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Program in Information Technology College of Professional and Continuing Education Clark University

  • Worcester, MA
    location
  • Private
    type
  • Urban
    setting
  • 28%72%
    student ratio
  • 36
    total students
  • $39,200 | $39,200
    in-state tuition | out-of-state tuition
  • Rolling
    fall application deadline
  • 100%
    acceptance rate
  • 1 Degree
    degrees/awards offered

Overview

Clark Graduate IT Program Prepares Emerging Technology Leaders

Clark University is a small research-based university located in Worcester, Massachusetts. Founded in 1887 as the nation's first all-graduate university, Clark University today awards graduate and undergraduate liberal arts degree programs.

Clark University is consistently ranked as one of the nation's premier universities in college guides and academic institution rankings publications including "Princeton Review," "U.S. News and World Report," "Kiplinger's Magazine," and "Fiske Guide." In addition, Clark University is one of only 40 schools featured in Loren Pope's book, "Colleges that Change Lives."

A 13-course Master of Science in Information Technology degree program (MSIT) is offered by Clark University through the College of Professional and Continuing Education (COPACE). Students develop the skills and expertise to become information technology leaders who understand that every technology decision is also a business decision to leverage as a competitive advantage.

Master of Science in Information Technology Degree Program Overview

Developed to accommodate working adults, the MSIT degree program at Clark University continues to expand its scope to meet the increasing and unprecedented demand for highly qualified technology managers who bring a holistic and global approach to information technology and its interface with e-business.

Students in the MSIT degree program at Clark University learn from lectures by industry professionals with decades of experience, and through hands-on applications in project management, business intelligence systems, systems analysis, Internet optimization techniques, e-commerce, and other management areas. Graduates emerge with the skills and the confidence to think critically and creatively and the expertise to successfully align the most advanced information technology synergies and solutions with organizational goals.

Applicants to the MSIT degree program are accepted throughout the year and may register for programs at the beginning of any semester. Successful applicants may have a minimum of three to five years of related work experience, but it is not required; students range from recent graduates to established professionals with significant experience. Applicants may take two or three courses before or while making formal application to the Master of Science in Technology degree program.

MSIT Curriculum

The Master of Science in Technology degree program curriculum comprises seven required core (foundational) courses and six electives from a complement of technical and communications courses. Core courses provide graduates with the skills to develop data administration policies and procedures; apply managerial economics to plan, control, and make technological decisions; design and implement systems; gather, interpret, and assess information on emerging technologies and apply it to a particular industry; and understand cyber security issues and delivery.

Core courses include "Information Technology Management;" "Information Systems Analysis and Design;" "Management Information Systems and Technology;" "Cyber Security Fundamentals;" "Legal and Financial Issues in Information Management Systems;" "Business Intelligence;" "Management;" and a Capstone experience in which students work in small teams performing a consulting engagement for a local business.

The electives prepare graduates with the skills to implement and apply information technology to e-commerce and new technologies; use search optimization techniques; leverage project management best practices; conduct financial reporting and monitoring; apply customer relations management and data analytics in business; examine legal guidelines and ethics in marketing, promotion, copyright, and libel; and more.

Electives include "Introduction to IT Systems Implementation;" "Organizational Communication;" "Advanced Professional Communication;" "Introduction to Geographic Information Systems;" "Ethics and Professional Life;" "Finance and Accounting for the Non-Financial Manager;" "IT Strategy Leadership;" "IT Operations;" "Special Topics in IT for the Business Analyst, Customer Relationship Management, and Enterprise Resource Planning;" "Intercultural Communication;" "Project Management;" and "Fundamentals of Business Analysis."

Cyber Security and New Media Technologies Concentrations

Optional concentrations in cyber security and new media technologies are available to students who wish to focus on specialized areas. Students complete the selected concentration courses in addition to the information technology core curriculum and one elective from the communication and technical complement.

The cyber security concentration comprises "Cyber Security Fundamentals;" "Cyber Security Risk and Threat Management;" "Information Assurance and Strategic Management;" "Cyber Security Technology and Operations Delivery;" "Cyber Security Laws, Regulations, and Ethics;" "Advanced Topics in Cyber Security Capstone." The "Cyber Security Capstone" experience allows students to work either individually or in teams with established business projects covering essential security architecture standards organizations must deploy to evolve with today's cyber risks and challenges.

The New Media Technologies concentration comprises "Introduction to New Media Technology;" "Photoshop for Internet Graphics Development;" "E-Commerce and E-Business;" and "Webmaster."

Internship Opportunities

Internships are available to students with less than 3 years of full-time professional work experience. Interns are placed in carefully selected, mutually agreed upon sites where they engage in a full range of duties assigned to entry-level employees. Interns report to a designated onsite supervisor who provides guidance and performance feedback. The internship counts as one elective course.

Accomplished Faculty

Among the notable faculty members in the MSIT degree program are individuals such as Distinguished Professor of Information Technology Germinal Isern, author of numerous books and scholarly articles on computer networks and operating systems and an expert on cyber security, computer forensics, and networks; Cyber Security Professor Robert Lyons, who held global information technology leadership positions with TJX Companies, Wang Laboratories, and Gillette Company before joining the Clark University faculty; and Ehsan Sabaghian, information systems expert and current vice president of business development at Cyber Inspectors LLC, a firm specializing in advising C-Level executives and directors on cyber security.

Financial Assistance

Financial assistance in the form of scholarships is available from the College of Professional and Continuing Education for formally matriculated fulltime and halftime graduate students with a demonstrated need.


Location & Contact

Program in Information Technology

College of Professional and Continuing Education
Clark University

950 Main Street
Worcester, MA 01610-1477
United States

Max Hess

Director of Graduate Studies

Phone: 508-793-7217
Fax: 508-793-7232

Julia Parent

Director of Marketing, Communications, and Admissions

Phone: 508-793-7217
Fax: 508-793-7232
Email: jparent@clarku.edu

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Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Information Science Master of Science in Information Technology (MSIT)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 13
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? Not reported
    • Evening/weekend programs available? Not reported
    • Distance learning programs available? Not reported
    • Terminal master's degree available? Not reported
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported

Admissions

100% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 28
    • Accepted 28
    • Acceptance Rate 100
    • Enrolled 1
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $50
    • Application Fee - International $50
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Yes
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesNot Reported
    • Doctoral's DegreesNot Reported
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesNot Reported

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees
    • In-state tuition *$39,200
    • Out-of-state tuition *$39,200
    • International student tuitionNot Reported
    • *Typical tuition for this institution for full-time graduate students per academic year
  • Fees
    • Per-academic year feesNot Reported
    • Per-term feesNot Reported
    • One-time feeNot Reported
    • *Typical fees for this institution for full-time graduate students per academic year
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitNot Reported
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsNot Reported
    • Types of financial support availableTuition Waivers

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students36
    • Female Percentage28%
    • Male Percentage72%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students36
    • Part-time Percentage50%
    • Full-time Percentage50%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino0%
    • Black / African American13%
    • White / Caucasian33%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian27%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races0%
    • Unknown27%


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