Aug 20, 2018  
2015-2016 Graduate Catalog 
2015-2016 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

ITAM MS, Administrative Management Specialization

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Program Overview

In today’s complex global environment, skilled professionals who posses both information technology and administrative management expertise are in high demand. The information technology and administrative and administrative management master of science (MS-ITAM) provides a one-year professional program degree for post baccalaureate students to develop essential skills and knowledge to enhance organization competitiveness. The MS-ITAM offers courses blending high-demand technical skills with high-demand soft skills. A cutting-edge, relevant curriculum prepares individuals the opportunity to learn critical skills for their ongoing professional success. The MS_ITAM offers courses blending high-demand technical skills with high-demand soft skills. a cutting-edge, relevant curriculum prepares individuals for the opportunity to learn critical skills for their ongoing professional success. The MS-ITAM graduate program has a common core curriculum (26 credits) with three specialization areas (16 credits): 1) Administrative Management and 2) Information Technology and 3) Cybersecurity Management. The programs are three academic quarters plus summer quarter (46 credits).

The administrative management specialization prepares students for critical decisions in leading organizational change, innovation, managing customer relationships, and integrating social informatics. The information technology specialization prepares students for critical decisions in sustainable IT, strategic management,  IT security and enterprise analytics. The cybersecurity management specialization prepares students for cybersecurity fundamentals, policy and legal issues, risk management and continuity planning, and IT security.

All specializations build on a common core foundation. The common core course work includes managerial communications, leadership and supervision, project management, research and statistical analysis of data, financial analysis in IT and administrative management, and administrative policy. These courses bridge the gap between information technology and administrative management while offering new perspectives on the impact of technological innovation on international operations and competitiveness of an enterprise. The cybersecurity management program builds on the core knowledge areas recommended by the National Security Administration, the International Standards Organization, and International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium.

The MS-ITAM Master’s Program is ideal for those interested in one of four areas of professional growth: career starters, career climbers, career changers, or career crossers. Career starters are recent graduates seeking a professional degree before entering workforce. The career climbers include professionals seeking graduate degrees for advancing their industry specific careers. Career changers will find the MS-ITAM degree an important part of their strategy to move into new fields with the career crossers seeking cross-training to advance in current fields. For those professionals interested in continuing their education to the doctoral level at another institution, the MS-ITAM graduate degree also offers the thesis elective.

Program Description

The MS-ITAM Master’s Program is coordinated by a program coordinator from the ITAM department who is responsible for working with graduate students and their direct advisors in planning for courses of study. The program is delivered at the CWU Ellensburg campus or 100% online dependent upon university regulations. Applicants must meet the requirements of acceptance to CWU School of Graduate Studies and Research.

Total Specialization Credits: 16

Total Credits: 46

ITAM Department Information

College of Education and Professional Studies
Shaw-Smyser Hall, Second Floor - IT Management Division, room 223
Mail Stop 7488
See website for how this program may be used for educational and career purposes.

Faculty and Staff
Robert A. Lupton, PhD

Graduate Program Coordinator
Laura Portolese, DBA, administrative management

Lori A. Braunstein, PhD, information technology
Robert A. Lupton, PhD, retail management and technology

Associate Professors
Chester Claar, PhD, information technology, cybersecurity
Natalie Lupton, PhD, retail management and technology, administrative management
Hideki Takei, DBA, administrative management
Fen Wang, PhD, information technology
Robert Trumpy, EdD, LMHC, LCSW, administrative management

Assistant Professors
Laura Portolese, DBA, administrative management
Terry Alkire, PhD, administrative management, retail management and technology
Martin Bagaya, PhD, information technology, cybersecurity
Julie Bonner, DB, administrative management, information technology
Jaclyn Krause, PhD, information technology
Jackson Muhirwe, PhD, information technology, cybersecurity
Nathan White, PhD, information technology, cybersecurity

Cathy Anderson, PhD, retail management and technology
Andreas Bohman, MS, CISSP, cybersecurity
Elizabeth Fountain, PhD, administrative management
Terry Linkletter, MS, administrative management, information technology
Susan Rivera, PhD, administrative management
Raymond Spencer, PhD, information technology, cybersecurity
Lori Thompson, PhD, administrative management
Angela Unruh, MBA, information technology
Phil Upperman, EdD, administrative management

Elizabeth Henry, program manager
Ellen Bjorge, communication consultant
Libby Gibson, secretary supervisor
Susie Johnson, program assistant

College of Education and Professional Studies Information

Administration and Organization

Paul Ballard, (Black Hall, room 228)

Associate Dean
Ethan Bergman, PhD RDN (Black Hall, room 228)
Associate Dean
VACANT (Black Hall, room 228)

Contact Information
Fax: 509-963-1049
Mail Stop 7415

The mission of the College of Education and Professional Studies (CEPS) is to prepare competent, enlightened citizens who will enhance their respective professions, commit themselves to socially responsible leadership, and help develop the global economy in a spirit of cooperation. Each academic unit of the college has developed specific goals to address this mission.

Graduates of the College of Education and Professional Studies programs are Professionally Prepared and Profession Ready, or P3R. Graduates enter the job force right after graduation and make an immediate positive impact on their profession.


The Education programs at CWU are all about preparing students to enter the greatest profession in the world….Teaching! Our Education programs approach learning in a supportive and positive environment where students and staff share responsibility for knowledge, and where students and staff value working and learning together. Graduates enter their teaching positions after graduation and make an immediate positive impact on the students they teach.

CEPS facilitates communication between and among the respective disciplines that contribute to the preparation of educators, including teachers, school administrators, and school psychologists. Supporting the mission, purpose, and governance structure of CEPS is the constructivist philosophy-a belief that knowledge is actively created by learners and made meaningful when learners relate new information to prior knowledge.

The Teacher Preparation Program is administered through CEPS. Admission to the university does not guarantee admission into the Teacher Preparation Program. Students must apply to the Teacher Preparation Program and meet specific application criteria before being admitted. For more information about the Teacher Certification process, link to

Professional Studies

The Professional Studies at Central Washington University strives to deliver innovative applied science and technology programs that develop competent globally responsible citizens who contribute to their respective professions. The vision of Professional Studies at CWU is to be recognized as a premier learning community dedicated to providing relevant and authentic learning experiences.

College of Education and Professional Studies programs value:

  • Students
  • Excellence in teaching
  • A rigorous academic and learning environment
  • The preparation of students for successful careers
  • Accreditation and industry standards
  • Applied research
  • Creative, diverse and innovative ideas
  • Open, collaborative environments
  • Partnerships with external constituents
  • The use of current technology
  • Professionalism, integrity, and responsible citizenship
  • Life balance

For more information about the Departments and Programs, go to the departments listed below.

The Department of Aerospace Students (AFROTC). CWU’s Air Force ROTC detachment is designed to recruit, educate and commission officer candidates with a mission of developing quality leaders for the Air Force.

The Department of Aviation is a regional leader in professional aviation education, attracting individuals with a passion for the combined art and science of flight.  Established in 1975, it is the only fully accredited public university aviation program in the Pacific Northwest. The Department offers B.S. degrees in Aviation Management and Professional Pilot and has a stellar reputation for preparing students for the demands of the industry.

The Department of Educational Foundations and Curriculum houses the Professional Education Program (PEP), Field Experiences, Instructional Foundations undergraduate degree, and Master Teacher Graduate Program.

The Department of Engineering Technologies, Safety and Construction Management offers Bachelor of Science degree programs in Construction Management, Safety and Health Management, Mechanical and Electrical Engineering Technologies, and Technology Education.  The department also offers a Master’s of Science Degree in Engineering Technology.

The Department of Family and Consumer Sciences offers degree programs in: Apparel, Textiles and Merchandising;  Business and Marketing Education;  Family and Consumer Sciences Education;  Family Studies; Global Wine Studies; and Recreation, Tourism and Event Management.  The department offers a graduate Master of Science with specializations in Family Studies and Career and Technical Education, and is the home of the International Sustainable Development Institute.  

The Department of Health, Educational Administration and Movement Studies. Graduates in this department are prepared to enter careers as physical education and school health teachers or in a wide variety of public health/community settings. They also have master level degrees in School Administration, Instructional Leadership, Higher Education, Health, and Physical Education with a specialization in Athletic Administration. 

The Department of Information Technology and Administrative Management (ITAM) offers high demand undergraduate and graduate programs blending technical skills with soft skills in the areas of Administrative Management, Information Technology, Web and Database Management, Retail Management Technology, Network Management, Project Management, and Cybersecurity.  Degree programs are offered on campus, hybrid, 100% online, and self-paced competency based. Find out more:

The Department of Language, Literacy, and Special Education (LLSE) offers  programs for teacher candidates interested in developing educational pK-12 specialties in Bilingual Education/Teaching English as a Second Language;  Literacy (reading, writing, speaking, and listening); and Special Education. Each program leads to an endorsement for the Washington State teaching certificate.

The Department of Military Science (AROTC) houses the Army ROTC program at CWU. The mission of the Wildcat Battalion is to recruit, educate, coach, mentor and commission outstanding scholars, athletes and leaders inspired for service in our nation’s Army.

The Department of Nutrition, Exercise, and Health Sciences prepares students in a variety of professions that focus on the physical and functional abilities of humans including clinical physiology, exercise science, nutrition and dietetics, and paramedicine.

The Department of Teaching Elementary, Adolescent and Young Children (TEACH) is committed to ensuring graduates are prepared to be outstanding educational leaders and facilitators of learning who demonstrate the knowledge and skill necessary to educate and work within a diverse school population.

Department Chairs
Aerospace Studies (AFROTC): Richard Warr, Lt. Colonel, USAF (Peterson Hall, room 203)
Aviation: Sundaram Nataraja, PhD (Black Hall, room 225-1)
Educational Foundations and Curriculum: Ian Loverro, PhD (Black Hall, room 101)
Engineering Technologies, Safety and Construction: Lad Holden, Master of Technology (Hogue Hall, room 107)
Family and Consumer Sciences: Rob Perkins, EdD and Duane Dowd, PhD (Michaelsen Hall, room 100)
Health, Educational Administration, and Movement Studies: Heidi Henschel-Pellett, EdD (Dorothy Purser Hall, room 114)
Information Technology and Administrative Management: Robert Lupton, PhD (Shaw-Smyser Hall, room 203)
Language, Literacy, and Special Education: Janet Finke, PhD (Black Hall, room 204-6)
Military Science (AROTC): Jonathan Ackiss, Lt. Colonel (Peterson Hall, room 202G)
Nutrition, Exercise and Health Sciences: Keith Monosky, PhD (Dorothy Purser Hall, room 114)
Teaching Elementary, Adolescent and Young Children: Keith Salyer, PhD (Black Hall, room 101)

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