BLOOMSBURG— The Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education in accordance with Board of Governors policy has approved an online Master of Science in Information Technology as a degree program at Bloomsburg University.
The online graduate degree program within the Zeigler College of Business responds to the rapid and dynamic technology changes and challenges that businesses encounter. This 30-credit-hour program focuses on the practical theories (knowledge), skills, and abilities of how information technology affects corporate strategy and operations.
Targeted students for the degree program can have a wide variety of academic backgrounds and professional experience. Some technology students may enter into the program to continue their education or update their existing technology skills to gain a rapid competitive advantage to quickly advance from an entry-level to a higher-level information technology related job. Meanwhile, other students who have a limited technical background may enter the program because they are looking to integrate technology into their existing career choice to gain a competitive advantage among emerging mid-level occupations within their field of study. Finally, others students may be seasoned information technology professionals who would like to move into high-level managerial information technology positions.
Loreen Powell, Ph.D., associate professor of Information and Technology Management, developed the program because of identified information technology trends found in her research and her passion for the information technology discipline.
“Information technology as a career field consistently ranks in high demand,” said Powell. “It is one of the most dynamic fields of study that is responding to the upsurge of affordable technology as well as the explosion of free or inexpensive data through the internet. Today, there is a need to immerse the desired soft skills with the current information technology practices. The goal of this program is to produce information technology professionals who know how to integrate, manage, and innovate information technology within the global business environment. The program has a managerial and innovation influence. Currently, there is no other university in the State System with a program like this, so we feel fortunate to be able to present this to the citizens of the commonwealth.”
The proposed program is designed to focus on leveraging technology to achieve management objectives, identify business opportunities, and solve business problems. Students in the graduate degree program will take 30 credits delivered via 10 online graduate courses such as business application development and evaluation; web and mobile development for business; data science for business; enterprise network architectures, platforms, and security; managing innovation and projects; strategic information and technology management; data management for business intelligence along with a practicum and IT electives.
Graduates of the program will be able to develop, analyze and synthesize data to identify possible business opportunities, solve problems and recognize innovation; apply technology solutions to increase effectiveness and efficiency of an organization. They will also implement best practices consistent with current information technology principles and supported by key information technology metrics and business models; monitor and manage information technology to assure quality and value of information within an organization; and develop management and soft skills needed to build effective global project management teams.>Bloomsburg University will deliver the program online and might later expand to a hybrid format in its Center City Philadelphia location.
Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 9,600 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.