The objective of the Master of Business & Science with a concentration in Information Technology is to educate students about the essential skills for managing technical development and commercial applications in the computer/information technology industry. The MBS Information Technology combines the science courses from a tradition MS with the business curriculum from an MBA. Students will learn the principles and application of information technology, computer science, project management and planning, team work, communication skills, and fundamentals of making proper financial and technical decisions. (**This concentrations is also appropriate for those who do not have a computing/computer science background but are interested in a graduate degree in software & computing.**)
There are many opportunities for employment in the following industries: IT, computer science, electronics, financial and banking. Job titles include: Business Analyst, IT developer, Web developer, Programmer, software designer, etc.
Students must demonstrate prior experience in computer science, computer engineering or information technology as a major (undergraduate) or as a working professional. Students should have had the equivalent of a programming course and data structures undergraduate course or have enough background to enter these graduate courses. Without this background, students are required to take introductory programming courses (these courses can count towards your graduate degree). The General GRE is required for admission.
(Programming courses include 16:332:573; Data Structures and Algorithms (Spring); or 16:332:503 Programming Methodologies for Numerical Computing and Computational Finance (Fall,Spring,Summer), or 56:137:500 Essentials of Computational Science using Python (Fall). These courses can count towards your graduate degree. Please speak to an advisor before registering.)
For the Master of Business & Science (MBS) degree, students take 8 courses (24 credits) in the sciences and 19 credits in business. The business requirements include courses in finance & accounting, marketing, communication & leadership, capstone, ethics and two electives. Students in IT are encouraged to take Project Management as one of the technical electives.
The 8 science IT courses are divided into 4 core courses, and 4 electives. Core topics are shown below with courses that fulfill the requirements (other courses may also be substituted, please see your advisor.)
I. Database Management: (Take one of the following):
17:610:557 Database Design and Management (Spring)
16:198:541 Database Systems (Spring)
16:332:569 Database System Engineering
56:198:551 Database Systems
2. Internet/Networking/Systems/Security (Take one of the following) :
16:137:561 Essentials of Cybersecurity and Secure Systems (Spring)
16:137:560 Fundamentals of Systems Engineering (Fall)
16:332:568 Software Engineering of Web Applications
16:198:552 Computer Networks
16:332:544 Communication Networks II (Spring)
16:198:547 Secure Computing, Applied to Ecommerce
22:198:611 Security for Electronic Commerce (Information Security Consulting)
26:198:643 Information Security
26:198:645 Data Privacy
56:198:575 Cryptography and Computer Security
56:198:548 Security in Mobile Computing
56:198:546 Computer Networks
56:198:549 Network Coding
16:137:650 Web Development (online course)
Dr. Deborah Silver
The MBS (Master of Business & Science) is a Professional Science Master's Degree combining graduate science courses (MS level) in a particular concentration with courses in business.