Technology MS Information Technology

Program Purpose


Those qualifying for the IT specialization within the MS Technology program prepare for information technology (IT) leadership positions in an organization of their choice. The curriculum addresses the many applications and developments of IT, focusing on those in science, engineering, and technology. The MS degree is awarded to students who have mastered a professional level of education in core and related areas of information technologies. The program also emphasizes how to conduct original research within the field of Information Technology.

Curricular Structure

In addition to meeting the needs of the Technology MS degree, the Information Technology program requires that 9 credits must be taken from the following courses: IT529, IT531, IT548, IT566, IT567, IT 650, or IT515R. Another 12 credits of approved electives from among the IT courses or related graduate courses across campus are required.

Information Technology Program Website

Graduate Catalog

Department Information

Learning Outcomes


Creative and Analytical Thinking

Demonstrate creative and analytical thinking skills that provide a basis for technological problem solving within their area of emphasis.

Courses that Contribute: IT 410 IT 555 IT 670
Linked to BYU Aims: Think soundly
Leadership, Teamwork, Management and Professionalism

Demonstrate an understanding of the elements of leadership, teamwork, management, and professionalism.

Courses that Contribute: IT 555
Linked to BYU Aims: Communicate effectively
Effective Communication

Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.

Courses that Contribute: None
Linked to BYU Aims: Communicate effectively
Impact of Technology

Demonstrate an understanding of the impact of technology on society.

Courses that Contribute: None
Linked to BYU Aims: Think soundly
Ethical and Moral Standards

Demonstrate a pattern of living consistent with high ethical and moral standards.

Courses that Contribute: IT 555 IT 670
Linked to BYU Aims: Character

Evidence of Learning


Assessment Tools

A valid assessment plan has been developed to address the assessment needs for the School of Technology graduate program. The intent of these internal assessment strategies is to continually enhance graduate education within the School of Technology.

Direct Measures

  1. The School Graduate Committee is responsible to evaluate theses on a two-year basis for content, validity, and overall contribution.
  2. Admissions standards are evaluated on a yearly basis to verify if they are continually consistent with the School's graduate study goals and intents.
  3. Completing students are required to experience an exit interview.

Indirect Measures

  1. Graduates are tracked and surveyed at two and five years out to evaluate credibility to their graduate study experience.
  2. Incoming graduate students are evaluated yearly to understand the demographics of entering students and the validity of our program as it appears to the professional world.

Learning and Teaching Assessment and Improvement


The School of Technology continually monitors the achievement of the degree objectives and learning outcomes for each of the tracks in the MS Technology graduate program, and makes appropriate changes each year. The School of Technology graduate committee meets regularly to discuss graduate program issues, propose changes, and improve student learning. Changes approved in these meetings are implemented through the normal academic processes, as soon as the next cycle of changes permits. The following formal mechanisms are currently in place for evaluating and improving student learning at the graduate level:

 

  1. Institutional reviews of graduate program.

 

  2. Yearly faculty stewardship interviews with department chair.

 

  3. Student feedback from course evaluations.

 

  4. Department advisory board recommendations and feedback.

 

  5. Yearly department retreat.