Master's in Network Engineering Online
Master of Science in Information Technology - Network Management
Employment of network and computer systems administrators is projected to grow 4 percent from 2019 to 2029.1 Network managers may determine an organization’s system needs and install network hardware and software, make needed upgrades and repairs, maintain network and computer system security, and evaluate and optimize network or system performance.1 Colorado Technical University’s Master of Science Information Technology degree with a network management specialization is designed to help you understand the capabilities of various networking technologies, equipment and software.
In the network management specialization, you will have the opportunity to analyze the needs and mission of an organization and work to develop familiarity with how to document the organization’s requirements for a network infrastructure. You also explore relevant technologies that provide virtualization in the areas of network management, server management, data management and cloud computing.
For the seventh year in a row, CTU’s online Master of Science in Information Technology degree programs are ranked among the Best Online Master's Computer Information Technology Programs by U.S. News and World Report.*
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* CTU programs are ranked among U.S. News & World Report’s 2021 Best Online Programs.
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CTU is institutionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission www.hlcommission.org
- January 25, 2022
- March 01, 2022
- April 12, 2022
- Colorado Springs
- Denver South
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The Master of Science in Information Technology (MSIT) program is designed to provide students with a strong computing and essential managerial background as well as systematic, analytical, critical-thinking, and problem-solving skills that enable them to contribute as a knowledgeable professional to a variety of information technology related technical roles, including but not limited to Computer and Information Systems Managers, Computer Systems Analysts, Information Security Analysts, and Computer Network Architects.
The MSIT degree includes core curriculum designed to provide the relevant and advanced instruction in a set of information technology (IT) subjects such as the computer technologies and their applications for strategic management, project management, network infrastructure management, enterprise system architecture, security, and data management. In addition, the MSIT program has a General track and three concentrations: Network Management, Security Management and Project Management. Each concentration provides a set of courses which are designed to equip students with additional domain knowledge such as principles, processes and methodologies, as well as best practices on how to apply relevant information technologies in the concentration subjects.
This program does not lead to additional licensure or certification. As such, CTU has made no determination regarding prerequisites for licensure or certification in any state or jurisdiction.
College of Computer Science, Engineering and Technology Mission Statement
Through innovative industry-current curricula and technology-enabled student-centered teaching, the College of Computer Science, Engineering and Technology empowers students to become motivated, creative, ethical, and skillful professionals who can resolve challenges in Computer Science, Computer/Electrical Engineering, and Information Technology in order to meet the needs of the digital economy.
Course Title Course Description Credit Hours CS651 Computer Systems Security Foundations 4 CS663 Enterprise Systems Architecture 4 IT621 Enterprise Data Management 4 IT640 Networking and Telecommunications 4 MGMT690 Strategic Management in Dynamic Environments 4 PM600 Project Management Processes in Organizations 4 Total Credit Hours: 24
Course Title Course Description Credit Hours CS653 Network Security 4 IT642 Network Administration 4 IT643 Enterprise Network Architecture 4 IT644 IT Governance and Risk Management 4 IT645 Virtual Systems 4 IT697 Information Technology Capstone 4 Total Credit Hours: 24
Total Credit Hours: 48
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MSIT Foundation Requirements
The Master of Science in Information Technology (MSIT) is built upon the expectation that students will enter the program with a solid information technology background. Therefore, the MSIT program requires students to have prior foundational knowledge in all core information technology disciplines to be successful.
Students entering into the MSIT program without a bachelor’s degree in computer science, computer engineering, information technology, cybersecurity, or information systems will be required to successfully complete two MSIT foundation courses (IT502 and IT504) covering the following discipline areas of information technology: networking; network security; virtualization; cloud computing; information system architecture; and database systems.
If a student can show evidence of satisfying the foundation course objectives through coursework from an accredited institution, the foundation requirement can be waived.
The foundation courses are also available to students with an undergraduate information technology degree who wish to refresh their knowledge in these subject areas.
The MSIT foundation course IT502 must be completed and passed prior to beginning courses in the MSIT program. Students will need to complete and pass IT504 prior to the end of the first quarter.
Students must be able to exhibit proficiency by successfully completing the foundation course with a minimum 70% passing score. If after 5 attempts (applies to each course separately) students do not pass the foundation course, students are encouraged to work with the Student Success department if they have questions regarding these foundation courses, timeframes for completion, or for alternative programs of study as needed.
Students who do not meet the MSIT foundation requirements will be withdrawn, canceled or transferred from the MSIT program.
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1 Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Network and Computer Systems Administrators,
at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/computer-and-information-technology/network-and-computer-systems-administrators.htm (visited January 28, 2021)