Business Administration (MBA): Rolling Cohort

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Business Administration (MBA): Rolling Cohort

With an international focus that includes a two-week study session in Europe, the MBA program (rolling cohort) cultivates entrepreneurial strategic thinking within the context of an increasingly global, information-driven business world.

Students in the MBA program acquire a robust theoretical foundation and practical learning in core management disciplines and the technical skills and digital competencies needed for data-driven decision-making.

Global content is an important part of the MBA program and is reflected in the selection of case studies, faculty research projects and student projects, as well as a two-week study trip in Greece. As part of the curriculum students also work together on a project commissioned by an international company on a global management topic. Students gain additional experience in working in cross-national teams through credit-bearing e-learning courses which students from the Nashua and Athens campuses take at the same time.

Fees:

Total tuition for the MBA program is $11,000. The International Business Practicum is an additional $3,000.

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Master of Science in Information Technology: Computer Networks and Security

The Computer Networks and Security strand of the MSIT offers students advanced knowledge in core IT fields such as database management and systems analysis and design, together with a concentration in network engineering and network security. It prepares students to acquire a competitive advantage as highly trained professionals able to design, develop and maintain secure network infrastructures.

Strengths of the MSIT Strand in Computer Networks and Security

The program draws upon a set of competitive strengths, such as fully equipped Cisco-based labs for hands-on sessions and courses provided in collaboration with ISACA (Information Systems Audit and Control Association). In fact, the program is listed as one of the two worldwide that are aligned with the ISACA curriculum in Information Security.

In addition, students in the program are able to:

  • Participate in ongoing faculty-student research projects in areas such as embedded systems and pattern recognition.
  • Qualify for one year of work experience towards the Certified Information Security Manager (CISM® designation).
  • Earn the CISCO CCNA certificate.
  • Expand their security knowledge by studying from a range of electives such as Information Security Management, Applied Cryptography and Application Risk Management.

MSIT on Computer Networks and Security Career Paths

Alumni of the strand in Computer Networks and Security are equipped with the skills to follow a career path as network engineers, network administrators, information security and network security managers. During their studies they will also have the opportunity to obtain specialized, elite certifications in the field of secure networks design and security management.

Program Structure

You will need to complete a total of 4 core courses, 6 elective courses, plus a thesis project and a Graduate Seminar course (36 credits in total) to earn a Master of Science in Information Technology over a period of eighteen months (three semesters).

For the Computer Networks and Security program, the elective courses can be chosen from the following group of courses:

  • IT 6276 Information Security Management
  • IT 6278 Governance and Compliance
  • IT 6279 Applied Cryptography
  • IT 6280 Network and Computer Security
  • IT 6281 Business and Continuity Management
  • IT 6282 Application Risk Management
  • IT 6275 Wireless and Mobile Networks

Certifications

In the framework of this program, students can qualify for one year of work experience towards the Certified Information Security Manager (CISM® designation) and for the Cisco CCNA certificate.

What You’ll Learn

Graduates of the Computer Networks and Security strand obtain a concrete basis on a variety of IT fields, including databases management and systems’ analysis and design, along with an advanced expertise on networks design and development and networks security management. Moreover, through group projects and hands–on sessions, students enhance teamwork capabilities and management skills.

In the context of the program, students are expected to have generated research products such as papers, theses, and prototype systems, which integrate the knowledge gained throughout their studies.

Master of Science in Information Technology: Applications and Software Development

The Master of Science in IT strand in Applications and Software Development provides students advanced knowledge in software engineering, enterprise system applications, operating systems and advanced programming languages. The combination of industry-relevant coursework, exposure to new technologies, and opportunities for networking and original research will equip you to compete for leadership positions in the field.

Strengths of the MSIT Strand in Applications and Software Development

The program in Applications and Software Development is revised each year in light of emerging technologies in regards to programming languages and techniques, and is supported by dedicated labs (e.g. Linux, IBM, Apple) to provide hands–on experience in programming. Program strengths include the following:

  • Hands–on software developing experience through participation in ongoing faculty-student research projects.
  • Internationally recognized visiting faculty and industry experts.
  • Wide selection of electives such as IT Hardware and Software, Decision Support Systems and Advanced Software Engineering.

Applications and Software Development Career Paths

The program is designed to support both traditional and emerging career opportunities. Graduates in this strand obtain competitive advantage in career paths related to application developing, managing the development of software systems, as well as design and requirements analysis of information systems. MSIT students acquire this knowledge through the diverse core courses of the program, such as IT Strategy and Management and System Analysis and Design, in combination with a variety of elective courses.

Program Structure

You will need to complete a total of 4 core courses, 6 elective courses, plus a thesis project, plus a Graduate Seminar course (36 credits in total) to earn a Master of Science in Information Technology over a period of eighteen months (three semesters).

For the Applications and Software Development program, the elective courses can be chosen from the following group of courses:

  • IT 6266 Application Development Environments and Technology
  • IT 6272 Advanced Programming Languages
  • IT 6273 Advanced Software Engineering
  • IT 6270 Human-Computer Interaction
  • IT 6265 Enterprise Systems Applications
  • IT 6268 Information Technology Hardware and Software
  • IT 6271 Advanced Operating Systems
  • IT 6125 Decision Support Systems

What You’ll Learn

On completing the program you will have acquired essential skills, knowledge and values, including thorough knowledge of current and emerging concepts in Information Systems and cutting-edge technological skills that can be applied towards the design and development of advanced software systems and applications. In addition, you will acquire project management skills and teamwork abilities.

After completing the program, you will have created a basic portfolio comprising research papers and software applications that will enhance your position in the market as a software developer.

Master of Science in Information Technology: Business Computing and Big Data Analytics

The Business Computing and Big Data Analytics strand bring students onto the edge of technological and market advances. Big Data Analytics is a fast-growing field that is being used in a large variety of businesses. It has allowed organizations to understand the significance of analyzing large amounts of business-related data to reduce costs, facilitate decision-making and create new products and services.

The Business Computing and Big Data Analytics strand covers both the technological concepts behind Big Data Analytics and the main means of applying this technology to Business Computing. It comprises advanced knowledge and applications of investigative data mining techniques, data warehousing, artificial intelligence & neural networks, as well as IT strategy and management based on such technologies.

Strengths of the MSIT Strand in Business Computing and Big Data Analytics

The program focuses on applying emerging technologies in real case studies in a range of hands–on courses and exploiting advanced simulation software on big data analytics and business computing from IBM and Microsoft.

Additional program strengths include the following:

  • Participation in ongoing faculty-student research projects in areas such as data mining, social network analysis and big data analytics.
  • Internationally recognized visiting faculty and industry experts.
  • Wide selection of electives such as IT Strategy and Management, Investigative Data Mining, e-business Technology and Business Computing.

Business Computing and Big Data Analytics Career Paths

The program is designed to support a variety of career opportunities in the field of Business Computing and Big Data Analytics. Alumni will be able to follow career paths both in the design and development of big data analytics algorithms and technologies, and in the implementation of such technologies in business use cases and e-business applications.

Program Structure

You will need to complete a total of 4 core courses, 6 elective courses, plus a thesis project, plus a Graduate Seminar course (36 credits in total) to earn a Master of Science in Information Technology over a period of eighteen months (three semesters).

For the Business Computing and Big Data Analytics program, the elective courses can be chosen from the following group of courses:

  • IT 6274 Data-mining and Data-Warehousing
  • IT 6277 Artificial Intelligence & Neural Networks
  • IT 6530 Graph Theory
  • IT 6540 Investigative Data Mining
  • IT 6550 Social Network Analysis and Mining
  • IT 6545 Pattern Analysis and Detection
  • IT 6263 e-Business Technologies
  • IT 6122 e-Business and e-Commerce Management
  • IT 6267 e-Commerce Programming
  • MGT6126 Project Management

What You'll Learn

On completing the program you will have acquired basic knowledge and skills in a variety of fields in Information Technology, including database management, project management, data and communication networks, as well as specialized skills in data analytics algorithms, data mining, data warehousing, pattern analysis, neural networks, and application methods of such technologies. In addition, you will acquire teamwork abilities and a capacity for outcome-oriented deliverables.

In the context of the program you will also have generated research products such as papers, theses, and prototype systems, which integrate the knowledge gained throughout your studies.

Program Strengths

Students in the MBA program benefit from:

  • Opportunity to obtain Certificates in Digital Marketing, Global Aviation Management, Operational Excellence and People Management.
  • A flexible schedule that includes evening courses and Saturday sessions, as well as the opportunity to do the elective courses online.
  • Real-time case projects developed in cooperation with actual SMEs and business networks.
  • Wide variety of electives such as Branding and Communications, Entrepreneurship and New Venture Management, Investment Analysis & Portfolio Management, and Decision Support Systems.
  • Opportunity to conduct research fieldwork in real-life business case projects.
Certification

Students in the program can choose to specialize and receive certification in one of the following areas:

  • Digital Marketing
  • Global Aviation Management
  • Operational Excellence
  • People Management
  • Shipping Management

A certificate is earned by completing a specific combination of 3 electives and a specialized Capstone Project.

MBA students completing the Certificate in Digital Marketing may also pursue the internationally recognized Online Marketing Certified Associate (OMCA™) Certification. The Operational Excellence Certificate prepares students for the Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM®) or the Project Management Professional (PMP®) designations of the Project Management Institute (PMI®).

Research & Academic Exchange

The MBA offers opportunities to participate in ongoing faculty-student research projects in various business disciplines and fields. Students may design their Capstone project as a consultancy project for any SME or corporation, or develop a research based thesis under the supervision of a faculty member with research experience in the field.

Qualified students attending MBA programs at universities abroad may participate in the MBA Rolling Cohort program as a visiting exchange student for one or more five-week courses. The University’s Office of International Exchange Programs can help students abroad arrange such study opportunities.

Academic Schedules

Here is the scheduling of upcoming courses in the MBA Rolling Cohort program.

2015-17 Courses

Fall 2015
  • BUS6120 Strategy
  • BUS527HR Strategic Human Resources Management
  • FEO1 Elective
Spring 2016
  • BUS511 The Business Landscape
  • BUS513 Business Policy & International Economy
  • BUS528 Managerial Finance
  • BUS526 Marketing Management
Summer 2016
  • BUS6111 Technology & Operations Management
  • BUS501 Functional Skills Integration
  • Optional: Cross-Cultural Management Practicum @ Tulane

2016-18 Courses

Fall 2016
  • BUS511 The Business Landscape
  • BUS526 Marketing Management
  • BUS528 Managerial Finance
Spring 2017
  • BUS513 Business Policy and the International Economy
  • BUS6110 Operations Research
  • BUS6111 Technology & Operations Management
Summer 2017
  • BUS511 The Business Landscape
Fall 2017
  • BUS514 Ethics, Law and CSR
  • BUS517 Employment Relations
  • BUS520 Integrating Marketing in a Digital Age
  • BUS526 Marketing Management
  • CP6300 Capstone Project

This schedule is subject to change.

Research & Academic Exchange

The MBA offers opportunities to participate in ongoing faculty-student research projects in various business disciplines and fields. Students may design their Capstone project as a consultancy project for any SME or corporation, or develop a research based thesis under the supervision of a faculty member with research experience in the field.

Qualified students attending MBA programs at universities abroad may participate in the MBA Rolling Cohort program as a visiting exchange student for one or more five-week courses. The University’s Office of International Exchange Programs can help students abroad arrange such study opportunities.

Structure of the MBA Rolling Cohort Program

The MBA Rolling Cohort program is built on a consecutive series of five-week residential required courses; electives taken as e-learning or classroom courses, and; a final Capstone Project.

Students take the required courses one at a time, but in an intensive fashion: the class meets 9 hours every week in evening and Saturday sessions. Upon completing one course, they continue with the next one in the series. In this way, students will take a total of three required courses during the 15-week term. In addition, during each term, students will take one elective course (e-learning or face-to-face).

The program can accommodate both resident students and working professionals and be completed in less than two years.

The Rolling Cohort

Students entering the program at the same time—the cohort—will take the same set of required courses in the same sequence. Most students will begin the program in September or January. However, students can join the program at the start of any of the five-week courses. This is an advantage for students who may not want to wait for the beginning of the traditional term to start the program.

The Rolling Cohort format is offered only at the University’s Nashua campus.

The Athens Study Trip

After completing at least half the program, students take part in a two-week intensive study trip to Athens, Greece, where they take courses and participate in the Hellenic American University Athens Business Summit, a meeting with faculty, students and managers of international and local firms. At the meeting, students also present the international project they have been working on and receive feedback on their work from a panel of experts from the corporation that sponsored the project in Athens, Greece. During their stay in Athens, students immerse themselves in the everyday life of the city and learn about its rich culture, and visit key historical sites.

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