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Information Technology with Informatics Specialization
Master's Specialization

These program requirements are for students who enroll in the 2022-2023 academic year.


Build a strong foundation in all major categories of IT management, so you can take your career in any direction you choose. In the online IT master's specialization in informatics at University of Maryland Global Campus, you'll acquire the knowledge to become a valuable asset to any organization. Develop advanced skills in networking, security, software development, databases, web design, and IT acquisitions.

Program Highlights
  • Design information systems, determine system requirements, understand modeling, make decisions, and develop and implement proposals
  • Write system and software requirements, formal specification analyses, formal description reasonings, models of standard paradigms, and translations into formal notations
  • Manage emerging technologies such as cloud computing, BYOD, and virtualization
  • Write successful website development plans
  • Design for the web using Java and CGI scripts, as well as usability best practices
  • Develop web benchmarks, standards for representing common media formats, compression algorithms, file format translation tools, and hardware requirements and standards
  • Ensure and manage information security, including risk and vulnerability analysis, security planning, and security architecture
  • Apply legal, ethical, and privacy considerations to information assurance decisions
  • Master techniques for relational database design, query optimization, concurrency control, recovery, and integrity
  • Use a suite of development software, including rapid application development and agile development, Scrum, extreme programming, Evolutionary Project Management, lean software development, test-driven development, feature-driven development, Crystal solutions, Rational Unified Process, and other Unified Process methods
  • Apply management practices related to the acquisition of IT systems, components, and services, including enterprise strategic planning, financial planning and budgeting, and integration
Required Courses

Initial Requirement

  • (0 Credits, UCSP 615)
    (to be taken within the first 6 credits of study)

The UCSP 615 requirement may be waived if you previously earned a graduate degree from a regionally accredited institution. For more information, contact your academic advisor.

Core Courses

  • (3 Credits, ITEC 610)
  • (3 Credits, ITEC 625)
  • (3 Credits, ITEC 626)
  • (3 Credits, ITEC 630)
  • (3 Credits, ITEC 640)

Specialization Courses

  • (3 Credits, SWEN 603)
  • (3 Credits, DBST 651)
  • (3 Credits, SWEN 645)
  • (3 Credits, INFA 610)
  • (3 Credits, IMAT 637)
  • (3 Credits, IMAT 639)
  • (3 Credits, IMAT 670)
Career Preparation

This program is designed to help prepare you for work in all major areas of IT management, including networking, security, software development, databases, web design, and IT acquisitions.

Experience Recommended for Success in the Program

Taking UCSP 605 is recommended to help improve writing skills.

Total Program Credits
36
Transfer Credits
Up to 6
Format
  • All courses are available online
  • Select on-site and hybrid courses available
Tuition Per Credit
  • $336 per credit hour
    (Europe & Downrange)

See our Tuition Rates page for details.

Admission Requirements

This program follows standard UMGC admission requirements.

Military-Specific Details

This program does not have military restrictions. It is available to all eligible civilian and military-affiliated students.

State-Specific Details

This program does not have state-specific restrictions.

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Information Technology with Project Management Specialization
Master's Specialization

These program requirements are for students who enroll in the 2022-2023 academic year.


Gain advanced IT management skills while building expertise for your project management certification with an online master’s degree in information technology with a project management specialization from UMGC. The specialization courses include project risk management, project procurement management, and advanced project methods, while the core IT courses give you the tools you need to take on leadership roles.

Program Highlights
  • Initiate, plan, track, and close projects
  • Manage the schedule of a complex project on time and within budget, solving conflicts as they arise
  • Perform quantitative analyses and manage risks involved in a complex project
  • Apply advanced knowledge in computer systems architecture
  • Analyze, design, and implement information systems
  • Plan projects, build teams, and create and modify effective control mechanisms
Required Courses

Initial Requirement

  • (0 Credits, UCSP 615)
    (to be taken within the first 6 credits of study)

The UCSP 615 requirement may be waived if you previously earned a graduate degree from a regionally accredited institution. For more information, contact your academic advisor.

Core Courses

  • (3 Credits, ITEC 610)
  • (3 Credits, ITEC 625)
  • (3 Credits, ITEC 626)
  • (3 Credits, ITEC 630)
  • (3 Credits, ITEC 640)

Specialization Courses

  • (3 Credits, PMAN 634)
  • (3 Credits, PMAN 635)
  • (3 Credits, PMAN 637)
  • (3 Credits, PMAN 638)
  • (3 Credits, PMAN 639)
  • (3 Credits, PMAN 641)
  • (3 Credits, PMAN 650)
Career Preparation

This program is designed to help prepare you for work in project coordination and management and, potentially, program management.

Experience Recommended for Success in the Program

(3 Credits, ITEC 640) (or an approved course in finance) and (3 Credits, MGMT 650) (or an approved course in statistics) are prerequisites to (3 Credits, PMAN 635). If you lack a recent background in finance or accounting, it is recommended to take UCSP 620. If you lack a recent background in statistics, it is recommended to take UCSP 630. Taking UCSP 605 is recommended to help improve writing skills.

Recognition

UMGC master's degree programs with project management specializations are recognized by the Global Accreditation Center (GAC) of the Project Management Institute (PMI).

Academic Relationship

Completing this program earns you the project management education hours required to sit for the Project Management Professional (PMP) Credential Examination or the Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) Exam. If you are already certified as a Project Management Professional by the Project Management Institute, you may receive credit for (3 Credits, PMAN 634) if you begin study for the master's degree within five years of earning certification. Academic advisors can provide more information.

Total Program Credits
36
Transfer Credits
Up to 6
Format
  • All courses are available online
  • Select on-site and hybrid courses available
Tuition Per Credit
  • $336 per credit hour
    (Europe & Downrange)

See our Tuition Rates page for details.

Admission Requirements

This program follows standard UMGC admission requirements.

Military-Specific Details

This program does not have military restrictions. It is available to all eligible civilian and military-affiliated students.

State-Specific Details

This program does not have state-specific restrictions.

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Information Technology with Information Assurance Specialization
Master's Specialization

These program requirements are for students who enroll in the 2022-2023 academic year.


The online master’s degree in information technology with an information assurance specialization provides a practical understanding of the principles of data protection, cybersecurity, and computer forensics. Perfect for midcareer professionals or career changers, this University of Maryland Global Campus program offers sought-after skills in network and internet security, intrusion detection and prevention, and cryptology, while also strengthening core IT knowledge and project management abilities.

Program Highlights
  • Secure information using knowledge of symmetric and asymmetric keys, protocols for exchanging secure data (including the Data Encryption Standard and the Advanced Encryption Standard), and other cryptographic methods and cryptanalysis tools
  • Protect networks using risk analysis, defense models, security policy development, authentication and authorization controls, firewalls, packet filtering, virtual private networks (VPNs), and wireless network security
  • Respond to attacks with damage assessments, data forensics, attack tracing, and system recovery processes for continuity of operation
  • Identify system vulnerabilities and attack patterns and solve problems with intrusion detection tactics
  • Navigate ethics, relevant laws, regulations, policies, and standards
  • Lead successful teams with advanced project management skills
Required Courses

Initial Requirement

  • (0 Credits, UCSP 615)
    (to be taken within the first 6 credits of study)

The UCSP 615 requirement may be waived if you previously earned a graduate degree from a regionally accredited institution. For more information, contact your academic advisor.

Core Courses

  • (3 Credits, ITEC 610)
  • (3 Credits, ITEC 625)
  • (3 Credits, ITEC 626)
  • (3 Credits, ITEC 630)
  • (3 Credits, ITEC 640)

Specialization Courses

  • (3 Credits, INFA 610)
  • (3 Credits, INFA 620)
  • (3 Credits, INFA 630)
  • (3 Credits, INFA 640)
  • (3 Credits, INFA 650)
  • (3 Credits, INFA 660)
  • (3 Credits, INFA 670)
Career Preparation

This program is designed to help prepare you for a career in the cybersecurity and information assurance field in the areas of network and internet security, intrusion detection and prevention, cryptology, cyber law, and software assurance.

Experience Recommended for Success in the Program

Expectations

You are expected to have some background in information technology. This background may be acquired through noncredit preparatory coursework, listed below.

Recommendations

If you do not have previous coursework or experience in programming, you are strongly advised to first enroll in UCSP 635 and UCSP 636 to gain the appropriate foundation. Taking UCSP 605 is recommended to improve writing skills.

Program Recognition

UMGC's MS in Information Technology with a specialization in information assurance has been designated a Professional Science Master's degree program through the Council of Graduate Schools.

Cybersecurity Program Recognition

UMGC has been designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance and Cyber Defense Education by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security and as a National Center of Digital Forensics Academic Excellence by the Defense Cyber Crime Center Academic Cyber Curriculum Alliance.

Total Program Credits
36
Transfer Credits
Up to 6
Format
  • All courses are available online
  • Select on-site and hybrid courses available
Tuition Per Credit
  • $336 per credit hour
    (Europe & Downrange)

See our Tuition Rates page for details.

Admission Requirements

This program follows standard UMGC admission requirements.

Military-Specific Details

This program does not have military restrictions. It is available to all eligible civilian and military-affiliated students.

State-Specific Details

This program does not have state-specific restrictions.

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