The MS in Information Systems and Technology (MS-IST) Program is a graduate Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) related program in the California School of Management and Leadership’s (CSML). The program focuses on the design, analysis, and applications of information systems and the technology behind them, as solutions to business needs. The program includes instruction in the principles of computing systems and their hardware and software components, including, networking, cybersecurity, databases, telecommunications, and human interface design.
The program is designed to assist students in gaining an in-depth understanding and mastery of the appropriate STEM skills set required to successfully design, engineer, create, implement, maintain, and manage an effective Information Systems and Technology infrastructure. Graduates of this program will be able to build, and employ information and computing technologies to harness the potential benefit of today’s powerful information technology systems to support the overall visions, missions, goals, and objectives for the organizations in which they are employed.
The overall goal of the program is to provide the student with a broad-based introduction to the concepts, methods, and tools utilized by a Systems Analyst, Systems Engineers, Programmers, and Systems Administrators, and gain a professional mastery of these technological arts and skills. The tools these graduates will master will be used to effectively, efficiently, and economically design, build and maintain information systems’ technology, and assist in the successful management of the processes required to support the organizations goals and objectives.
This program is a graduate academic degree program which is geared to graduating students in a job-ready state. The courses in the MSIST curriculum have been designed to give students the skills required to excel in careers in the data and analytics arena in a wide range of industries. The program has been designed with the additional advantage to students of encouraging them to prepare and successfully test for industry recognized and sought-after certifications (e.g., MCSA’s SQL Database Development). Students will be introduced to certifications’ requirements and encouraged to apply to and successfully pass their exams. The tests are external to Alliant and administered by independent referent disciplines. Most job postings in the subject area require one or more of these certifications.
Specific courses in the curriculum of the MSIST program are aligned with appropriate certifications. In addition to discussing the requirements of the externally administered certifications, selective material will be covered in the classroom to encourage and guide the student for the certification test. The main preparation for the certification exam will require self-study and self-preparation by the students. The aim is to encourage students to strengthen their resumes with a graduate MSIST degree as well as industry relevant certifications which together make them a strong candidate with a competitive advantage.
The California School of Management Leadership (CSML) graduate programs at Alliant International University require practical training from the first term until graduation.
Students in the ground program are required to participate in curricular practical training as part of their experiential learning throughout the program. Practical training is intended to develop professional and applied practice related skills and expertise in the student’s program through a variety of work and learning experiences which could involve supervised practical training and/or applied client projects. This is intended for students to gain in-depth, supervised practical learning experiences. This is required throughout the academic program from start on Day 1 to program completion.
Domestic students can contact the CSML Professional Development (CPD) Coordinator directly for guidance. International students must apply for authorization for Curricular Practical Training to the Designated School Official (DSO) and schedule an appointment at least two weeks prior to the beginning of the Curricular Practical Training. Please email ISSO@alliant.edu to schedule an appointment. Note that an international students may begin curricular practical training ONLY after receiving their Form I-20 with the DSO endorsement. To be considered Curricular Practical Training, the work must be related to your major field of study. Please view CSML CPT Application Process for International Students for application information.
Internship, Practicum, and/or Dissertation information
Students are required to participate in the internship series as part of their experiential learning within the program. The internship is designed to develop professional practice related skills in student’s program expertise through a variety of work experiences which could involve independently conducted professional projects or an internship. This is designed to provide students with in-depth, supervised practical learning experiences.
This is required throughout the academic program from start on Day 1 to completion. International students should contact the International Students Office for details and specialized requirements.
In addition to classroom instruction, all students in the ground program are required to get real-world practical training experience in an approved organizational setting for a minimum of 45 hours in every academic term throughout the program. If a student is unable to secure a practical training site, an applied project may be made available to ensure students in the ground program meet the practicum requirements. International students should check with the International Students Office for more details.