Master of Science in Information Systems Technology –Online Program

Offered by: Wilmington University

College credits: 36 Graduate Credits

Course length: 7-15 Weeks

Overview

About the M.S. in Information Systems Technologies

The express purpose of Wilmington University’s Master of Science program in Information Systems Technologies is to provide and advance the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed by perspective and current Information Technology (IT) professionals for managing information systems. Students completing the program will obtain a better understanding of the relationship between business requirements and technology solutions with an emphasis on applying a systems approach when integrating information technology into strategic business/education/government activities. Moreover, the program capitalizes on the inter-disciplinary nature of modern information systems and the settings in which they are implemented, the MS-IST Program includes four career concentrations.

Program Competencies

The graduate student who successfully completes the Information Systems Technologies program will be expected to:

  1. Oral Communication
  • Speak with confidence, clarity, and conciseness.
  • Research, prepare, and deliver professional presentations.
  1. Written Communication
  • Write clearly, concisely and appropriately using correct English grammar, punctuation, usage, mechanics, sentence structure, and vocabulary.
  • Utilize appropriate APA format for scholarly writings.
  1. Disciplined Inquiry
  • Utilize quantitative, qualitative and scientific reasoning to solve problems.
  • Exercise critical thinking strategies, including reasoning, problem solving, analysis and evaluation.
  • Define a problem or issue and develop questions and methods to address the problem or issue and/or to create new knowledge.
  1. Information Literacy
  • Access and use information effectively, efficiently, and appropriately.
  • Evaluate the quality of sources and content.
  • Use technology to effectively locate and communicate information.
  1. Ethics
  • Demonstrate knowledge and application of prescribed ethical code(s) and/or behaviors promoted by the profession.
  1. Integration Component
  • Identify systemic interrelationships.
  • Apply a Systems Thinking Approach to identify benefits, disadvantages, and synergies of an Information System.
  1. Business Application
  • Synthesize creative solutions recognizing the interdependence of various components in an organizational system.
  • Demonstrate the ability to apply various models concerning planning, organizing, controlling, and actuating an informational environment within a modern organization.
Program Design

Students who successfully complete the graduate degree program in Information Systems Technologies will possess a working command of current informational practices that can immediately be applied in business, educational, and governmental organizations regardless of size. Degree recipients will be capable of managing complex projects from inception to completion, including professional services engagements and the acquisition and management of informational infrastructure. The managerial nature of this program is closely aligned with the business curriculum at Wilmington University, but with a decidedly technological (or alternatively, a “design”) leaning. As each student is expected to choose a concentration that caters to their vocational predispositions, competencies in the management of specifically tailored aspects of technology, and the synergies attributable to an interdisciplinary learning approach, are expected to be program outcomes. Students graduating from the MS-IST program should be prepared to provide leadership in the Information Systems (IS) field. Graduates will have the following skills, knowledge, and values:
  • A core of IS knowledge
  • Integration of IS and business foundations
  • Broad business and real world perspectives
  • Communication, interpersonal, and team skills
  • Analytical and critical thinking skills
  • Specific skills leading to a career
Information Systems Foundations

Students who have an insufficient level of expertise to enter the program, as identified through a placement exam, will be required to take the IST 5500 - IST Fundamentals course.

Curriculum

http://www.wilmu.edu/technology/information-systems-technologies-curriculum.aspx

Cost and Schedule

Guild provides reduced cost education for working adults. We’ll help you have an affordable path to move your education forward.

Cost

With financial aid, Guild students attending Wilmington University may be eligible to pay a fraction of the published cost to advance their education. For example, Guild students may pay as little as 10% of the published course or program cost to earn their bachelor's degree when taking advantage of:

●      Federal financial aid funds (not available for all certificate programs)
●      Tuition assistance benefits from your employer.
●      The $2,500 American Opportunity Tax Credit.
●      Guild's tuition discount, and no out-of-state tuition costs.
 
Active Military or Veteran? If so, talk to your coach or Wilmington University about your eligibility for additional tuition benefits.

Schedule

You will take courses such as:

ST 7000 Data Management
IST 7020 Analysis, Modeling, and Design
IST 7040 Data Communications and Networking
IST 7060 Project and Change Management
IST 7100 IT Policy and Strategy

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