The Information Technology track offers a broad perspective across business functions, and a chance to specialize in a field of your 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.
This track 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.
The MBA with an emphasis in Information Technology degree requires 45 semester credits equivalent to 15 courses of work which must be completed within a seven-year period. Courses include: 8 core courses, 2 general emphasis courses, 4 electives courses and 1 capstone course.
|8 Core||2 General Emphasis||4 Emphasis Electives||1 Capstone|
Careers Paths in IT
IT Job Descriptions by Category:
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)
|Entry-level Positions||Middle-level Positions||Top-level Positions|
Professional Associations and Organizations
- Project Management Institute (PMI)
- IT Service Management Forum (ITSMF) – Occasional Free training program for members
- Association for Talent Development (ATD)– Nearest chapter – Los Angeles
- Cal Lutheran Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship Speaker Series