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The W. Edwards Deming School of Business

Master of Science in Information Technology - with a concentration in Asset Management (M.S.I.T.A.M.)

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Overview

The online M.S.I.T.A.M. program is designed for the information technology (I.T.) management professional seeking the latest concepts, principles, skills and strategies needed for informed decision making and effective leadership in the I.T. arena. The program’s Asset Management concentration defines the duties and responsibilities necessary to be an IT Asset Manager and the resources and commitment necessary to implement a fully functional Information Technology Asset Management Program.

The Program will prepare students to be key contributors in defining the strategies for aligning information technology with the organizational business drivers that promote return on ivestment, reduce risk, and increase productivity. The skills learned will expose students to the capabilities necessary to advance their careers into management positions in areas both within and outside of information technology.

The objectives of the Program are:

  1. To develop the skills necessary to facilitate information technology professionals to transform into technology leaders.
  2. To offer a program of coursework of graduate level information technology concepts and apply Information Technology Asset Management (ITAM) concepts that will improve the likelihood of success for its students as I.T. leaders;
  3. To explore the intricacies of management of information technology resources for businesses of varying size and structure and teach students to think of information technology as a core business practice, not just a set of projects or applications.
  4. To enable students with the knowledge to bring key value to the organization and the roles and responsibilities of those affected by or responsible for all aspects of Information Technology within a firm.
  5. To employ faculty who are accomplished in their respective fields from both an academic and practical perspective.

Successful graduates of the Program will demonstrate:

  • A working knowledge of the concepts involved in identification of business related problems and how to make appropriate technology recommendations based on sound reasoning and analysis, all the while being sensitive to the needs of the stakeholders and business goals.
  • How to select and employ effective and appropriate management information systems that support business objectives.
  • How to identify areas of risk within an organization’s information technology infrastructure.
  • An ability to recognize the intricacies and the dependencies, relationships and benefits of the key process areas found within an effective Information Technology Asset Management Program.
  • How to define an Information Technology Asset Management Program that is backed by sound corporate policy and best practice processes uniquely designed for their organizations.
  • Advocacy and leadership while effectively managing team performance in diverse organizational environments.
  • Ethical behavior and global environmental awareness.
  • Use of theoretical knowledge and contemporary research for evidence-based decision-making.
The University acts to fulfill the purposes of the M.S.I.T.A.M. program through appropriate coursework, coupled with continuing direction, evaluation of student progress, and regular assessment of student learning outcomes, supervised and administered by qualified faculty.

The M.S.I.T.A.M. program is presented on a semester basis. Students are generally enrolled in 10 - 13 units per semester. Each semester consists of a minimum time period of 16 weeks from the date study commences. Students not completing all semester coursework in the 16-week period will be granted an automatic 2 month extension of time to complete the semester. Students may take a leave-of-absence between semesters. However, except in special circumstances, the entire degree program (3 semesters) must be completed within 5 years.

 

Presentation

The University's Directed Independent Study modality recognizes that education is an individual process where individuals with different learning needs and study schedules can be accommodated. It emphasizes learning that is meaningful, where individuals enjoy the learning process, and acquire knowledge to better understand and manage their own careers.

The Program’s faculty members recognize individual learning styles and needs, and emphasize the relevance of the material to the individual’s situation.

Each course in the Program contains a series of lesson assignments generally consisting of reading requirements and research projects. Students are evaluated through examinations and/or research assignments which are submitted for faculty evaluation. Students conclude the Program with the preparation of a comprehensive capstone project.

All assignments are submitted electronically. As set forth in the University's General Catalog, Internet access and minimum computer requirements and skills are required as a condition of admittance.

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Curriculum

To earn the M.S.I.T.A.M. degree, a student must complete the courses outlined below with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.00. The requirements may be completed in as little as twelve months, and must be completed within five years from the date of initial enrollment.

First Semester (10 units)
MGT511 Managerial Perspectives 4 units
MIS500 Management Information Systems I 3 units
ITAM510 Hardware Asset Management 3 units

 

Second Semester (13 units)
BUS602 Business Research 4 units
MIS501 Management Information Systems II
3 units
MIS510 IT Security Procedures and Concepts 3 units
ITAM500 Software Asset Management 3 units

 

Third Semester (13 units)
ITAM520 Program Management 3 units
MIS520 Integrating Information Technology to Provide Competitive Advantage 3 units
MIS530 Modern Systems Analysis & Design 3 units
BUS597 Capstone 4 units

Total Semester Units Required for Graduation: 36

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Admission Policies and Requirements

Applicants who have earned a bachelor’s or first professional degree from a college or university accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the United States Department of Education may apply to the Program. The majority of applicants to this Program are mature adults working in a variety of professional settings. Many have not attended college for several years. Consequently, prior class rank and grade point average are not significant factors in the admission process.

An applicant may be conditionally admitted into the Program based on a completed Application for Admission, receipt of the $75.00 Application Fee, student copies of transcripts reflecting the applicant’s highest relevant degree, and documentation of the applicant’s professional work experience. It is not necessary to submit official transcripts at the time of application. (However, official transcripts must be received by the University within 60 days of enrollment. The University provides students with a form which may be used for this purpose.)

Should additional information be required the applicant will be contacted.

All payments must be payable in U.S. dollars. Payments may be made by MasterCard®,Visa®, American Express® or personal/business check.

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Foreign Applicants and Applicants with International Credentials

It may be necessary for applicants who have attended colleges or universities outside of the United States to obtain an evaluation of their education from a credential evaluation service approved by the University. Upon request, the Admissions Office will provide a list of approved evaluators. In addition, applicants whose native language is not English and who have not earned a degree from an appropriately accredited institution where English is the principal language of instruction must receive a minimum score of 530 on the paper-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), or 71 on the iBT, or its equivalent.

For more information on TOEFL visit the website: www.ets.org/toefl

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Transfer Credit and Portfolio Credit

The acceptance of transfer credits between academic institutions lies within the discretion of the receiving college or university. Credits earned at William Howard Taft University may or may not be accepted by another institution depending upon its own programs, policies, and regulations.

The University is committed to providing students the greatest opportunity to apply previously earned credit toward their chosen degree program. Subject to the limitations of state and accreditation regulations and academic comparability, students may apply to have credit awarded through completion of:

  • Transfer Credit: Transfer credit toward a degree may be awarded for postsecondary courses completed by the student at other institutions if such courses are found to meet the standards and learning objectives of the specific course for which credit is sought. Transfer credit must be from an appropriately accredited institution.
  • Portfolio Credit: Academic credit may be given for adequately documented and validated experiential equivalent learning of a postsecondary nature. Examples include credit for learning acquired through achievement of select certifications, college level equivalent tests, or other postsecondary level equivalent experience. Students with prior military experience may also apply to have military coursework evaluated for possible equivalent college credit.

M.S.I.T.A.M. students may apply to transfer up to a total of 18 units of Transfer Credit (or a combination of transfer credit and experiential or equivalent credit). A maximum of 9 units may be awarded for adequately documented and validated Portfolio Credit.

Financial Information

The tuition for the Program is $225.00 per unit. Tuition rates are “locked” for two years at the time of matriculation. An enrolled student will be protected from future tuition increases during this period of time.

Current information on financial aid is set forth on the University's website. Enrollment in the Program will generally qualify students for payment deferrals on existing federally insured student loans. Applicants seeking deferrals on existing student loans should check with their lenders prior to enrollment. Additional information on financial aid and tuition financing can be found under Tuition, Financial Aid and Financing.

FEE SCHEDULE

Application Fee
$75
Transfer Credit Evaluation Fee
$55
Portfolio Credit Evaluation Fee
$100
Registration Fee (Per Semester)
$50
Graduation Check/Diploma Fee
$75
Computer Library Fee (Per Semester)
$45
Administrative Accounting Fee (Per Semester)
(Installment Payment Option Only)
$25
Transcript Fee (Two Provided at No Cost)
$10
Late Payment Fee
(Returned Check/Declined Credit Card/ACH) (Per Item)
$25

 

The cost of books and materials, other than each course syllabus, is not included in the tuition. The University does not sell books or materials. Most books and materials may be purchased directly from publishers or over the Internet. The cost is estimated to average approximately $125.00 per course. Students are always provided with a source for acquiring all required materials.

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How to Enroll

If the applicant is accepted for admission to the Program, a formal enrollment agreement will be prepared and sent to the applicant for review and signature. Students may elect to begin the Program on the 15th of any month. All payments submitted for tuition and fees must be payable in U.S. dollars. Payments may be made by MasterCard® / Visa® / American Express® or personal/business check.

Applicants are encouraged to call the Admissions Office if there are any questions regarding enrollment procedures.

 

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Course Descriptions

BUS 597 Capstone (4 units)
The capstone course allows students to apply the knowledge gained throughout the program to a work-related project. Students work with a faculty member to select an appropriate project and outline the course scope and deliverables. It is expected that the completed project will deliver some business process improvement or other benefit to the student's work environment if possible.
Prerequisites: All other courses.

BUS 602 Business Research (4 units)
A fundamental key to successful management is information. Knowing what information is needed, when it is needed, how to collect it, and how to interpret it can be the critical process to success. More than basic decision making research; managers should be able demonstrate the capacity to add unique knowledge to the national body of knowledge of business. This course will focus on practical theory and processes that managers can use to assist in the decision making matrix. The processes include analyzing the information, evaluating the results, and developing a strategy that leadership can implement.
Prerequisites: MGT511.

ITAM 500 Software Asset Management (3 units)
This course focuses on the fundamentals of an ITAM program supporting best practices in software asset management. The course reviews the primary responsibilities involved in managing an organization’s software assets and analyzes the in-depth knowledge, operational knowledge, and competence required for this area. Identified are methods for identifying and uncovering numerous opportunities to increase the organization’s bottom line through software distribution and compliance.
Prerequisites: ITAM510.

ITAM 510 Hardware Asset Management (3 units)
This course focuses on the fundamentals of an ITAM program supporting best practices in hardware asset management. The course reviews the primary responsibilities involved in managing an organization’s hardware assets and analyzes the in-depth knowledge, operational knowledge, and competence required for this area. Focus areas include maintaining the lifecycle, tracking, and security of technology hardware assets.
Prerequisites: None.

ITAM 520 Program Management (3 units)
This course covers creating and managing an ITAM program within an organization, focusing on how to align ITAM processes with an organization's business practices. The primary objective is to educate ITAM students to manage IT assets while aligning with the organizational business drivers that promote ROI, reduce risk and increase productivity. The course addresses Key Process Areas that empower an organization and maximize the value of their IT assets. The core processes that encompass the ITAM Program will be reviewed and the pertinent projects that will assist the organization in building a productive and profitable business unit will be addressed.
Prerequisites: ITAM500 & ITAM510.

MGT 511 Managerial Perspectives (4 Units)
This course focuses on managerial careers, development of critical executive and managerial abilities, and the dynamics of organizational environment and systems as they impact managerial progression and work.
Prerequisites: None.

MIS 500 Management Information Systems I (3 units)
This course begins the study of comprehensive and integrative coverage of essential new technologies, information system applications, and their impact on business models and managerial decision making. At its core, a management information system (MIS) is a system that provides information needed to manage organizations effectively. Management information systems are regarded as a subset of the overall internal controls procedures in a business, which cover the application of people, documents, technologies, and procedures used to solve business problems and assist in development of appropriate business strategies.
Prerequisites: None.

MIS 501 Management Information Systems II
(3 units)
This second Management Information Systems course concludes the study of comprehensive and integrative technologies and information system applications, and their impact on business models and managerial decision making.
Prerequisites: MIS500.

MIS 510 IT Security Procedures and Concepts (3 units)
This graduate level computer security course looks at the systems, technology, management, and policy side of information and technology security. It offers students fundamental security concepts and a working knowledge of threats and countermeasures with “just-enough” background in computer science. The focus is on a broad understanding of security threats and the management evaluation techniques necessary to ensure the organization is addressing required security concerns.
Prerequisites: None.

MIS 520 Integrating Information Technology to Provide Competitive Advantage (3 units)
This course emphasizes how the manager or entrepreneur can strategically manage innovation and technology to enhance firm performance. It helps students to understand the process of technological change; the ways that firms come up with innovations; the strategies that firms use to benefit from innovation; and the process of formulating technology strategy.
Prerequisites: MIS500 & MIS501

MIS 530 Modern Systems Analysis & Design (3 units)
This course covers the methods and principles of systems development, using a practical, rather than technical, approach to help students learn the latest trends, information, and practices in the discipline. The course uses systems development life cycle methodology that addresses problems identified in the traditional waterfall methodology. The student is also introduced to several other methodologies in an effort to both familiarize and compare and contrast the new with the more traditional methods.
Prerequisites: None.

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