Information Technology

Emphasis Area

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.


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. 

Courses:
8 Core  2 General Emphasis 4 Emphasis Electives 1 Capstone
  • Enterprise Management, Organization and Strategy

  • Information Technology Management

  • Organizational Behavior

  • Business Ethics and Law

  • Marketing Management

  • Strategic Decision Making

  • Macroeconomics in the Global Economy

  • Financial Principles & Policies

  • IT Data Management (required)

Choose 1:

  • Corporate Finance
  • Human Capital Management Strategy
  • Marketing Research
  • Innovative Business Models
  • International Business
  • Sustainable Business Strategies

Choose 4:

  • Project Management
  • IT Strategy and Business Value
  • Enterprise Systems
  • IT Architecture and Infrastructure
  • Emergent Technologies and Issues

Choose 1:

  • Internship
  • The Business Plan
  • Executive Roundtable
  • International Travel
  • Consulting to Business
  • MBA Project

Full course list and descriptions


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)
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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