M.S. in Information Technology - IT Leadership Focus
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Influence growth and change with an online master’s in IT leadership

Boost your self awareness and unleash your capacity for professional growth and change with Franklin’s M.S. in Information Technology with a focus in IT Leadership. Through the 16-month, 100% online program, you’ll gain a solid foundation in IT, alongside courses that emphasize positive psychology and the latest developments in neuroscience, in order to enhance your interpersonal communication and leadership abilities.

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M.S. in Information Technology - IT Leadership Focus Overview

Get in-demand skills by earning a master’s in information technology

Throughout Franklin’s M.S. in Information Technology program, you’ll build a strong foundation in IT with courses in network security, database management, information systems management, website development, and IT strategy and policy. You can expect this knowledge growth to improve your marketability, as demand for information technology professionals is projected to grow 16% through 2031.*

Moreover, as workplaces lean on the capabilities of cross-disciplinary teams, the role of the technologist becomes even more strategic and collaborative. Franklin’s program provides the opportunity for you to build the communication, presentation and analytical skills to boost your professional skillset.  

Three six-week focus area courses provide breadth and depth in various aspects of neuroscience and positive psychology. You’ll gain the skills to enhance interpersonal communication, be a more effective leader and better understand the drivers of organizational culture. 

Apply principles of brain science and psychology to improve workplace performance

Effective leadership begins with learning. You’ll discover how anatomical preferences within the brain influence the way individuals work and perceive the world. You’ll learn to apply neuroscience tools to resolve workplace challenges. An exploration of brain organization and dominance will help you assess your strengths and create a self-development plan. You’ll also have the opportunity to study the relationship of personality to leadership style, and create your personal management philosophy.

Build on what you know and finish your master's in IT with a focus in leadership faster

You can transfer up to 12 credits – a 30% cost savings – toward your degree, through certifications, previous coursework or a combination.

Because the M.S in IT-Leadership coursework is aligned with industry competencies, you can get credit toward the degree for prior learning. A current (ISC)2 CISSP certification has been evaluated to be equivalent to Information Assurance (ISEC 610), which translates into 4 credit hours toward your degree and $2,680 in tuition savings. 

If you have taken graduate-level IT courses, Franklin offers course-for-course credit to satisfy elective and core course requirements. To see if your previous coursework can be used to satisfy degree requirements, you’ll need to submit a transcript as well as a syllabus for the course(s) you’d like to have evaluated for transfer credit. Your admissions advisor will be happy to assist you in any way.  

Choose an online IT master’s degree that’s built for busy adults

As an accredited, nonprofit university, our focus at Franklin is on you. Our team of academic advisors will help ease your transition to becoming a student, while our flexible course schedules and 100% online coursework help to balance your education with work, family and life. 

Students rate our faculty members as top-notch for the real-world expertise they are able to bring to the coursework. When you need help, your instructor is just a phone call or email away. You can also rely on support resources from the Learning Commons, like workshops, tutoring sessions and library services. Get started on your future today.

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M.S. in Information Technology - IT Leadership Focus Courses & Curriculum

36 Semester Hours
Major Area Required
ISEC 610 - Information Assurance (4)

This course covers the fundamentals of security in the enterprise environment. Included are coverage of risks and vulnerabilities, threat modeling, policy formation, controls and protection methods, encryption and authentication technologies, network security, cryptography, personnel and physical security issues, as well as ethical and legal issues. This foundational course serves as an introduction to many of the subsequent topics discussed in depth in later security courses.

ITEC 640 - Project Management (4)

This course examines various issues related to the management of information systems. Topics include: strategic planning, organizing the technology resources, means of prioritizing and selecting information technology, staffing, personnel management, and assessment.

ITEC 660 - Web Development and Deployment (4)

This course builds web applications by combining software development, database, and cloud concepts into a modern web development course. Students will use current technologies in all three areas to design, develop, and deploy web applications in cloud-based environments. Topics will include web frameworks, model-view-controller or model-view-view/model architectures, front- and back-end technologies, asynchronous web requests, database integration, security, and cloud deployment design decisions.

ITEC 670 - Network, Cloud and Systems Management (4)

This course focuses on the management and governance of an organization's information technology infrastructure. Topics include the management of large network infrastructures, cloud management, systems management, management mechanisms for data centers, network virtualization, cloud security and infrastructure governance issues and approaches. Multiple applications in areas such as commerce, science, and big data are addressed.

ITEC 690 - IT Strategy and Policy (4)

This course focuses on the value of Information Technology within an organization. For many organizations, IT is a cost; for others, it is a strategic advantage. Emphasis is placed on organizational efficiency and leadership of IT organizations to enhance business value and organizational performance.

DATA 630 - Applied Database Management (4)

This course teaches data management from an applied perspective. The topics include fundamentals of database management systems, structured query language (SQL) for data analytics, relational database design, and data warehousing.

Focus Area

Learning Technology:

IDPT 601 - Foundations of Instructional Design (4)

Learning theories and instructional design models are the two fundamental pillars for the field of instructional design. In this course, students will study the learning theories and philosophies that have formed, influence, and support this field. Students will also study instructional systems theories, models, and systematic approaches to instructional design. In this course, students will apply these theories, strategies, and instructional models to create a learning, instructional design, or training event in their chosen setting, whether business, government, healthcare, higher ed, industry, k-12, or other. At the end of this course, students will make a plan on how to prepare for an instructional design career.

IDPT 640 - Enhancing Learning With Technology (4)

In this course, students will apply design principles to create a learning event that includes the use of new and emerging technologies. Students will research collaboration and networking tools for their use and value in learning environments. Delivery platforms and software will also be explored for their impact on instructional strategies. Projects completed in the course will become part of the student's portfolio.

IDPT 645 - Learning Management Systems (4)

In this course, students will study the practices employed to manage and deliver instructional content in an online environment. Students will interact with a functional Learning Management System (LMS) to manage the design, development, delivery, and evaluation of reusable learning content.



HIM 702 - Health Information Governance (4)

This course covers the broad spectrum of strategic issues in healthcare including policies, guidelines, standards, processes, and controls required to manage and implement enterprise-level information. Treating information as a strategic asset to healthcare organizations, processes to manage various risks to the quality of information and ensure its appropriate use are covered.

HIM 710 - Clinical Workflow & Applications (4)

This course explores requirements for clinical workflows in a variety of inpatient, outpatient, and emergency healthcare environments. It covers the documentation, review, mapping, and diagramming of clinical workflow information and processes. The course also covers the linkages between the improvement of patient care to workflow mapping and change management, as part of evidence based decision making in healthcare.

HIM 761 - Healthcare Analytics (4)

This course addresses the process of retrieving, analyzing, and reporting intelligence to make healthcare decisions. It covers the techniques of extracting, transforming and loading data from a myriad of operational databases into corporate data warehouses, as well means to ensure that decision making is based on clean and reliable information. The course also includes ways to report the healthcare intelligence gathered.



ISEC 630 - Information Risk Management (4)

When audits, technology, or compliance become the driver for security initiatives the resulting program is strategically fragmented, reactive, and rigid. Moreover, there are few, if any, assurances that the biggest threats are being addressed. On the other hand, risk assessment places values on assets, evaluates the current controls, and provides data to improve the protection in a controlled, proactive, and flexible manner. This course teaches an approach to security that combines operational security, risk assessment, test and review and mitigation such that value can be demonstrated. A project-based approach to risk assessment is followed including, project definition and preparation, data gathering, technical information, physical data gathering, analysis, mitigation, recommendations, and reporting.

ISEC 650 - Advanced Network Security (4)

Networks connecting disparate devices, services, and users have been among the most ubiquitous technologies that have led to the spectacular economic and technical success of the Internet. Today, networks seem to disappear, only to receive attention when they fail or are breached by attackers. While firewalls and virtual private networks are mainstays of network security, a strategy built on these alone is insufficient. This course covers a more comprehensive and systematic approach to network security including monitoring, incident response, policy development, Software Defined Networking, social network security issues, secure protocols, intrusion detection and prevention, and anomaly detection.

ISEC 670 - Ethical Hacking (4)

When most people think of information security the images that come to mind are those of hackers: secretive people who, for political or profit motives, illegally break into computer systems to steal data or cause mayhem. While that kind of criminal element does exist, ethical hackers provide a needed service to organizations seeking to test and refine their security plans and technologies. This course takes an in-depth approach to ethical hacking, including reconnaissance, scanning, vulnerability analysis, exploitation, and reporting. Students will employ current tools and methods in a hands-on approach that also prepares them for the Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) exam.


Data Analytics:

MATH 601 - Introduction to Analytics (4)

This course provides an introductory overview of methods, concepts, and current practices in the growing field of statistics and data analytics. Topics to be covered include data collection, data analysis and visualization as well as probability, statistical inference and regression methods for informed decision-making. Students will explore these topics with current statistical software. Some emphasis will also be given to ethical principles of data analytics.

DATA 605 - Data Visualization & Reporting (4)

This course focuses on collecting, preparing, and analyzing data to create visualizations, dashboards, and stories that can be used to communicate critical business insights. Students will learn how to structure and streamline data analysis projects and highlight their implications efficiently using the most popular visualization tools used by businesses today.

DATA 610 - Big Data Analytics and Data Mining (4)

This course explores data mining methods and tools, examines the issues in the analytical analysis of massive datasets, and unstructured data. Students will learn the concepts and techniques to discover the patterns in large datasets, which support organizational decision making.


IT Management:

MGMT 711 - Business Environment (4)

This course systematically explores the external environment in which businesses operate - legal and regulatory, macroeconomic, cultural, political, technological, and natural. Additionally, the course will examine the critical opportunities and threats that arise from an analysis of external business conditions. Students will apply scenario planning to a selected industry and synthesize trends in the external environment in the presence of risk and uncertainty.

ECON 723 - Managerial Economics (4)

This course surveys the fundamental concepts and methods of economic analysis for managers. Real-world decision making is emphasized. Application of key economic concepts such as market demand, market supply, market equilibrium, marginal analysis, production, costs, revenue, profit, and market structure constitute the core material of the course.

ACCT 729 - Financial & Managerial Accounting (4)

Effective leadership in today's complex and highly regulated business environment demands more than a working knowledge of basic accounting practices. Managers must fully grasp sophisticated financial and managerial accounting concepts and be able to apply them with ease in handling day-to-day responsibilities. Managers must also be well versed in the intricacies of corporate governance and asset protection. In this course, students will develop a clear understanding of these critical functions and issues. Students will study the foundational aspects of financial accounting, including professional structure, the interrelationships of financial statements, and multiple forms of financial analysis. Additionally, the functional aspects of managerial accounting will be covered, including planning, decision making, and performance evaluation.


IT Leadership:

PSYC 601 - Introduction to Business Psychology (4)

A brief history and overview of the fields of business and psychology as well as a discussion of the issues and opportunities related to their integration. Topics include brain organization and dominance, neuroethics, neurolinguistic programming, multiminds, mindmapping and the application of positive psychology to work settings. Includes the application of recent discoveries in cognitive psychology and neuroscience to resolve contemporary issues in the workplace.

PSYC 602 - Individual & Organizational Intelligence (4)

This course focuses on the application of systems theory, social psychology concepts, organizational lifecycles, and biological principles to the understanding of business operations. Includes a review of basic business principles, multiple intelligences, organizational intelligence, organizational culture, emotional intelligence, biomimicry and organizational DNA.

PSYC 603 - Managerial Psychology (4)

This course will explore the psychological influences on the development and behavior of managers and organizational leaders. Topics include: follower influences, nature vs. nurture in the development of leaders, relationship of personality to leadership style, behavioral decision- making biases, tactical, operational, and strategic decision-making , group think, and scenario planning.

COMP 501 - Foundations of Programming (4)

This course covers fundamental programming principles. Students will learn about the basic elements of a computer program, such as data types, assignments, conditional branching, loops, functions, recursion, basic data structures, program debugging, and testing.

OR ITEC 136 - Principles of Programming (4)

This course introduces programming to individuals with little or no programming background. The goal of this course is to introduce the fundamentals of structured programming, problem solving, algorithm design, and software lifecycle. Topics will include testing, data types, operations, repetition and selection control structures, functions and procedures, arrays, and top down stepwise refinement. Students will design, code, test, debug, and document programs in a relevant programming language.

OR COMP 111 - Introduction to Computer Science & Object-Oriented Programming (4)

This course provides an introduction to software construction using an object-oriented approach. The student learns and reflects on problem analysis, object-oriented design, implementation, and testing. To support the concepts and principles of software construction, the student will design, code, test, debug, and document programs using the Java programming language. Basic data types, control structures, methods, and classes are used as the building blocks for reusable software components. Automated unit testing, programming style, and industrial practice are emphasized in addition to the object-oriented techniques of abstraction, encapsulation, and composition.

ITEC 504 - Foundations of Networks and Systems (4)

This course will provide the knowledge and hands-on skills necessary for the function, design, administration, and implementation of computer networks and basic administration of the Linux operating system. The first half of the course covers the fundamentals of computer networks, OSI networking model, TCP/IP protocol suite, fundamental protocols, wireless networks, virtualization, cloud computing, monitoring, and troubleshooting. The second half covers Linux operating system concepts, including installation, package, file, process, disk & user management, logging, and system security.

(COMP 204 - Principles of Computer Networks AND ITEC 400 – Linux Administration) OR ITEC 350 - Windows Administration can be used to replace ITEC 504. Graduate prerequisite courses must be completed with a grade of "C" or better. Undergraduate prerequisite courses must be completed with a grade of "C" or better.

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M.S. in Information Technology - IT Leadership Focus Career Opportunities

Human Resource Development Manager

HR development managers assess organizational learning and development needs, develop and implement training plans, and maintain information in the organization’s LMS and HRIS.

Leadership Development Director

Leadership development directors work in large organizations to plan and implement training programs aimed at improving leadership competencies for supervisors.

Chief Technology Officer

CTOs use their knowledge of technology and business to ensure their organizations possess technology solutions that maximize productivity and efficiency.

M.S. in Information Technology - IT Leadership Focus Employment Outlook


From 2021-2031 jobs in Information Technology are expected to increase by 16%

All Occupations

5,181,181 jobs
6,031,279 jobs
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Software Developers

1,531,674 jobs
1,971,649 jobs

Computer Systems Analysts

583,066 jobs
637,828 jobs

Computer User Support Specialists

758,772 jobs
850,864 jobs

Computer and Information Systems Managers

538,074 jobs
610,038 jobs

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