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Explore our MS in Information Technology Information Systems specialization

The Information Systems specialization can help you gain the skills you need to transition into a new career in the high-growth fields of information systems and technology. Learn to create IT solutions that meet strategic organizational needs, integrate IT solutions and business processes, and apply best practices to software construction tasks.

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Receive up to a $3,000 grant if you reside in the U.S. and start this program on September 27, 2021. Contact one of our Enrollment Specialists to learn more.

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Curriculum

Minimum Degree Requirements

  • 30 semester credits
    • Core courses (12 sem. cr.)
    • Specialization courses (18 sem. cr.)

This sequence represents the minimum time to completion. Time to completion will vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of the number of your transfer credits that Walden would accept, call an Enrollment Specialist at 855-646-5286.

Courses

Course Code Title Credits

CORE COURSES

ITEC 6111

Information Technology in the Organization

Through a review of modern computer systems and the social and economic issues related to their use, students in this course are introduced to the conceptual foundations for designing, developing, and deploying large-scale management information systems. Students investigate the role of information technology in an organization—particularly the collection, storage, and distribution of information for operations, planning, and decision making.

(3 sem. cr.)
ITEC 6115

Computer Networking and Operating Systems

Within this course, students can learn the concepts of computer operating systems, including the main functions, similarities, and differences. Students can explore a variety of topics, including configuration, file systems, security, administration, interfacing, multitasking, and performance analysis. In addition, they can further their understanding of computers through the study of computer networks by learning key networking concepts, components, and the design of information and communication infrastructure solutions.

(3 sem. cr.)
ITEC 6030

Principles of Programming

The discipline of software development demands a variety of skills. Students in this course assess the fundamental practices and principles of designing and constructing object-oriented programs. They engage in substantial hands-on practice, reinforcing algorithmic thinking, logical design, precise coding, and careful attention to quality.

(3 sem. cr.)
ITEC 6145

Enterprise Database Design

In this course, students discuss the design, implementation, and operation of databases using a principal relational database management system (DBMS). Many fundamental topics are covered in this course including: data modeling using entity-relationship diagrams; data storage, manipulation, and queries using structured query language (SQL); functional dependencies, normalization concepts, data warehouse architectures, data warehouse modeling, and data analytics.

(3 sem. cr.)

SPECIALIZATION COURSES

ITEC 6020

Core Web Technologies

Through this course, students learn key technologies and design principles for interactive web applications as well the professional, individual, organizational, societal, and regulatory implications thereof. Students learn how pages are designed and how they interact with external servers to deliver information––important concepts underlying how computers enable communication among Internet users and allow enterprises to conduct business online. They develop and manage Web-based applications using a selection of fundamental tools and techniques, such as XHTML and cascading style sheets.

(3 sem. cr.)
ITEC 6040

Systems Analysis and Design

Students in this course examine the role a systems analyst plays in developing large-scale software systems and explore the phases of the software development life cycle. A systems analyst is responsible for designing the new system, ensuring the new system will meet the organization's needs, and ensuring that the correct staffing is available to create the new system. A systems analyst must also be able to resolve conflicts of interests. In this course, students focus on the definition of system requirements, both functional and nonfunctional, for an information system (IS). Students also investigate how to model requirements, data, and processes to meet business needs.

(3 sem. cr.)
ITEC 6150

Principles of Software Engineering

The principles of software engineering and software design allow for the methodical construction and controlled development of complex software systems. Students in this course survey the evolution and current practices of software engineering through the entire software life cycle, with emphasis on the elements that significantly affect software system quality.

Prerequisites

  • ITEC 6145

(3 sem. cr.)
ITEC 6160

Enterprise Systems Architecture

Large-scale enterprise systems often rely on architectural frameworks that define their main components as well as the interactions among these components. Students in this course survey the principal design strategies and tools for constructing the modern information system. They identify common vendor and open-source components, illustrating how these elements can create and integrate robust web- and cloud-based services and applications.

(3 sem. cr.)
ITEC 6170

Fundamentals of Information Assurance

The principles of confidentiality, integrity, and availability of data while it is being stored, processed, or communicated guide the policies and practices of information assurance. In this course, students investigate the theory of information security and data protection, study common system risks and vulnerabilities, and follow best practices to protect computer and data assets. These practices address organizational policies, access controls, software and network design, and logging and auditing.

(3 sem. cr.)
ITEC 6721

Organizational and Social Dimensions of Information Systems

In this course, students place their technical and process work in a human context, focusing on issues and effects in a broader domain. Topics include organizational behavior and change; intellectual property issues; ethics, professionalism, and social impact; and privacy and security.

(3 sem. cr.)
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Tuition and Fees

Curriculum Component Requirements Cost amount
Tuition 30 semester credit hours $880 per semester hour $26,400
Technology Fee Per semester $210 $1,050


  $27,450*

*Tuition reflects the minimum time to completion. Time to completion varies by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. Tuition and time to complete may be reduced if transfer credits are accepted, or if you receive grants, scholarships or other tuition reductions. Walden may accept up to 15 transfer credits. For a personalized estimate of the number of your transfer credits that Walden would accept, call an Enrollment Specialist at 855-646-5286.

Tuition and fees are subject to change. Books and materials are not included and may cost between $1,000 and $1,400.

FINANCIAL AID

Many Walden degree-seeking students—67%—receive some form of financial aid.* Create a customized plan that makes sense for you.

*Source: Walden University’s Office of Financial Aid. Data reports as of 2018.

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Program Savings

Receive up to a $3,000 grant if you reside in the U.S. and start this program on September 27, 2021. Contact one of our Enrollment Specialists to learn more.

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Admission Requirements

Program Admission Considerations: All specializations require a bachelor's degree or higher.

General Admission Requirements: Completed online application and transcripts. Please note that the materials you are required to submit may vary depending on the academic program to which you apply. More information for international applicants.

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