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Grow with the IT Industry at NEIT

According to Forbes Magazine, “Graduate degrees in information technology, computer programming and engineering have proven value.”

No other occupation predicts the hiring increase that Information Technology does. With an overall growth of 15%, IT is a field with remarkable opportunities. Some specialties will grow even more, like healthcare. In fact, Insurance carriers expect to hire 26% more Information Systems Managers to meet the industry’s growing online presence.

Information Technology has become a vital part of every industry. The 2007-9 recession barely affected it–the industry showed barely 1% job reduction. As of 2010, employment in Information Technology exceeded 2008 numbers. Between 2010 and 2020, the industry is expected to grow employment by 3.9% a year. At the management level, the need for Information Technology Managers is estimated to increase nearly 40%.

Information Technology Managers are responsible for developing and implementing technology strategies in fields outside of their own. Communication and management skills are one of the most important tools for success in the industry. An IT operation usually depends on a large team to maintain networks and security.  An Information Manager oversees systems analysts, developers, programmers and other computer support specialists. Managers must be adept at explaining complex computer systems to those outside of IT and corporate strategies to their IT team.

Certain fields in IT already show great growth. Businesses are increasingly adopting cloud computing, which means more managers are needed to communicate between cloud service providers and businesses. Cyber attacks are growing in number, making cyber security services more important than ever before. As retail outlets and banks develop stronger cyber security firewalls, managers must communicate changes and needs between the two parties. Other industries like healthcare and data management also show growing need for Information Technology Managers.

With such a great demand, businesses seek Technology Directors, Security Managers, Chief Information Officers and Chief Technology Officers to manage the changing technology requirements at each company. These positions not only require a thorough understanding of the technology, but a respect and appreciation for management at the legal, financial and ethical level.

In 2015, the median pay was $131,600.*

The future of Information Technology management requires understanding management theories and being prepared to apply them within the computer and information industry.

Many Master in Information Technology degrees focus on the science of technology.

However, NEIT’s MSIT degree provides a thorough foundation in management practices.

The difference? With the help of NEIT, you can take your knowledge of the technology and become an executive.

Start your degree and take the first step towards becoming the manager and chief technology officer you know you can be…in as little as 18 months! NEIT’s flexible MSIT program works with your work schedule. Become a business leader with an online course now.

Enroll for Summer Session before July 8th.
Start your future today.

* All information gathered from the  Occupational Outlook Handbook US Bureau of Labor Statistics. See page on Computer and Information Systems Managers.

Why NEIT’s MSIT is better than an MBA

If you are looking to take the next step in your career, you very well could be debating between an MBA and MSIT degrees. At New England Institute of Technology you get the best of both.

The MSIT program at NEIT provides extensive business management courses. Graduates excel at working beyond the operations level to the policy and strategic management level.

Our curriculum provides courses in Leadership, Management, Professional Ethics, IT Finance, Information Technology and the Law. Students are prepared for the issues they will face as leaders and managers. Students learn how to:

  • Understand common IT/business strategy models and techniques (Porter’s Five Forces, Gartner magic quadrant, S-curve, brainstorming, SWOT analysis).
  • Analyze and apply tools to lead change and people.
  • Compose a leadership style and professional roadmap to implement immediately.
  • Analyze ethically ambiguous scenarios.
  • Detect and judge relevant ethical, social and legal issues in information systems.
  • Recognize how intellectual property law, tort law, contract law, cyberlaw, and privacy issues impact information technology and systems decisions.

Information Technology is changing rapidly but with our faculty’s sharing of case studies and research from their practice and research, students have the opportunity to prepare for future problems by addressing current issues. Fast-paced innovation means IT professionals need to have the foundation to adapt to new systems and products. NEIT makes that possible with courses in key areas including:

  • 3D technology
  • Cybersecurity
  • Drone technology
  • Innovative platforms and software

The New England Institute of Technology combines an MSIT degree with extensive business management training.

Start your degree and take the first step towards improving your career. NEIT’s flexible MSIT program works with your work schedule. Become a business leader with an online course now.

Enroll for Summer Session before July 8th.

Start your future today.

Advantages of Online Courses

iStock_000014389703SmallTaking classes online can help you get a master’s degree while you work. Online programs have grown in popularity among busy professionals and become widely accepted across industries.

They have so many advantages. You can apply what you learn while you work. You discover the latest trends and concerns in your industry. You expand your professional network. You recognize professional opportunities as they happen.

Learning online equips you with the professional traits that companies require in today’s virtual work world. You will build a wealth of skills by pursuing an online or hybrid degree. Employers recognize that you know how to:

Work independently – Online learners take responsibility for their own success. Students study and plan assignments on their own time. Even group projects require independent effort. Students master difficult material through their own diligence and dedication. Online learners show a consistent commitment to their education. With no one looking over their shoulder, they must ensure their own engagement. Learning online encourages people to become self-motivated and self-disciplined, which are key traits for management success.

Collaborate online – The workplace today requires that teams collaborate virtually to accomplish goals. Knowing how to work with large and small groups at a distance to produce necessary results is a significant soft skill. Comfort with web and video conferencing, document-sharing and online work platforms will help you succeed. Online collaborations work best when participants cultivate a sense of community. Developing your social dynamic in your online courses is a critical networking skill in an increasingly virtual world. Your ease adapting to new technologies is a strategic advantage as a business leader.

Manage time – Without a physical classroom to designate school time, online learners become adept at the kind of time-management skills necessary at the highest business levels. Students learn how to break down large tasks, assign goals, set deadlines and use unexpected free moments to ensure everything gets done on time. Time management allows you to do more in less time and improves decision making skills, while also reducing stress and providing you with valuable free time. When you manage time successfully, others notice and come to you for solutions, making you a business leader.

Set and meet objectives – Though online classes have assignment deadlines just as others do, online learners become responsible for developing incremental objectives in order to meet goals. Juggling work and personal obligations as well as a master’s education means that students taking online classes learn how to prioritize. They become better planners. They can always explain the direction of their work. They can better evaluate their performance. The ability to implement objectives related to strategic goals is a valuable asset for managers and leaders in every industry.

Adapt and increase computer literacy – Most online courses maximize the unique advantages of the technology. Faculty incorporate new tools, introduce software and provide links to additional resources that encourage students to stay at the cutting edge. You will learn the latest developments in your industry but also develop an ease navigating a variety of systems, applications and sites that will make you a more versatile employee.

Your online education cultivates discipline, self-motivation and perseverance––especially if you are also managing a full time job, a family and other obligations.

Learn more about the online master’s programs offered by New England Institute of Technology, here. Start your path to success.

Learn From Those Who Wrote The Book On It

Cooper_Union_New_Academic_Building_from_northHaving professional experience is part of what makes the NEIT faculty great. Another aspect is our faculty’s ability to communicate complex ideas to a wide audience.

Publishing a book highlights this expertise. Here are few works published by our faculty:

Timothy Henry, PhD — MSIT Program Director

Data Abstractions & Problem Solving with C++

Timothy Henry’s book, Data Abstractions & Problem Solving with C++ : Walls & Mirrors won the national McGuffey Longevity Award in 2016. This award recognizes textbooks whose excellence endures; books must be in print over 15 years and continue to sell. Another popular advanced programming textbook by Dr. Henry is Data Structures and Abstractions with Java. The impact of these books has made Dr. Henry a notable and valuable resource in the profession.

He is now updating A Gift of Fire: Social, Legal, and Ethical Issues for Computing Technology for its 5th edition, to be published in the spring of 2017. In this textbook, he addresses the ethics issues surround digital technology that professionals must know to serve as the best leaders in our new world. As arguments about cybersecurity, Big Data, data mining and privacy continue to appear in the media, some question the current ethical standards of the Information Technology field. Every IT leaders faces challenging ethical decisions and often the correct decision or path is not clear or may not even exist.

Learn how to lead in these scenarios when you take a course like IT546: IT Professional Ethics. The MSIT program at NEIT and Dr. Henry are committed to ensuring that graduates are prepared for the dilemmas of the future. Ethical issues must be addressed by responsible IT professionals. Learning how is an important part of your education.

Gabar Mustafa, PhD — MSCM Program Director

Optimal Engineering Strategy for Sustainable InfrastructureGabar Mustafa’s book, Optimal Engineering Strategy for Sustainable Infrastructure: Water and Sanitation Case Study from Eastern Sudan, provides an important case study in the use of small-scale technology schemes. Learn about:

  • Developmental impacts on socioeconomic and political environments
  • The importance of cultural sensitivity
  • Adopting effective, sustainable and appropriate technologies
  • Why these practices are increasingly relevant everywhere

Green technologies are increasingly important. Be prepared to manage water resources in the future. Knowing how to implement a sustainable construction project will put you ahead of the rest.

Get the training you need in structural engineering and discover the best practices and technical skills that drive 21st century construction management when you take courses like the MSCM-512 Construction and the Environment or MSCM-543 Infrastructure Planning and Development. Become a leader in construction management by knowing how to implement the most suitable options for every environment.

Learn from the best.

The faculty at NEIT introduce students to case studies from their experience in the field. Their research and scholarship inform how they teach, what they teach and why they teach it. Learning from their research gives you a stronger foundation by preparing you to apply what you’ve learned in the years to come.

You can find out more about the MSIT or MSCM program at The New England Institute of Technology, get an application packet here, and begin your path to learning from those who wrote the book on it.