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Information Technology

Master of Science

The Master of Science in Information Technology focuses on the development and implementation of information systems and includes topics such as database systems, object-oriented analysis and design, IS architectures, IT project management, security, and computer forensics. In this graduate program, you will study the theory, principles, best practices, tools, and technologies associated with the IT marketplace. You’ll also be taught the analytic, problem-solving, and research skills required to solve real world business problems. This master’s degree is applicable to many career opportunities including: systems analyst; infrastructure architect; database analyst; application development manager; project manager; IT security analyst; disaster recovery manager; and forensics specialist.

Program Courses

The curriculum for this program follows industry trends to help ensure relevancy to today's marketplace. View all courses.

Note: This program has specific admission requirements. Please view the requirements below to be sure you qualify to apply for this program.

Program Objectives

In addition to the institutional and general education level learning objectives, this degree also seeks the following specific learning outcomes of its graduates:

  • Apply key management theory, principles, best practices, tools, and technologies associated with information systems.
  • Analyze selected research methods and tools.
  • Utilize graduate level critical thinking, reasoning, and writing to defend the logic and the conclusions in scholarly research.
  • Plan the processes, phases, domains, and measures for effectively managing complex information technology projects.
  • Design a normalized and optimized enterprise database system.
  • Produce a plan that addresses the principles and challenges in incorporating emerging network architectures, technologies, and protocols into information technology systems.
  • Develop legal, social, ethical, and technical solutions for securing information systems.
  • Assess the vulnerabilities of information systems with respect to security and the methodologies to mitigate this risk.
  • Perform in-depth research and critical analysis on thesis subject or creative project.

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Concentrations

Concentrations are designed to help you group courses together so you can further specialize in your field and pursue a more focused path to degree completion. You will be asked to select a concentration when you enroll in this program.

Explore the concentrations available for this program.

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Digital Forensics

Examines the investigation process, tools, and procedures for legally seizing and forensically evaluating a suspect machine. Teaches cybercrime investigation and prevention, including legal concerns and electronic evidence collection. Explores information ethics, cyber privacy, and intellectual property and their relevance to today’s information-bound society.  

ISSC621

Computer Forensics

ISSC650

Advanced Digital Forensics

ISSC651

Advanced eDiscovery

ISSC630

Advanced Cybercrime Analysis

ISSC631

Cyber Ethics: Privacy and Intellectual Property

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Information Assurance and Security

Examines the security of telecommunications networks, including emerging threats, system vulnerability, network evolution, and network defense mechanisms. Covers how to detect and prevent intrusions and how to handle security incidents. Explores the creation of a model and a comprehensive plan for information assurance.

ISSC641

Telecommunications and Network Security

ISSC642

Intrusion Detection and Incident Handling

ISSC660

Information Assurance

ISSC661

Information Assurance: Assessment and Evaluation

ISSC662

Information Assurance: Capability Maturity and Appraisals

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IT Project Management

Covers different aspects of IT project management, including project life cycles, cost management, quality assurance, risks, and the necessity for proper communication. Topics include human resource planning and development and how human resources contribute to project success.

ITMG625

IT Project Management: Integration, Scope and Time

ITMG626

IT Project Management: Cost and Communications

ITMG627

IT Project Management: HR and Procurement

ITMG628

IT Project Management: Quality and Risk

ITMG630

Project Management for e-Business

Admission Requirements

All AMU graduate programs require you to have earned a minimum of a bachelor’s degree from an institution whose accreditation is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

For this program, you must provide an official transcript of your previously-completed bachelor's or master's degree and have ONE of the following:

  • Associate or bachelor's degree in information technology or a related field (ex: computer science, information systems, database development, etc.)
  • 2 years of work experience in the specific sub-field for this degree
  • Completion of one of our undergraduate IT certificates
  • Completion of 6 upper-level (300-400) undergraduate credits in IT-related courses
  • Completion of an IT-related minor or concentration during your undergraduate program
  • Certification from CompTIA A+ (2010 – Present) or a combination of the following (must have two) CompTIA Network +, CompTIA Project +, CompTIA Security+ (all 2010-Present)
  • A valid and current Project Management Professional certification from the Project Management Institute
  • Completion of CISSP certification (valid up until the expiration date)

Notes:

  • If the IT-specific requirements are not noted in the official bachelor's or master's transcript, you must provide official copies of your undergraduate transcripts that show the appropriate coursework.
  • The verification of the 2-years work experience needs to be sent to the university from your current/previous employer on company letterhead.
  • Preadmission courses completed at the undergraduate level must be graded C or better; B or better at the graduate level.

Please be prepared to submit a legible copy of your valid government-issued photo ID (civilian students) or government issued JST or CCAF transcript (military students) upon request.

An AMU admissions representative will contact you via email or phone to assist you with the enrollment process, review your documentation, and to notify you when you have been admitted into the program and may register for courses.

Need help?

Selecting the right program to meet your educational goals is a key step in ensuring a successful outcome. If you are unsure of which program to choose, or need more information, please contact an AMU admissions representative at 877-755-2787 or info@apus.edu.


Master's Degree/Graduate Certificate Tuition 

Per credit hour: $350 | $325 with military grant*
through 12/31/2019
 
$370 | $250 with military grant
effective 1/1/2020**

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*U.S. active-duty servicemembers, their spouse/dependents, Guard members, Reservists, and veterans are eligible for a grant that currently caps tuition at $325 per credit hour.

**To help minimize out-of-pocket costs, U.S. active-duty servicemembers, their spouse/dependents, Guard members, and Reservists are eligible for a grant that will cap tuition at $250 per credit hour (military TA cap). See all military student benefits.

Paying for School

Because our university is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), (the same as the Ohio State University, Univ. of Chicago, and U.S. Air Force Academy, to name a few), we can accept the following forms of financial aid and payments:

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Transfer Credits 

Accelerate your degree completion by taking full advantage of our transfer credit options, including credit for your previous college courses, military service schools, American Council on Education (ACE) and College Level Examination Program (CLEP) tests, and prior learning experiences.  

Employer Contributions

AMU has educational partnerships with many employers and associations. Be sure to accurately enter your employer information when you complete our admissions application. Your employer might also offer a tuition reimbursement plan as one of your benefits.