The Potomac MSIT Degree
Potomac’s Master’s 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 Degree Learning Goals
MSIT Program graduates 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.
Potomac’s MSIT will allow students to give their degrees a focus by selecting a specialization in Information Technology Management or Cyber Security areas that are growing in demand by employers, including government agencies.
MSIT Course Requirements
Students complete eight core information technology courses and select one of two concentrations for a total of 12 courses or 36 credits. Students are expected to have completed an undergraduate degree in an IT area or to have had appropriate experience in their field to allow them to succeed in graduate level IT courses.
MSIT DEGREE COURSES (24 credits)
- 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
MSIT Program Concentrations
MSIT students may select from the following concentrations for their MSIT studies:
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY MANAGEMENT CONCENTRATION (12 credits)
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.
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.
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
CYBER SECURITY CONCENTRATION (12 credits)
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.
Cyber Law and 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.
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.
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
Information Technology Management
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.
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.
Tuition and Fees
Domestic: It is our goal for every student to graduate with little or no debt. This starts with reasonable tuition and coupled with a modest resource fee that covers all e-textbooks, online library access, and many other resources to help enhance our student’s learning.
International: University of the Potomac welcomes students from across the globe. Tuition, coupled with a modest resource fee covers all e-textbooks, online library access, and many other resources to help enhance our student’s learning
Financial Aid: If you need it, we also offer financial aid options including Pell Grants, federal loans, and more.
Flexible Learning Format: classes available at campuses in Washington, D.C., Northern Virginia and Online
- Washington, D.C. campus is conveniently located in the heart of the city’s government and business district, three blocks from the White House. In addition to providing the latest amenities in a modern setting, the campus is located adjacent to the McPherson Square metro station, and just three blocks from Metro Center, making it easy to commute to and from classes.
- Vienna, VA campus is located just 15 minutes away from Arlington, VA and the Maryland border in Tyson’s Corner area.
- Potomac’s online program can be used in conjunction with your on-campus classes or as a stand-alone option. If you choose to take your courses online, you will receive the same bachelor or associates degree as students sitting classrooms – the same Potomac courses and learning strategies. The learning environment may be a bit less traditional, but the comprehensive education is the same.