Master’s in IT Management Degree

Master of Science in Information Technology Management

Offered By: Colangelo College of Business

Earn Your Master of Science in Information Technology Management Online

A dynamic blend of technology and management courses comprises the Master of Science in Information Technology Management degree at Grand Canyon University. Students prepare to pursue leadership positions in IT management in corporations and organizations across all industries. This program, offered by the Colangelo College of Business, covers the foundational knowledge and skills that are in demand in today’s increasingly digitized world.

As a STEM-designated degree,* the MS in IT management degree is broad in scope and in-depth in nature, enabling students to delve into the details of a wide range of timely topics. From organizational behavior and strategic management to business process analysis and IT project management, this program is an academically rigorous preparation for a future business leadership position. As students approach the completion of the degree, they undertake an applied IT project to synthesize and apply their new skillsets. The MS in IT management degree is ideal for students who already have a background in information technology and want to assume a leadership role within a corporation or aspire to fulfill their entrepreneurial ambitions.

Students may pursue this graduate-level information technology management degree on campus or online. GCU maintains a dynamic online learning platform, enabling working professionals to pursue higher education while fulfilling their current obligations. This program requires a total of 34 credits for completion. Most of the online courses are eight weeks in length.

Become a Leader in IT Management

IT management is a multidisciplinary career field. Students develop the necessary skills for success in a management role. These include effective communication for multiple audiences and stakeholders, ethical decision-making, critical analysis and the principles of servant leadership. Some of the courses included with the IT management degree program include:

  • Innovation in Information Technology and Data Management
  • IT Management and Leadership
  • Financial Decision Making
  • Financial Fundamentals for Managers
  • Information Security and Risk Management

The Master of Science in Information Technology management degree concludes with the Strategic Management of Information Technology Capstone course. This course emphasizes the assessment of emerging technologies and their effects, as well as the overall strategic management of information technology systems. Students practice what they have learned through this hands-on, real-world learning experience. The applied project focuses on developing effective and ethical solutions to the needs of contemporary businesses.

Career Opportunities With an MS in IT Management Degree

The IT field is characterized by dynamic growth and demand. Job candidates can set themselves apart with a graduate degree in IT management. Graduates may qualify to pursue careers in the C-suite in private corporations. Public and governmental agencies also need the expertise and informed guidance of information technology management professionals. Some of the jobs that may be related to this degree include the following:

  • Chief technology officer
  • Chief information officer
  • Information systems director or manager
  • Information technology project manager
  • Data processing manager

Job candidates can further enhance their qualifications by pursuing a business-related doctoral degree. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates job growth for computer and information systems managers to increase by 10% from 2019 to 2029, accounting for an estimated increase of 48,100 jobs in the field.1 If you desire to lead in businesses to the best IT practices, then GCU’s Master of Science in IT management degree may be an optimal degree to help you reach those goals.

1 COVID-19 has adversely affected the global economy and data from 2020 may be atypical compared to prior years. The pandemic may impact the predicted future workforce outcomes indicated by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics as well. Accordingly, data shown is based on 2019, which can be found here: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Computer and Information Systems Managers.

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Total Credits: 34
Online: 8 weeks
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Up to 12 credits or 1/3 of the total program requirements in transfer (whichever is less)
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Course List

34 credits
Total Degree Requirements:
34 credits

Core Courses

Course Description

This course is designed to prepare students for the graduate learning experience at Grand Canyon University. Students have opportunities to develop and strengthen the skills necessary to succeed as graduate students in the College of Business. Emphasis is placed on utilizing the tools for graduate success.

Course Description

This course introduces key issues in managing information technology and data within contemporary organizations. Students examine the role of leveraging IT and data analytics to drive innovation and add value to organizations through addressing business and market needs. Challenges regarding technology adoption and best practices for utilizing data for organizational decision making are also addressed.

Course Description

This course introduces basic accounting and finance principles relevant for managers. Students become familiar with basic financial statements, cash flow concepts, cost behavior, budgeting, and analytical tools.

Course Description

This course introduces leadership and team management skills relevant to leading information technology teams and departments. Students examine various structures of IT organizations and consider strategies and tactics for leading virtual and co-located technology teams, encouraging high employee performance, and managing conflict within dynamic business environments. Ethical issues in leadership and management are also considered.

Course Description

This course introduces financial management principles relevant to information technology departments. Emphasis is on budgeting for the development and execution of IT projects and ongoing IT processes. Students consider the concept of capitalization and the role of transparency, return on investment, and aligning IT efforts with an organization’s strategic financial objectives within the IT budgeting process. Prerequisites: BUS-600 and MIS-602.

Course Description

This course introduces the fundamentals of business process analysis and its role in driving efficient and innovative organizations. Students examine business process mapping, workflow, change initiatives, process improvements with particular emphasis on effective change initiatives, and adoption of IT solutions that solve specific business needs. Prerequisite: MIS-602. Prerequisite: MIS-602.

Course Description

This course introduces project management techniques essential to the success of IT-driven organizations, including management of virtual teams and outsourcing. Students apply best practices for managing complex, collaborative IT projects with the goal of increasing quality and efficiency and adding value to organizations. Prerequisites: LDR-604, MIS-640, and MIS-652. Prerequisites: LDR-604, MIS-640, and MIS-652.

Course Description

This course examines core issues related to information security within the framework of effective IT governance. Students evaluate security mechanisms, operational issues, and policies and plans related to cybersecurity within organizations. There is also emphasis on threat analysis, assessing system vulnerabilities, forensics, and recovery. Prerequisite: MIS-602. Prerequisite: MIS-602.

Course Description

This course presents principles for strategic management of information technology systems within organizations with emphasis on assessing the impact of emerging technologies; enterprise system solutions; and recommending, deploying, and evaluating solutions. Students have the opportunity to synthesize and practice what they have learned in the program by undertaking an applied project within the IT industry. Projects focus on IT and systems management solutions to contemporary business needs. Emphasis is on critical thinking and problem-solving skills applicable in contemporary, IT-driven business organizations. Prerequisites: MGT-665 and MIS-657. Prerequisites: MGT-665 and MIS-657.


GCU Online Student

Pursue a next-generation education with an online degree from Grand Canyon University. Earn your degree with convenience and flexibility with online courses that let you study anytime, anywhere.

GCU Evening Student

Grand Canyon University’s evening programs cater to the demands of working professionals who prefer an in-person learning environment. Our night classes meet just once per week and offer the interaction and discussion of a typical college classroom.

* Please note that this list may contain programs and courses not presently offered, as availability may vary depending on class size, enrollment and other contributing factors. If you are interested in a program or course listed herein please first contact your University Counselor for the most current information regarding availability.

* Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information. Programs or courses subject to change.

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