WHO ENROLLS IN THE MASTER OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY LEADERSHIP PROGRAM?
The MS-ITL program is designed around the philosophy that IT leadership is a position of earned influence. This means that effective IT leaders possess:
- The broad perspective necessary to conceptualize and articulate the value of an integrated technical solution and how it helps to achieve an organization’s business goals.
- The ability to make sound and credible recommendations about proposed solutions to a non-technical management team and to show how those solutions relate to the organization’s mission, resources and constraints.
- The enterprise data management, project management and problem-solving skills necessary to deploy and maintain technical solutions.
This program is designed to serve professionals from all IT workforces, including database administrators and architects, computer systems analysts and network and computer systems administrators.
Employment of computer and information systems managers is projected to grow 16% from 2021 to 2031, much faster than the average for all occupations.
The most recent median annual salary for computer and information systems managers was $159,010.
Demand is projected to grow 15% in the next decade, much faster than the average as organizations increasingly rely on IT leaders who can plan and oversee computer hardware and software needs.
Statistics sourced from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
We aim to provide IT professionals with the knowledge, skills and training to excel as IT leaders and managers. As a graduate of the MS-ITL program, you will be able to:
- Demonstrate mastery over the fundamental building blocks of information technology solutions: data and voice networking, security, data management and reporting, enterprise applications (e.g., Workday, Salesforce), and server operations (e.g., AWS, Azure).
- Evaluate proposed and implemented information technology solutions from diverse points of view within a variety of frameworks including cultural, social, political, linguistic and generational as well as technological contexts.
- Critically analyze existing information technology systems as well as IT solutions proposed by clients, internal customers, or vendors, assessing requirements and resources (human, financial, and technical).
- Lead and implement information technology solutions responsive to organizational requirements, aligned with resource constraints and strategic goals.
- Communicate effectively with stakeholders in order to accurately characterize problems to be solved within the context of strategic goals and available resources.
- Evaluate the ethical implications of proposed and implemented information technology solutions in their own organization or in that of a customer.
USD MS-ITL is open to all IT professionals. Get a closer look at the application process with detailed instructions on how to apply for this unique program designed to grow your career as an information technology leader.
Our MS-ITL faculty has extensive experience in the IT industry — and many continue to work in the field as well as in higher education. Every faculty member is dedicated to teaching the fundamental knowledge and leadership skills required for successful IT leadership. Together, they bring a diverse set of experiences, skills and backgrounds to the program.
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