Information Technology

Professional Track

The MBA in Information Technology Management is a Professional Track that offers a broad and integrative perspective across business functions, and a chance to specialize in a field of the individual’s choice. It also responds to the current needs of business communities by combining a rigorous study of traditional management topics with a unique focus on technology and innovation leadership.

The program prepares students for upper-level management jobs by stressing the use of contemporary techniques to frame, analyze, and solve business challenges. The program’s diverse coursework is grounded in evidence-based management, data analytics, database management, and programming principles. It incorporates the use of quantitative and qualitative analyses, design-thinking approaches, and robust experiential learning techniques.

The MBA curriculum is designed to prepare students for management and leadership roles, especially those that are involved with emerging and evolving technologies. Our well-qualified graduate faculty and the modern technological infrastructure at Cal Lutheran provide an ideal student-centered learning environment to integrate technology with practical management curriculum.


Courses

Required Emphasis Course
  • IT 509   Data Management
    (Student must take this cooresponding Emphasis Course along with an additional Emphasis Course of their choice.)
Professional Concentration Courses

Choose four from the following:

  • IT 512   Project Management
  • IT 520  IT Strategy and Business Value
  • IT 522   Enterprise Systems
  • IT 523   IT Architecture and Infrastructure
  • IT 524   Emergent Technologies and Issues

Careers

IT Job Descriptions by Category:

Agile

Software development should be able to adjust to rapidly changing business needs, and these professionals make sure that’s the case. Related job descriptions: Agile Coach, Product Owner, RTE/Release Train Engineer, Scrum Master

Analysts

These experts use their knowledge to evaluate existing applications, data, hardware and other systems in order to recommend enhancements. Related job descriptions: Applications System Analyst, Business Data Analyst, Business Systems Analyst, Information Technology Auditor, Quality Control Analyst

Database Development, Administration and Business Intelligence

Data drives intelligent business decisions, and these employees know how to store it, manage it, interpret it and apply it. Related job descriptions: Data Architect, Data Management Director, Database Analyst, Database Report Writer, Data Warehouse Manager

Enterprise Systems Analysis and Integration

Companies have made huge investments in enterprise systems, and these professionals help those investments pay off. Related job descriptions: CRM specialist, ERP analyst, ERP project manager, operating systems programmer, SAP Project Manager, Systems Architect

Health IT

The HiTech Act, ICD-10/11 requirements and the growing reliance on Electronic Health Records demands professionals with expertise that encompasses both IT and healthcare. For providers and payers alike, these professionals deliver. Related job descriptions: Ambulatory Systems Analyst, Clinical Systems Analyst, Health Information Management (HIM) Project Manager, Interface Analyst, Revenue Cycle Architect/Builder

Management and Project Management

IT is fast paced. Using project management skills, these individuals help their teams keep up and stay on track. Related job descriptions: Data Center Director, IT Project Coordinator, IT Project Manager, IT Technology Manager, Project Engineering Manager

Mobile Development

Stay connected and productive on-the-go with the apps and software these developers create. Related job descriptions: Android Developer, iOS Developer

Network/System Design and Administration

Your internal and external customers expect their experience on your network to be seamless. Professionals in this sector, relying on knowledge of GIS, Java, .Net and other techniques, make it happen. Related job descriptions: Enterprise Infrastructure Architect, Messaging Engineer, Network Administrator, Network Control Technician, Network Engineer, Systems Administrator

Programming/Software Engineering

Using their impressive technical skill sets, these experts design, develop and maintain software. Related job descriptions: Applications Engineer, Applications Systems Architect, Mainframe Programmer, Software Architect, Software Engineer, Software Quality Assurance Analyst

Security

Your intellectual property is valuable, and so is the consumer data you store. Protect it with the right experts. Related job descriptions: Data Security Analyst, Data Security Manager Data Security Supervisor, IS Security Manager, Systems/Application Security Analyst

Technical Support

Your systems, hardware and software can only provide value when it is working and fully functional. Technical Support professionals make sure it always is. Related job descriptions: Computer Operator, Customer Service Representative, Help Desk Manager/Supervisor, Installation and Maintenance Technician, LAN/WAN Administrator, Technical Support Analyst

Technical Writing

IT is a language all its own. These experts help interpret it, record it and translate it into business terms for your business’ leaders. Related job descriptions: Documentation Specialist, Web Editor, Technical Trainer, Technical Writer

Web Development and Administration

From content to design to UX, these pros can keep your web presence current and engagement. Related job descriptions: Content Engineer, Designer, Graphical User Interface (GUI) Programmer, Interface Design Director, Web Applications Developer, Webmaster

Potential Career Positions

  • Business/System Analyst (Someone who understands what technology could do in business to create business solutions. Work in an IT/Business unit and is a bridge between IT and business. The business tells the analyst, what is needed, and the analyst is responsible for creating and implementing IT solutions)
  • Database Designer (Designs and creates databases. Works in an IT department)
  • Analyst for Business Intelligence (Someone who mines the data using IT tools. They are able to extract, find opportunities and problems in IT systems, like identifying consumer patterns and so on
  • Project Manager (PMI (Project Management Institute) certificate is required; Most projects have some IT in them, so project manager is responsible for implementing IT solutions in projects, like new IT system and so on)
  • CIO – Chief Information Officer (Someone who is in charge of IT strategy and the computer systems required to support the organizations’ unique objectives and goals
  • IT Consultant (Working for an IT company, implementing IT solutions; Training programs, providing solutions for customers, working in teams)
Examples of level-based positions:
Entry-level Positions Middle-level Positions Top-level Positions
  • Computer-User Support Specialist
  • IT Support Specialist
  • Technology Risk Specialist
  • Solutions Architect
  • Junior Network Administrator
  • Computer Programmer/Software Engineer
  • Database Administrator
  • Management Analyst
  • Systems Administrator
  • IT Auditor
  • Computer Programmer/Software Engineer
  • Chief Information Officer
  • Software Applications Developer
  • Network Systems Administrator
  • IT Project Manager
  • Software Systems Developer

Professional Associations and Organizations

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