Program Overview

The Master of Science degree in Information Technology is designed for IT professionals who want to advance their knowledge in the information technology field as a precursor for management in the information technology industry. The master’s degree will build off the experience gained in the undergraduate degree program and can be completed entirely online. Full-time students will have the opportunity to graduate in as little as 18 months. If you prefer an on-campus experience, you can choose to enroll in on-campus, face-to-face evening sections of most courses.

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The Master of Science in Information Technology is designed for IT professionals who want to advance their knowledge in the information technology field as a precursor for management in the IT industry. Information Technology has become crucial to success in virtually every kind of enterprise, and IT professionals are responsible for the complex technical environment the enterprise depends on. To be an effective IT leader requires a blend of operational and technical expertise, leadership and management of projects and teams, and a solid foundation in the principles of general information technology management.

The graduate program melds technical knowledge and essential enterprise IT skills with the contemporary business management principles that drive 21st-century organizational performance. The program weaves technical topics such as network architecture, cloud computing and analytics with finance, law, project management and leadership.

The advanced program is designed using a whole-systems approach. While the bachelor’s degree in Information Technology focuses on preparing graduates to secure, design, and implement applications, databases and networks, the master’s program provides graduates with the ability to analyze business scenarios, anticipate and respond to a continuously changing environment and effectively assign resources to the components that make up the organization’s information system.

The MSIT program’s goal is to create inspiring IT leaders with strong leadership and technical skills.  The master’s degree program is designed to provide graduates with the ability to analyze business scenarios, anticipate and respond to a continuously changing environment and effectively assign resources to the components that make up the organization’s information system.  Our graduates can take these skills and apply them strategically to develop a long-term IT vision that is in line with an organization’s goals and mission.

The program emphasizes the relevance of continuous learning to personal and professional growth through the combination of advanced technical courses and an integrated management core. Employment opportunities may include positions such as Project Manager, Chief Information Officer (CIO), Chief Technical Officer (CTO), Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), Network Manager and Systems Integrator.

The program is designed to equip the current or aspiring IT manager with the necessary tools to make deliberate decisions that affect an organization’s informational needs. The program’s mission is built around the components that make up the informational infrastructure: the software applications that support the business processes, the information and data sources used to store the data, the processes used to secure the data, the network used to access data and applications, and the people who design, manage and implement the applications, data and the network.

Potential Career Opportunities

New England Tech has been launching IT careers for decades, with thousands of graduates working in enterprise IT, engineering, IT management, and digital media and design. Our master’s in Information Technology faculty are practicing industry leaders who have strong academic credentials backed by years of real-world experience.

Graduates of the Information Technology master’s degree program will be eligible for a variety of IT jobs, including positions such as:


Project Manager

Chief Information Officer (CIO)

Chief Technical Officer (CTO)

Chief Information Security Officer (CISO)

Network Manager

Systems Integrator

FAQ

  • What can I do with a master’s in information technology?

    An MS in Information Technology can introduce many exciting opportunities across the job market, including advanced leadership roles across the field. Academic IT experience can prepare students for careers as video game designers, IS/IT project managers, cloud architects, management consultants and computer systems analysts.

  • Is a master’s degree in IT worth it?

    A graduate degree in information technology is a great way to secure your career aspiration, whether that means advancing in your current position or gaining important experience to qualify for employment in other areas. Advanced IT programs are also a great way to differentiate yourself from other candidates, grow your leadership or management skills, increase your knowledge of IT and best practices, improve your ability to communicate and collaborate across departments, and boost your salary potential.

  • What is the best thing to get your master’s in?

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in computer and information technology occupations is projected to grow 11 percent from 2019 to 2029, a much faster rate than projected for other occupations.
    In total, the market can expect to receive about 531,200 jobs during that stretch. The highest demand will revolve around cloud computing, the collection and storage of big data, and information security.
    Programs in Information Technology will be of interest to individuals looking to get a head start in this evolving field.

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Program Mission, Goals and Outcomes

Program Mission

The mission of the MSIT program is designed for information technology professionals who want to advance their technical and managerial knowledge, enhanced with the education and experience needed for a leadership role in the IT industry. The program emphasizes the relevance of continuous learning to personal and professional growth through the combination of advanced technical courses and an integrated leadership and management core. Coursework highlights the relationship between IT and business as students utilize technology to improve business processes and help achieve and organization’s strategic goals. Students receive the technical and managerial education to be successful leaders in the IT industry, both now and well into the future.

Program Goals

  1. Leadership and Management: Effectively and ethically lead information technology projects using sound financial reasoning and management skills, understanding and supporting the organization’s goals and its connection to society.
  2. Security, Infrastructure and Applications: Design and adapt a scalable, secure corporate information technology infrastructure and applications that support specific organizational needs for a given business model while allowing for reasonable future growth of the corporate environment.
  3. Data and Analytics: Identify, organize and analyze the informational needs of an organization using current data warehousing and analytics tools and determine suitable implementation and integration strategies, utilizing cloud services when appropriate.
  4. Critical Thinking and Problem Solving: Bring together problem predicting, detecting, and solving skills with logically structured critical thinking to develop flexible solutions to business problems with robust information technology components.
  5. Professional Growth: Develop an appreciation for professional development and life-long learning and the character to encourage these qualities in others.

Program Outcomes

Successful graduates of the advanced degree program will be able to successfully demonstrate each of the following learning outcomes.

  1. Design and adapt scalable secure corporate networks and applications that support the specific organizational needs, for a given business model while allowing for reasonable changes to the corporate environment.
  2. Identify, organize and analyze the informational needs of an organization using current data warehousing and analytics tools.
  3. Effectively manage Information Technology projects using sound financial reasoning and project management skills, understanding and supporting the organization and its connection to society.
  4. Apply skills in problem predicting, detecting, and solving, and thinking logically, flexibly and critically about business problems with strong Information Technology components.
  5. Develop an appreciation for professional development and life-long learning and the character to encourage these qualities in others.

Courses Offered

New England Tech’s Master’s of Information Technology program prepares graduates for leadership and management in the complex technical environment of today’s evolving organizational IT needs. The curriculum includes topics in technology that are critical to IT in the enterprise such as network architecture, information system security, cloud computing, software architecture, data warehousing and analytics. Integrated with the technical curriculum are essential topics in business leadership and management, such as advanced project management, contracts and law, leadership, finance and professional ethics.

The Information Technology Degree program offers the following courses:

  • Advanced Project Management
  • Leadership
  • Managerial Finance
  • Technology and the Law
  • Network Infrastructure and Design
  • Data Warehousing and Data Analytics
  • Software Architecture and User Interface Design
  •  Information Systems Security
  • Cloud Computing
  • IT Professional Ethics

Topics covered during the Information Technology master’s degree program:

  • Information Systems
  • Data Analysis
  • Software Development
  • Software Engineering
  • Technology Management
  • Database Management Systems
  • Data Management
  • Network Management
  • Security Threats
  • Cybersecurity
  • Computer Science

For the latest listing of courses offered, please review our University Catalog here.