MA in Information Technology

Master of Arts 2011-2012

Information Technology

The Master of Arts in Information Technology program is intended to prepare professionals in the broad field of Information Technology. In particular, the program prepares graduates to interact professionally with technologists, write about IT, manage impacts of IT on organizations or society, or evaluate IT-oriented data.

The goal of the MA in Information Technology program is to prepare someone in a non-technical position to interact effectively with the technical staff and customers. Students in the program acquire a broad range of skills including:

  • The concepts, tools, and practices of information technology management
  • The analysis phase of the software development life cycle
  • The fundamentals of networks for voice and data communications and for the integration of voice and data streams
  • The methods and problems associated with technology-triggered business transformation
  • The basics of database design
  • The fundamentals of project management for software systems
  • The skills to acquire and analyze data

Learn more about admission to this program.

Online Learning Options
This degree can be completed entirely online. CDM online degrees are delivered mostly through COL-enabled courses, although other delivery technologies are also used. If a course is COL-enabled, any student registered in the course has access to the course playback. Students are strongly encouraged to utilize the COL resource wherever available. To complete this degree a student may take any combination of online and on campus courses. For more information on online learning at CDM visit the Online Learning page.
Degree Requirements
Students in this degree program must meet the following requirements:
  • complete a minimum of 52 graduate credit hours (generally 13 courses) beyond the Prerequisite Phase
  • earn a grade of B- or better in each Prerequisite Phase course
  • earn a grade of C- or better in all graduate courses beyond the Prerequisite Phase
  • maintain a graduate level GPA of 2.50 or higher while pursuing their degree
  • achieve a graduate GPA of 2.50 or higher at the completion of all other requirements
  • students pursuing their second master's degree must complete 52 graduate credit hours (generally 13 courses) beyond their first master's degree.

Students with a GPA of 3.9 or higher will graduate with distinction.

For DePaul's policy on repeat graduate courses and a complete list of academic policies see the DePaul Graduate Handbook in the Course Catalog.

Course Requirements
Prerequisite Phase
The goal of the prerequisite phase is to give students the background necessary for starting the graduate program. These prerequisite phase requirements can be fulfilled in one of three ways:
  • The student takes the course and earns a grade of B- or higher
  • The student takes a Graduate Assessment Exam (GAE) to test out of the course
  • The faculty advisor waives the course because of equivalent academic background or work experience.

All students are blocked from enrolling in Graduate Phase courses prior to completing their prerequisites. Students must submit an online Change of Status request (through myCDM) when the Prerequisite Phase is completed to inform the Student Services offices that the block can be removed.

IT 130 Introductory Computing for the Web
IT 223 Data Analysis
TDC 261 Basic Communication Systems
Foundation Phase
CSC 423 Data Analysis and Regression
HCI 445 Inquiry Methods and Use Analysis
HCI 440 Introduction to User-Centered Design
CSC 451 Database Design
IS 511 Social Issues of Computing
IS 430 Fundamentals of IT Project Management
IT 432 Web Architecture

Students in the Foundation Phase may register for a maximum of four Advanced Phase courses.

Advanced Phase
The Advanced Phase provides opportunities for breadth and depth in IT, and allows for specialized interests. Students must take 5 elective courses from the list below. A minimum of 2 courses must be taken at the 500-level.
CSC 424 Advanced Data Analysis
CSC 428 Data Analysis for Experimenters
CSC 449 Database Technologies
ECT 480 Intranets and Portals
ECT 556 Enterprise Architecture and Design
ECT 565 Mobile Enterprise
ECT 585 Legal Aspects of E-Commerce
ECT 586 Customer Relationship Management Technologies
ECT 589 E-Business Strategies
HCI 450 Foundations of Human-Computer Interaction
HCI 454 Interaction Design and Information Architecture
HCI 460 Usability Evaluation Methods
IPD 499 Topics in Global Information Technology
IS 425 Enterprise Information
IS 570 Enterprise System Implementation
IS 456 Knowledge Management Systems
IS 482 Legal Aspects of Information Technology
IS 483 Information Services and Operations
IS 505 Business Continuity/Disaster Recovery Theories and Strategies
IS 440 Collaborative Technologies for Leading Projects
IS 540 Global Information Technology
IS 560 Enterprise Systems
IS 433 Information Security Management
IS 577 Information Systems Policies and Strategies
IS 578 Information Technology Consulting
IS 596 Topics in Information Systems
ITS 560 Training and User Support
SE 430 Object Oriented Modeling
SE 477 Software and Systems Project Management
TDC 463 Computer Networks and Data Systems
TDC 464 Converged Multimedia Networks
TDC 476 Economics of Telecommunication Systems
TDC 511 Telecommunications Practicum
TDC 569 Telecommunication Regulation, Policy,law and Standards
Culminating Thesis
IT 698 Master's Thesis *
Note This is a two-credit hour course. Students must register for this course a minimum of two times and must continue to enroll in the course in every quarter after the first quarter until the thesis is completed to the satisfaction of their supervisor. A maximum of four credit hours will apply for degree credit.

The Culminating Thesis is an independent research article that demonstrates a student's ability to integrate both technical expertise and IT domain knowledge. Normally, it is undertaken during the student's final year in the MA program.

In this work, the student is guided and assessed by a Thesis supervisor. The thesis must represent an original contribution, and may include system evaluation, empirical studies, or theoretical work. The scope and the details of the research project will be determined by the supervisor, and must be approved by the student's academic advisor.