MS in Information Technology - Web Design

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Web Design Concentration Offers
Real-World Opportunities

The Web continues to grow at breathtaking speed, and earning your online Master's in Information Technology: Web Design concentration can help make a professional web design career into a reality. Earning an MS in IT in Web Design from Southern New Hampshire University will provide the background needed to be a successful web designer. This program provides a solid foundation in information technology and real-world applications in web design, enabling you to create and maintain interactive and e-commerce Web sites.

Gain In-depth Knowledge and Experience in
Web Design

The online Master's in Information Technology: Web Design Concentration includes on-campus or online web design courses that explore the construction and management of websites. Through hands-on experience, you will:

  • Gain expertise in HTML/XML, scripting, embedding rich media and database connectivity, audience analysis, branding, page layout and templates, content organization, and managing and marketing websites.
  • Become familiar with e-commerce techniques, as well as e-business models, online security, privacy and ethics.
  • Build an e-commerce website from the ground up, learning how to effectively use e-commerce as a competitive advantage.
  • Have firsthand experience in user interface design, object-oriented design, data management and data security by designing and building client applications that manipulate data in a shared database on a network.

Web Design Concentration - Web Design Jobs Continue Growth

The demand for web design professionals will remain steady as businesses of all sizes have an ongoing need to create or maintain their websites to keep content fresh. IT and design professionals with web design certification or an advanced degree may be particularly sought after. Web design jobs are typically found at larger companies, advertising and marketing agencies, and smaller design shops. Those with professional web design experience may also create their own web design job opportunities as a freelance web designer. With a combination of skills in graphic design and web design software, web design professionals enjoy strong career opportunities. Whatever the creative web design and development career path, the Master's in Information Technology degree with a Web Design Concentration will enable you to continue to advance your skills with the convenience and flexibility of learning online, on campus or in a blended format.

MS in IT Web Design Concentration - Curriculum

Total Credits Required: 36 minimum

To complete our 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.

Web Design Courses

IT-503: Digital Commerce and eBusiness
This course is a comprehensive survey of the principles, techniques and implications of digital commerce and e-business. It covers the entire spectrum of Web-centric forms of communication and trade amongst commercial, industrial, institutional, governmental, employee and consumer participants and partners. Important areas such as e-business models, security, privacy and ethics are covered along with the major Internet tools and architecture behind digital commerce. Students use a Web development tool to build and post a site and learn what an organization must do to effectively use e-commerce to achieve a competitive advantage.
IT-500 or IT-510 or permission of instructor
IT-647: Web Site Construction and Management
This course is an introduction to the construction and management of interactive Web sites. It involves technical issues such as standards, HTML/ XML, scripting, embedded rich media and database connectivity; design issues such as audience analysis, content organization, accessibility, page layout, styling and templates and management issues such as organizing, branding, managing and marketing the Web site. The course focuses on designing Web sites with creative interfaces, aesthetic style, functional structure and navigation. There is equal emphasis on technical proficiency, creative comprehension and management concepts. This course does have hands-on labs.
IT-500 or IT-510
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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