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Bachelor of Science in Information Technology to Master of Business Administration (dual degree track)

Transfer up to
141 Credits
A median of 28 credits accepted
No GRE or GMAT required

Advance in the IT Field When You Earn Both a BS in Information Technology and MBA

The fully online BS in Information Technology to Master of Business Administration program provides students with the knowledge, skills, applications, and practices they need to make an immediate impact in the information technology field and then take their career to the next level. To help shorten your completion time, 6 graduate credits in the bridge component of this program also count toward some of the undergraduate requirements.

Accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET, the online BS in IT program develops expertise in subjects including software and development, computer systems, database management, network communication, cybersecurity, system administration, human-computer interaction, and project management. Students choose between two technical concentrations that prepare them for positions in high-demand job areas within the information technology industry, or pursue the general option that gives them the opportunity to customize their study plan.

The 100% online MBA program, accredited by the International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE), prepares students with the leadership and management skills they need to advance in their careers. Choose from concentrations in accounting, health care, human resources, and leadership—or create a personalized course of study—to tailor the educational experience to specific career goals.

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Undergraduate Concentrations

Cybersecurity Technology, General Option, Network Operations

Graduate Concentrations

No concentration (General Business), Accounting, Health Care Management, Human Resource Management, Leadership

Fast Facts:

Employment of computer and information technology professionals is projected to grow 13 percent by 2026 (Source: BLS)


Average median salary for a database administrator is $87,020 (Source: BLS)


MBA holders earn an average salary of $85,000 per year (Source: payscale.com)


150

credit hours

Online BS in IT to MBA Program Details

Of the 150 credits required for the Bachelor of Science in Information Technology to Master of Business Administration, the undergraduate phase requires 60 credits minimum in the arts and sciences; 48 credits minimum in the information technology component, with at least 15 credits at the upper level; and 12 credits in the free elective component and include information literacy. The graduate phase requires 36 graduate credits, including the bridge component and the graduate course component.

  • Humanities: 15 credits minimum
    • Ethics (3 credits minimum)
    • Communications (9 credits minimum)
      • Written English Requirement (6 credits)
      • Credits to reach minimum of 9 credits
    • Humanities Electives (3 credits minimum)
  • Social Sciences/History: 9 credits minimum
  • Natural Sciences and Mathematics: 12 credits minimum
    • Natural science (3 credits)
    • Math
      • Discrete Mathematics
      • One course in Calculus, Statistics and Probability, Quantitative Methods, Finite Math, or Mathematical Logic
      • Additional college-level credits to reach 12 credits
  • Arts and Sciences Electives: 24 credits

Core Information Technology Courses: 33 Credits

Object-Oriented Programming

This course covers problem solving and algorithm development using the object-oriented programming language Java. Requires basic computer literacy.

Data Communications and Networking

Students learn about the application of the concepts and practices of data communications and networking within a business environment. Topics covered include: data communications models, protocols, standards, and services; networking technologies and communication media; network topology, design and architecture; network management; wireless technologies; network security; and cryptography. Students practice their knowledge and skills through hands-on labs and assignments.

Computer Systems Architecture

The course covers in detail basic Boolean algebra, fundamentals of computer design, instruction set principles, RISC/CISC processors, instruction and processor level parallelism, memory hierarchy, pipelining, assembly language, and parallel computer architectures.

Operating Systems

This introduction to the basic components and structure of a generic operating system considers in detail processes, process management and synchronization, threads, interrupts and interrupt handling, memory management, virtual memory management, and resource allocation. It also introduces students to file systems, protection, and security.

Database Management Systems

This overview course covers basic database concepts, database design principles including E-R diagrams and database normalization, SQL queries, transaction management, distributed databases, data warehousing, and database administration.

Web Design and Development

The course presents the fundamental principles of web programming and formatting. Students learn the difference between client side and server side scripting technologies, and the effective use of web authoring tools and code development. The course cover web design standards and the need for integrating human computer interaction principles in web design.

Human-Computer Interactive Design

This course examines human-computer interaction (HCI) and focuses on all aspects of user interface (UI) and user experience (UX) design. Students will explore the fundamental concepts and methods involved in designing digital products, mobile applications, and websites. Students will be challenged to create a startup digital product in the form of a phone app, tablet app, or Web app/website.

Overview of Computer Security

This in-depth look at operating system security concepts and techniques examines theoretical concepts of computer security. Students explore security strategies, the advancement of security implementation, and timeless problem-solving strategies.

Project Management

Students explore the concepts of system development life cycle (SDLC) and project life cycle to enhance their skills in budget and timeline management, and the use of project management software to design project schedules, using bar charts, PERT and critical path method.

System Administration

Through hands-on lab assignments, learners gain the knowledge and hands-on skills necessary to administer systems and its resources. The course includes such topics as directory services, user account management, file and print services, load balancing, and security and user/client administration. Students set up and manage a fully functioning computer network of systems.

Integrated Technology Assessment (capstone)

In this culminating course in the Bachelor of Science in Information Technology program, students reflect on past academic and professional experiences to develop learning statements supported by evidence. Additionally, students are required to complete an online final examination.

Concentration (Choose One): 15 Credits

Cybersecurity Technology

Focused on providing broad coverage on the technical, operational, and legal dimensions of cybersecurity, students attain a holistic view of implementing effective cybersecurity programs appropriate to the environment. Students learn to use a variety of cybersecurity tools and techniques in protecting information assets in organizations.

  • Computer Forensics
  • Cyber Attacks and Defenses
  • Business Continuity
  • Network and Application Security
  • Organizational Information Security

General Option

Students design their own area of focus by choosing from approved information technology electives. By customizing their concentration, students can build upon their interests and achievements to stay competitive in the job market.

Network Operations

Focused on providing students with critical knowledge and skills in telecommunications and networking, this concentration guides students through the process of planning, designing, and managing security network and telecommunication systems.

  • Advanced Networking
  • Network Operating Systems
  • Wireless Technology
  • Telecommunication Management
  • Network Systems Design and Management
  • Information Literacy: 1 credit
  • Additional college-level credit to reach 6 credits

In this culminating course in the Bachelor of Science in Information Technology program, students reflect on past academic and professional experiences to develop learning statements supported by evidence. Additionally, students are required to complete an online final examination.

Information Technology

This course covers the strategic, operational, and ethical uses of information technology (IT). Study managerial, social, legal, regulatory, and ethical issues related to computer technology and data management, and examine global and electronic markets and the ways information technology supports customer and supply chain management. Topics include: disruptive IT and architecture, data governance, cloud computing, computer networking, data analytics and business intelligence, the Internet of Things (IoT), on-demand service, cybersecurity and risk management, search engines and social media platforms, e-commerce and e-business systems, enterprise data visualization, and information security and privacy issues.

Global Business Environment

Learn how to assess the impact of an organization’s international strategy on future global business opportunities, predict how fluctuating exchange rates affect the productivity of international firms, and propose an international market entry strategy based on a host nation’s political, economic, and cultural environments. Course material explores cultural factors in international business, global trade and investment; measurement and reporting of foreign direct investments; regional economic integration; the global monetary system; exchange rate risk analysis; foreign market entry strategy; imports, exports, and global chain supply management; mixed sourcing strategy; sustainable international development; global marketing research and development; and personnel management.

Graduate Business Core Requirements

Accounting for Managers

In the comprehensive project for this course, you make a final investment recommendation for a real company that you have researched and evaluated in terms of its financial practice and performance measures. Learn how to review a company’s business activities, research industry averages, analyze financial statements, and compute debt ratio, gross profit margin, free cash flow times interest earned, and accounts receivable and inventory turnover. Topics include: the balance sheet and accounting cycle; inventory cost flow; liability of proprietorships, partnerships, and corporations; cash versus accrual; cost behavior, profitability analysis; budgeting and capital tools planning for profit and cost control; budget variance analysis; and internal controls and ethics.

Finance

Find out how organizations finance investments and manage day-to-day financial activities such as cash collections and payments. This course teaches you how to apply financial theory to real-life situations and make decisions as a financial manager with an incomplete data set. Learn how to work with financial statements and analyze common ratios to develop long- and short-term financial policies. Instruction also covers: the effect of interest rates on managerial decisions, the time value of money, discounted cash flow valuation, bonds and equity financing, stock valuation, present value, capital budgeting and investment, forecasting and cash flow projection, and project risk.

Marketing

Deepen your understanding of marketing management, strategy, and tactics in practice. Through case studies, you examine ethical, legal, social, and environmental issues that impact marketing decision making in realistic business scenarios. For your final project, you work on a team to create a strategic marketing plan for a fictional national product or service. The course focuses on the planning process in the context of customers, competition, organizational priorities, and the external environment. Learn how to segment markets, set marketing metrics, create branding and integrated marketing communication strategies, track competitor market positions, select marketing channels, and use digital marketing tactics to promote products and services.

Operations Management

Get hands-on experience producing a business case analysis, operations forecasting report, and process improvement plan. This course introduces manufacturing, distribution, and service operations, and their role in the organization and international business environments. Study process flow analysis; inventory management for products of steady, perishable, or frequent demand; capacity planning; logistics resource scheduling; supply chain management; quality management; prioritization; and project management.

Project Management Principles and Applications

Become familiar with methods and tools that enable you to successfully initiate, plan, execute, control, and close a project. This course shows you how to anticipate, mitigate, and avoid project risk, manage resources, use different budgeting methods, resolve conflicts, and choose appropriate communication, reporting, and documentation tools.

Leadership

Grasp leadership fundamentals and define your own leadership style in this course that explores leadership practice in dynamic organizations. Course material shows you how to use goals, roles, and organizational structures to manage business units effectively and foster constructive relationships between leaders and subordinates in difficult workplace situations. Investigate how leaders develop and articulate vision and values, and how to use leadership theories to successfully negotiate, motivate employees, manage teams, cultivate innovation, improve performance, and drive organizational growth.

Strategy and Policy (MBA Capstone)

In the MBA capstone, you acquire and demonstrate advanced knowledge of how to develop and implement effective business strategies. Gain experience evaluating complex business situations and making strategic decisions under conditions of uncertainty. You’ll explore topics including internal and external environments, business ethics and social responsibility, quantitative analysis, accounting and finance, business models, competitive rivalry, international expansion, cooperative strategy, mergers and acquisitions, corporate structure, change management, leadership, and policy. For your final assignment, you create an integrated business portfolio that showcases your area of expertise.

Business Electives or Concentration: 9 Credits

Accounting

Master accounting principles and tools and learn how to prepare and evaluate financial statements and reports for corporations, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations. Coursework covers financial statement analysis, corporate disclosure, and nonprofit accounting. This concentration prepares you to sit for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Management Accountant (CMA), and Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) examinations.

  • Financial Statements Analysis
  • Corporate Financial Reporting and Disclosure
  • Approved accounting elective course

General Business

Choose three business electives that connect to your career goals.

Health Care Management

Gain the skills to manage a diverse workforce providing health care for an increasingly heterogeneous population. This concentration also prepares you to analyze and interpret health care funding and delivery trends to provide re commendations for organizational action.

  • Strategic Management of Health Care Organizations
  • Communication Strategy for the Health Care Leader
  • Approved health care management elective

Human Resource Management

Gain the knowledge and skills required of human resource managers. Learn how to analyze legal requirements and apply resource management principles to support organizational objectives in staffing, employee development, labor relations, conflict resolution, compensation, and benefits practices.

  • Human Resource Management
  • Choose two courses in two of the following categories:
    • Staffing and Development
      • Employee Staffing and Development
      • Training and Career Development
      • Change Management
    • Total Rewards
      • Compensation and Benefits
      • International Human Resources
      • Employment Law
    • Maintaining High Performance
      • Labor Relations and Conflict Resolution
      • Principles and Practices of Performance Improvement
      • Conflict Management and Alternative Dispute Resolutions

Leadership

Develop your skill at managing organizational changes and applying leadership strategies to manage conflicts in the workplace. This concentration prepares you to design creative solutions and impactful courses of action that support the organization’s employees and mission.

  • Leading Teams
  • Contingency Planning
  • Approved leadership elective

Program Outcomes for BS in Information Technology

  • Analyze a complex computing problem and to apply principles of computing and other relevant disciplines to identify solutions.
  • Design, implement and evaluate a computing-based solution to meet a given set of computing requirements in the context of the program’s discipline.
  • Communicate effectively in a variety of professional contexts.
  • Recognize professional responsibilities and make informed judgments in computing practice based on legal and ethical principles.
  • Function effectively as a member or leader of a team engaged in activities appropriate to information technology.
  • Identify and analyze user needs and to take them into account in the selection, creation, integration, evaluation, and administration of computing-based systems.
  • Demonstrate expertise in the core information technologies, including human-computer interaction, information management, programming, web systems and technologies, networking, system administration and maintenance, and systems integration and architecture.
  • Demonstrate the ability to analyze computing and information security requirements and risks, and apply the appropriate tools and techniques to protect organizational data assets in an ethically responsible manner.
  • Demonstrate the ability to apply best practices and standards for providing technology-based solutions.
  • Demonstrate the ability to identify and analyze the local, regional, and global impacts of information technology’s and computing on public, organizations, and individuals.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to professional development and continue to engage in lifelong learning.

Program Outcomes for the MBA

  • Prepare and deliver effective written and oral communications to shape organizational culture, resolve conflict, and relay information to diverse audiences.
  • Apply quantitative and qualitative business analysis techniques to solve problems and support management- and strategic-level decisions.
  • Demonstrate transformational leadership skills through the ability to set direction and work with multiple constituencies with divergent needs, including ethical obligations and social responsibility.
  • Develop an action plan to continuously improve and update one’s knowledge and skills in strategic leadership.
  • Recognize problems in business settings and propose solutions with a team of colleagues.
  • Analyze complexity, interdependency, change, and opportunities for organizations, including setting direction, and aligning and motivating employees.
  • Appraise risk and develop entrepreneurial solutions for sustainable innovation that delivers economic and social value.
  • Evaluate how global environments impact changing business practice.
  • Analyze cultural differences and how these differences affect best practices in management.
  • Integrate empirical research and management theories for the purpose of strategic planning for profitability, including in times of economic recession.

View additional details about programs and courses:

Download the Undergraduate Studies Catalog
Download the Graduate Studies Catalog

Common Careers with an
Online BS in IT to MBA

Chief Information Officer

Chief Security Officer

Information Technology VP

Chief Technology Officer

“Being able to complete classwork around my work/life schedule made the experience with Excelsior seamless!”
Amanda Alfred
Master of Business Administration, 2017

Accreditations

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ABET Accreditation

The Bachelor of Science in Information Technology is accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission of ABET, https://www.abet.org/. ABET is a specialized accrediting agency recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

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IACBE Accreditation

The School of Graduate Studies and the School of Undergraduate Studies at Excelsior College have received specialized accreditation for their business programs through the International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE), located at 11374 Strang Line Road in Lenexa, Kansas, USA. Review our IACBE accredited programs.

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Institutional Accreditation

Excelsior College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104. (267-284-5000).

All of Excelsior College's academic programs are registered (i.e., approved) by the New York State Education Department.

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