Aug. 21, 2008 — Computerworld magazine has recognized the master's degree program in the management of information technology at the University of Virginia's McIntire School of Commerce in an article on America's "IT Schools to Watch."
Stating that "the real-world curriculum has drawn raves," Computerworld rated the program with an overall grade of "A" and also graded the program "A" in all measured categories, including value, positive career impact and relevance to actual career activities. The grades were based on survey responses from 222 graduates of the program.
Computerworld noted that the program is designed for experienced professionals who want to take their careers to the next level. Stressing that "[a] focus on strategic IT issues draws senior executives," the publication highlighted the career of Scott Day, who received his M.S. in MIT in 2006. A mid-career IT manager who recently accepted the position of chief technology officer for The Motley Fool, Day chose to pursue the 16-month M.S. in MIT section, which meets every other Saturday in Northern Virginia. A second section meets one weekend (Thursday-Saturday) per month for 12 months in Charlottesville. Both sections attract working professionals from diverse industries.
The M.S. in MIT program helps business and technology professionals develop the competencies needed to lead and produce greater business value within complex, technology-enabled business environments. The curriculum is divided into four core modules: IT Architecture, IT Project Management, Enterprise IT Management and Strategic Management.
The graduate program is taught by top McIntire faculty members, who are highly adept at creating a learning environment that provides academic rigor while taking advantage of the students' depth of professional experience and expertise.
"It is exciting to have students who are able to immediately translate classroom knowledge into action," associate professor Barbara Wixom said, "especially when those actions may be creating new revenue streams for a company or saving a government agency millions of dollars. Many of these students are really using their knowledge to transform how their organizations use and benefit from IT."
Each year, the M.S. in MIT program admits one class of 80 to 90 students, who begin the program in May.