Master of Science in Information Technology

Ready for a mid- to senior-level IT/IS position? Learn how to deploy and manage the technology, people, and processes involved in an ever-changing business environment.

THE UNIVERSITY OF REDLANDS MASTER OF SCIENCE IN INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY (MSIT) PROGRAM equips working professionals with the expertise and prowess required to excel as leaders in the technology field. Students acquire current, in-demand skill sets while gaining a broad-based education and a solid ethical foundation. This STEM program is less technical and primarily focused on providing key management abilities.

You'll gain skills that empower you to:

  • Effectively manage IT/IS projects, processes, and professionals

  • Evaluate and analyze the organizational, political, legal, ethical, and global ramifications of managing information, technology and IT professionals

  • Explain complex IT/IS concepts to non-IT/IS persons through effective communication in written, presentation, and conversational formats

  • Evaluate how technology contributes to the 'Big Picture'

  • Assess and apply sound IT security management principles to safeguard organizational assets

  • Contribute to and collaborate effectively in international team settings

  • Evaluate business requirements and formulate technology solutions into efficient business processes

What makes our program unique?

  1. No IT/IS expertise required. Students from any undergraduate major can enter the MSIT program and succeed.

  2. International collaborative learning. You’ll have the opportunity to serve as a member of a technology-mediated team with teams in other countries.

  3. Strong liberal arts foundation. Throughout the program, you will hone communication and critical thinking skills.

  4. Real-world consulting assignment. You’ll complete a consulting assignment with a client company as part of your consultancy capstone.

  5. Immediate application. Lessons learned can be immediately applied in your current work situation, including addressing real-world information technology challenges.

The University of Redlands School of Business connects with top academics and surveys prominent industry leaders to ensure you receive the technology field’s latest and most-desired skills and aptitudes, including:

  • Effective project management and complex problem-solving skills.

  • A breadth of understanding in both business and technology to effectively and efficiently match business needs with available technological solutions.
  • Analytical skills to aid in safeguarding an organization’s assets via sound security management and disaster preparedness.

Qualified School of Business students are invited to apply for CPT after completing their first courses and may be renewed through their programs.  We also actively support international students interested in Optional Practical Training (OPT) after they complete their programs, and work with our Office of Career and Professional Development to help students find their ideal OPT placement.

Program learning outcomes

M.S. in Information Technology graduates will be able to:

1. Effectively evaluate and analyze the contexts of technological change in order to manage IS/IT projects.

2. Utilize and apply technology to solve complex business challenges.

3. Evaluate business requirements and formulate technology solutions into efficient business processes.

4. Effectively use interpersonal skills  to share knowledge and experience with others.

MSIT course descriptions

INFT 600 MSIT Program Orientation (0)
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.

MGMT 631 Management and Organizational Behavior (4)
Topics include managing individual performance, team and intergroup dynamics, leadership, human resource management, organizational design, decision making and management of change.

BUAD 658 Accounting and Finance for Managers (4)
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 economic events.

BUAD 642 International Business & Marketing (4) 
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  non-for-profit enterprises.

BUAD 683 Information and Knowledge Management (4)
Survey of information systems principles emphasizing the strategic role of information systems in business and global and interactive aspects of information systems.

INFT 621 Database Management Foundations (4)
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 640 Systems Analysis and Design (4)
Examines the principles of systems analysis and design.  Studies both traditional and object-oriented perspectives, methodologies, tools, and strategies.

INFT 645 Communications/Networks/Mobile (4)
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 625 Special Topics in Information Technology (4)
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.

INFT 647 Business Analytics (4)
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.

INFT 650  IT Project Management (Capstone I) (4)
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 657 Change and Security Management (4)
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 697 IS/IT Strategy (Capstone II) (4)
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 to company executives recommendations for successful resolution.