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2022-2023 Graduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

ITAM MS, Administrative Management Specialization

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Program Learner Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate in-depth knowledge and currency in core subject areas and area of specialization.
  • Demonstrate the ability to understand the local and global significance of information technology management on individuals, organizations, and society.
  • Have the ability to apply basic research methods in information technology management.
  • Demonstrate the use of current techniques, skills and tools necessary for information technology management practice appropriate to the discipline.
  • Have the ability to communicate effectively.
  • Demonstrate advanced skills and knowledge in their specialization.


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 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 essential skills. A cutting-edge, relevant curriculum prepares individuals for the opportunity to learn critical skills and knowledge for their ongoing professional success. The MS-ITAM graduate program has a common core curriculum (28 credits) with four specialization areas (16 credits): 1) Administrative Management, 2) Information Technology, 3) Cybersecurity Management and 4) Structures of Data Analytics for IT Managers Specialization. The programs are three academic quarters plus summer quarter (48 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. The data analytics specialization prepares students for critical decisions in data mining, data analysis, and data visualization. 

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 program is facilitated by a program coordinator from the ITAM department who is dedicated to 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 guidelines. Applicants must meet the requirements of acceptance to CWU School of Graduate Studies and Research.

Total Specialization Credits: 16

ITAM MS Options

Options to reach 48 credits:

Select one course from the following.

Total Credits: 48

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