Curriculum - Master’s in Information Systems & Technology Online

The online MS in Information Systems & Technology is designed to accelerate your career from employee to leader in the field of information technology management. As a MS in Information Systems & Technology student, you will obtain technical training to meet the ever increasing need to plan, implement and manage technology systems while simultaneously learning leadership and management techniques to effectively provide guidance and oversight to technology teams.

Through experiential methodology, you will discover the IT concepts, skills, and applications necessary to advance your career and become a successful and innovative manager.

Meet Our Faculty

Lorne Olfman, PhD

Lorne Olfman, PhD

  • Professor and Director of the Center for Information Systems & Technology


Professor Olfman has been a CGU faculty member for more than 30 years, and is a director in the Center for Information Systems & Technology (CISAT). His research interests include the ways in which software can be learned and used within organizations, the impact of computer-based systems on knowledge management, and the design and adoption of systems used for group work. Professor Olfman co-directs the Social Learning Software Lab ([SL]2) at CGU along with Professor Terry Ryan. As an active member of the Information Systems community, he has co-authored more than 150 articles, including 57 journal articles, 27 book chapters, and 75 conference papers. He is a senior editor of the AIS Transactions on Human Computer Interaction.

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Terry Ryan, PhD

Terry Ryan, PhD

  • Professor of Information Systems & Technology


After leaving the corporate world, Professor Ryan became an accomplished IS&T researcher focusing on the ways in which people communicate about and with information technology. Together with Professor Lorne Olfman, Professor Ryan has been running CGU’s Social Learning Software Lab ([SL]2) for several years, working with students and visiting researchers on the design and implementation of tools to promote social learning in all its forms. Recent articles have been published in journals including the International Journal of Computer Supported Collaborative Learning, Journal of the Association for Information Systems, and Journal of Database Management.

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Tamir Bechor, PhD

Tamir Bechor, PhD

  • Clinical Associate Professor


Professor Bechor has a track record of providing comprehensive information and cybersecurity solutions worldwide for a range of technologies and industries. His work examines the nature of cyber-threats that shape the digital economy, and offers strategies by which companies build digital trust. He is a permanent member of the advisory board for the AutoUni, the Institute for Information Technology (IFI) of the Volkswagen Group, and is a co-founder of automotive cyber security company CYMOTIVE Technologies, which is developing the next generation of cyber security solutions for connected/autonomous vehicles. Professor Bechor’s teaching interests focus on the competencies and practices needed to unlock and strengthen managers’ abilities to deliver desired business value through the use of disruptive digital technologies.

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Databases and Big Data

Credits: 4 Course #: IST 302 Professor: Kevin Williams

This course will provide you with a deep understanding of the important concepts and techniques involved in physical relational database design and the architecture of modern database management systems.

  • Gain an overview of the technical foundations involved with database systems concepts and DBMS.
  • Learn relational models, system implementation techniques, and topics in data warehousing.

Software Development

Credits: 4 Course #: IST 303 Professor: Terry Ryan

This course is an introduction to software development centered on agile development with Python 3 and related tools.

  • Develop the necessary academic grounding to support more advanced information systems and technology courses.
  • Prepare to develop software for small-to-medium size projects such as those in CISAT research and coursework.
  • Learn techniques and tools common to the IS&T community.

Communications & Networking

Credits: 4 Course #: IST 304 Professor: Nagla Alnosayan

The rise of digital technology and Internet and web-based services has brought about new ways of doing business across the world. This course will cover the design, operation and management of TCP/IP Internet communication concepts as well as their relevant business applications.

  • Learn fundamental communications concepts and gain an overview of underlying networks including hardware
  • Learn about the design of IP protocol and its function in addressing, routing, error control and basic datagram delivery.
  • Explore issues related to routing and quality-of-service, including routing architectures, autonomous system routing using BGP, and intranet routing using RIP and OSPF.

Data Analytics and Information Visualization

Credits: 4 Course #: IST 344 Professors: Lorne Olfman and Sonya Zhang

This course will provide you with the opportunity to develop a deep understanding of the techniques and principles necessary to translate organizational data into visual stories that can be used to drive data-based decision making. You will gain practical experience through every step of building a business intelligence application, from business requirements elicitation, to data preparation, to visual presentation.

  • Learn the basic concepts of information visualization.
  • Develop best practices for the data extraction, transformation, and loading process.
  • Learn fundamentals of data preparation and understanding as well as the principles of dashboard design.
  • Gain an overview of predictive analytics.

Leading Digital Business Transformation

Credits: 4 Course #: IST 321 Professor: Tamir Bechor

This course will position you to be an IT leader, leveraging information technology and integrating IT capabilities with strategic business goals.

  • Understand the ways in which IT contributes to change in business communities.
  • Gain the skills necessary to uncover digital business opportunities
  • Practice delivering business value through successful IT transformation programs.

Design Thinking and Creative Problem Solving

Credits: 4 Course #: IST 327 Professor: Itamar Shabtai

This course teaches the foundations of the design thinking discipline. It provides a conceptual framework and practical tools to equip students with the methods and tools necessary for design thinking and creative problem solving.

  • Engage with real-world problems through academic articles, case studies, videos, discussions, and team-based tasks.
  • Practice the defining steps of creative problem solving: ideation, creation, co-creation, implementation and evaluation.
  • Implement design thinking and problem solving strategies independently and via team collaboration.

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