MS in Applied Technology

Master of Science 2012-2013

Applied Technology

DePaul SNL LogoThe Master of Science in Applied Technology (MSAT) is a joint degree between the College of Computing and Digital Media (CDM) and the School for New Learning (SNL).

The degree is designed for experienced non-IT managers who wish to acquire advanced technical skills in a highly focused area, in combination with enhanced understanding of the larger organizational, economic, and social contexts within which these technical skills are practiced. Students entering the MSAT must have an undergraduate degree with an appropriate GPA, although it need not have been in a technology-related field. They must also have had experience in the workplace sufficient to define the technological requirements of an organization as well as to understand the organizational system itself (generally, at least three years), and must have access to a worksite "laboratory" within which the application of learning can take place. Prospective students can find more information on this degree at the SNL website. The curriculum consists of three primary components:

  • An individualized Area of Specialization in either Applied Information Systems or Applied Telecommunications Systems offered through the CDM Area of Specialization combines CDM coursework with on-the-job application of this coursework.
  • A series of Liberal Learning Seminars offered through SNL which are designed to develop the skills of communication, interpersonal facility, problem-solving, analytical and systems thinking, ethical decision-making, and self-managed learning.
  • A Culminating Project which is designed to integrate the technical and liberal learning components of the program through the design and/or implementation of a major professional project in the workplace. This degree is administered by the School for New Learning. More information on this degree can be found on the SNL website.
Online Learning Options
This degree can be completed entirely online. CDM course are delivered online 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 visit the CDM Online Learning page, and the SNL Online Learning page.