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MS in Information Technology, Enterprise Networks and Cloud Computing

School of Business, Technology, and Health Care Administration

In the Enterprise Networks and Cloud Computing master’s specialization, learners focus on current and emerging enterprise network and cloud infrastructure trends and operational issues. Learners strengthen their knowledge of current network and cloud architecture that prepares them to plan, design, implement, and troubleshoot enterprise IT infrastructure for an organization, and explore the ramifications of increasingly complex networks specific to security and privacy, with emphasis on cloud architecture and enterprise network service environments. Additional topics also include the impacts of regulation and laws on the governance of networks and the cost-benefit of various network and cloud architecture offerings. Finally, learners demonstrate hands-on practice in the use of cloud services to configure and implement cloud infrastructure, virtual machines, data servers, and application deployment.

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Core courses:

Information Technology and System Trends

Learners in this course examine current information technologies and trends, emphasizing the areas of technical focus. Learners gain the strategic underpinnings of contemporary technology and emerging trends, as well as the communication skills and requirements of an IT professional. This course also presents self-assessments and career development activities designed to support lifelong learning and workforce success. Must be taken during the first quarter by learners who have been admitted to the MS in Information Technology degree program. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer or credit for prior learning.

4 quarter credits
ITEC5010 *
Security and Enterprise Networks

In this course, learners develop an understanding of the core security principles that apply throughout networked systems. Learners examine the concepts of enterprise network design, core network infrastructure hardware, configuration, and the architecture of contemporary computing networks and cloud platforms. Learners also gain an understanding of network security and threat vectors in the context of enterprise systems, firewalls, VPNs, and network protocols. Finally, learners explore enterprise network governance, security risk assessment and development of internal controls, and implementation and management for cloud computing environments.  Prerequisite(s): Completion of or concurrent registration in ITEC5002.

4 quarter credits
ITEC5020 *
Application and Database Development

In this course, learners use their knowledge of user requirements, user interface design, program design, programming logic, and testing processes to develop a professional-quality application suitable for front-end and web platforms. Learners apply methods for relational database design, administration, and the use of structured query language (SQL) to store, retrieve, and update information for use in applications.  Prerequisite(s): Completion of or concurrent registration in ITEC5030.

4 quarter credits
ITEC5030 *
Emerging Technologies

In this course, learners gain an understanding of new and disruptive technologies that are poised to have a significant impact on individuals, industry, technology, and society. Learners explore strategies for identifying and researching emerging technologies to determine their value-added application to the organization and examine models that help predict technology growth and proliferation.  Prerequisite(s): ITEC5010.

4 quarter credits
Project Management Foundations

In this cross-disciplinary course, learners analyze the fundamentals of project management and gain an overview of project management standards and their applicability to managing projects, with an emphasis on management methodologies and frameworks, including those defined by the Project Management Institute (PMI®). Learners have the opportunity to participate in experiential learning by bringing in a workplace project, or they may use the project provided in the course. Learners cultivate effective project management leadership skills, including project politics and ethics and collaboration.

4 quarter credits

Specialization courses:

ISTM5110 *
Strategic Management of Network Technology

Learners investigate corporate network management issues and analyze emerging network technology and trends, especially on the security issues encountered while managing networks. Learners also plan for sourcing and procuring enterprise network technology. Prerequisite(s): Completion of or concurrent registration in PM5018 and ITEC5020.

4 quarter credits
ISTM5112 *
Global Network Policy, Regulation, and Governance

Learners assess the impact of laws, policy, and regulations on network operations. Learners analyze methods of aligning network policies that mitigate risk with business needs within the context of policies, laws, and regulations. Learners also create a contingency plan template for responding to possible policy and regulatory changes. Prerequisite(s): ITEC5060.

4 quarter credits
ISTM5114 *
Enterprise Network Analysis, Architecture, and Design

This course familiarizes learners with trends in network architecture and design, enabling learners to better align network architectures to support business processes. Learners in this course compare and contrast various network design solutions, including those for a variety of enterprises, and determine the cost-benefit of the various architecture options. Prerequisite(s): Completion of or concurrent registration in ISTM5110.

4 quarter credits
ITEC5050 *
Cloud Architecture and Distributed Systems

In this course, learners extend their knowledge of enterprise networking by focusing on distributed systems, and the key characteristics and benefits of cloud computing, including reliability, scalability, and virtualization. Learners examine core cloud technologies and challenges, along with various delivery models, including Software as a Service (SaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS). Additionally, learners explore cloud architecture for platforms and cloud-based solutions and services, with associated cloud computing design patterns. Learners gain hands-on experience in a cloud environment by building, configuring, and consuming cloud-based architectures to address the needs of an organization. Prerequisite(s): Completion of or concurrent registration in ISTM5110. 

4 quarter credits
ITEC5060 *
Cloud Application Deployment and Operations

This course strengthens a learner’s understanding of cloud computing concepts, including hybrid cloud deployment models, compound design patterns, and architectures that involve both on-premise and cloud environments. Learners place an emphasis on cloud security and the mechanisms and controls to prevent and respond to threats and attacks. Additionally, learners examine the migration of current applications and data storage infrastructure to the cloud, as well as the identification and provisioning of required cloud services to support cloud-based applications. Finally, learners employ a hands-on experience to explore and demonstrate configuration, automation, and monitoring of cloud applications and services, and their on-going operational support. Prerequisite(s): ITEC5050.

4 quarter credits

Taken during the learner’s final quarters:

ITEC5900 *
Applied Information Technology Project 1

In this first of a two-course sequence, learners further enhance their professional collaboration and communication skills to identify and select a project that addresses an IT problem or opportunity in an organizational or societal context. Learners apply IT evaluation frameworks and the RFP process to elicit and evaluate requirements and possible technology solutions. Learners also explore IT consulting skills to address technical, product, and related economic factors valuable for in-house and external consulting engagements. For MS in Information Technology learners only. Prerequisite(s): Completion of or concurrent registration in ITEC5020 and IAS5030 or ITEC5040 or ITEC5060 or PM5335. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer or credit for prior learning.

4 quarter credits
ITEC5905 *
Applied Information Technology Project 2

In this second of a two-course sequence, learner teams implement their project plan to address an IT problem or opportunity in an organizational or societal context. Teams finalize project requirements and complete tasks associated with the project, including regular status reporting, production of intermediate deliverables, on-going communication with key stakeholders, and developing an optimal IT solution that meets the requirements and solution context. Learners also complete a written report and conduct a final presentation that describes the solution and its implementation. Upon project conclusion, learners review and update their personal, technical, and soft skills development plan created at the beginning of the program. For MS in Information Technology learners only. Prerequisite(s): ITEC5900 and completion of or concurrent registration in ANLT5100 or IAS5220 or ISTM5112 or PM5336. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer or credit for prior learning.

4 quarter credits






At least 48 quarter credits

* Denotes courses that have prerequisite(s). Refer to the descriptions for further details.

Learners who do not complete all program requirements within quarter credit/program point minimums will be required to accrue such additional quarter credits/program points as are associated with any additional or repeat coursework necessary for successful completion of program requirements.




Multiple Specializations available   (must be within the same degree program)