The MBA in Management of Information Technology program is designed to meet the emerging market demand for IT management professionals. Students must complete a total of 15 courses, including seven MBA core courses, two elective courses and six IT courses. The MBA program with a concentration in Management of Information Technology may be completed in two semesters and one summer session.
Recent trends in technology have increased the demand for information technology professionals. The Management of Information Technology program emphasizes management of information systems, database management, communications networks, project management, electronic commerce, systems analysis and design. Students will be prepared for positions in the management of international corporations and other enterprises that relate to electronic commerce, information security, system integration and the strategic use of digital and electronic technology in business.
Offered at the following campuses:
Tampa Bay, Heidelberg, and Online
MBA IN MANAGEMENT OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
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This specialized MBA program is designed to meet the emerging market demand for IT management professionals. Students must complete a total of 15 courses including 6 concentrated IT courses. The 45 credit program leading to the MBA degree in Management of Information Technology may be completed in a minimum of 15 months. Students may transfer from one campus to the other and complete their degree requirements. Students with bachelor’s degrees in other fields may need to complete MBA preparatory courses. This program may also be completed online.
Admission requires completion of a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in business administration. Completion of a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in related fields, such as economics, including completion of the following core courses: Microeconomics, Statistics, Business Law, Marketing, Management and Accounting. The Bachelor’s degree program must include academic course work completed with a grade of “C” or higher in the area of statistics and/or accounting. **Note: Students who have not completed required prerequisite courses will take MBA Prerequisite courses.
In addition to the graduation requirements for all graduate students, candidates for the MBA in Management of Information Technology degree must complete a minimum of 45 semester credits at the graduate level composed of the courses listed as follows with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Graduate students must also successfully complete a comprehensive master’s thesis.
Graduates of the MBA in Management of Information Technology program will be able to:
- Develop and lead teams of technical people toward the achievement of established goals, and manage the development of their product.
- Identify ways in which technology can be applied to solve both existing and new or anticipated problems.
- Leverage technology to realize strategic management goals and opportunities.
- Assure the quality of information as well as its value to those who will ultimately use it for decision making.
- Think, write and speak cogently and persuasively about ongoing or anticipated work with colleagues, end-users and corporate leadership, and listen carefully to feedback.
Required Core Courses Credits: 45
This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of the impact that individual and group behavior can have on organizational performance. It will stress differences in organization behavior across cultures. The course will also focus on the key factors that affect and shape organizational behavior. It will provide: practical examples; exercises and simulations; and methods for problem solving on behavioral issues.
This course is an essential tool that enhances a manger’s ability to make effective economic decisions. Because understanding concepts is more important than memorizing techniques, this course describes both theory and practice so students understand how to produce and apply information that is useful in day-to-day decision making. This course deals with all business sectors – nonprofit, retail, wholesale, service, selling and administrative situation as well as manufacturing. The focus is on planning and controlling decisions, not on product costing for inventory valuation and income determination. Management accounting is the process of identifying, measuring, accumulating, analyzing, preparing, interpreting and communicating information that helps mangers fulfill organizational objectives. This course builds upon the student’s basic understanding of financial and managerial accounting by exploring in more depth the essential concepts of managerial accounting, including ratio analysis, budgeting and cost measurement.
The collapse of the sub-prime mortgage market, the financial crisis and the global economic crisis make it more important than ever for students and managers to understand the role that finance plays in a global economy, in their own companies, and in their own lives. This course is designed to help students prepare for a changed world. The course combines theory and practical implications. An understanding of finance theory is essential for anyone developing and/or implementing effective financial strategies. The course begins by reviewing fundamental concepts, including background on the economic and financial environment, financial statements, and the time value of money, bond valuation, risk analysis, and stock valuation. With that background the course moves to specific techniques and decision rules that can be used to help maximize the value of the organization.
Multinational Business Management
This course is designed to help students develop the essential skills needed to formulate and implement successful strategic moves in the new competitive and interlaced global environment. Students will come to understand that successful multinational managers view the world as an integrated market where competition and collaboration evolve from anyone and anywhere. This course considers how cultural differences affect strategies and operations and gives the student an appreciation of how social institutions such as the economic system, the polity, the education system, and religion play an important role in any multinational operation. This course emphasizes specific techniques utilized by a multinational firm; its strategy, marketing, finances, decision- making, organization, communication, planning and control.
Production and Operations Management
This course provides an introduction to the basic methods and models of production management and operations research. The course addresses inventory control and demand forecasting. The course places emphasis on analytical techniques of POM and modern topics such as lean production involving just-in0time systems, computer-integrated manufacturing, etc.
Comprehensive Business Management Seminar
This course focuses on how managerial thinking influences strategy formation and implementation. The importance of change and the needed for managerial dynamic thinking and the importance of organization learning are reviewed. The case study approach integrates the various disciplines associated with management such as accounting, finance, human resources utilization, and organization behavior. This is the capstone course is a comprehensive course that addresses issues ranging from corporate governance and social responsibility to competitive strategy, functional strategy and strategic alliances.
Methods of Research and Analysis
Business research is a systemic inquiry that provides information to guide managerial decisions. It is a process of planning, acquiring, analyzing, and disseminating relevant data, information and insights to decision makers. This course is designed to give students experience in a wide range of methodological and fieldwork activities involved in an actual piece of research. The main stages in historical, social science and business research are addressed. This course prepares a student for various research projects using empirical research methods including formulation of a research problem statement, literature and theoretic review, research design, data collection and fieldwork and construction of and development of a solid research project. Ethics is also addressed.
IT Applications in Business
This course provides an in-depth look at how today’s business organizations use information technologies and systems to achieve corporate objectives. Information systems are one of the major tools available to managers for achieving operational excellence, developing new products and services, improving decision making, and achieving competitive advantage. This course introduces the students to electronic data processing systems and techniques in the context of organizational management information systems.
Management of Information Systems
This course is a comprehensive overview of information systems and the management of these functions. Emphasis is made on introducing computer hardware, software, procedures, systems, and human resources. The course will include discussions and readings on conceptual and practical foundations of information-processing systems support for management. Topics include decision-making functions, computer system project management, and economic, ethical, and legal considerations of management information systems, system implementation, and evaluation.
This course is a comprehensive overview of database management including the analysis of database requirements, design and implementation of databases, and building and using data- driven decision support systems that enable organizations to take advantage of information systems for competitive advantage. Specifically, the course covers topics in database environment and development processes, database design and implementation, database administration and management. The course also includes topics in data integration and data quality as well as databases for World Wide Web and the Internet.
Management of Networks
The course includes discussions and readings on conceptual and practical foundations providing a comprehensive overview of network software and hardware selection considerations including routers, hubs, and couplers from a conceptual, needs-oriented perspective. Also included is an extensive discussion of network design concentrating on the physical environment and influences on design of applications goals. The focus is on PC networks within the wider context of mainframe connectivity, local-area and wide-area networking.
Information Technology Project Management
This course presents an integrated approach to managing projects, exploring both technical and managerial challenges. The course broadens the focus beyond the traditional project management activities of planning and scheduling, project control, and terminations to a more general, inclusive and more value perspective of the project management process.
Systems Analysis, Design and Implementation
This course covers discussions and readings on conceptual and practical foundations that provide a comprehensive overview of systems analysis, design, and implementation using SDLC.
This course is designed to take a strategic approach to marketing by outlining the major dimensions of the global business environment. The course will focus on a set of conceptual and analytical tools that prepare students to successfully apply the four Ps to global marketing. The course will help the student develop international strategies in planning market research and control with regards to legal, cultural and economic factors involved in crossing border. Ethics, corporate social responsibility and social responsiveness in the globalization era are also addressed.
Human Resources Management
This course focuses on HRM in a multinational setting in term of human resource activities, types of employees and countries of operation. The complexity of operating in different countries and employing different national categories of workers is a key variable that differentiates domestic and international HRM, rather than any major difference between HRM activities performed. The course familiarizes the student with the basic functions of HR including staffing, recruiting, training and development, compensation, employee relations and performance management with an emphasis on the international environment.
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