MBA IT Management Areas of Study

The WGU Master of Business Administration—IT Management program content is based on the knowledge and skills that provide expertise in the areas of business and information technology management. WGU's challenging MBA program is for individuals who already possess real-world experience and seek in-depth knowledge in business and information technology management.

Graduate-Level Business Core

The graduate-level business area of study engages students in an integrative, project-based approach to developing managerial competence through direct application of concepts in complex, problem-solving scenarios. Students demonstrate mastery in the following subject matter: leadership and organizational management, innovation, financial analysis, and products and customer relationship management.

Human Resources
Focuses on understanding the legal and ethical strategies for managing the human resources in an organization by creating reports, plans, memos ad presentations that address issues of constructive discharge, business ethics in practice, performance appraisal processes, team assessment, and succession planning.

E-Business
Focuses on strategies for online product development, marketing, customer relationship management, and global expansion by creating a website for marketing a product/services and delivering key company messages.

Leadership
Focuses on understanding and analyzing all types of team structures and how to make them effective and productive by participating in a team activity that focuses on the development of a leadership handbook and multi-media presentation.

Financial Analysis
Focuses on both financial and managerial accounting and how they can help managers react to situations and improve business operations by considering broadening base of business which requires assessing operations, analyzing the alternatives, and making a recommendation to senior leadership.

Social Responsibility
Focuses on identifying and establishing business practices that managers and business leaders need in order to implement the actions and attitudes required of socially responsible, sustainable, and environmentally friendly organizations by performing a sustainability assessment with a company.

Organizational Management
Focuses on leadership skills, corporate culture, balanced scorecards and communication by reviewing a case study of a merger of two companies.

Decision Analysis
Content focuses on the quantitative analysis used in operations management by using a case study involving a retail chain.

Graduate-Level IT Management

Project Management
Content focuses on understanding concepts, practices, operations, charts and diagrams used in IT project Management by concentrating on the methodology and tools used to manage a project expertly, including assessing and dealing with risk, to best ensure the project is successful as determined by the project sponsor and business at large as this represents a key skill set for project leaders and people managing large teams.

Information Technology Strategy
Content focuses on the concepts associated with IT strategy, strategic planning for IT organizations and business strategy as it relates to IT strategy by addressing those unique leadership skills and technological knowledge needed to lead an IT team within a business specifically how to assess and apply existing and emerging technology solutions to business (both national and international) opportunities and strategic goals, and how to uniquely develop an IT Strategy to support the existing infrastructure as well as the business’ strategic goals.

Graduate-Level Management and Strategy

The graduate-level management and strategy area of study covers operational management and business strategy.

Strategic Management
Content focuses on developing, implementing and modifying a strategic plan by competing against other students using a simulation and making decisions in a global environment.