It has become more important than ever to have a working knowledge of technology and interpersonal leadership skills to recognize and capitalize on trends that can impact businesses. When using information technology to respond to challenges in the workplace, it is key to have an understanding of the capabilities and limitations of the technologies as well as the interpersonal communication skills to facilitate change. The IT Leadership program prepares students to meet these challenges.
The Information Technology Leadership program prepares students to effectively integrate technology solutions that address the challenges facing organizations today. Students gain a solid foundation of mixing both technology theory and real world application of the technology with the communication skills needed to realize the benefits of the technologies. Graduates will be proficient at leading multi-disciplinary teams, evaluating information technologies, and guiding the organization through the ethical implementation of effective technology solutions.
The 37 semester credit program is offered in an online format, which allows professionals to maintain their current employment status while enhancing their knowledge and skills. Students enroll in the foundational courses during the first year and leadership and advanced courses and the capstone project during the second year. All courses are taken online and the program ends with a student research symposium on the Duluth campus.
Upon completion of the Information Technology Leadership program at The College of St. Scholastica, the graduate will be able to:
The Master of Arts in Information Technology Leadership program considers applicants who:
Only those who do not meet the work experience and baccalaureate degree admission or IT experience requirements need to complete the following three prerequisite courses. All prerequisite courses are available online.
International Applicants will need to complete additional admission requirements.
Note: Meeting minimal entrance requirements does not necessarily guarantee admission.
Application deadlines for priority consideration:
Review of completed application files will continue until all open seats for the program are filled.
A total of 37 semester credits are required for graduation, including credits for the Capstone Project. Credit toward the degree will be given for courses with a grade of 2.0 or better; students are expected to maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0. A maximum of 6 graduate semester credits may be transferred from another college or university if approved by the student's advisor and/or the program director. The Master of Arts in Information Technology Leadership graduate program must be completed within seven years and students must make sufficient academic progress toward the degree during their enrollment. Students not enrolled for more than two consecutive semesters are required to reapply to the program before enrolling in additional courses. Credits that are more than seven years old as of the date of graduation will not count toward the degree.
The Master of Arts in IT Leadership curriculum is made up of 13 courses for a total of 37 credits. The curriculum consists of 4 foundational courses to prepare students with a core set of skills and knowledge, 3 leadership courses, 3 advanced strategic technology courses, and 3 courses associated with the capstone project. The foundational courses should be completed prior to enrolling in the advanced and specialization courses and there are course prerequisites identified in the course descriptions.
Summary of Curriculum
CIS 6101: Leadership Communications
An examination of the importance of leadership theories and styles, and the essential importance of communication. Oral and written communication methods will be studied to determine how effective communication is integral to the success of IT initiatives. Topics include communicating complex ideas, collaboration in a team environment, and using communication to lead a team and work effectively with complex interpersonal and team processes. (8 weeks)
CIS 6105: Strategies of Information Technology
An exploration of the modern information technology department and partnerships with the functional units of the firm. Topics include organizational structures and governance, current technology solution models, financial planning, and the entrepreneur approach to creating value. (8 weeks)
CIS 6113: IT Management Ethics
An examination of the technology effects on societal thinking and the ways information technology challenges traditional ethical, legal, and social concepts. Additionally, a high level overview of security threats and corresponding policies are explored within this ethical context. Students will analyze different leadership, technology, and security issues and develop solutions to proactively address these concerns. (8 weeks)
PRM 6119: Strategic Decision Making
An examination of the methods used to make informed and ethical strategic decisions. Provides a review of qualitative and quantitative methods applied to the decision making process. Topics include goal setting, systems thinking, cost-benefit analysis, contingency planning, decision trees, risk assessment, and decision evaluation. (8 weeks)
CIS 6208: IT Project Management
A discussion of the project management process through the framework prescribed by a project management certifying body. Providing an IT perspective of planning, estimating, leading, and monitoring projects. Students will not only use project management software, but will also explore communication and personnel issues related to project management. (8 weeks)
CIS 6235: Professional Relationships
A study of the skills and traits for effective leadership and team development. In this course, students learn and apply various methods and techniques used to effectively build and foster professional relationships and increase the performance of individuals. Topics include networking, negotiating, conflict resolution, motivation, listening skills, constructive feedback, and team and individual staff development. (8 weeks)
CIS 6248: IT Change Leadership
An in-depth study on the changes introduced through IT initiatives and the effect of these changes on the organization and the people within the organization. Throughout the course students examine issues and solutions for managing change and leading organizations through change in a manner that leads to enduring and positive results. (8 weeks)
CIS 6550: Business Process Analysis
A detailed study on the skills and techniques used to partner with functional departments to analyze, model, and improve the business processes across the organization. Students will examine the methods used to create collaborative relationships with functional units, model business processes, and evaluate system options to support integrated data management and business process management. (8 weeks)
CIS 6575: Optimizing Intellectual Capital
An examination of the methods and techniques organizations use to effectively discover, capture, manage, and reuse knowledge assets. During this course, students will explore the approaches used to design, implement, and apply knowledge management and business intelligence practices as well as the cultural and technical environments needed to support these practices. (8 weeks)
CIS 6599: Emerging Topics in Information Technology
An exploration of current and future trends in information technology. Students investigate and evaluate information technology advances as they relate to the strategic objectives of the evolving business environment. Evaluations are communicated through analysis reports addressing functionality, risks, costs, organizational value, strategic alignment, organizational and culture fit, and other evaluation criteria. (8 weeks)
CIS 6777: Topics
A special offering to present emerging developments in the field. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. (8 or 16 weeks)
CIS 6795: Research and Writing
Examination of the research process designed for students preparing for the final applied project. Topics include topic selection, APA formatting, quantitative research, quantitative and qualitative methods for collecting data, evaluation of research reports and writing of literature reviews. The course will result in the creation of a project proposal for the Capstone Project. Prerequisite: CIS 6101. (14 weeks)
CIS 6800: Capstone Project I
Working with an assigned project advisor, the students begin work on the Capstone Project. The project synthesizes knowledge of material from multiple courses. The project consists of the identification of a business problem and corresponding research questions, extensive research of the problem domain, development of a solution based on the findings from the research, and a detailed implementation plan. Prerequisite: CIS 6795 (16 weeks)
CIS 6900: Capstone Project II
Working with an assigned project advisor, the students complete work on the Capstone Project and present the findings to student colleagues and faculty. The completed project is developed as a formal written report and submitted to the department for approval prior to publication. Prerequisite: CIS 6800(16 weeks)
CIS 6999: Independent Study
Independent research and reading in an area of special interest. Students initiate study in form of a written proposal and complete it under faculty supervision. Prerequisites: consent of supervising faculty and department chair. (8 or 16 weeks)