The Master of Science in Information Technology 

The Master of Science in Information Technology (MSIT) is an innovative degree program designed to meet the ever-changing needs of today’s businesses. With more and more programming positions being outsourced to overseas companies, it is more important than ever that U.S. based workers develop the skills and attain the knowledge required to excel in the technology field. The program may be offered in a one- or two-year format.

The University of Redlands School of Business discusses current topics with top academia experts and conducts surveys of prominent industry leaders. Through this process, students are assured that they will learn current in-demand skill sets while gaining a broad-based education with a solid ethical foundation to enable them to grow and excel throughout their lives. Assessments will be conducted at the onset and prior to completion of the program.

Students who have completed an undergraduate degree in business or related field from a regionally-accredited university within the last seven (7) years may be admitted to the MSIT program following a holistic appraisal of their academic and professional backgrounds and enrolled in either the remaining twenty (20) month or ten (10) month curricular track.

Learning Outcomes
Learning outcomes for this program may be found at: www.redlands.edu/MS-INFT/learning-outcomes

Requirements (48 credits)

The major program consists of thirteen required courses totaling 48-semester credits. Course descriptions are found in the section of this Catalog titled Course Descriptions.

13 courses/ 48 credits

INFT 600 MSIT Program Orientation (0 Credits)

Introduces students to the MSIT curriculum and the approach to graduate academic engagement offered at the University of Redlands School of Business and its unique learning community. 
Credit/no credit only.

MGMT 631 Management and Organizational Behavior (4 Credits)

Topics include managing individual performance, team and intergroup dynamics, leadership, human resource management, organizational design, decision making and management of change. 

BUAD 683 Information and Knowledge Management (4 Credits)

Survey of information systems principles emphasizing the strategic role of information systems in business, and global and interactive aspects of information systems. Not open to students who have received credit for MGMT 691. 

INFT 621 Database Management Foundations (4 Credits)

Overview of fundamental database development concepts, including modeling, design, and implementation. The course provides a realistic context in which students can learn how database and database processing are developed in a simulated real-world setting. Focus is on how database management systems can be used to facilitate business problem-solving. 

INFT 645 Communications/Networks/Mobile (4 Credits)

Provides an overview of the field, including the basic technical concepts of signals and waves, modulation, telephone systems, the telecommunications industry, the public network, local and wide-area networks, the Internet, wireless technologies and services, business applications for telecommunications, and global telecommunications.

INFT 647 Business Analytics (4 Credits)

This course provides an overview of business analytics for data-driven decision making. Different techniques, including data and text mining and location analytics, are covered. Ethical and legal aspects of analytics are discussed. The importance of the right organizational focus, culture, people, and technology to develop business analytics success is also discussed.

BUAD 658 Accounting and Finance for Managers (4 Credits)

Focuses on the role of accounting and finance in managerial decision-making. This course explores how managers access capital, invest in resources, budget operations, and report economics events. Not open to students who have completed BUAD 660.

BUAD 642 International Business and Marketing (4 Credits)

Examination of developments within international markets and the effects on the activities of business enterprises. Introduction to the four elements of the marketing mix (product, price, promotion, and place/distribution) in a global context with application to product and service within for-profit and not-for-profit enterprises. This course can be substituted with INTB 670 International Area Studies.

INFT 625 Special Topics in Information Technology (4 Credits)

Examines new and promising information technologies to include the processes of technological change and innovations, role of government, assessing new markets, economic and social consequences, and technology scenario planning. Includes student discussions of special topics in a seminar format. Not open to students who have received credit for TCOM 663 Emerging Technologies.

INFT 640 Systems Analysis and Design (4 Credits)

Examines the principles of systems analysis and design. Studies both traditional and object-oriented perspectives, methodologies, tools, and strategies.

INFT 657 Change and Security Management (4 Credits)

Examines components of organizational change required to implement information technology solutions and focuses on developing the technical, communication, and managerial skills necessary to manage such organizational change. In addition, technologies and management techniques necessary to create appropriately secure and effective information systems are also discussed.

INFT 650 IT Project Management (4 Credits)

Develops the project management skills needed to define, plan, lead, monitor, and complete projects. Presents an understandable, integrated view of the concepts, skills, tools, and techniques involved in information technology project management by weaving together current theory and practice.

INFT 697 IS/IT Strategy Capstone (4 Credits)

Integrates and synthesizes the MSIT program through research and analysis of a strategic information technology issue in the client company. Requires collection and analysis of primary and secondary data. Students evaluate alternative courses of action and present recommendations for successful resolution to company executives. 
Prerequisites: INFT 650 and pre/co-requisite INFT 657.