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Information Technology and Administrative Management BS, Retail Technology Management Specialization


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Retail technology management specialization students become qualified business professionals prepared to pursue careers in retail environments that infuse information technology in areas such as e-commerce, management, selling, purchasing, operations, and merchandising. These qualifications are complemented by business communications and human-centered skills. Graduates of the retail technology management specialization secure careers in store operations, store management, IT and e-commerce, sales, distribution and logistics, merchandise buying, and planning and entrepreneurship.

ITAM-BS Program and Core Requirements


ITAM-BS Program Overview

The Bachelor of Science in Information Technology and Administrative Management (ITAM) provides a degree path for students with seven high demand specializations needed by the modern workforce.

  1. Administrative Management Specialization
  2. Cybersecurity Specialization
  3. Data Driven Innovation for IT Managers Specialization
  4. Human Centered Digital Systems Specialization
  5. Network Administration and Management Specialization
  6. Project Management Specialization
  7. Retail Technology Management Specialization

The ITAM curriculum, designed by subject matter experts with guidance from industry professionals, addresses the current demand for tech-savvy individuals who are also able to effectively lead and motivate teams, manage projects, and integrate technological solutions. Students completing this major will take a core set of courses and select one of the seven specialization areas. The ITAM-BS is comprised of two complementing areas creating synergy.

  1. All ITAM-BS specializations are complemented by a core foundation of relevant and current human-centered skills in management, leadership, project management, sustainable decision making, business communications, financial management, ethics, personal selling, and CRM as well as hard skills in data analytics, database management, web development, computer networking, and computer applications.
  2. The specializations feature advanced study in high demand areas of IT management.

ITAM-BS Program Admission Requirements

Students are encouraged to apply for their ITAM major early in their university studies, even as soon as their first quarter. Once enrolled in the ITAM program students will begin working with a knowledgeable ITAM advisor to design their academic course of study at CWU and make sure they are fulfilling all of the requirements for successful degree completion. Application forms are available in the Ellensburg campus department or on the ITAM website. www.cwu.edu/it-management.

ITAM-BS Graduation Requirements

The following requirements apply to students seeking the ITAM-BS degree: Students must earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.3 in the ITAM coursework to be eligible for the degree. Students must earn a minimum grade of “C-” in each course.

Course Fees
Most ITAM courses that use hardware and software resources are assessed a course fee of $25 or $50, depending on the required technology.

List of Specializations for the ITAM-BS

Students seeking the ITAM-BS take a common set of core courses of relevant and current human-centered skills in management, leadership, project management, sustainable decision making, business communications, financial management, ethics, personal selling, and CRM as well as hard skills in data analytics, database management, web development, computer networking, and computer applications. Additionally, students complete a specialization within the ITAM-BS degree:

  1. Administrative Management Specialization
  2. Cybersecurity Specialization
  3. Data Driven Innovation for IT Managers Specialization
  4. Human Centered Digital Systems Specialization
  5. Network Administration and Management Specialization
  6. Project Management Specialization
  7. Retail Technology Management Specialization

Program Learner Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the ITAM BS/BAS program core, students will be able to:

  • interpret, evaluate, and apply digital tools effectively;
  • apply a broad base of technical concepts and practices, using current and emerging technologies, to develop a deep understanding of key topics to solve technical challenges;
  • demonstrate best practices for leading a successful IT organization through proper management of time, resources, projects, and stakeholders;
  • demonstrate effective project planning, execution, and control techniques that result in successful and high-quality projects;
  • contribute as a team member and leader integrating professional, ethical, legal, security and social responsibilities in a global environment;
  • communicate effectively with a range of audiences, both in written and oral forms;
  • demonstrate effective organizational leadership and change management skills for managing IT projects, IT project teams, and stakeholders; and
  • identify problems and be able to analyze relevant information to draft and implement workable solutions.

Retail Technology Management Specialization


Total Specialization Credits: 28


Total Credits: 103-107


College and Department Information


Information Technology and Administrative Management Department  
College of Education and Professional Studies  

Online Availability
The program will have both a designated online only option and an in-person or hybrid option.

Program Codes
Major plan codes: ITAM, ITAMP
Online option codes: ITAMBSO, ITAMBSOP
Specialization plan codes: RMAT, RMATP
Online option codes: RMATO, RMATOP

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