Information Technology


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.**)

Related Concentrations: AnalyticsApplied ComputingInformation Technology - Social Media NetworkingGIS, User Experience Design

Sub-Concentration: Cybersecurity

Employment Opportunities

For more information on the business analyst role, please see here: Career Focus: What Employers Want from a Business Analyst

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.

Admissions Requirements

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). 

(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.)

Program Requirements

For the Master of Business & Science (MBS) degree, students take 24 credits in the sciences and 19 credits in business. In addition, students must attend 12 colloquium events to qualify for graduation. 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.

I.  Business Courses

A total of 19 credits are required in the business curriculum. Six courses are required - all but one of the courses are for 3 credits each. Descriptions of the required Business Courses can be found here:

Principles of Communication and Professional Development (16:137:502) (3cr)

Principles of Accounting and Finance for Science and Technology (16:137:530) (3cr)

Market Assessment and Analysis for Business and Science - Life Sciences (16:137:507) (3cr)

Ethics in Science and Technology Management (16:137:500) (1cr)

Science and Technology Management Capstone (16:137:600) (3cr)

and 2 business electives - 6 credits (e.g., project management, supply chain, Intellectual property, etc.)

II.  Science Courses

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):

16:137:538 Database and Data Warehousing
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

16:137:650/651/652 (F, S, SUM) Web Development (online course)
16:790:558 Politics of Cyber Warfare

3. HCI/User Design (Take one of the following) :

16:137:531 Introduction to User Experience Design (Fall/Spring/Summer)
17:610:512 Interface Design 
4. IT Software Architecture  
16:137:541  Enterprise Software Architecture  (Spring)

Core Course Descriptions

Concentration Coordinators

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. 

-- Unsure if you’re a good fit? Attend one of our online or in-person information sessions or set up an appointment with an advisor.