Vijayan Sugumaran, Ph.D.
Xiaodong Deng, Ph.D.
Master of Science in Information Technology Management
A degree that puts both managerial and technical skills at the forefront, the Master of Science in Information Technology Management (MSITM) at Oakland University’s School of Business Administration prepares students for a career managing, designing and creating information systems and technologies. Through a program based on experiential learning, students in the SBA’s MSITM program learn the practical skills they need to advance in their careers.
Graduates of the MSITM program will be prepared to climb the career ladder in pursuit of such positions as business analyst, enterprise data architect, business analytics consultant, business intelligence analyst, information assurance network security engineer, security and network management engineer, IT project manager, privacy officer, IT strategy consultant or IT sourcing manager. The program enhances students’ knowledge of how firms use information technology to address business problems by focusing on the following essential components:
- Data Management and Business Analytics
- Information Security Management
- Information Systems Strategy and Management
The program is structured around four modules:
- Preparatory and Foundation Courses – Required for students who lack an information systems background. Students with the necessary background will be waived from these courses. Credits from these courses do not count toward the degree.
- Core Courses – Provides analysis, design and implementation skills
- Elective Courses – Develops in-depth knowledge in a specific area of interest
- Capstone Project – Synthesizes students’ knowledge and applies it to address issues in one or more areas of concentration
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the employment of computer and information systems managers is expected to grow 15 percent from 2012 through 2022. In the growing areas of data science and business analytics, growth in the 20-30 percent range are projected with significant talent gaps at the present time. The Bureau notes that people with management skills and an understanding of business practices, combined with specialized technical knowledge and strong communication skills, will find excellent opportunities as companies increasingly look to technology to drive revenue.
The MSITM 4+1 Plan is a combined bachelor/master degree program that provides high-achieving students an opportunity to complete a bachelor's and master's degree in less time than would be required if the two degrees were done independently. It is designed for students who are high academic achievers and creates an integrated learning experience along several knowledge paths. The MSITM 4+1 Plan students will be able to earn their master's degree by completing 24 credits (8 courses instead of 10) beyond the undergraduate MIS major requirements.
Students accepted for the MSITM 4+1 Plan must have a minimum overall undergraduate GPA of 3.2, and a 500 on the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT). Students may apply to MSITM 4+1 Plan and be offered deferred admission to the graduate program at the end of the junior year and may begin enrollment in graduate courses during the first semester of the senior year. Students who apply must also have completed half of the departmental credits required for the MIS major.
Students offered deferred admission will remain classified as undergraduates until they have completed all undergraduate degree requirements. At that time, students who have maintained an overall undergraduate GPA of 3.2 and have earned a 3.0 or above GPA in each of the double-counted graduate courses (MIS 563 - Networks, and MIS 546 - Business Analytics), will be reclassified as a graduate student through Graduate Study.
- MIS Major Requirements: MIS 100, MIS 300, MIS 305, MIS 314, MIS 315, and MIS 350
- MIS Major Electives Double Counted for 4+1 Plan: MIS 546 (Business Analytics) and MIS 563 (Networks)
- MIS Major Elective: 1 Course
A student may choose 7 courses from the following list: (see Graduate Catalog for full course descriptions)
- MIS 564 — Network Management
- MIS 606 — Advanced Databases and Big Data Management
- MIS 620 — Electronic Commerce
- MIS 622 — Business Object Development
- MIS 624 — Business Application Architecture
- MIS 625 — IT Planning and Strategy
- MIS 630 — Managing Global Outsourcing of IT and IT Enabled Services
- MIS 636 — Decision Support Systems
- MIS 638 — Knowledge Management
- MIS 640 — IS Security
- MIS 641 — IS Privacy
- MIS 642 — IS Issues in Supply Chain Management
- MIS 643 — Intellectual Property & the Public Domain in the Age of Remix
- MIS 648 — Issues in International Information Technology
- MIS 680 — Special Topics
- QMM 640 — Management Science
- QMM 652 — Forecasting
Admissions to the MSITM program are selective and depend on several elements including scholarship and ability to communicate effectively. Applications are considered by the MIS Graduate Admissions Committee. In making admission recommendations, the committee considers the applicant's' undergraduate records, their GMAT or GRE scores, their responses to questions on the supplemental application and their work experience.
Before an applicant can be admitted to the MSITM program, they must have completed:
- A bachelor’s degree or equivalent from a regionally accredited undergraduate institution
- The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT)
Learn about our GMAT preparation courses offered at Oakland University.
Before an applicant can be admitted to the MSITM, he/she must have complete the following steps:
- Apply Online
- Complete the SBA supplemental application
- Send official transcripts from all previous colleges and universities attended to OU
- Send official GMAT scores to OU
- Recommendations – during the completion of your application, you must provide two email addresses for individuals who will write your recommendations. You should contact these individual prior to providing their email addresses. Your recommenders will receive an email from Oakland University Graduate Study and Lifelong Learning requesting that they submit their recommendation online.
International students who have not earned a baccalaureate degree from a U.S. college or university or at least 24 credits from a U.S school, will have additional application requirements:
- A transcript evaluation (for transcripts from a college or university outside of the United States)
- TOEFL Exam Scores (for non-native English speakers unless they have a baccalaureate degree from a U.S. college or university or at least 24 credits from a U.S. school)
All application materials must be received by the following dates:
- Fall semester — July 15 for domestics students, and May 1 for international students
- Winter semester — November 15 for domestic students, and September 1 for international students
- Summer semester — March 15
Applications for fall semester must be received by May 1.
The MSITM program at Oakland University helped me transform from a ‘technology guy’ to a business consultant who can integrate leading-edge practices with applied business methods to devise state-of-the-art technological solutions to business problems.
OU’s rigorous academic courses combined with its strong tech-savvy IT environment and project-work focused curriculum ensured I gained the diverse knowledge and required skills to succeed in the demanding world of business.
Based on the enriching experience that empowered me with knowledge, I can say that graduates of Oakland’s MSITM program will emerge highly confident and able to hit the ground running in the demanding, fast-paced business world.
Abishake Subramanian, MSITM ’10
Retail Consultant, Cognizant Technology Solutions U.S Corporation
“Through Oakland University’s MSTIM/BA blended program, I have access to state-of-the-art learning facilities, and the latest computer hardware and software programs, so I can learn and gain experiences at the cutting-edge of science.”
Las Vegas resident