: 3
  This capstone course requires demonstration of the knowledge and skills gained throughout the degree program through the design and implementation of a software program or computer-related system to solve a real-world problem. The project requires project definition, requirements determination, design, implementation, test, and documentation of the system.
Course: PRJ515 Title: Project Management Essentials Credits: 3
  This course introduces students to the fundamental elements of effective project management. It provides students with the opportunity to apply these elements using exercises and examples based on real-time projects. The required tools and techniques used to plan, measure, and control projects and the methods used to organize and manage projects are discussed.
Course: PRJ656 Title: Project Management Integration Framework Credits: 3
  This course introduces students to the fundamental elements of effective project management. It provides students with the opportunity to apply these elements using exercises and examples based on real-time projects. The required tools and techniques used to plan, measure and control projects, and the methods used to organize and manage projects are discussed.