The Program

About the Program

Today's business environment is heavily reliant on professionals who are both business professionals and technically astute. California Lutheran University's Master of Science in Information Systems and Technology (MS-IST), offered by the School of Business, combines the technical foundation of information systems with key business concepts. This integrated coursework will enable you to obtain the business, technical and leadership skills necessary to meet the challenges in today's global marketplace.

Prospective MS-IST Students

If you want to expand and deepen your technical skills, add to your business knowledge, prepare for systems analysis and project management roles, this is degree for you. As an MS-IST 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.

Difference between Technical and
Business Degree Programs

California Lutheran University created the MS-IST degree to complement the existing Master of Business Administration - Information Technology Management (MBA-ITM) and Master of Science in Computer Science (MSCS) degrees. The MS-IST degree is more technical than the MBA-IT and more organizationally and business oriented than the MSCS. A robust program that includes both business and technology elements, the MS-IST is the perfect degree if you tend toward the technical and want a degree program with a significant business emphasis.

Program Comparison

Job Market for IST Professionals

The job market for IST professionals is forecast for continued growth. The Occupational Outlook Handbook places various IST careers in five of the top 20 growth positions nationwide, and in seven of the top 10 positions in terms of job growth in Los Angeles County.

CLU's programs for working professionals are known for relevant education that create opportunities and help graduates achieve their goals. A CLU degree is an investment that produces invaluble, lifelong returns.

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