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Throughout the curriculum the faculty challenge students to think critically, analyze problems and effectively acquire and integrate knowledge, strategies, and key technologies to solve the business problems faced by IT management. Students can specialize their electives by selecting a focus ranging from the managerial aspects of IT to the highly technical and complex components of IT projects and systems.
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All fields of concentration require completion of core technology-oriented courses including a capstone project. Each stage of the information systems life cycle is discussed in terms of technologies, impact and management. Topics include structured and object-oriented analysis, prototyping, software reuse, testing, life cycle costs, software development environments, and organizational and behavioral aspects of project development.
Required Courses for all MSIST concentrations (please refer to the Graduate Bulletin for course descriptions)
Students may choose from a variety of electives to specialize the focus of their experience. Any combination of electives may be chosen from a set of Managerial or Technical based courses.
Students may be required to complete up to three of the following technical foundation courses either prior to or within the first year of coursework:
The foundation courses may be satisfied by prior appropriate undergraduate or graduate coursework or by waiver exam. Professional seminars are not considered as appropriate coursework and may not be used to satisfy a prerequisite.
The foundation courses must be complete prior to registration for the following graduate level courses:
Executive MSIST, a CIO University Partner, attracts experienced decision-makers to challenge their perception of business strategy and refine their technical knowledge. This elite program focuses on understanding key technologies, strategic thinking, and methodologies for IT decision-making and leadership. Full-time coursework, 36 credit hours or 13 courses, is completed in 15-months without career interruption. Students maintain a full-time career while attending classes on alternating Fridays or Saturdays from 8:30 am-5:30 pm. Each class day typically includes two courses taught in four-hour blocks. Cohorts are formed only in the Fall semester and participants are carefully selected based on experience with a focus on managerial and decision-making responsibilities and technical skills. Executive MSIST is offered exclusively at the GW Virginia Science and Technology Campus in Ashburn.