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It’s hardly news that a degree in information technology is a very marketable one to have. This is particularly true for those with a master’s degree in the field. IT leadership positions have expanded beyond the skills needed to oversee an organization’s computer systems. Data collection and analysis are now a large part of IT. Managing data warehouses, creating data marts for individual business units and even training others on how to use systems properly can now be the responsibility of IT. But the overarching goal now for IT leaders is to become an integral part of an organization’s overall business strategy. Marrying IT initiatives to business goals, rather than just maintaining systems, has become a key component of the job at modern organizations. That’s the attraction of a Master of Science degree in Applied IT.

The Applied IT Difference

Understanding 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 IT

In 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.
Is an MS in Applied IT the next step for your career? Find out why it’s a good idea for IT leaders to have a master’s degree.

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