Information Technology & Management

This MSIT degree emphasizes the integration of strong information technology skills combined with management and strategy perspectives. This blended approach will help you see the interplay between available technologies and their successful deployment to achieve business goals.

Prerequisites to apply (see all admissions requirements here):

  • One undergraduate level object-oriented programming class or equivalent experience prior to admission.
  • At least three years of relevant, full-time professional work experience; although our student average is closer to eight years or more of experience.
  • Earned a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or its international equivalent.

Review the general Curriculum information that applies to all MSIT degrees for more information about core exemptions and transfer credit which may modify the distribution of the 144 units needed to graduate.

MSIT – Information Technology Management Curriculum:

Course #

Core Courses (60 units required)

Units

95-703

Database Management

12

95-705

Telecommunications Management

12

95-730

E-Business Technology and Management

12

95-712 (campus) or
95-807 (distance)

Object-Oriented Programming in Java

12

95-706

Object-oriented Analysis and Design

6

95-808

IT Project Management

6

In addition to the above 60 units of core courses, you'll need to complete an additional 84 units of electives. Electives can include courses from your home department, even core courses from another MSIT degree; other CMU departments that offer evening or distance courses; up to 12 units of independent study (you design the class); and up to 24 units of transfer credit from previously earned graduate credit (submit application after you are admitted).

Here is a sample list of electives that can be done in any evening or distance MSIT program:

Sample Electives (choose 84 units)

Units

Advanced Database

6-12

Business Process Modeling

6

Data Warehousing

6

Decision Making Under Uncertainty

6

Defensive Hacking

12

Digital Transformation

6

Economic Analysis

6

Enterprise Architecture

6

Financial Accounting

6

Geographic Information Systems

12

Global IT Management & Sourcing

12

Intro to Human-Computer Interaction

6

Managing in a Virtual Environment

6

Professional Writing

6

Statistics for IT Managers

6

Systems Architecture for Managers

6

Tech Startup

6

Other Electives for Campus/Evening Students:you are allowed to take graduate-level courses from other Heinz College programs and departments across campus with pre-approval for your Program Director. Check out the Course Schedules to get a better sense about what courses are offered by Heinz College and across the entire university (follow “the HUB” link on the course schedule page).

Other Electives for Distance Students:you are limited to distance courses listed in the MSIT distance catalog PDF. While we can’t offer every Heinz College/ISM campus class by distance, we do try to bring in the best of the bunch. That does include some courses from the School of Computer Science because they have an online software engineering degree and will allow qualified MSIT students to take their distance courses.

To earn the MSIT-IT Management degree, you must:

  • Complete 144 units of course credit (this includes required core, elective and approved transfer credits);
  • Successfully pass all required core courses (with a letter grade or approved exemption);
  • Achieve a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0; and
  • Satisfy all academic requirements within five years from admission.