2016-2017 Graduate Catalog

This is an archived copy of the 2016-2017 catalog. To access the most recent version of the catalog, please visit http://catalog.callutheran.edu.

The Master of Science in Information Technology


Information Technology (IT) is pervasive today and is at the core of almost any business organization.  The Master of Science in Information Technology program (MS-IT) is designed to provide students with a solid and forward-thinking technical foundation used to effectively plan, design, implement and mange IT solutions and systems.  It prepares students to be strong technical leaders, ready to lead IT-enabled organizational change.

If you want to expand and deepen your technical skills, add to your business knowledge, prepare for systems analysis and project management roles, this degree is for you. As an MS-IT graduate, you will be prepared for a number of positions in the IT field including senior systems analyst, applications development manager, data center manager, technical services director, software engineer, database administrator, database engineer, and computer scientist. Other management-oriented roles include project manager, program manager, and line management roles in technical organizations.

Goals of the Program

MS-IT students will be involved with the common body of knowledge characteristic of all elements of technology leadership including the following:

  1. The ability to solve problems, based on a knowledge of tools, concepts, and theories of information systems and other business disciplines;
  2. The ability to transcend functional boundaries, particularly between technical and non-technical organizational functions, synthesizing and integrating information to make complex, short-term decisions with limited information, as well as conduct the research, competitive analysis, and environmental scanning necessary for long-term strategic decisions;
  3. The ability to apply specialized skills to business and technical problems inherent in a rapidly changing global environment;
  4. The ability to effectively harness and use information technology;
  5. Effective written, oral and presentation skills;
  6. The interpersonal and team leadership skills needed to build an organizational environment that is effective and conducive to collaboration;
  7. A sense of professional and social responsibility in the conduct of technology management.

Academic Calendar

Master of Science in Information Systems and Technology courses are offered year round in four 11-week terms: Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer. Classes are scheduled in the evening once a week to accommodate adult learners who are employed full time and pursuing course work on a part-time basis. Occasionally, a class will be offered in a compressed weekend format or as an International travel course. Based on admission requirements, time to complete the program can take between one and seven years. Students must complete the program within seven years after their first registration.

Admission Requirements

International applicants are subject to separate admission procedures. For current admission procedures, international applicants should consult the following: www.callutheran.edu/management.

Candidates for admission to the MS-IT program should submit a complete application portfolio at least 45 days prior to the start of the term. Admission decisions for regular graduate standing are based on a review of the following materials in the candidate’s file:

  1. A completed application form and non-refundable application fee;
  2. Evidence of an interview with an admission counselor;
  3. Official transcripts showing a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution. Normally, a grade point average of 3.0 or higher in upper division undergraduate work is expected;
  4. Two letters of recommendation;
  5. A personal statement;
  6. Test scores. Applicants whose undergraduate records do not satisfy the criteria set forth in paragraphs A-D below must include Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores in their admission portfolio. The GMAT may be waived for candidates who present an official transcript of previous college work from a regionally accredited college or university reflecting any one of the following criteria:
    1. An undergraduate, upper division grade point average of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale; or
    2. A combined grade point average of 3.0 or higher for the most recent 60 credits of study consisting of any of the following: graduate course work, upper division postbaccalaureate course work (exclusive of extension or continuing education work), and upper division undergraduate course work; or
    3. A minimum of nine credits of graduate course work completed and a 3.50 grade point average; or
    4. A previously earned master’s degree.

Admission to the MS-IT program requires at least one year of work experience and one of the following:

  • A prior technical bachelor’s degree and one year of hands-on programming coursework or work experience; OR
  • A prior non-technical bachelor’s degree and three years of technical work experience, including one year of hands-on programming coursework or experience.

Note: All applicants who have completed their undergraduate work at other than a regionally accredited U.S. institution must submit GMAT scores.

Admission Counseling

Prior to enrollment in graduate classes, the applicant must make an appointment for an advisement interview with an admission counselor. This exploratory interview will clarify individual program requirements and provide the opportunity to answer students’ questions. Counselors are available by appointment.

Provisional Admission

Under some conditions, after meeting with an admission counselor and with the approval of the Program Director, a student may register for classes before completing the entire admission process. However, the Application for Admission, the $50 application fee, and a copy of a transcript showing a bachelor’s degree with an acceptable GPA and/or acceptable standardized test score must be on file in the Graduate and Adult Programs Office before the class registration can be accepted. Students are expected to complete all admission requirements in the first term of their program or they will not be permitted to enroll in subsequent terms. Provisionally admitted students are not eligible for financial aid.

International Students

International applicants are subject to separate admission procedures. For current admission procedures, international applicants should consult the following: www.callutheran.edu/management

Requirements for the Master of Science in Information Technology

The MS-IT program is composed of 12 courses (3 credits each) totaling 36 credits.  Students will take 8 core courses and 4 courses in a track.  Students can obtain a general MS-IT degree by selecting elective courses across tracks.  Students with backgrounds that are not in Information Technology (IT) or business may need foundation courses which do not count towards the 36 credits required for the degree.

Core Courses
IT 508Information Technology Management3
IT 509Data Management3
IT 510Software Planning and Development3
IT 511Data Communications and Networking3
IT 512Project Management3
IT 513Information Security3
IT 514Distributed Systems3
IT 515Organizational Behavior3

Information Technology Electives

You will complete four elective course (12 credits) from either of the following two tracks to specialize in Information Technology Management or Data Analytics. Alternatively, students can obtain a general MS-IT degree by selecting four elective courses across both tracks.

Information Technology Management
IT 520IT Strategy and Business Value3
IT 521Healthcare Information Technologies3
IT 522Enterprise Systems3
IT 523IT Architecture and Infrastructure3
IT 524Emergent Technologies and Issues3
IT 582Special Topic3
IT 590Internship1-3
IT 599IT Project3
Data Analytics
IT 530Principles of Data Analytics3
IT 531Data Mining3
IT 532Data Warehousing and Business Intelligence3
IT 533Big Data Technologies3
IT 582Special Topic3
IT 590Internship1-3
IT 599IT Project3


IT 501. Fundamentals of Java Programming. (3).

Java is one of the most popular programming languages used by software developers today. This course introduces students to the fundamental programming concepts and techniques in object oriented programming. This course has both theoretical and practical components. It provides students with a solid foundation needed to understand how computer programs work. Students will also learn how to write, execute and debug various Java programs. This is a foundation course for all students interested in a career in the Information Technology field whether they manage the technology or actively develop it. [Note: this is a prerequisite course for any student without technical background.].

IT 508. Information Technology Management. (3).

In today's dynamic and competitive economy, the ability of an organization to effectively leverage their existing and emerging information technolgies is a critical success factor in gaining and sustaining a strategic advantage. This course introduces students to important concepts and techniques needed to understand and leverage information technology within an organizational context. Students will learn the fundamentals of design and implementation of information systems in the modern organization, business process improvement thorough the use of information technology, organizational data modeling, project management concepts, data governance mechanisms, technology, organizational data modeling, project management concepts, data governance mechanisms, technology-enabled change management among other.

IT 509. Data Management. (3).

Data is a valuable organizational resource. As organizations collect more and more data, it becomes increasingly important to understand basic principles of how to store and manipulate organizational data in order to successfully run business operations. This course provides students with an introduction to the fundamental concepts, techniques and tools used in design, development and application of relational database technology in organizations. Topics include data modeling based on organizational requirements and data manipulation via structured query language tools.

IT 510. Software Planning and Development. (3).

This course uses structured software development methodologies to develop an understanding of the overall process of developing an information system starting with planning, analysis, design and implementation of the system. It focuses on the core set of skills that all analysts must possess, from gathering requirements and modeling business needs, to creating blueprints for how the system should be build and assessing usability of the system. The course also exposes students to various graphic modeling processes such as data flow diagrams used in business process reengineering, design of user interfaces and system behaviors.

IT 511. Data Communications and Networking. (3).

This course introduces the elements and architecture of computer and date communication networks, demonstrates the fundamental principles of computer networking, and provides experience in the practical use of current networking technology. Topics in this course include: network standards, protocols (TXP/IP), network architectures, network routing and switching, local area networks, wide area networks, knowledgeable decisions pertaining to strategies and architectures for the deployment of telecommunication technologies in organizations.

IT 512. Project Management. (3).

This course is an introduction to the basic fundamentals of project management based on the Project Managment Institute (PMI) body of knowledge. All phases of the project management cycle are covered including project initiating, planning, executing, monitoring and controlling project status and post project lessons learned analysis. In addition, the course introduces the 10 project managment knowledge areas as defined by PMI namely, project integration, scope, time, cost, quality, human resources, communications, stakeholder, risk, and procurement management. Project management best practices, tools and techniques along with constraints and trade-offs in managing projects are discussed. The course has a practical component with students executing projects as part of teams.

IT 513. Information Security. (3).

Security of informational assets has become a keenly debated issue for ogranizations. Effective information security management demands a clear understanding of technical as well as socio-organizational aspects. The purpose of this course is to prepare students to recognize the threats and vulnerabilities present in current information systems and how to plan for such risks. The course covers a broad range of topics including data classification, cryptography, network and application security, risk management, threat and vulnerability analysis, computer forensics, and policies and architecture designs. Students will have the opportunity to try real security and attack tools to understand how they work and how they might be used and counteracted.

IT 514. Distributed Systems. (3).

From mobile phones to the Internet, our lives depend increasingly on distributed systems linking computers and other devices together in a seamless and transparent way. This course provides students an understanding of the principles on which the Internet and other distributed systems are based, their architecture, algorithms and design and how they meet the demands of contemporary distributed applications through topics such as client/server software and N-tier architectures, middleware, Internet techologies, application development, system management, mobile and ubiquitous computing and distribured multimedia systems. Students will also learn the distributed systems infrastructure that supports Google both in terms of core search functionality and the increasing range of additional services offered by Google.

IT 515. Organizational Behavior. (3).

Investigation and consideration of individual and group behavior within an organizational context is explored. Focus is on the understanding and application of knowledge issues including motivation, group process, leadership, communication, performance enhancement, power and influence, creativity, conflict management, change, diversity and global issues. Integration of theory and practice from a managerial perspective are considered.

IT 520. IT Strategy and Business Value. (3).

This course explores strategic information technology management issues associated with doing business in digital times. It provides a framework to understand how information technology strategy aligns with business strategy and focueses on developing an understanding of the key information requirements for developing information technology strategy and systems architecture. Students are encouraged to think and behave strategically with respect to exploiting leading-edge technologies, and deliver the right business value with information technology. The course will focus on digital technology trends transforming how business is done, information management and archiecture, e-business models and strategies, mobile commerce, social networking, engagement and social metrics and business process innovation.

IT 521. Healthcare Information Technologies. (3).

The current trend towards computerizing the healthcare industry through interoperable electronic health records (EHR) is creating very exciting opportunities for IT and business professionals in a diverse range of organizations inluding hospitals, IT firms (EHR vendors), government departments and health funds. This course is designed to introduce students to the various aspects of information management in healthcare organizations. Students will also gain a solid understanding of the healthcare field and how advanced information technologies can be used to reduce costs and improve the healthcare system overall. At the same time, the course focuses on unintended consequences resulting from deployment of advanced techologies in the healthcare field including user responses and usability considerations. Privacy and security laws in HIPAA will also be discussed.

IT 522. Enterprise Systems. (3).

Integration of information and processes is one of the biggest challenges faced by organizations today. Enterprise systems attempt to integrate all departments and functions across an organization onto a single computer system that can serve every department's particular needs for up-to-date and accurate data. These systems dictate a standard date format across the entire organization, they are modular and multifunctional. This course examines various type of enterprise systems such as enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems, supply chain management systems (SCM), customer relationship management systems (CRM) and knowledge management systems (KM) that support and enhance business activities. It provides an overview of the namagerial and technical issues in selection and implementation of enterprise systems and technologies.

IT 523. IT Architecture and Infrastructure. (3).

Organizations entrust a large portion of their budget to people who lead and manage IT infrastructure and operations. The ability to respond dynamically to changing business requirements is paramount for IT infrastructure and operations (I&O) organizations. Virtualization, It modernization, and real-time infrastructure architecture are increasingly essential to this agility. This class will balance hands on interaciton with infrastructure technologies and equipment as well as applications of technologies and services. Other topics include enterprise architecture and governance, cloud computing, enterprise-wide efficiency, green computing.

IT 524. Emergent Technologies and Issues. (3).

Organizations must structure themselves to deal with emerging technologies and making the right decisions, at the right time, can be critical to determining whether the organization succeeds or fails. This course provides students with a basic understanding of emerging technologies as they relate to innovation and information systems in organizations, and the management strategies required to understand, leverage, and benefit from these techologies. Students will identify current, real technologies that are emerging or about to emerge into the mainstream, investigate those technologies, and ones from recent history, from a number of prespectives, to look at the impact of technologies on systems, business operations, and corporate and technology strategy. They will study the impact, benefits and downsides of standards as they related to information technology and delve into how those standards, and other factors, might affect the timing for implementation of emerging technologies in organizations.

IT 530. Principles of Data Analytics. (3).

This course provides an introduction to the field of business analytics, which is defined as the extensive use of data, statistical and quantitative analysis, exploratory and predictive models, and fact-based management to drive decisions and actions. Topics include implementation of successful analytics platforms, big and little date, predictive analytics, social media analytics, mobile analytics and date visualizaoitn. Students use inductry standard tools in practical projects.

IT 531. Data Mining. (3).

Data mining is the process of discovering patterns and associations in large data sets. It supports decision making by detecting patterns, devising rules, identifying new decision alternatives and making predictions. This course provides an overview of leading data mining methods and their applications to real-world problems. It is designed to provide students with the skills to conduct data mining and statistical analysis for dealing with analytical tasks such as prediction, classification, decision trees and clustering. Students will use available software to conduct various data mining analyses and understand the application of a wide range of modern techniques to specific mangerial and analytical situations, and on model interpretation to specific managerial and analytical situations, and on model interpretation.

IT 532. Data Warehousing and Business Intelligence. (3).

This course introduces the principles and procedures related to the design and management of data warehouse (DW) and business intelligence (BI) systems. The DW is the cental datz repository that is used for decision-support. BI refers to the analytical applications that users can interact with in making sense of the data. The course focuses on the data warehousing process including requirement collection, data warehouse architectures, dimensional modeling, extracting, transforming, and loading strategies, and creation of data marts. The course also uses data warehousing as a platorm for BI applications, such as reporting, dashborads and online analytical processing (OLAP). By completing this course, students should understand the technologies used for decision-support and possess valuable analytical skills.

IT 533. Big Data Technologies. (3).

More and more organizations are collecting large amounts of data, much of it unstructured. Big data technologies can be used to store, process and analyze large amounts of data using a distributed environment. This course introduces students to the world of big data and associated technologies. The focus of the course is Apache Hadoop, which is an open source software project that enables, distributed processing of large data sets across clusters of commodity servers. The objective of this course is to provide students a foundation for understanding big data technologies and Hadoop in particular. Topics include Hadoop system architecture, Hadoop Distributed File System (HDFS), MapReduce programming model and design patterns and technologies surrounding Hadoop ecosystem such as Pig, Hive and Oozie. The course will also introduce big date science concepts and NoSQL database technologies.

IT 582. Special Topic. (3).

This course is designed and taught by a rotating cohort of instructors and is dedicated to special topics in information technology not covered by the current curriculum. Special topics course vary and are used to introduce students to new topics in the Information Technology field.

IT 590. Internship. (1-3).

Internships are a valuable experiential learning tool where students engage in work with an organizaiton on an approved topic. Students will write a comprehensive report based on their learning experience along with weekly logs and managerial evaluation. The report will be evaluated and graded by the instructor.

IT 599. IT Project. (3).

Students will work on proposing, developing and implementing a comprehensive project on concepts learned during their program. A project is a form of research aimed at creating or contributing new knowledge in a discipline or, an applied study that combines a specific topic with actual problems or issues within a setting.