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School of Business Administration

Elliott Hall, Room 427
275 Varner Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4485
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School of Business Administration

Elliott Hall, Room 427
275 Varner Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4485
(location map)

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Master of Science in Information Technology Management

Whether it’s leveraging the power of data to improve business processes or protecting an organization’s digital assets, students in Oakland University’s Master of Science in Information Technology Management (MSITM) program gain the critical knowledge and skills to lead the digital transformation. Through a program based on experiential learning, including corporate-sponsored projects, graduates of OU’s MSITM program are prepared for careers managing, designing and creating information systems and technologies.

MSITM

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 and/or statistics 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
Program Information Flier

Contact Us
Graduate Business Programs
(248) 370-3287
OUGradBusiness@oakland.edu
4 + 1 Program

OU's Master of Science in Information Technology Management 4+1 program offers motivated students an expedited way to earn both an undergraduate degree in management information systems and a master's degree in information technology management in a minimum of five years. Students in the 4+1 program can graduate with an MSITM degree by completing an additional 18 credits (six courses) instead of 30 credits (10 courses) beyond the undergraduate MIS major requirements.

Advantages of a 4+1 Program:

  • Seamless start to graduate program
  • Earn a graduate degree in less time
  • Quick immersion into the industry or field
  • Gain a competitive edge

As part of Oakland University’s MSITM degree program, students may choose from general focus electives or optional concentrations in Business Analytics or Information Security Management.

Students accepted for the MSITM 4+1 program must have a minimum overall undergraduate GPA of 3.2. Students apply to MSITM 4+1 program by completing an application and GMAT waiver form during their junior year. Students offered deferred admission to the graduate program will remain classified as undergraduates until they have completed all undergraduate degree requirements.

Recommended Schedule and Course Options for 4+1 Plan prior to Fall 2019
  1. MIS Major Requirements: MIS 1000, MIS 3000, MIS 3050, 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 the archived 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.
Recommended Schedule and Course Options for 4+1 Plan effective Fall 2019
  1. MIS Major Requirements: MIS 1000, MIS 3000, MIS 3050, and MIS 3140
  2. MIS Major Requirements Double Counted for 4+1 Plan:
    • MIS 5150 - Systems Analysis and Design
    • MIS 5160 - Software Program and Project Management
  3. MIS Major Electives Double Counted for 4+1 Plan:
    • Business Analytics Concentration:
      • MIS 5460 – Business Analytics and Modeling
      • MIS 5560 – Introduction to Data Science
    • Information Security Management Concentration:
      • MIS 5170 – Practical Cyber Security Fundamentals
      • MIS 5180 – IS Risk Analysis and Security Controls Development
    • No Concentration Option (Choose any two courses):
      • MIS 5460 – Business Analytics and Modeling
      • MIS 5560 – Introduction to Data Science
      • MIS 5170 – Practical Cyber Security Fundamentals
      • MIS 5180 – IS Risk Analysis and Security Controls Development
  4. MIS Major Elective: 1 Course

IT Core Course (3 credits)

  • MIS 5140 — Intro to Databases & Data Warehouses

Elective Courses (four courses totaling 12 credits) listed by Concentration and General Focus. See Graduate Catalog for full course descriptions.

Business Analytics Concentration - Choose 3

  • MIS 5470 — Practical Computing for Data Analytics
  • MIS 5500 — Web Analytics
  • MIS 6060 — Advanced Databases and Big Data Management
  • POM 5410 — Operation Analytics
  • QMM 5520 — Forecasting
  • QMM 6400 — Management Science
  • MIS 6900 — Special Topics in Management Information Systems - prior approval required

Business Analytics Concentration - Open elective
An additional course from the above list or any prior approved elective must be taken to meet remaining 3 credits required for the degree.

Information Security Management Concentration - Required Course

  • MIS 5700 — IS Security

Information Security Management Concentration - Choose 2

  • MIS 5630 — Introduction to Networks
  • MIS 5640 — Network & Security Management
  • MIS 5760 — Mobile Security & Secure Application Development
  • 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
  • MIS 6900 — Special Topics in Management Information Systems - prior approval required

Information Security Management Concentration - Open elective
An additional course from the above list or any prior approved elective must be taken to meet remaining 3 credits required for the degree.

General Focus Electives - Choose 4 from concentration electives or the electives listed below:

  • 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 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

The requirements for admission to the MSITM program include:

  • 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.

*MSITM applicants may request to waive the GMAT requirement.

GMAT Waiver

MSITM applicants may request to waive the GMAT requirement. To be eligible for the waiver, applicants must meet one of the following criteria:

  • Earned a master’s degree or higher with a minimum overall GPA of 3.0
  • Has an acceptable score on the GRE, LSAT, or MCAT entrance exam
  • Earned a bachelor’s degree with an overall GPA of at least 3.0 from an AACSB-accredited business school
  • Earned a bachelor’s degree in any major with an overall GPA of at least 3.2 from a regionally accredited program
  • Completed a business-related certification such as CPA, CFA, CFP or FRM
  • Has at least 3 years of relevant professional work experience and an undergraduate overall GPA of at least 2.75
  • Has completed at least 3 years of service in the US armed services

To request a waiver, download, complete and submit the Request to Waive GMAT Form.

Find the form under Supplemental Application, School of Business Administration.

How to Apply

The application process requires submission of the following:

  • Online Application for Admission from the Graduate School
  • Curriculum Vitae or Resumé - uploaded after online application is submitted
  • Two email addresses for individuals who will write your recommendations - added after online application is submitted
  • Official transcripts from all previous colleges and universities attended sent to OU
  • Official GMAT scores sent to OU*

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)

*MSITM applicants may request to waive the GMAT requirement.

Graduate Assistantship

Applications for Fall semester must be received by April 1st.

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

Outcomes
2018-19 MSITM Graduates Career Outcomes
Oakland University MSITM graduates are well-equipped to advance their careers with essential managerial and  technological expertise, savvy business know-how, cross-functional knowledge and strong communication skills.

Employment
38% Employed at start of program
93% Employed before or within 4 months of graduation
90% Graduates with new employer, new title at existing employer or salary increase greater than 10%

Employment information is based on an 94% Knowledge Rate. Knowledge Rate is reliable and verifiable outcome information from survey responses, social media mining and departmental records for students who graduated with an MSITM degree from the School of Business Administration 2018-19.

Salary
$71,176 Average salary after completing the MSITM program

Job Source
29% OU facilitated
25% Personal network
21% Online resource
25% Unknown job source

OU Internships and Job Source information is based on a 77% Survey Response Rate from students who graduated with an MSITM degree from the School of Business Administration 2018-19.

Real-world Experience
With corporate-sponsored projects addressing real-world business challenges integrated into the curriculum, MSITM graduates gain proven experience and a powerful career advantage.