Technological advances are developing nonstop. Both business units and IT units see these advances and what they can mean for an organization’s growth, but because of siloed thinking, the two units rarely align in what the business needs right now and how IT needs to accomplish it. This creates inefficiencies that hinder an organization’s growth and success. In fact, according to recent studies, as many as 85 percent of all U.S. IT projects are considered failures, wasting valuable resources and stymieing growth.
With a STEM-designated Master of Science in Business Information Technology (MS BIT) from Drexel’s LeBow College of Business and the College of Computing & Informatics (CCI), you can be the bridge that connects the divide between business and IT and the go-to resource every company needs to operate at a higher level. Depending on your background, this interdisciplinary program can equip you to be the business professional who can lead IT projects with an eye toward the business goals or the IT expert who can lead the business. Either way, you’ll be prepared to meet business goals, solve organizational problems and manage the change and innovation necessary for success.
Whether your career so far has been focused on the management side of business or on the technology side, our MS BIT program is designed to make you a well-rounded leader. The program elevates you to be the one with the skills to discover and implement technology solutions that will transform your organization as a whole. Our curriculum brings together the best of LeBow and CCI to focus your education on the intersection of business and applied information technology, ensuring you have both the business knowledge and the technological skills companies need.
MS in Business Information Technology Curriculum
Learn of-the-moment insights on market-driven topics such as digital platforms, business agility and IT, and leading and executing change from the combined expertise of LeBow and CCI faculty.
Students can earn the master’s degree by completing the Certificate in Information Technology and Management and choosing from two of the four other graduate certificates in business information technology.
With full-time, part-time and online delivery options, this degree can be customized to fit the needs of professionals with any schedule.
MS in Business Information Technology Admissions Requirements
To be eligible for the business information technology program, students should have:
- One to three years of professional experience in business or technology
- A solid vision for how the curriculum can apply to their responsibilities or goals
- 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, though the program may provisionally admit those with a GPA under 3.0
- 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
- Scores from the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Examination (GRE) are not required
- Additional requirements for International Students
Experiential Learning for Graduate Students
A practical, hands-on approach is embedded into graduate programs at LeBow, integrating experiential learning across all components of the student experience. Research-driven consulting projects, industry speakers, competitions and other engagements allow students to learn from companies such as Comcast, United Mettle, Accenture and more.
More Ways to Study Business Information Technology
Graduate minors highlight Drexel’s collaborative and interdisciplinary spirit by allowing students to take interrelated graduate-level courses outside of their major. Examples of minors that may benefit MS in Business Information Technology students include:
- Computer Science
- Business Analytics Management
- Project Management
- Health Economics
While earning an MS in Business Information Technology, students can also choose to pursue another LeBow graduate degree; the College offers the ability to share up to 15 credits between two of its degree programs allowing students to maximize their time and financial investment.
Career Outcomes and Student Support
Once students complete the MS in Business Information Technology program, there are many professional paths to explore.
Drexel LeBow’s Office of Graduate Career Services is committed to providing our MBA/MS students, alumni and employer partners with top-notch service, resources and programming, including individual counseling, international student assistance, professional development resources, workshops, our Dragon Network for alumni and more.
LeBow’s MS in Business Information Technology prepares students for success in several fields and positions. Upon graduation, some potential job titles students 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