College of Professional and Continuing Education

Master of Science in Information Technology (M.S.I.T.)

As the need for technical expertise increases exponentially, so has the demand for qualified information technology managers: managers who understand that each technical decision is also a business decision. The incredible global evolution and expansion of information technologies in general and e-based systems in particular has created an unprecedented demand for highly skilled technology professionals. What makes the difference today, however, between someone who works with technology and someone who strategically uses technology to achieve competitive advantage is what the Clark University M.S.I.T. program is all about. While initially designed to accommodate adult working students, with the increased demand for graduate professional degrees today over half of our current students are attending our graduate programs as full-time students. International students attend our professional degree programs from countries around the world.

The most effective skill that an IT manager can possess is the ability to take a holistic approach, think critically and creatively, and then combine technology and organization goals to produce organizational synergies. Clark University's Master of Science in Information Technology is designed to prepare you to utilize these professional skills with confidence.

As a Clark University M.S.I.T. student, you will enhance your technical and managerial skills through hands-on application and lectures by industry professionals with years of experience. The M.S.I.T. program provides an in-depth overview of information technology areas and couples this knowledge with skills in project management, business intelligence systems, systems analysis, Internet optimization techniques, e-commerce, and other management areas where an understanding of technology usage creates opportunities for strategic rewards.

The Clark University M.S.I.T degree program provides current and future professionals with a global understanding of information technologies and its complex interface with e-business. At the same time, graduates study the issues of modern technology: ethics, legal and financial constraints, project management, change management, and the leadership and communication skills necessary to move an organization forward effectively.

Competency Development

  • Graduates of the M.S.I.T. degree program can expect to be able to:
  • Develop data administration policies and procedures.
  • Use managerial economics to plan, control and make technological decisions.
  • Utilize a methodological approach to system design and implementation.
  • Gather, assess and interpret information on emerging technologies and key trends in the application of these technologies to a particular industry
  • Understand data security issues, data encryption and legal aspects of information security
  • Utilize architectural solutions for information systems and their underlying technologies

Elective Competency Development

Implement search engine optimization techniques, optimize Web sites, and work with Internet developers on a host of applications and technologies. Work with e-commerce applications and new media technologies including wireless programming, online payment strategies, and e-commerce business solutions. Empower staff to embrace and place into operations a new corporate vision and to understand the new strategic intent when organizations undergo rapid transformations. Understand financial system basics within an organization, how financial data is interpreted and the impact of such data on decision making.

The Cyber Security Concentration provides a foundation of key concepts and terms, risk and threat assessment, information assurance,strategic management, technology questions and laws,regulations and ethics. Learn a progressive multi-dimensional approach to Cyber Security management.