MS in Information Technology - Database Design

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Database Design Concentration Offers Real-World Opportunities

The online master's in database design concentration provides real-world experience in database design applications, giving you a competitive advantage in securing a position in this field. Classes include theoretical concepts and practical applications of database design, analysis and management. Our IT faculty is current on the latest database design technologies and applications, bringing highly regarded expertise and insight to the classroom. You also have the flexibility of taking on-campus or online database design classes as part of your MS in IT with a Database Design Concentration.

Develop Advanced Skills in Design and Management of Enterprise-Scale Databases

The MS in IT with a Database Design Concentration is focused on helping you develop a highly valued skill set. You will learn how to:

  • Analyze business problems to determine an organization's data needs and create databases and interfaces to retrieve key information for business decision-making support.
  • Develop advanced database applications and administration techniques to optimize database processing..
  • Design and build client applications that manipulate data in a shared database environment.

SNHU's online master's in IT with a concentration in database design introduces concepts that are reinforced with hands-on applications to build your understanding and skills. Projects and course work will also expand knowledge of interface design, object-oriented design, data management and data security.

MS in IT Database Design Concentration Offers Professional Opportunities

With an increasing demand for critical business data for more informed decision-making across organizations, earning an Master of Science in Information Technology with a Database Design Concentration can position you well for an IT career in a wide range of industries. Demand for IT professionals with database design skills is expected to increase, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. IT professionals who possess both technical skills and effective communication skills in translating the value of data to numerous business applications should enjoy extensive career opportunities.

MS IT Database Design Concentration -- Curriculum

Total Credits Required: 36 minimum

To complete your Master’s in IT degree, you will take 12 courses (36 credits), including nine core MS in Information Technology courses and three IT concentration courses.

Database Design Courses

IT-560: Database Application for Data Analysis
This course focuses on business problem analysis to determine data needs, and focuses on developing problem solutions. Solutions consist of creating databases and using software tools to manipulate them in order to extract useful information for business decision support. Students learn how to construct interfaces to enter and retrieve data from large databases. Various types of data analyses are covered as well as database security issues from the user perspective.
Prerequisites:
IT-500 and IT-510
IT-655: Database Application Development
This course focuses on how to develop advanced, multi-user database applications using ORACLE. Hands-on project work is stressed. Students will learn advanced administration techniques and ways to handle run-time errors and optimize database processing by manipulating system parameters.
Prerequisites:
IT-500 or IT-510 or permission of instructor
IT-665: Client/Server Systems
This course focuses on the elements and methodologies used in the development of client server applications. Students design and build client applications that manipulate data in a shared database environment on a network. Topics include user interface design, object- oriented design, data management and data security. Theoretical concepts are reinforced with applications. The course is project- oriented, with students implementing projects using a front-end application development language.
Prerequisites:
IT-500 or IT-510 or permission of instructor

MS in Information Technology Core Courses

IT-510: Advanced Information Technology
This course focuses on the principles and practices underlying the analysis, design, implementation and management of information technology systems. Topics include information system development methodologies, systems planning, requirements analysis, systems implementation, software engineering, project management, and interface, database and process design.
Prerequisites:
IT-501
IT-511: Object Oriented Application Development
This course provides a comprehensive introduction to the principles and practices of object- oriented software development and provides a foundation for developing quality software. Students develop skills in applying object- oriented concepts to solve software problems and implement solutions. The course also teaches the concepts and design of algorithms for problem solving and includes the topics of data structures as they are related to the algorithms that use them. The course provides the technical foundation necessary to handle the material covered in the subsequent IT courses.
IT-600: Operating Systems
This course focuses on computer architecture and the operating systems of digital computers. Students learn about the operational methods of hardware; the services provided by operating systems' software; acquisition, processing, storage and output data; and the interaction between computers. Topics include widely used operating systems such as DOS, Windows, and UNIX.
Prerequisites:
IT-501 and IT-510
IT-610: Object-Oriented Systems Analysis
This course focuses on the systems analysis tools and techniques that underlie the development of information systems. Object-oriented analysis is emphasized. The course examines approaches for establishing the scope of a system, capturing and modeling information gathered during analysis, and managing and controlling project development. Students will get a working understanding of the methods for developing and specifying application system requirements. CASE tools will be used to develop system models.
Prerequisites:
IT-501 and IT-510 or permission of instructor
IT-625: Information Technology Project and Team Management
This course introduces the students to the principles and practices necessary to be an effective IT project manager. The course covers project scope, time, cost, quality and human resource management techniques as applied to the kinds of project management problems and issues unique to the IT environment. Students learn how to design an actual IT project structure and will obtain hands-on experience using project management software. Emphasis is on the techniques of project management, leadership, teamwork and project risk management as applied to the IT environment. Case work is an important part of this course.
Prerequisites:
IT-501 and IT-510 or permission of instructor
IT-630: Computer Simulation and Modeling
This course focuses on the theory and practice of discrete system simulation. Topics include simulation/modeling techniques and methodologies illustrated by business and industrial applications such as computer and network modeling, manufacturing simulation and queuing systems. Queuing theory and input/output statistical analysis are included. Modeling software is used.
Prerequisites:
IT-501 and IT-510 or permission of instructor
IT-640: Telecommunications and Networking
Telecommunications is a business resource that must be well managed. This includes the technical aspects and the application of telecommunications technology to solve specific business problems and enhance the strategic position of a business enterprise. Topics include the importance of telecommunication in today's business environment, the analysis, design and implementation of telecommunications systems, the scope of the telecommunications industry and current trends; telecommunications hardware, the OSI network model, networking technologies and telecommunications software, protocols and standards.
Prerequisites:
IT-600 and Minimum grade C, T, WV
IT-650: Principles of Database Design
This course is a study of the design, development and implementation of database management systems (DBMS) that emphasizes relational DBMS architecture using SQL. Students will design and implement projects and complete case exercises as they are introduced to new developments in data- base design.
Prerequisites:
IT-501 and IT-510
IT-700: Information Technology Strategy & Policy
This is the capstone course of the IT master's degree program and is designed to provide in-depth understanding of the central role of information technology in the contemporary business environment. Students develop an understanding of the strategic uses of information technology from a business perspective at the enterprise level. Students also learn how to manage the introduction of new information technologies in the firm. They learn how to harness the power of these new technologies, enabling them to make better decisions and more effectively manage their organizations. Students conduct an extensive research project on the business impact of emerging technologies.
Prerequisites:
IT-510, IT-600, IT-610, IT-625, IT-630, IT-640 and IT-650 or permission of instructor

Admission Requirements

Acceptance decisions are made on a rolling basis throughout the year for our five graduate terms. You can apply at any time and get a decision within days of submitting all required materials. To apply, simply contact an admission counselor, who can help you explore financial options.  Your counselor can also walk you through the application process, which involves completing a graduate application ($40 fee) and providing undergraduate transcripts.

Candidates are also required to submit a resume.

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