Graduate Certificate in Technology Management
REQUIRED CREDITS: 15
LOCATIONS and START DATES: Online: Fall, Winter, Spring
Is the graduate Technology Management certificate program for me?If you have an undergraduate or graduate degree and want a career in tech leadership, or you're already a tech manager who wants to refine your skills to stay relevant within the industry, this certificate program is a great way to go. And you can also use the Technology Management certificate program as a great stepping stone to a graduate program if you haven't yet earned a graduate degree. At City University of Seattle, our graduate certificate program classes are taught both in class and online, for your flexibility and convenience. If you decide to earn your graduate certificate online, you'll still have access to all the great resources CityU has to offer - without the commute.
What will I learn in the graduate Technology Management certificate program?Some of the topics you'll cover include:
What can I do with my graduate certificate in Technology Management?With a certificate in Technology Management, you'll be ready to go beyond a single skill-focused job and take on big picture responsibilities in the tech industry. Many CityU graduates currently hold mid-to-senior level management positions at technology companies or are team leaders in development, implementation and tech support.
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Project management has become a foundational skill for all business and technology managers. This course will explore the unique challenges of managing projects with technology enablers. Students will study and apply best practices in project management including planning, scheduling, managing cost, quality, and risk, while monitoring the external and internal influences that can affect project scope and eventual success with integrating technology into the business environment. The challenges of working with diverse teams of business experts, as well as internal and external technology experts will be addressed. The goal of this course will be an increased sense of confidence in bringing technology projects to a successful close in any professional setting. Prerequisites: ITMGMT 500.
This course focuses on the transition from IT individual contributor to IT leader. The challenges of leading an information technology organization are explored in depth, including cultural awareness, conflict resolution, and the personal transitions involved in moving from peer to leader within the technical team. Practical techniques for leading, coaching, and motivating collaborative teams of technical and non-technical professionals will be discussed and practiced. Students will gain a perspective and skill set that will enable them to emerge as leaders in their current environment, as well as prepare for increasing levels of responsibility in their IT leadership career. Prerequisites: ITMGMT 500.
This course will explore information technology innovation from a process perspective. We will begin by looking at the trends that are influencing the future of technology, and then examine what those trends will demand in terms of business and technology process innovations. A variety of process improvement models will be studied, including Capability Modeling, Agile software development, Lean and Six Sigma approaches to continuous improvement and others, all with the goal of assembling a tool kit of techniques and approaches for managing the integration of IT processes with evolving business models. Prerequisites: ITMGMT 500.
Businesses are increasingly become dependent on and dominated by technology. It is critical for executives to understand how to integrate and leverage technology to accomplish the business strategy of the enterprise. To enable that goal, the course shows students how to analyze the role and application of technology within the context of a specific industry and to develop a technology strategy aligned with the business strategy. Students develop plans to implement their technology strategies and to assess the effectiveness of the technology organization through the use of balanced scorecards. Students are also introduced to the role of the executive in information assurance.
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This course introduces you to the skills you will need to make sound financial decisions. Principles of finance and accounting will be covered, with a focus on applying financial perspectives to support technology selection and implementation decisions. You will analyze financial statements, develop return on investment scenarios and develop an IT business plan and budget to support a strategic IT initiative.
This course challenges you to examine your ability to affect positive change in the world. The course will expose a variety of global social and environmental issues and the history, trends, and best practices currently underway to promote a better future. Emphasis will be placed on increasing your perspective on the impact that your technology decisions can have on others around the world. You will join a global community, engage in learning about an issue of your choice, and emerge with a personal commitment to be an advocate for social responsibility in the technology management field.