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Coordinator Graduate Business Programs
Paul Trumbull

Program Assistants:
Analya Callendar
(248) 370-3287

Vanessa Lewis
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Department Chair
Vijayan Sugumaran, Ph.D.
sugumara@oakland.edu

Faculty Director
Xiaodong Deng, Ph.D.
deng@oakland.edu

Master of Science in Information Technology Management

MSITM

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
Optional Concentrations (which appear on student transcripts) can be obtained in Business Analytics or Information Security 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.

4 + 1 Plan

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 the following double-counted graduate courses: MIS 563 (5630 Efffective Fall 2017) - Intro to Networks, and MIS 546 (5460 Effective Fall 2017) - Business Analytics, will be reclassified as a graduate student through Graduate Study.

Recommended Schedule and Course Options for 4+1 Plan prior to Fall 2017
  1. MIS Major Requirements: MIS 100, MIS 300, MIS 305, MIS 314, MIS 315, and MIS 350
  2. MIS Major Electives Double Counted for 4+1 Plan: MIS 546 - Business Analytics and MIS 563 - Networks
  3. MIS Major Elective: 1 Course

IT Core Courses (three courses totaling 9 credits)

  • MIS 604 — Intro to Databases & Data Warehouses
  • MIS 515 — Systems Design or MIS 546 – Business Analytics (BA) or MIS 563 – Networks (ISM)
  • MIS 516 — Software Program and Project Management

Elective Courses (six courses totaling 18 credits) listed by Concentration and General Focus. See Graduate Catalog for full course descriptions.

Business Analytics Concentration - Required Course

  • MIS 636 — Decision Support Systems

Business Analytics Concentration - Choose at least 2

  • MIS 606 — Advanced Databases and Big Data Management
  • MIS 645 — Simulation in Management
  • MIS 680 — Special Topics: Practical Computing for Data Analytics
  • MIS 680 — Special Topics: Web Analytics
  • QMM 640 — Management Science

Information Security Management Concentration - Required Courses

  • MIS 564 — Network Management
  • MIS 640 — IS Security

Information Security Management Concentration - Choose at least 1

  • MIS 641 — IS Privacy
  • MIS 643 — Intellectual Property & Public Domain in the Age of Remix
  • MIS 680 — Special Topics: IS Risk Assessment
  • MIS 680 — Special Topics: Info Security Controls Development
  • CIT 548 — Information Security Practice

IS Strategy and Managment Track Electives

  • 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 641 — IS Privacy
  • MIS 642 — IS Issues in Supply Chain Management
  • MIS 643 — Intellectual Property & Public Domain in the Age of Remix
  • MIS 648 — Issues in International Information Technology
  • MIS 680 — Special Topics in Management Information Systems

Capstone Course - MIS 650 - Project Seminar

All students are required to complete this course. The project seminar provides students an opportunity to integrate the concepts in the MSITM program.

Recommended Schedule and Course Options for 4+1 Plan effective Fall 2017
  1. MIS Major Requirements: MIS 1000, MIS 3000, MIS 3005, MIS 3140, MIS 4050, and MIS 4060
  2. MIS Major Electives Double Counted for 4+1 Plan: MIS 5460 - Business Analytics and MIS 5630 - Intro to Networks
  3. MIS Major Elective: 1 Course

IT Core Courses (three courses totaling 9 credits)

  • MIS 5140 — Intro to Databases & Data Warehouses
  • MIS 5150 — Systems Analysis & Design or MIS 5460 – Business Analytics (BA) or MIS 5630 – Intro to Networks (ISM)
  • MIS 5160 — Software Program and Project Management

Elective Courses (six courses totaling 18 credits) listed by Concentration and General Focus. See Graduate Catalog for full course descriptions.

Business Analytics Concentration - Required Course

  • MIS 5560 — Decision Support Systems

Business Analytics Concentration - Choose at least 2

  • MIS 5470 — Practical Computing for Data Analytics
  • MIS 5500 — Web Analytics
  • MIS 6060 — Advanced Databases and Big Data Management
  • POM 5410 — Operation Analytics
  • QMM 6400 — Management Science

Information Security Management Concentration - Required Courses

  • MIS 5640 — Network & Security Management
  • MIS 5700 — IS Security

Information Security Management Concentration - Choose at least 1

  • MIS 5180 — IS Risk Analysis & Security Controls Development
  • MIS 5760— Mobile Security & Secure Application Development
  • MIS 5800 — Information Security Project
  • MIS 6120 — Information Security Legal Compliance & Ethics
  • MIS 6410 — IS Privacy
  • MIS 6430 — Intellectual Property & Public Domain in the Age of Remix
  • CSI 5480 — Information Security Practice

IS Strategy and Managment Track Electives

  • MIS 6200 — Electronic Commerce
  • MIS 6220 — Business Object Development
  • MIS 6250 — IT Planning and Strategy
  • MIS 6300 — Managing Global Outsourcing of IT and IT Enabled Services
  • MIS 6380 — Knowledge Management
  • MIS 6410 — IS Privacy
  • MIS 6430 — Intellectual Property & Public Domain in the Age of Remix
  • MIS 6480 — Issues in International Information Technology
  • MIS 6900 — Special Topics in Management Information Systems

Capstone Course - MIS 6940 - Project Seminar

All students are required to complete this course. The project seminar provides students an opportunity to integrate the concepts in the MSITM program.
How To Apply

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.

Admission Deadlines



Admission Requirements

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.


How to Apply

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)

Graduate Assistantship

Applications for fall semester must be received by APRIL 1.

Alumni Testimonials

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.”


Ali Bahreman
MSITM/BA ‘13
Las Vegas resident