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One academic quarter is 3 months. You will have a 3-week break between each quarter.

Total program credits with foundational courses needed for graduation: 60.

Students in the MS in Information Systems and Technology Management degree program who do not have a bachelor's degree in Information Technology, Information Systems, Computer Science, or a similar technology degree are required to complete ISTM5004, ISTM5006, and ISTM5008 before enrolling in any course other than ISTM5002. This requirement may be waived for learners without the necessary bachelor's degree(s) who have at least eight years of relevant experience in a technology management field.

Foundational Courses

12 course quarter credits.

Fundamentals of Information Systems (4 quarter credits)
Databases and Programming (4 quarter credits)
Networking Fundamentals (4 quarter credits)

Core Courses

24 course quarter credits.

Communication Skills for Today's Information Technology Leader (4 quarter credits)
Integration of Information Technology and Business (4 quarter credits)
Complex Information Technology Global Enterprise Systems: Planning and Management (4 quarter credits)
Leading a Global Information Technology Enterprise: Systems and Security (4 quarter credits)
Analytics, Data Management, and Knowledge Management (4 quarter credits)
Innovation, Leadership, and Ethics (4 quarter credits)

Specialization Courses

20 course quarter credits. Choose five from the following courses.

Introduction to Health Information Systems (4 quarter credits)
Health Informatics (4 quarter credits)
Databases in Health Care Environments* (4 quarter credits)
System Security in Health Care Environments (4 quarter credits)
Data Analysis and Decision Support for Health Information Technology Practitioners (4 quarter credits)
Strategic Management of Information Technology in Health Organizations (4 quarter credits)

Capstone Course

Taken during learner's final quarter.

Information Systems and Technology Management Capstone* (4 quarter credits)

*This course has a prerequisite. Contact an enrollment counselor or refer to the course descriptions for more information.

What Can I Expect?

Most students take 1 to 2 courses at a time. One course typically requires 10 to 12 hours of study per week.

Courses are divided into 10 weekly units. Each unit consists of readings, discussions, and other activities you will be expected to complete throughout the week. Assignments are due on Sundays, though not every course requires an assignment each week.

In each course, you will receive a detailed scoring guide that describes expectations for every graded assignment.

Grades are based on your participation in weekly reading discussions and completion of assignments. You will also be assessed on your ability to demonstrate an understanding of expected outcomes for your program or specialization. These outcomes are based on the needs and performance standards of your field or discipline.

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Transfer Credits

There are many ways to reduce tuition costs, including transferring credits which can help save time and money. You can transfer up to 12 credits into this specialization.

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Take an Individual Course

Whether you're completing continuing education credits, want to see if online learning is right for you, or are simply interested in a specific topic, you can enroll in many of Capella's online courses without committing to a degree program. We recommend speaking first with an enrollment counselor to discuss your goals and ensure the credits you earn now can be applied to a degree program later.

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