B.B.A.-M.S. Accelerated Degree Program
What is the Accelerated B.B.A./B.S. and MSITM Program?
The Accelerated B.B.A./B.S. and MSITM Program prepares highly motivated and talented students for advanced careers as leading professional information technologists and MIS Managers:
- It is a five-year, 150-credit program
- The program leads to the award of a B.B.A. or B.S. with Major in Management Information Systems and a Master of Science in Information Technology and Management
- Students apply for the program in the spring semester of their junior year
- The program begins in the senior year.
- BBA - MS Accelerated Degree Program Flyer (pdf)
Summary of requirements for the Accelerated BBA/BS and MSITM Program:
1. Cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 (including coursework transferred from other colleges or universities).
2. Information Technology GPA of at least 3.0 in the following courses. Ideally, you should complete these courses by the end of your junior year so that you can be admitted to the program during your senior year.
- ISM 3011 - Management Information Systems
- ISM 3230 - Introduction to Computer Systems and Software Development
- ISM 4133 - Advanced Systems Analysis and Design
- ISM 4212 - Database Management Systems
- ISM 4220 - Business Data Communications
3. Write a statement of purpose (essay). In a succinct and clear statement (maximum 2100 characters) describe the following:
- Why do you want to enter the program and obtain the MSITM degree?
- Which particular areas of interest in IT do you want to develop for your career?
- What career-related goals do you want to achieve after you graduate?
4. Upon admittance into the Accelerated program, enroll in Advanced Business Analytics (ISM 6405) during your Senior year. ISM 6405 is a required course in the MSITM program, and it can also be used to fulfill the required B.B.A. or B.S. 120 degree credits. This course will substitute ISM 4403 (Advanced Business Analytics).
5. Maintain a 3.0 GPA once you are enrolled in the Accelerated program.
What if I don’t meet all of the requirements for the Accelerated program?
First, speak with a Graduate Advisor in the College of Business firstname.lastname@example.org or the ITOM Program Director, AskITOM@fau.edu. You can always apply to graduate school by taking the GMAT/GRE and going through the traditional MSITM program admission process.
How to Apply
Step 1. Visit the College of Business Advising Offices for more guidance.
First, make an appointment with Gili Rabone in the College of Business Undergraduate Advising Office email@example.com, 561-297-4521. She is the designated advisor for the Accelerated BBA/BS and MSITM Program and understands the details of this program combined with the general BBA/BS program requirements. She will review your current undergraduate coursework and help you plan which courses to take in future terms so that you can meet the application requirements for the Accelerated program.
After meeting with Ms. Rabone, make an appointment with Michelle Williams in the College of Business Graduate Advising Office firstname.lastname@example.org, 561-297-1314. She is the designated graduate advisor for Accelerated program students, and will help you understand the application steps and required forms to apply to the program.
Step 2. Complete the courses below by the end of your Junior year.
You must have a cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 and an Information Technology GPA of at least 3.0.
|Prerequisites for Admission to Combined Program (Junior Year)|
|Management Information Systems (fall)||ISM 3011|
|Introduction to Computer Systems and Software Development (fall)||ISM 3230|
|Business Data Communications (fall)||ISM 4220|
|Advanced Systems Analysis and Design (spring)||ISM 4133|
|Database Management Systems (spring)||ISM 4212|
Step 3. Apply to the program in the second semester of your junior year.
Senior students who would like to apply will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Seniors who submitted an application for degree (i.e. your form to graduate) are not eligible to apply for the program and should consider applying to the traditional MSITM program instead.
Print and complete the application form available through the Graduate College. You will also need to write and print your Statement of Purpose (see Program Requirements above). After printing these documents, take them to the College of Business Graduate Advising Office.
Step 4. Complete an interview.
You may be asked to complete an interview with a member of the Information Technology and Operations Management Graduate Committee where you will have the opportunity to ask questions about the program. You will be contacted if an interview is necessary. Interview committee members will use the interview to judge your commitment and ability to complete the rigorous requirements of the program and your interest in the information technology profession. You should treat the interview with the same importance as a job interview. This includes being prepared, bringing a resume, and dressing professionally.
Students enrolled in the Accelerated BBA/BS and MSITM program must complete either the Business Analytics or Information Security concentration for the undergraduate degree. Students who pursue the Business Analytics concentration must take either Social Media and Web Analytics (ISM 4420) or Contemporary Issues in Digital Data Management (ISM 4041) instead of Advanced Business Analytics (ISM 4403). This is because Advanced Business Analytics (ISM 6405) is a required course in the MSITM program coursework.
In addition, for all Accelerated program students, Advanced Business Analytics (ISM 6405) may be used to fulfill the required B.B.A. or B.S. 120 degree credits. This course will substitute ISM 4403.
Choose one of the two concentrations below and take all courses in the chosen concentration.
|Senior Year (18 credits)|
|Business Analytics Concentration*|
|Introduction to Business Analytics and Big Data (fall)||ISM 3116||3|
|Data Mining and Predictive Analytics (fall)||ISM 4117||3|
|Social Media and Web Analytics (spring) or||ISM 4420||3|
|Contemporary Issues in Digital Data Management (spring)||ISM 4041||3|
|Cyber Security Concentration*|
|Introduction to Cybersecurity(fall)||ISM 4320||3|
|Management of Information Assurance and Security (fall)||ISM 4323||3|
|Computer Forensics (spring)||ISM 4324||3|
|Required Graduate-Level Courses|
|Advanced Business Analytics (spring)||ISM 6405||3|
|Management of Information Systems and Technology (summer)||ISM 6026||3|
|Graduate Business Communication Applications (summer)||GEB 6215||3|
* ISM 4930, Special Topics, or ISM 4940, Information Technology and Operations Management Internship, may be used as substitutes to fulfill concentration requirements.
|Graduate (fifth) Year (24 credits)|
|Information Technology Project and Change Management||ISM 6316||3|
|Information Security Management||ISM 6328||3|
|Enterprise Information Technology Service
|Web-Based Business Development||ISM 6508||3|
|Information Technology Sourcing Management||ISM 6509||3|
|Choose from menu of CECS courses below||3|
Choose from menu of CECS courses below
|College of Engineering and Computer Science (CECS) Course Options, total 9 credits|
|Data Mining and Machine Learning||CAP 6673||3|
|Software Testing||CEN 6076||3|
|Software Engineering||CEN 5035||3|
|Computer Data Security||CIS 6370||3|
|Computer Network Programming||CNT 5715||3|
|Mobile Computing||CNT 6517||3|
|Object-Oriented Software Design||COP 5339||3|
|Component Programming with .NET||COP 5595||3|
|Theory and Implementation of Database Systems||COP 6731||3|
|Topics in Computer Science (Advanced Web Technologies)||COT 5930||3|
|Wireless Networks||EEL 6591||3|
* ISM 6942, Graduate Information Technology and Operations Management Internship, may be substituted for one of the required College of Business courses (offerings are dependent upon employer availability).
** Students who took ISM 4320 and ISM 4323 need to consult with their graduate advisor to take a substitute course.
Industry Demand for MSITM Graduates
The demand for university graduates with skills in information technology and business remains strong. 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.
Several reputable sources predict substantial growth and compensation for employees with these skills. The MSITM program at FAU addresses this urgent need for university educated individuals.
- Projected national employment growth of 15% for “computer and information systems managers” to 2024 Bureau of Labor Statistics
- The “computer systems design and related services” industry is expected to grow 36% to 2024 Bureau of Labor Statistics
- In May 2014, the median annual pay for “computer and information systems managers” was $127,640 ($61.36 per hour) Bureau of Labor Statistics
- IT Managers are ranked #13 in the 2020 Best Paying Jobs by US News and World Report
Career Opportunities for MSITM graduates
MSITM graduates can expect to pursue jobs with the following titles, depending on years of experience:
Common Job Titles
- 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 and Computer Systems 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
Typical job responsibilities
Common responsibilities of these computer and information systems managers include the following, and will vary by the size of the company where the individual works:
- 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
Personal Attributes and Skills
To be successful as a computer and information system manager, an MSITM graduate should possess these personal attributes and skills:
- Creativity and innovation
- Enthusiasm and energy
- Intellectual curiosity
- Passion for learning
- Problem solving
- Willingness to do what it takes