Lead Digital Transformation With a Master's Degree in IT Management
Leaders drive innovation! Every organization in every industry needs qualified IT leaders. Today’s employers are looking for skilled information technology professionals to lead at every level of the organization. They are seeking individuals who possess project management and problem-solving abilities to drive change and keep the organization running smoothly. The Master of Science in Information Technology Management degree program at WGU is a versatile degree that prepares emerging leaders seeking advancement into IT management and IT executive-level leadership positions in ever-changing, fast-growing global industries and organizations. Whether you have a background in technology or not, this program will teach you how to address business needs with IT solutions. This IT management program also aids people leaders in growing their influence. It provides practical and relevant coursework in leadership, technology operations and integration, sourcing, risk, planning, influence, finance, solutions development, and project management with a global perspective on emerging technologies, practices and methodologies.
For individuals with or without a background in technology, this program will teach you how to address business needs with IT solutions. WGU’s online M.S. Information Technology Management degree program is designed with input from CIOs, CTOs, industry experts, and leading tech employers. And this degree program applies to all organizations and all industries. The principles you will learn have a broad application in and out of the IT industry.
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COURSES & COMPETENCIES
Courses in the IT Management Master's Degree
This IT management program is composed of the following courses. You will typically complete them one at a time as you make your way through your program, working with your Program Mentor each term to build your personalized Degree Plan. You’ll work through each course as quickly as you can study and learn the material. As soon as you’re ready, you’ll pass the assessment, complete the course, and move on. This means you can finish as many courses as you're able in a term at no additional cost.
The M.S. IT Management degree program is an all-online program that you will complete through independent study with the support of WGU faculty. You will be expected to complete at least 8 competency units (WGU's equivalent of the credit hour) each 6-month term. (Each course is typically 3 or 4 units).
The WGU M.S. IT Management degree program was designed by and is regularly updated with input from the experts on our Information Technology Program Council. This ensures that you learn best practices to address the challenges of today’s IT leaders.
Financial Management for IT Professionals develops learners’ skills in financial management, budgeting, and procurement. This course teaches how to leverage financial know-how to improve workplace decision-making. This course also provides learners with the knowledge and skills necessary to spend money on the right projects and right equipment, while aligning operating budgets with strategic initiatives. There are no prerequisites for this course.
Project Management is a thorough exploration of the inputs, tools, techniques, and outputs across the five process groups and 10 knowledge areas identified in the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) Guide. The essential concepts and practical scenarios included enable students to build the competencies required to successfully complete the CAPM certification exam. There is no prerequisite for this course.
IT Management introduces the key topics and skills needed to lead next-generation technology organizations. This course explores how common applications and innovation drive value and business needs. Ethical and regulatory compliance issues are discussed, including current practices for risk management, disaster recovery, and cybersecurity. Students will also analyze the key leadership skills and traits necessary to lead responsive, competitive, and innovative organizations. This course has no prerequisites.
Technical Communication examines communication types and strategies that information technology executives will use to communicate effectively within an organization. As leaders, IT executives frequently contribute to business goals by designing and communicating specialized information in a variety of media to customers, clients, and other departments. In this course, students learn to communicate accurately, effectively, and ethically to a variety of audiences. Students choose, design, and deliver the communication product and assess the effectiveness to improve future communication. This course has no prerequisites.
Technological Globalization explores information and communication technologies used to meet business needs in global markets. IT executives must analyze their organization’s technological needs, develop internationally-capable strategic plans, and mitigate the operational challenges of each of the countries in which the organization does business. This course provides students with the practical knowledge and understanding of how to plan, evaluate, and successfully integrate effective and efficient technical communication solutions in the global business market. This course has no prerequisites.
Managing Technical Operations and Innovations explores the importance of innovation in the processes of operations management and business competitiveness. From the formulation of tactical operations plans from strategic objectives, IT executives need to create partnerships to drive innovation within an organization. This course provides students with the practical knowledge and understanding of operations management concepts, business models, methods, tools, applications and best practices used by successful organizations to improve their operations. This course has no prerequisites.
IT Sourcing and Development in a Global Economy examines the practice of sourcing and developing global IT projects from a management perspective. In today’s organizations, leaders look for efficient and effective ways to deliver goods and services. This course will allow students to explore the strategic, operational, tactical, and security-related impacts on the organization of sourcing and supporting a global IT project. Students will cultivate a deep understanding of the documents, skills, and stakeholders needed for any given project and develop the ability to leverage these elements to achieve success. This course will also explore the ethical, cultural, and regulatory considerations surrounding sourcing and managing IT projects in a global space. There are no prerequisites for this course.
Current and Emerging Technologies explores organizational leadership trends, practices, processes, and technology in contemporary technology-intensive organizations. IT executives need to stay informed of technological trends to determine their relevance and implementation within an organization. This course requires students to read and evaluate academic literature pertaining to emerging IT topics. This course has no prerequisites.
Power, Influence, and Leadership focuses on the development of the critical leadership and soft skills necessary for success in information technology leadership and management. The course focuses specifically on skills such as cultivating effective leadership communication, building personal influence, enhancing emotional intelligence (soft skills), generating ideas and encouraging idea generation in others, resolving conflicts, and positioning oneself as an influential change agent within different organizational cultures. There are no prerequisites for this course.
MSITM Capstone course challenges students to demonstrate mastery of all the MSITM program outcomes. The capstone challenges students to integrate skills and knowledge from all program domains into one project.
Program consists of 10 courses
At WGU, we design our curriculum to be timely, relevant, and practical—all to ensure your degree is proof you really know your stuff.
Special requirements for this program
At the end of your program, you will complete a capstone project that represents the culmination of all your hard work—a project that allows you to take what you’ve learned and apply it to a real-world situation, proposing a solution to an actual issue you face in your place of business. WGU M.S. IT Management students have completed capstone projects on topics including digital transformation, cloud migration, and cloud digital leadership.
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On Your Schedule
No class times, no assignment deadlines. You are in charge of your learning and schedule. You can move through your courses as quickly as you master the material, meaning you can graduate faster.
The IT management master's degree at WGU is 100% online, which means it works wherever you are. You can do your coursework at night after working at your full-time job, on weekends, while you're traveling the world or on vacation—it's entirely up to you.
One important measure of a degree’s value is the reputation of the university where it was earned. When employers, industry leaders, and academic experts hold your alma mater in high esteem, you reap the benefits of that respect. WGU is a pioneer in reinventing higher education for the 21st century, and our quality has been recognized.
3rd Party IT Management Certification Included
In addition to earning your master's degree, you will have the opportunity to earn the PMI Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) certification—exam costs covered by your low, flat tuition and fees! Earning this cert on your way to your master's gives your résumé an immediate boost as soon as you've earned it, even before you complete your degree.
The Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) certification is for newer, entry-level IT students who have less project management experience. This is a globally recognized certification by the Project Management Institute (PMI) and covers all the basic knowledge and terminology associated with effective project management. Employers appreciate seeing CAPM on your résumé and it can be the ideal certification to set you apart from other prospective employees.
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An Affordable Master's in IT Management
By charging per six-month term rather than per credit—and empowering students to accelerate through material they know well or learn quickly—WGU helps students control the ultimate cost of their degrees. The faster you complete your program, the less you pay for your degree.
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Competency-Based Education Puts Working Professionals in the Driver’s Seat of Their IT Management Master's Degree
As a competency-based university, WGU allows you to speed up your progress—no waiting for other class members, no waiting for a new semester to start.
Already familiar with a subject? Review the material, take the assessment, and move on. Taking a course in a subject that’s new for you? Maximize all available resources and ensure you’re comfortable with the material when you take the assessment.
Set Goals And Get Results—IT Leadership Careers Start With a Master’s Degree in IT Management
Companies in every industry need skilled, management-savvy IT experts to keep things running smoothly. IT managers understand the critical role technology plays in an organization’s success, and are adept at managing IT needs to support essential functions. WGU’s Master of Science in Information Technology Management is designed to help you become a valuable leader on the IT management team.
Information is the engine that runs almost all industries. Whether it's finance or medicine, advertising or education, success centers on technology. The result is an ever-increasing need for IT managers who can combine proven tech skills with management acumen to navigate emergencies, and plan and execute strategies that will keep all systems functioning. Students who earn a master’s degree in IT management will be prepared to maximize leadership opportunities in their career.
Return on Your Investment
IT Managers are the Cornerstones of their Organizations
Our M.S. IT Management alumni are working in jobs such as:
- IT Manager
- IT Director
- Information Systems Manager
- IT Project Manager
- Cisco Systems
- U.S. Air Force
- Florida Community Health Centers
- Legal Aid of West Virginia
WGU Grads Hold Positions With Top Employers
Admissions Requirements Unique to the IT Management Master's Program
To be considered for this program, you must:
- Submit a transcript verifying receipt of your bachelor’s degree from a recognized, accredited institution.
NOTE: You do not need to take the GRE or GMAT to be admitted to this program. Learn why we don't require these tests.
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As a full-time student, you will be required to maintain a minimum pace of 12 competency units (CUs) per term for undergraduate programs or 8 CUs per term for graduate programs. However, there is no maximum speed—once you complete a course, you move immediately to the next, and you complete a course not by waiting for the syllabus, the professor, or the rest of the class. You progress by learning the material and proving it—so you can move through your coursework at the speed of your own learning and experience.
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