MSc Strategic IT Management

Strategic IT Management

MSc

Summary

Study level
Award
Full time
1 year
Part time
1 year+
Location
Online
School of Computing

Course Overview

Looking to develop an advanced understanding of strategic IT management? Get ready for the next step in your career with a master’s degree in this specialised area. If you’re already working in IT and want to make the move into a more strategic role, this course will prepare you with the skills and experience needed to function effectively at a strategic level within an IT leadership environment.

Alongside specialist knowledge in strategic IT management, this MSc course will also develop your communication, planning, and decision-making abilities through hands-on projects and research. 

Strategic IT management is an area of expertise that is highly sought after by employers all over the world. Whether you’re already leading in your organisation in an IT management role, or want to take on a higher management position in your current organisation, this course has been designed to help you achieve your professional goals.

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Course details and modules

This strategic IT management course is designed to develop your skills in running IT activities for large corporations and businesses. From completely owning quality and customer-supplier relationships, to defining compliance with service level agreements and working closely with senior management teams, you’ll learn to lead and advocate for the entire IT function.

Simon Henry

I’ve found the Arden MBA has given me a much more comprehensive foundation of knowledge around the topics I don’t often encounter in my work role, including financial decision-making, ethics and strategy. This knowledge will enable me to progress to more strategic roles in the future.

Simon Henry
MBA Online

Modules

  • Information Systems and Business Strategy Alignment
  • Business Plan Development
  • Project and Portfolio Management
  • Relationship Management
  • IS Governance
  • Cloud Systems and Applications
  • Research Project

How do we assess you?

The way we assess our students provides you with the opportunity to demonstrate your strengths in a variety of ways. That’s why we choose a range of different methods to keep track of your progress. These include:

  • Reports
  • Presentations
  • Research Proposal
  • Dissertation or Journal Article

Study options

This course is available to students as a fully online programme, which gives you the convenience of being able to study from anywhere worldwide. 

Clare Gillon

The staff and the support along the way has been amazing. Any questions or enquiries are answered. I cannot thank the admissions team enough for their part in advising and supporting me through this MA. It is a big step to make and having the support through the whole process really helped.

Clare Gillon
MA Strategic Marketing - Online

Online learning

How does it work?

Studying this course online gives you the ultimate in convenience. You can enrol with Arden from anywhere in the world and study your degree from the comfort of home, without the requirement to attend classes in a physical location. 
 
Our online students study their degree through ilearn, Arden’s university campus in the cloud.  ilearn provides everything you need to study at University. It offers an integrated virtual learning experience, including your virtual classroom, lecture theatre, and online library (which when used along with our supplementary library, Perlego, gives you access to almost half a million books and journals – yours for free while you study with us).

ilearn is also integrated with Zoom, making it easier to chat with your course tutor during your scheduled seminar sessions. You can even integrate our study materials into your Kindle, making it possible to study wherever you have you Kindle handy.
 
Studying online doesn’t mean studying alone. As well as receiving regular feedback and guidance from your course tutor, you’ll be studying with likeminded students who you can meet with through our Unitu community, and you’ll have access to community message boards to discuss your course and the topics being raised within it. We’ve even set up community boards embedded into each of the course modules so you can have discussions with your tutor and classmates on the topics you’re currently learning. 

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Entry requirements

At Arden University we consider applications on a case by case basis. If you have significant work experience, have qualifications you have gained elsewhere, or a degree or qualification that isn't a clear pathway to this degree - we are more than happy to discuss your application.

Eligibility

To be eligible for Arden's MSc Strategic IT Management course, we need to see that you have:

  • A UK Honours Degree at a minimum of second class (2.2) or equivalent

English Proficiency

  • IELTS 6.5 (no less than 6 in any element); or TOEFL iBT 80; or equivalent
  • Alternatively, a letter to show that the Medium of Instruction was in English is accepted

We also offer an internal English test for applicants who are unable to provide an English Proficiency letter. More information on this can be found here.

We are happy to consider an application from you if you can show us you have the motivation to study a masters in strategic IT management.  

We’ll ask you for a personal statement that demonstrates your ability to study the course. We may also want references and evidence of relevant experience.

Before you start studying

Whilst you can read your study materials on your smart phone or tablet, to make the most of your learning experience, you will need access to a laptop or computer (we recommend one running the latest version of Windows), and a good stable internet connection.

Course fees and funding

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Meet the faculty

Mohammed Rehman

Arden University’s industry aligned computing programmes are focused on your needs as a student and the skills required by employers. We provide you with one-to-one support and contextualised learning so that you fully understand the latest developments and concepts being put into practice in data analytics, cloud-based technologies, software development and databases. I look forward to welcoming you to the Arden University family.
 

Mohammed Rehman
Head of School Computing 

Career prospects

Completing a specialist postgraduate course in this area will help you demonstrate your expertise to future employers and lay the foundations for progression into a senior management or leadership role. Thanks to the flexibility of the skills you’ll have learned, the choice will be in your hands. 

What can a strategic IT management degree do for me?

The aim of this strategic IT management course is to give you a thorough understanding of how to use technology to enhance a business. A successful graduate of this degree will have the skills and experience required by employers to add real value to any organisation.

What can I do after Arden University?

When it comes to a career choice, it’s up to you to lead the way. You might progress your current career or move into a new area of expertise, such as IT consultancy, CRM, software design, testing or integration. IT project management, development, planning and implementation - in both business and for non-profit organisations - might also be of interest to you.

The type of job roles you might explore are:

  • Information Systems Manager
  • Functional Manager
  • Service Delivery Manager
  • Systems Manager

Industry skills

Career Development Resources

Study an industry-certified course alongside your degree 

If you're looking to gain some additional skills as you study, you can take an industry-certified online course while you’re studying your Arden degree, at no extra cost. 

You can choose to become certified on Salesforce Trailhead, gain certification through Cisco’s Networking Academy, or take courses on Amazon’s cloud-based learning platform, AWS Educate. All of these courses complement our degree modules and are highly valued by employers worldwide.

Career development resources

Once you’ve enrolled with Arden, our careers centre is easily accessible directly from inside our online platform, ilearn. The careers centre is here to help you discover the areas of your academic and professional life that you find most meaningful and rewarding, and then apply this to your career pathway. 
Just a few of the career tools you’ll find in the careers centre include:

  • CV360, which analyses your CV and provides instant feedback for improvement
  • Interview360, helping you practise your interview technique in a stress-free environment and tackle some of the most common interview questions - as many times as you need to
  • Aptitude tests to help your improve your critical thinking, numeric, and logical reasoning skills
  • 100s of interactive courses focused on giving you the skills and confidence you need to excel in your professional life. 
  • My Jobs, where you can search employment vacancies, browse employer profiles by location and, or connect with other employees on LinkedIn.