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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How is the MSITM program different from traditional MBA/MIS programs?
A: The MSITM is designed specifically for those who want to move into a management function within an IT department. MSITM provides an overview of management topics, such as finance, budgeting, and business operations, but then focuses on IT specific topics. The IT topics are presented in a manner that incorporates an in-depth study of the underlying information technologies and how the technologies can be used to support an effective enterprise.
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Q: What are the prerequisites for the MSITM program?
A: The MSITM program requires that each student have some background in networking, database, and programming. A specific undergraduate degree is not required. A series of up to 4 undergraduate courses may be needed for someone coming from a non-computer background.
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Q: If I need to take some of the prerequisites, do I need to finish them before I start the MSITM program?
A: No. The prerequisites are attached to specific graduate courses and you must complete the prerequisite before you start the specific graduate course, but there are some MSITM courses that do not have prerequisites and you may start those immediately upon acceptance into the program.
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Q: What are the entrance requirements for the MSITM program?
A: The primary criterion used for admittance into the MSITM program is undergraduate GPA. We require a 2.8 or above (on a 4.0 scale) on all undergraduate work for admittance. If your undergraduate GPA is between 2.6 and 2.8 you may submit additional supporting material for consideration of acceptance.
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Q: When are classes offered?
A: Since the MSITM program is designed for working professionals, the courses are offered in the evening. Each course meets one night a week for 12 meetings over the 15 week semester. The MSITM program follows the MBA evening calendar.
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Q: Can I be a part-time student or do I need to be full-time?
A: This is entirely up to you. We encourage both part-time and full-time students.
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Q: Is financial aid available?
A: A MSITM fellowship award may be available for incoming students. See the MSITM Program Director for details. You may apply for student loans through the Financial Aid office at SAU. These are traditional student loans and require that you submit a FAFSA for consideration. Another possibility is a graduate assistantship. The MSITM program participates in the COB assistantship program and MSITM students can apply for consideration through the COB office. The assistantships are limited and cover only a portion of the tuition. There are no assistantships that provide support for living expenses.
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