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Information Technology & Management

Department of Information Technology and Operations Management, College of Business

Why Master of Science in Information Technology Management (MSITM)?

  • Economy continues to become more competitive, global, technology intensive, and knowledge-based.
  • All companies large and small rely on Information Technology (IT) to be more productive, efficient, and competitive.
  • Highly competent IT professionals who can create, maintain, and manage information technology resources and infrastructures are essential to sustain this economic evolution.
  • MSITM graduates have the knowledge and skills to meet such a high demand and become IT leaders

Why MSITM at FAU?

  • You get a Graduate degree at FAU, an AACSB-accredited university with highest standards of research and teaching
  • Premier geographical location in South Florida, a vibrant hub of medical, biotechnology, and high-tech companies that need highly trained IT managers with advanced degrees
  • A cross-disciplinary program combining the strength of both College of Business and College of Engineering
  • Competitive tuition
  • Opportunities for Teaching assistantships and other scholarships
  • Extensive core and elective courses offering
  • Designed for professionals with IT experience
  • Flexible full-time or part-time program that can be completed in as little as 18 months
  • Taught at the main campus in Boca Raton and online
  • Program begins three times annually in January, May, and August
  • Faculty committed to delivering an up-to-date curriculum focusing on innovation and effectiveness
  • Diverse group of students representing an international community with insights into the global economy

What is the industry demand for MSITM graduates?

The Department of Labor Statistics’ employment matrix for national employment projects 30% growth for “computer and information systems managers” to 2014. The inter-disciplinary nature of the program and more recent trends suggest a larger, global market with many opportunities for career growth and development for MSITM graduates. In workforce region 20 (Indian River, Martin, Okeechobee and St. Lucie Counties), a system analyst and a computer and information scientist are among the occupations earning the highest wages and in highest demand. The top 20 occupations show that the computer and information scientist can expect the same hourly wage as a judge/magistrate and surgeon, i.e. $71.17 per hour. This labor market information is from the Florida Agency for Workforce innovation, labor market statistics.

The MSITM program at FAU addresses this urgent need for university educated individuals.

What are the career opportunities for MSITM graduates?

Students who graduate in the program will be computer and information systems managers. The specific set of responsibilities will vary by the size of the company these individuals work for. The range of responsibilities is quite broad:

  • Overseeing the hardware and software investments companies make
  • Overseeing the corporate network system and contracts with telecommunication utilities
  • Working with corporate executives to ensure that investments match corporate strategies
  • Overseeing the development of software written within companies
  • Establishing and monitoring the service level agreements (i.e., contracts) for outsourced IT services
  • Managing the implementation of new systems
  • Overseeing the training of employees who use the new systems
  • Managing IT personnel 

The Path to a Successful IT Management and Executive Career

Career ladder

Personal Attributes Expectations

  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Enthusiasm and energy
  • Intellectual curiosity
  • Passion for learning
  • Flexibility
  • Problem solving
  • Willingness to do what it takes
  • Communication
  • Collaboration
  • Leadership

Typical Careers

Executive Positions: Chief Information Officer (CIO), Chief Technology Officer (CTO), Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), Knowledge Management Officer

Management Positions: Information Systems/Information Technology Director/Manager, Information Security Manager, Network Manager, Computer and Software Marketing Manager, Business Processes Engineering Manager, System Integration Manager, Enterprise Systems Manager, ERP Manager, Global Sourcing Director/Manager, E-Commerce Manager, Help Desk/Support Systems Manager 

What should I know about this program?

The College of Business at FAU is accredited with AACSB. This accreditation is a reflection of the quality of the programs we offer to students.

The Master of Science in Information Technology and Management (MSITM) is jointly offered by our department and Department of Computer & Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in the College of Engineering and Computer Science. Program details can be found in the College of Engineering and Computer Science section of FAU’s catalog.

Designed for highly-motivated individuals with computing and/or managerial background, the MSITM program aims to prepare students for a management career in the area of information technology in businesses.

To allow for maximum flexibility in career aspirations, students can select from two available tracks:

  • Advanced Information Technology, emphasizing the technical aspect of enterprise system. The degree is awarded by the College of Engineering and Computer Science
  • Information Technology Management, focusing on the management issues of information technology in organizations. The degree is awarded by the College of Business.

The program is a 33 credit program, 11 courses in total. Students can complete the program in 18 months if they take 3 courses in Fall and Spring semesters and 2 courses in Summer. A brief description of the courses is provided here. Please download the Program's Brochure (.pdf), the Program Information Sheet (pdf) , the Application Information Sheet (pdf), the Course Selection Chart (pdf) and ITOM Master Schedule of Courses (pdf).

For application information and other questions, lease check the Frequently Asked Questions about the MSITM program.

Foundational Skills Developed in the Program

T- Shaped IT Managers

Strong vertical IT core, and wide horizontal, across-silo thinking and understanding

  • Systems thinkers solving complex problems
  • Grounded in business and business processes (products, financial, supply chain)
  • Thinking of services
  • Driven by metrics and analytics
  • Fearless about change
  • Quest for globalization
  • Diligent about governance
  • Able to work with local and remote teams, as well as cross-functional teams
  • Collaborative and able to negotiate
  • Situational leadership
  • Able to prioritize

IT Executives

  • Business savvy
  • Understanding the company and business strategies
  • Enough technical knowledge
  • Financially astute
  • Innovation catalysts
  • Change agent
  • Articulate, persuasive, influence builder
  • Relationship manager (leadership team, business partners, external vendors)
  • Ability to negotiate and support business desires
  • Collaborative
  • Global perspective: talent, business priorities

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