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Learn to identify and implement technologies that drive growth and provide competitive differentiators for any organization. A Master of Science in Information Technology degree from Southern New Hampshire University can provide you with marketable IT skills that can help you serve as a bridge between IT and your organization’s management. This program emphasizes practical skills as you'll analyze business needs, determine information systems requirements and apply current technologies.
Organizations in every industry need IT professionals who can think beyond traditional IT support functions. The master’s in IT at SNHU can help you land a key IT role in a broad range of organizations. The master’s in information technology degree is available online and on our Manchester campus.
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You'll also have the option to master a specialized skill set – with one of our 7 concentrations – while developing an understanding of current information technologies and emerging issues in the field.
By earning an online Master of Science in Information Technology degree with a concentration in Data Analytics, you’ll have the specialized intelligence to collect, organize and interpret statistical information while leveraging the power of big data. In this concentration, you'll examine the concept of data analysis and how it influences business decisions.
The need for data analysts is on the rise as companies turn to big data to drive important business decisions. With a concentration in data analytics, you can fulfill a number of roles including:
Those interested in advancing a career in this field may also be interested in a full master's in data analytics.
Courses may include:
Databases are the backbone of almost every business, and with the Master of Science in Information Technology with a concentration in Database Design degree, you’ll develop the skills necessary to successfully design databases.
SNHU's master’s in database design program focuses on the design and development of database applications, client/server systems and data warehouses within the context of a business environment. In this program, you’ll learn how multi-user database applications are created and manipulate data in a shared database environment. You’ll also explore the principles of design, development and implementation of data warehouse database management systems (DBMS).
Courses may include:
Health information technology will play a major role in the future of healthcare. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) estimates this field to grow 11% through 2028.2 The expertise you'll gain with a focus in health informatics could help prepare you to become a valued professional in the workforce. Upon completion of this program, you'll have the knowledge and skills needed to pursue management positions in a wide range of healthcare-related organizations.
As information technologies evolve, so does the need for cyber security roles. Students in the Master of Science in Information Technology with a concentration in Information Security will examine the current landscape of vulnerabilities, risks and security disciplines – and how these relate to the field of information security.
This ever-growing field involves managing and evaluating internal and external threats to security, system integrity and networks. This program equips you with the foundational knowledge and analytical skills necessary to prevent, mitigate and respond to cyber security threats.
You'll learn to develop best practices for planning, implementing and managing security and system integrity while developing organizational policies and procedures to evaluate and manage potential security threats. You'll also learn to investigate human factors present in cyber security related to ethics, integrity, practices, policies and procedures.
If you're interested in advancing your career in this field, you may also want to think about a master's in cyber security.
With a Master of Science in Information Technology with a concentration in Information Technology Management, you can hone in on enterprise-level technology management expertise.
In this concentration, you'll focus on managing key aspects of information technology, including the relationships between structure and process in project management and the management of IT functions for a variety of organizations. You'll also explore enterprise resource planning, as well as the implications of cyber law and ethics.
From learning how to manage IT functions and interrelationships within an organization, to justifying recommendations for enterprise resource planning technology solutions, to managing the overall flow of information and integration, you can develop the skills you need to problem solve and propose future enhancements.
Those interested in advancing into IT leadership may also want to consider an online MBA with an information technology management concentration.
The Master of Science in Information Technology with a concentration in Software Application Development provides a hands-on introduction to designing and developing software applications. Learn the software development process, from considering the initial customer needs to designing and testing the product. Topics include software design methodologies, developing mobile applications and distributed software applications.
Our online Master of Science in Information Technology with a concentration in Web Design focuses on the design and development of interactive websites, web applications and methods for driving traffic to websites. You can gain experience with HTML/XML, scripting, embedding rich media and database connectivity, audience analysis, branding, page layout, templates and content organization. Other topics include e-commerce techniques, online security, privacy and ethics.
With the growing demand for more business professionals with IT expertise, graduates of this program will be prepared for a variety of employment opportunities. You can pursue careers such as systems software manager, systems analyst, business analyst, data processing manager or director of information technology. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that jobs for computer and information systems managers will to grow 11% through 2028.2
SNHU’s information technology master's program is designed to accommodate career changers as well as those already in the field looking to advance their role in the industry.
With no set class meeting times, you can learn on your schedule and access online course materials 24/7.
Take advantage of some of the lowest online tuition rates in the nation, plus financial aid for those who qualify. We also make it easy to transfer to SNHU by accepting up to 12 credits from your previous institution.
Founded in 1932, Southern New Hampshire University is a private, nonprofit institution with over 100,000 graduates across the country. SNHU is regionally accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE), which advocates for institutional improvement and public assurance of quality.
Recently, Southern New Hampshire University has been nationally recognized for leading the way toward more innovative, affordable and achievable education:
At Southern New Hampshire University, you'll have access to a powerful network of more than 200,000 students, alumni and staff that can help support you long after graduation. Our instructors offer relevant, real-world expertise to help you understand and navigate your industry. Plus, with our growing, nationwide alumni network, you'll have the potential to tap into a number of internship and career opportunities.
See why 96% of students would recommend SNHU.*
Part of our mission to expand access to quality higher education means removing the barriers that may stand between you and your degree. That’s why you can apply at any time and get a decision within days of submitting all required materials — with no GRE or GMAT required.
Master's degree candidates must also submit a personal statement. Students with an undergraduate GPA below 2.75 are eligible for provisional acceptance.
To apply, use the online application.
Simply contact an admission counselor, who can help you explore financial options, answer all your questions, and walk you through the application process, which includes:
Through our Cyber Security Center of Excellence, SNHU proudly supports cyber security students across the globe. To learn more about our contributions to the field, and connect with our academic leaders, visit our Cyber Security Center of Excellence page.
From developing computer-based solutions to business problems to collaborating and communicating effectively, the online IT curriculum provides a look at current IT topics and applications that you’ll learn at SNHU. The skills you can gain in this program will prepare you to step into a variety of leadership roles in the IT field.
Core courses may include:
You’ll also have the option to choose from 1 of the following:
Additionally, you may also participate in Graduate Experiential Learning. From taking part in cyber competitions and learning cloud computing to analyzing real-world data, explore the invaluable opportunity of gaining hands-on experience, and a critical edge in the workforce in this 3-credit STEM experiential learning course.
"The experiential learning AWS (Amazon Web Services) course allowed me to get real-world experience that led to a certification that will help me advance my career. The presentation of course material and support from the instructor helped to give me and my peers the tools to become a cloud professional," said Aaron Guyett, a student in the MS in IT with a concentration in Web Design and Development program.
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Computer science is focused on the underlying theories of computer systems. When studying for a computer science degree, you can focus on developing programming skills and becoming adept at creating and refining algorithms. Information technology studies are focused on the practical application of information systems and systems administration. Studies of information technology also include learning about databases, networking and gaining an overview of cyber security
When it comes to career paths in information technology, examples run from tiny consulting firms to huge multinational corporations, and from highly technical specialties to management ladders that demand strong people skills.
And since it's an evergreen industry that's rapidly evolving, there's a wide range of career options available in the industry. “Everything that you touch, everything that you wear, everything that you interact with, anything that you order online, it’s all IT,” said Ben Steinbach, a career outreach specialist at SNHU. “It’s going to be with us every step of the way until the end of human civilization."
Our Career Services team can even help guide you along the way. After embarking on his master’s in IT online, Ricardo Scarello ‘19 , who is also vision impaired, began working with the university’s career services team and participated in a virtual career fair. He credits SNHU with giving him the ability to be an equal to any other student. Now, he uses his skills and knowledge to allow others to experience the same through the work he does as a senior software developer.
“This was something no other school has done for me before,” he said. “Whatever came up, they said, ‘We’ll figure it out.’”
Here are some examples of career routes you might choose:
If you're looking to progress in the IT field, earning an information technology master's degree at Southern New Hampshire University is an excellent choice. After learning the foundations of information technology through SNHU's 4-year bachelor program, the online MS in IT degree could help you advance your career.
Earning a master's in information technology can be done in as few as 15 months, depending on your schedule. At SNHU, you'll work closely with your academic advisor to develop a flexible timeline that works for your lifestyle.
While it depends on a number of factors, according to BLS, the median annual wage for computer and information technology occupations was $86,320 in May 2018.2
According to information pulled from BLS, the IT jobs that pay the most include:2
Note: Additional education and certifications may be required in these roles.
Southern New Hampshire University is a private, nonprofit institution accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE) as well as several other accrediting bodies.
*According to a survey of over 12,000 SNHU online students conducted in the fall of 2018.
2 According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, on the internet, at:
Cited projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth.