Nonprofit technology professionals, particularly those who have transitioned from “accidental techie” into an official role, can frequently benefit from gaining formal training in information systems management or information technology. In addition, solidifying your skills in security, network administration, Windows administration, web development, business analysis, or project management can help position you for future success, whether it be in the nonprofit sector or otherwise.
There are a number of higher education institutions that offer advanced degrees in technology, including The School of Computer and Information Systems at Robert Morris University. It offers six graduate degree programs, including a doctoral degree designed to develop and enhance your professional and academic skills.
Robert Morris University offers Master’s of Science degrees in:
- Information Systems Management
- Internet Information Systems
- Information Technology Project Management
- Competitive Intelligence Systems
- Information Security and Assurance
- An interdisciplinary Master of Science degree in Communications and Information Systems.
RMU also offers a Doctor of Science degree in Information Systems and Communications.
The M.S. in Information Technology Project Management offered by Robert Morris University is the first graduate degree program in the nation to focus specifically on IT project management. The program is designed for IT professionals and practitioners who work as mid-level, or higher, technical managers, and those who currently work as IT project managers.
The M.S. in Competitive Intelligence Systems degree program prepares students to be successful competitive intelligence professionals in today's global business economy. It extends the concepts in systems analysis and information systems management to the tools, concepts and processes used to collect, analyze, store and support organizational decisions from external information sources.
A student with a strong Information Systems (IS) background would be most suited for the M.S. in Communications and Information Systems program, which focuses on problem solving and executive communication.
For those interested in more technical courses who wish to also concentrate on integrating technology management and strategy, the M.S. in Information Systems Management program focuses primarily on systems analysis, data communication, business information systems strategy, and change management.
One of the more technically-oriented degrees is the Master of Science in Internet Information Systems program, which has less of a business focus and concentrates more heavily on computer-related courses.
Earning an M.S. in Information Security and Assurance prepares information technology professionals to recognize and combat information systems threats and vulnerabilities. The degree cultivates an appropriate knowledge of computer security, increasing the likelihood that the next generation of IT workers will have the background needed to design and develop systems that are engineered to be reliable and secure.
RMU offers a unique Doctor of Science in Information Systems and Communications degree program, which addresses the expanding needs of professionals who manage information resources; solve information, communication and technology-related problems in businesses and other organizations; or educate and/or train others in fields related to the applications of information systems and communications. This D.Sc. is an interdisciplinary degree designed to be delivered in an executive education format. It incorporates the latest international guidelines adopted by information systems and information sciences organizations for the education of professionals who solve problems in a competitive and changing work environment.
The technology of today’s ever-changing economy requires solid skills. In a competitive job market, maximizing the potential of your education could leverage you for success in the workplace. Learn more at http://www.rmu.edu/WEB/CMS/ACADEMICS/SCIS/CIS/Pages/default.aspx.