Master of Science in Information Technology - Network Management
Employment of network and computer systems administrators is projected to grow 6 percent from 2016 to 2026.1 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.2 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 four years in a row, CTU made U.S. News & World Report’s list of best online graduate computer information technology programs.3
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CTU is institutionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission www.hlcommission.org
- Colorado Springs
- Aurora (Denver Area)
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: 48MSIT 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.
Total tuition for this degree program will vary depending on your educational needs, existing experience, and other factors.
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1. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Network and Computer Systems Administrators, https://www.bls.gov/ooh/computer-and-information-technology/network-and-computer-systems-administrators.htm, visited March 26, 2018
2. https://www.bls.gov/ooh/computer-and-information-technology/network-and-computer-systems-administrators.htm#tab-2 visited March 27, 2018
3. CTU programs are ranked among U.S. News & World Report’s 2018 best online programs.