ITAM-BAS Program and Core Requirements
Providing students with management, leadership, critical thinking skills is the primary purpose of the ITAM-BAS degree. Students learn the soft-skills to excel in managing people, projects or departments. A curriculum rich in communication and problem-solving skills, the program complements any professional/technical degree with timely and relevant skills to qualify students for leadership roles in their technical area.
ITAM-BAS Program Admission Requirements
Applicants for the ITAM-BAS must meet the following admission requirements before admittance to the program:
- Completion of an applied or technical degree with at least 40 credits in an applied/technical area from a community college or technical college.
- Minimum GPA of 2.3.
- A world language is not required.
ITAM-BAS Graduation Requirements
- Minimum overall GPA of 2.3.
- Completion of CWU Basic and Breadth Requirements, except the world language and computing requirements.
- Completion of the ITAM-BAS core requirement courses and one of the ITAM-BAS specialization lists of courses with a minimum grade of C- in each course.
List of Specializations for ITAM-BAS program
Students seeking the ITAM-BAS program take a common set of core courses. Additionally, students entering the ITAM-BAS program must choose a specialization and complete the CWU General Education program. Students choose from three unique specializations:
- Administrative Management
- Information Technology Management
Administrative Management Specialization: Qualify to work in any business environment where leadership and information processing is required. With classes such as Project Management, Customer Relationship Management, Financial Analysis, and Advanced Spreadsheet Applications, you will have the skills to manage in any administrative capacity. Industries like healthcare, manufacturing, education, retail, and even non-profit organizations are asking for employees with this educational background. Any completed professional/technical associate degree will satisfy the admission requirement.
Cybersecurity Specialization: Learn to detect, protect, and recover from attacks to an organization’s information assets. Public utility companies, national security agencies, food and water suppliers, financial services, and companies with intellectual property to protect are now hiring experts in this area. The skills to detect and recover from cyber-attacks, coupled with the team leadership, effective communication, and project management skills of the BAS core, will provide a thorough knowledge base for managers and technology leaders concerned with the operation and management of cybersecurity systems. Because of the technical IT skills classes involved in this specialization, a computer-related associate degree is suggested for admission.
Information Technology Specialization: Managing in an IT department or organization requires team leadership, project management, effective communication, and critical thinking skills. Those soft-skills when combined with the hard skills from an associate degree in network security, computer support technology, wireless technology, server support, CAD technology, etc. give students the best opportunity for advancement in their field. With specialization classes directed specifically to management in the IT environment, students have the best opportunity for furthering their careers. Requires a professional/technical associate degree with at least 40 credits in computer-related classes for admission.
ITAM-BAS Core Requirements
ITAM-BAS Total Core Credits: 47-49
The cybersecurity specialization provides an opportunity for IT professionals to gain knowledge specific to the detection, protection, and recovery from attacks to an organization’s information assets. When combined with the leadership/management skills classes in the BAS core, this specialization will provide a thorough knowledge base for managers and technology leaders concerned with the operation and management of cybersecurity systems. This baccalaureate degree requires significant study in general education at the upper-division level. A professional/technical degree in a computer-related discipline is required for admission. Students not meeting the requirement of the degree in a computer-related discipline would need department permission.