The accredited UW online graduate program is now accepting applications for Spring 2020 enrollment.
In response to the growing demand for skilled IT management professionals, five UW campuses will now offer an online Master of Science in Information Technology Management. The master’s degree program, which was recently accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, is available through UW-La Crosse, UW-Oshkosh, UW-Parkside, UW-Stevens Point, and UW-Superior. Applications are now being accepted for the MS in IT Management program, launching in January 2020.
“We’re thrilled to receive accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission for the master’s in IT Management program” said Aaron Brower, Executive Director of the University of Wisconsin Extended Campus. “This milestone for IT Management reinforces our mission of extending high-quality, professional, continuing and lifelong learning to the people of Wisconsin and beyond.”
The online master’s program, which is designed for working adults, balances IT coursework with business and managerial topics, teaching core competencies that help students succeed in advanced IT management and leadership roles across a wide range of industries.
Industry-Led Curriculum Prepares Students to Succeed in the Workforce
The UW online master’s in IT Management curriculum was designed with input from industry IT professionals to ensure that the competencies gained meet the needs of today’s employers. The result is an interdisciplinary program that will equip graduates with skills in financial management, data science, cloud computing, enterprise security, project management, IT leadership, and more.
The UW IT Management program will also benefit from an established program Advisory Board representing diverse industry professionals who will provide ongoing support and input into the program, curriculum, and student experience.
“The MS in IT Management program underwent a comprehensive curriculum development process,” said George Kroeninger, Associate Dean–Program Development and Management at UW Extended Campus. “Over the last 18 months, we’ve partnered with industry professionals and expert UW faculty to establish a rigorous master’s curriculum that will set graduates up for success as they advance their IT careers.”
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A Strong Career Outlook for Program Graduates
Graduates of the UW online Master of Science in Information Technology Management will find a strong career outlook in IT Management. According to Emsi, a top source for labor market analytics, jobs in this field are projected to grow 11 percent nationally between 2018 and 2028. That’s an increase of more than 169,000 jobs over the next 10 years. The job outlook in Wisconsin is also bright, amounting to nearly a 7 percent increase (2,100 jobs) across that same time period.
“The new program demonstrates again how the UW System meets Wisconsin’s needs,” said Ray Cross, President of the University of Wisconsin System. “Students can get degrees in high-demand fields when and how they want to, giving employers access to additional talent.”
Graduates of the program will gain a deeper understanding of IT as an organizational function and strengthen skills required to strategize, plan, and lead IT projects in any industry. Program admission requirements include a bachelor’s degree with prerequisite courses or demonstrated knowledge in programming (object oriented, modern language), database, and computer networking. Aptitude tests such as the GMAT and GRE are not required.
The Master of Science in IT Management is intended for students with a bachelor’s degree in areas including (but not limited to) information systems, information technology, computer science, computer programming, business administration, engineering, mathematics, statistics, and who have professional experience in the information technology field, but are looking to gain business and leadership competencies in IT.
The program features a flat-rate tuition that compares favorably to competing graduate programs from other institutions. Like other collaborative online University of Wisconsin programs, students will pay the same tuition whether they live in Wisconsin or out of state.
“We’re looking forward to admitting the first students of the online MS in IT Management program,” Brower said. “The future is bright for the industry, and we’re proud to play a part in shaping the future leaders in this field.”
The UW Master of Science in IT Management joins a growing portfolio of flexible, online degree and certificate programs designed for adult learners and is offered in collaboration with UW Extended Campus and UW System campus partners.
Prospective students seeking more information about the University of Wisconsin IT Management program are encouraged to download a degree guide on the website, itmanagement.wisconsin.edu, call 1-608-800-6762, or 1-877-895-3276, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Take the next step into an IT management career and apply today!