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Our program offerings continue to grow and as we focus on relevant business topics and giving students a competitive edge in the marketplace. All our online degree programs are built on a flexible platform to allow students to complete their classes on their own schedule.

Even our on-site classes are built around a schedule to help accommodate adult students who want to continue their education. University of the Potomac faculty and staff work individually with each of student to choose an academic pathway that best satisfies their career goals.

Master in Information Technology Degree Program Overview

Our Master of Science in Information Technology program gives students an advantageous mix of cyber/network preparation with marketable leadership skills for planning and implementing critical computer activities in an organization and managing IT professionals. Graduates from the MSIT degree program will be prepared in data analysis, data and information systems management, cyber and network security, leadership, and marketing. Graduates will be empowered with both the knowledge and skills required to work as IT managers or cyber security specialists in U.S. business organizations and government agencies, non-governmental organizations, and international entities. You can earn your MSIT online or at one of our convenient campuses.

MSIT Program Learning Goals

Graduates of the Master in Information Technology will be able to:

  • Lead complex projects from today’s information technology perspective.
  • Develop information systems as strategic tools to provide competitive advantage.
  • Quickly adapt to new technologies and the volatile global environment.
  • Effectively identify and implement solutions through key leadership skills.

What You Will Learn

Our MSIT degree will allow students to have a focus by selecting a specialization in Information Technology Management or Cyber Security — two areas that are growing in demand by employers, including government agencies.

Core Courses

  • CBSC 500 Network Defense and Countermeasures
  • CBSC 510 Cloud Computing from the Ground Up
  • CBSC 520 Data Analysis
  • CBSC 530 Cyber Crime and Homeland Security
  • MCAP 520 Enterprise Data Management and Administration
  • MGMT 610 Executive Leadership
  • MGMT 650 Asia-Pacific Rim Management
  • MRKT 630 Multinational Marketing

Available Concentrations

Information Technology Management Concentration

Management Concentration Program Goals

The Master of Science in Information Technology with a concentration in IT management teaches students how technology is an effective driver in an organization, to implement new technologies within an organization, to maintain IT Security compliance, to identify and execute different sources of innovations, and economic factors that are crucial to the introduction and acceptance of new technologies within the global marketplace.

Leadership

Students will develop critical thinking and decision-making skills to assist their organization to maintain a secure IT department and is designed to identify and execute different sources of innovation and maintain compliance requirements that promote an active position for the global marketplace.

Strategy

Finally, this program will have the student use their newly developed skills to provide their organization with strong IT department leadership that has the tools to maintain compliance, innovation and economic infrastructure that will support their position in the global community.

  • COMP 610 Strategic IT: Best Practices for Executives
  • COMP 620 Corporate IT Security Audit Compliance
  • COMP 630 Technology Entrepreneurship
  • COMP 640 Capstone-Forecasting and Management of Technology
Career Opportunities

The Bureau of Labor Statistics lists the following knowledge, skills and abilities for information technology management professionals with an MSIT degree. Computer and information systems managers, often called information technology (IT) managers or IT project managers, plan, coordinate, and direct computer-related activities in an organization. They help determine the information technology goals of an organization and are responsible for implementing computer systems to meet those goals.

The American Job Center lists Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports the median salary in 2012 for Computer and Information Systems Managers to be $120,950. Projected growth for 2012-2022 is faster than average at 15%. Demand for computer and information systems managers will increase as firms continue to expand their use of wireless and mobile networks.

Cybersecurity Concentration

Cybersecurity Concentration Program Goals

The Master of Science in Information Technology with a concentration in Cyber Security teaches students how to plan to respond to cyber attacks by helping them understand leadership from a cyber perspective and understanding the boundaries of cyber law as it applies to cyber space and cyber warfare. This program arms students with up to date information regarding hacking methodologies, technologies, cyber forensics, and countermeasures enabling them to make strategic decisions and allocate the appropriate resources to operate and defend networks in cyberspace.

Leadership

Students will learn to identify vulnerabilities and threats to a network and allocate the appropriate resources to defend that network within the constraints of the law. Students will also learn what type of training and staff are needed, and how to properly screen the staff to ensure a secure infrastructure.

Cyber Law & Policy

Students will develop an understanding of current cyber laws and the challenges organizations face when it comes to detecting and defending networks against hackers. Students will also understand the difference between policy, regulations, and laws by reviewing case studies that focus on the invasion of privacy, identity theft, and fraud.

Strategy

Finally, this program will have the student use their newly developed skills to create a plan to develop a budget, staffing proposal, training criteria and cyber defense tools that will be used to defend an enterprise network from state and non-state attackers.

  • CBSC 610 Computer Forensics and Cyber Crime
  • CBSC 620 Cyber Law and Policy
  • CBSC 630 Hacking Methodology
  • CBSC 640 Capstone-Cyber Warfare
Career Opportunities

The Bureau of Labor Statistics lists the following knowledge, skills and abilities for cyber security professionals with an MSIT degree: Ethical hacking and counter measures, Cyber operations, Cryptography, Reverse software engineering, Cyber forensics, and communicating technical information.

The median wage for information security professionals in 2012 with a BS degree was $88,590. Projected growth for 2012-2022 is “much faster than average” at 37% or higher.

The US Government article “Lifetime Earnings Soar with Education” states that a Master’s degree is worth $2.5 million over a lifetime over those with a BA or BS degree.

Potomac’s MSIT program will provide a continued pathway to advanced degrees for our current students and alumni. The primary goal of the IT program  is to prepare working professionals, including foreign-educated students, and those seeking meaningful roles in information technology leadership and cyber security sectors, to assume leadership positions in  public, private and not-for-profit areas. The program will provide these individuals with a breadth and depth of knowledge that is supported by the ability to address real world technology challenges effectively. They will gain a combination of knowledge and skills that will place them in a strong position for advancement in their fields.

Career Opportunities

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General Admissions Requirements

  • Complete an admissions interview conducted in person or via online methods.
  • Sign and submit an attestation of high school (or equivalent) completion. Equivalencies include a GED Certificate. Home schooled students must present a diploma that meets the requirements of the state in which it was issued. (Students with non-US credentials please see International Student Admissions Requirements below).
  • Submit a completed application
  • Arrange for official transcripts from all colleges/universities previously attended to be submitted to the Office of Records and Registration, University of the Potomac.
  • Submit grade reports or scores from any recognized college equivalency examinations (e.g., CLEP, DANTES, and Advanced Placement).
  • Submit certificates from any corporate education training or professional development programs. (Note: An ACE evaluation form may be required to determine appropriate credit for corporate educational training.)
  • Submit military training documents. (Note: An ACE military evaluation form may be required to determine appropriate credit for military training.)

Graduate Admissions Requirements

In addition to the general requirements listed to the left, applicants for a graduate program must provide the following:

  • An undergraduate degree in order to enroll in University of the Potomac master’s programs: four-year bachelor's degree or its equivalent in other countries.
  • International applicants 16 with a 3-year undergraduate degree may be admitted on the recommendation of the Admission Committee which will be based on students’ preparation.
  • Two Letters of recommendation from individuals who may be a direct supervisor or university faculty member. *This requirement may be waived for those students with Master level transfer credits*.
  • One required essay, in MSWord document form, addressing the student’s preparation for the graduate program.

The Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) is not required for admission to the MBA, but is strongly preferred for students who do not have a bachelor’s degree in a business related discipline or lack the pre-requisite courses in business, finance and economics. Similarly, the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is not required for admission to the MSIT or MHCA, but is recommended.

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