Master of Science (MS) in Business Information Technology

Drexel’s MS in Business Information Technology connects business and information technology perspectives to help you lead in any setting. You’ll learn how business information technology is managed in an organizational environment, how it helps to solve organizational problems and how it can be used to transform an organization.

The curriculum, which brings together the best of LeBow College of Business and the College of Computing & Informatics, is focused on the intersection of business and applied information technology, ensuring you have both the business acumen and the in-demand technology skills companies are looking for in their employees.

Designed under a stackable model, you can complete the MS in Business Information Technology by following the degree plan of study or by taking the Information Technology and Management certificate in addition to two of the four other graduate certificates in business information technology below:

What is a business information technology degree?

LeBow’s business information technology program provides foundational knowledge of the business application, management and administration of information technology. The goal of the program is to help you understand information technology in an organizational context and find success using information technology to lead change. In addition to foundational courses, you can customize your degree with electives in areas like organizational security, information technology strategy and execution, information systems development, and digital transformation.

Master’s in Business Information Technology Program Features

  • Available 100 percent on campus or online
  • Learn from respected faculty in Drexel’s LeBow College of Business and College of Computing & Informatics
  • Curriculum focuses on current technology and business strategies to allow you to learn how to apply information technology in an organizational setting
  • Coursework can be project-based to provide you with additional experience
  • The Information Technology & Management certificate is required, providing fundamental knowledge, business application, management and administration of information technology.
  • Choose two of the following additional areas:
    • Digital Transformation: Focuses on preparing an organization for the rapid changes required to embrace technologies that are transforming industries.
    • Information Systems Development: Emphasizes the process of analyzing, designing and deploying information systems.
    • Information Technology Strategy & Execution: Emphasizes software economics, project management, information technology planning, and strategy and execution.
    • Organizational Security: Emphasizes securing business information infrastructure, cloud security, security policy, assurance and forensics. Complete the degree part-time, full-time or through three stackable graduate business and technology certificates

Our program…meets that acute need in industry for professionals whose skills straddle the worlds of business and IT and who can effectively apply this knowledge at tactical and strategic levels in their organizations.” - Orakwue Arinze, PhD

Requirements for the MS in Business Information Technology Program

To be eligible for this business information technology program, you should have one to three years of professional experience in business or technology, along with a solid vision for how the curriculum can apply to your responsibilities or goals. You should also have a GPA of 3.0 or higher, though the program may provisionally admit those with a GPA under 3.0. For a full list of requirements, including transcript and essay requirements, please see the Admissions Criteria page.

What can I do with a Master’s in Business Information Technology?

LeBow’s MS in Business Information Technology prepares you for success in several fields and positions. Upon graduation, some potential job titles you could be eligible for include:

  • Computer and Information Systems Manager
  • Computer Network Architect
  • Computer Network Support Specialist
  • Computer User Support Specialist
  • Database Administrator
  • Database Architect
  • Digital Interface Designer
  • Information Security Analyst
  • Network and Computer Systems Administrator
  • Web Developer

MS in Business Information Technology Salary Expectations

Business information technology salaries can vary based on exact title, location, and years of experience. However, some common job titles and salaries graduates could earn include:

  • Computer and Information Systems Manager - $151,150
  • Data Science/Analytics Manager - $98,230
  • IT Risk Manager - $134,180

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2020

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Curriculum

This program is organized into four 10-week quarters per year (as opposed to the traditional two semester system), which means you can take more courses in a shorter time period. One semester credit is equivalent to 1.5 quarter credits.

Sample Plan of Study

Required Courses
Information Technology & Management

Course Title Credits
CT 500 Introduction to the Digital Environment 3
CT 600 Cloud Technology 3
CT 610 Disaster Recovery, Continuity Planning and Digital Risk Assessment 3
MIS 615 Aligning Information Technologies and Operations 3
MIS 625 Management of Information Technology Operations 3

Choose 2 of the following elective areas:
Digital Transformation

Course Title Credits
MGMT 602 Innovation Management
MGMT 603 Technology Strategy
MIS 642 Emerging Information Technologies in Business
MIS 643 Digital Platform Management
MIS 653 Design Thinking for Digital Innovations

Information Systems Development

Course Title Credits
CT 630 Application Software Construction and Operation
INFO 540 Perspectives on Information Systems
INFO 605 Database Management Systems
MIS 624 Systems Analysis & Design
MIS 652 Business Agility and IT

Information Technology Strategy & Execution

Course Title Credits
MIS 612 Aligning Information Systems and Business Strategies
MIS 641 MIS Policy and Strategy
ORGB 602 Leading and Executing Change
SE 630 Software Engineering Economics
SE 638 Software Project Management

Organizational Security

Course Title Credits
CT 605 Cloud Security and Virtual Environments
CT 620 Security, Policy and Governance
INFO 517 Principles of Cybersecurity
INFO 710 Information Forensics
INFO 712 Information Assurance
Total Credits 45

Admissions Criteria

  • A four-year bachelor’s degree in any major from a regionally accredited institution in the United States or an equivalent international institution
  • A GPA of 3.0 or higher is preferred in a completed degree program, bachelor’s degree or above

Required Documents

Offering multiple ways to submit documents, Drexel makes it easy to complete your application. Learn more by visiting our Completing Your Application Guide.

  • A completed application
  • Official transcripts from all universities or colleges and other post-secondary educational institutions attended (including trade schools)
  • One letter of recommendation, although two are suggested (academic, professional or both)
  • Essay/statement of purpose
    • In approximately 500 words, please describe what professional goals you hope to achieve, how an advanced degree facilitates that success and anything else you want the Admissions Review Board to know about you.
  • A résumé
  • Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Scores are not required
  • Additional requirements for International Students