Master of Science degree in Applied IT.
The Applied IT DifferenceUnderstanding how to operate and manage complex computer systems remains a fundamental part of any IT job. But increasingly for managers, developing ways to leverage IT to achieve business goals has become just as important. Executives today often look to IT managers, as the experts in the field, to innovate and create novel approaches for the use of IT. A master’s in applied IT helps graduates successfully work in these positions. Some of the differences with an applied IT degree include the following. Hands-on approach. Students in applied IT programs learn how to apply technology to solve business challenges. It’s an enterprise position rather than a support position. In other words, the emphasis is not on what can be done with computer systems and data but rather providing recommendations on how they can be used to improve a business. Leadership skills. Applied IT programs merge the skills needed to oversee IT systems with the business and leadership skills needed to move an IT department into a role more in line with business strategy. Communication. A necessary component of quality IT leadership are communication skills. Executives and leaders in other departments may not speak the “language” of IT. It is the responsibility of IT leaders to bridge that gap, which opens the door to others seeing the business opportunities a quality IT department offers. Management strategies. As part of bolstering leadership skills, applied IT graduates also are prepared with the latest approaches to management of a department. That also includes understanding the laws and regulations that apply to use of data and IT both within the company and in dealing with consumers.
Skills Learned in Applied ITIn addition to the skills above that increase business savvy, applied IT programs also provide the necessary knowledge to handle a wide range of complex IT functions. They include areas such as computer forensics, database management, information security, information assurance, software engineering and networking technologies. When searching for a program, it’s helpful to have one that includes the opportunities to experience internships in IT departments. A staff with both academic knowledge and industry experience is also a big plus. All the challenging work can pay off. The job is in demand. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 12% growth in IT manager by 2026. Median pay for the job reached $139,220 in May 2017. Visit the program page or complete the form below if you’d like more information about the MS in Applied IT.
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