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2017-2019 Graduate Catalog 
2017-2019 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Master of Science in Information Technology Management

Graduate Business Programs
238 Elliott Hall  (map)
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Department Chair:
Vijayan Sugumaran, Ph.D.
442 Elliott Hall
(248) 370-4649

Program coordinator:
Xiaodong Deng
340 Elliott Hall
(248) 370-4089

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Graduate Catalog Addendum  

Program description

The Master of Science in Information Technology Management (MSITM) is offered by the Department of Decision and Information Sciences within the School of Business Administration. This degree puts managerial and technical skills at the forefront by preparing students for career managing information and creating information technology in today’s digital world. Through a program based on experiential learning, students in the MSITM program learn practical skills needed to advance their careers. The MSITM program is designed to prepare students for careers in Information Systems Strategy and Management, Business Analytics and Information Security Management.  Optional concentrations are available in the areas of Business Analytics and Information Security Management..

Admission terms and application deadlines

Before an applicant’s file can be reviewed for full program admission, all application documents must be received in Graduate Study and Lifelong Learning by the semester deadlines listed below. Incomplete applications will not be sent to departments for admission review.

  • February 15 (early), April 15 (regular) and July 15 (late) for fall semester
  • October 1 (early) and November 15 (regular) for winter semester
  • March 1 (regular) for summer semester 

       International Students  

  • May 1 for fall (September) admission
  • September 1 for winter (January) admission
  • January 1 for summer (May) admission

Application requirements

To be considered for graduate admission, applicants must submit all Graduate Application Requirements and additional department requirements by the published application deadlines:

  2. Additional department application requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae or Resumé
  • Official Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or GRE scores. The GMAT or GRE scores must be five years or less at the time of the applicant’s intended enrollment at Oakland University.
  • Applicants applying to one of the graduate programs may request a waiver of the GMAT or GRE requirement if they meet one of the following criteria.
    • Applicant has earned a master’s degree (or higher) from a U.S. institution.
    • Applicant has earned a bachelor’s degree within the last five (5) years of the expected date of enrollment with an overall GPA of a least 3.5 from an AACSB accredited business school.
    • Applicant has earned a bachelor’s degree from the Oakland University School of Engineering and Computer Science within the last five (5) years of the expected date of enrollment with an overall GPA of at least 3.5.

To request a waiver, applicants must submit a Request to Waive GMAT form to Graduate Admissions as part of the application packet. The request for waiver is subject to the approval of the Graduate Admissions Committee.

Admission review and assessment

Admission to the Master of Science in Information Technology Management degree program is selective and depends on several elements, including scholarship and ability to communicate effectively. In making admission recommendations, the department assesses the potential of applicants for success in the MSITM program by examining their undergraduate records, their GMAT or GRE scores, their responses to questions on the Supplemental Program Form, their recommendations, and their experience. 

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Degree requirements

The Master of Science in Information Technology Management degree program requires a minimum of 30 credits.

Course requirements

a. Preparatory course

  •  MIS 3050 -  Information Technology Foundations (3 credits)

b. Foundation courses

Note:  Preparatory and foundation courses are required for students who lack information systems and basic statistics (for Business Analytics Concentration) background. Students may be waived from these courses.

c. IT core courses (9 credits)

d. Electives: Concentrations or General Focus (18 credits)

After a student has built a solid foundation, they will be able to choose 18 credits from a host of electives offered by the Department of Decision and Information Sciences on emerging information technologies and topics of contemporary interest. Other electives from related disciplines may be considered with the approval of the program director. MSITM students wanting a more structured set of electives can select from one of two concentrations. A single class may not be counted toward more than one concentration.

Choose electives from one of the following concentrations or the general focus:

Business Analytics Concentration

Information Security Management Concentration

e. Capstone course (3 credits)

All students are required to complete this course. The project seminar provides students an opportunity to integrate the concepts in the MSITM program.

Satisfactory academic progress

Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) is the term used to denote a student’s successful completion of coursework toward a certificate or degree. Federal regulations require the Office of Financial Aid to monitor Satisfactory Academic Progress for all financial aid recipients each semester.

Students who fall behind in their coursework, or fail to achieve minimum standards for grade point average and completion of classes, may lose their eligibility for all types of federal, state and university aid. Contact the Office of Financial Aid for additional details.

Good academic standing

All graduate students are expected to remain in good academic standing throughout the entire course of their graduate program. To be in good academic standing, a graduate student must make satisfactory progress toward fulfilling degree requirements, including the completion of critical degree milestones as set forth by the academic program. The student must also maintain a minimum semester and overall GPA of 3.0.

Good academic standing is a requirement for:

  • Holding a Graduate Assistantship
  • Receiving a fellowship or scholarship
  • Advancing to candidacy for a graduate degree
  • Going on a leave of absence
  • Obtaining a graduate certificate or degree from Oakland University.

Additionally, graduate students must meet all department academic standards which may be more stringent than the minimum set forth by the University.

Department requirements:  In accordance with the university requirements for graduate students, a grade-point average of 3.0 is required for graduation. Students, therefore, should maintain at least a 3.0 GPA. Students may be dismissed if they do not maintain a GPA of 3.0 or appropriate progress toward the degree as determined by the Office of Graduate Business Programs. Any course resulting in a grade below 2.0 must be repeated.

Graduate students who are not in good academic standing for any reason are subject to probation and/or dismissal from further graduate study.

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Plan of study

All accepted applicants, in consultation with their assigned faculty program adviser, must develop a plan of study that details specific courses the students will use to satisfy their degree requirements. The plan of study must be approved by the faculty program adviser and submitted by the student to Graduate Study and Lifelong Learning.

Master’s and graduate certificate students must submit a department-approved plan of study by the end of their first semester of graduate coursework. Doctoral students must submit an approved plan of study prior to completion of the first year of coursework. (See the Graduate Student Responsibility  section of this catalog.)

Note:  Credit granted for successful completion of a course toward an undergraduate degree program may not be repeated for a graduate degree. If a substitution is approved, the minimum number of program-approved graduate credits will be required. A Petition of Exception - OU Course Waiver/ Substitution requesting the substitution must be approved.