Online Master's in IT Management
Master of Science in Management - IT and Project Management
Colorado Technical University’s Master of Science in Management with an Information Technology and Project Management concentration is designed to help you prepare to manage the current and future challenges within the project management field and the IT industry. Today’s IT project managers fulfill an important business role in integrating and managing a company’s information and technology tools. Employment of computer and information systems managers is projected to grow 16 percent from 2021 to 2031, as companies increasingly expand their operations to digital platforms, predicts the Bureau of Labor Statistics.1 This program is globally accredited by PMI® Global Accreditation Center for Project Management Education Programs (GAC). In addition to a solid management core, you have the opportunity to choose between two additional computer science or IT courses, which provides an opportunity to round out your technical knowledge in this program.
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For the eighth consecutive year, CTU's Master of Science in Management degree programs are ranked among the Best Online Graduate Business Programs (excluding MBA) by U.S. News & World Report.*
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CTU is institutionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission www.hlcommission.org
CTU's Master of Science in Management - Information Technology and Project Management program is accredited by the PMI Global Accreditation Center for Project Management Education Programs (GAC)**
- April 04, 2023
- May 09, 2023
- June 13, 2023
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Effective February 2023, this program is no longer available for future enrollments at the Aurora Campus.
Effective April 3, 2018, this program is no longer available for future enrollments at the Colorado Springs Campus.
The Master of Science in Management with a concentration in Information Technology and Project Management (MSM-ITPM) is a 48-credit-hour program offered online and at the Aurora campus. The program includes 28 credit hours devoted to the management core and 20 credit hours for the information technology and project management concentration.
This degree program includes a solid foundation of project management curriculum plus courses in computing platforms and network architecture designs. Software systems, both application and development, will be covered with emphasis on relational database and client/server technology. This program is designed to help graduates prepare to design, build, integrate, and manage the information technology systems and programs associated with today’s organizations.
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.
The mission of the College of Business and Management is to offer professional market-driven business degrees that build business competencies transferrable to all industries. The College of Business and Management accomplishes this mission by offering curriculum that aligns to industry standards, remains relevant, and builds practical skills applicable to the competitive global business environment.
Course Title Course Description Credit Hours MGMT690
Students will master analytical and integrative tools to perform in-depth analyses of industries, firms, and competitors. Course material includes methods to predict competitive behavior and develop and implement strategic plans to achieve and sustain a competitive profile in the emerging global marketplace.
Strategic Management in Dynamic Environments 4 IT610
Students are introduced to the design and development of relational databases from conceptual models of a requirement to a database. The course covers external view of the relational database model to include administration and architecture.
Relational Database Management Systems 4 IT612
This course covers the logical and physical design of relational database management systems implementation using conceptual modeling. It includes study of conceptual modeling, use of CASE tools and security design consideration. Concepts of conceptual database modeling, such as data warehousing and distributed database management systems, are covered.
Database Analysis, Design and Implementation 4 IT640
Networks are vitally important to today's organizations. Networking technologies continuously change and network professionals must integrate those changes without disrupting existing network traffic. Students will examine current networking architectures and explore networking applications, and protocols to assess their impact on a business organization. The course covers the basic concepts of data communications and design. This includes discussions on network operating systems as well as transmission media, communications hardware, network topologies, switching methods and network analysis. Students will research emerging technologies such as wireless networking, multi-media networking, virtual private networks, cloud computing and IPSec security.
Networking and Telecommunications 4 IT642
This course presents the principles and practices of network administration. Students will evaluate and recommend specific IT infrastructure processes and current best practices in areas such as network configuration, user management, backup management, high-reliability configuration, and system security. Network issues such as UNIX interoperability, addressing, and routing are examined.
Network Administration 4 IT660
This course covers the life cycle development and management of systems using state-of-the-practice tools and techniques. Provides a foundation in the techniques used to specify and design systems of software and hardware components. Provides an overview of the tools used in systems engineering. Includes topics relating to elicitation of requirements and developing the specification and design of today’s business systems.
Information Technology Systems Development 4 IT662
Study for this course covers the testing, implementation and maintenance of computer systems to support business processes. Topics include test planning, test procedures and test activities. Management activities and technical support necessary for successful implementation are discussed.
IT Systems Implementation 4 PM600
This course emphasizes the development and integration of project management in organizations. It provides an overview and introduction to the discipline of project management, coupled with an examination of the techniques that project managers use to complete their projects on schedule, within budgeted cost, and according to specified scope and quality. With materials presented by the Project Management Institute (PMI®) in its Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide), students explore the theoretical and operational framework of project management relating to the project life-cycle of project initiating, planning, executing, monitoring and controlling, and closing.
Project Management Processes in Organizations 4 PM610
This course offers a practical approach emphasizing the project knowledge areas and process groups presented by the Project Management Institute (PMI®) in its Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide). The course provides an overview of aspects related to the project life-cycle and project management techniques that are used to manage projects successfully by delivering them on schedule, within budget and quality and customer acceptance.
Project Planning, Execution and Closure 4 PM620
This course emphasizes a hands-on approach to using project management tools to facilitate scheduling, estimating, tracking and controlling the schedule and costs of the project. Working with a given or chosen project schedule, a project baseline will be established so that actual schedule and cost variances can be compared to the project baseline, and corrective actions can be developed to address the variances. Specific project management tools covered include Gantt, PERT, Milestone Charts, Critical Path Method (CPM), Earned Value Management (EVM), Present Value (PV) and Internal Rates of Return (IRR). Specific topics covered include developing contingency plans, incorporating risk and quality factors into project cost and schedule and establishing ways to communicate project status to various stakeholders at various points in the project life-cycle.
Schedule and Cost Control Techniques 4 PM630
This course includes writing, negotiating and adhering to contracts, as well as legal and ethical considerations. Procurement, including writing, clarifying and communicating specifications, is covered. There is an emphasis on Contract Administration and dealing with subcontractors. Topics include bidding, types of bids (e.g., RFQs, IFBs, and RFPs), types of contracts (e.g., fixed price, cost plus, and time and materials), and their respective purposes and impact on risk and project contract negotiations. Changes in contracts, methods to resolve disputes, and writing clear statements of work (SOW) are discussed.
Contracting and Procurement in Project Management 4 PM665
As the Capstone course in the Project Management program, this course requires students to demonstrate how to synthesize and apply the concepts, knowledge, skills, tools, and to a real world scenario project. Students will be required to demonstrate the ability to produce a complete project plan, understand project integration and management of projects within a program, use project management software to manage cost, time, and resources, and manage project stakeholder expectations.
Project Management Capstone 4
Total Credit Hours: 48
Accreditations and Alignments
The Master of Science with a concentration in Information Technology Project Management is accredited by the PMI Global Accreditation Center for Project Management Education Programs (GAC).
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CTU’s Master of Science in Management (MSM) in IT and Project Management Degree Program is designed to provide knowledge, skills, and abilities relevant for pursuing potential opportunities in the workforce. This management degree program emphasizes a solid foundation of project management curriculum plus courses in computing platforms and network architecture designs. Software systems, both application and development, will be covered with emphasis on relational database and client/server technology. This program is designed to help graduates prepare to design, build, integrate, and manage the information technology systems and programs associated with today’s organizations.
As you work to complete your MSM, you will be immersed in courses where you will study these topics and much more: testing, implementing, and maintaining computer systems; techniques used to specify and design systems of software and hardware components; and the principles and practices of network administration.
Courses for the Master of Science in Management in IT and Project Management start online approximately every five weeks. Completion of the CTU admissions process will depend on how quickly you complete the steps in the CTU online application process. You may complete the application process over the phone with an advisor or you may go online. Once you’ve completed the online application, you may hear from an advisor within the following 24 hours to discuss the next steps toward starting your degree program. Master’s programs may have additional entrance requirements that take additional processing time.
The Master of Science in Management in IT and Project Management degree program consists of 48 credits. You may be eligible for transfer credit, which is evaluated on an individual basis. Not all credits are eligible to transfer.
As you study topics in management and IT that are always being evaluated and updated to reflect industry-relevant trends, you will experience a curriculum through classroom learning and hands-on experience that aligns to industry standards and helps you work to develop skills that are applicable to the competitive global business environment.
The Master of Science in Management with a concentration in IT and Project Management degree program at CTU is accredited by the PMI Global Accreditation Center for Project Management Education Programs (GAC).
1 Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Computer and Information Systems Managers, https://www.bls.gov/ooh/management/computer-and-information-systems-managers.htm#tab-6, visited January 30, 2023
**The GAC Accredited Program seal is a mark of Project Management Institute, Inc.