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NCU Catalog - June 2017 (Amended) 
NCU Catalog - June 2017 (Amended) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Technology and Innovation Management, Data Science Specialization, MS

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Master of Science in Technology and Innovation Management

Description of Program

Technological innovations can be intimidating—yet beneficial—for many organizations.  It is important for leaders to know how to take advantage of new technologies and ideas or be trapped in stagnation. The MS in Technology and Innovation Management helps prepare professionals to be champions of positive change through new ideas and new technologies.

Learning Outcomes

  • Determine a situation’s potential for technology-based improvement.
  • Communicate concepts and arguments associated with technology and innovation.
  • Manage legal, ethical, and security risks in technology-based systems.
  • Evaluate the scope and impact of emerging technologies on a local and global scale.
  • Design technology-based solutions to practical problems.

Basis for Admission

The School of Business and Technology Management students entering the Master of Science in Technology Innovation Management (MSTIM) program will require a bachelor’s degree from a regionally or nationally accredited academic institution may immediately begin the MSTIM program.

Graduates of the NCU program must complete 30 credit hours. Students will select a discipline-specific specialization of their interest, which compliments the core coursework. The first-of-its-kind MSTIM program trains students to be innovative leaders who use high-tech tools to improve their organizations.

Degree Requirements

The Master of Science in Technology and Innovation Management is a 30 credit program comprised of 12 core credits, 15 specialization credits and 3 capstone credits.

Students assume full responsibility for understanding both the foundational, specialization and capstone requirements of the program. Switching programs after completing coursework may result in reevaluation, monetary loss, loss of credit hours and/or the need to take additional credit hours. Students’ Academic Advisors can assist with any questions related to program requirements.

The University may accept a maximum of 12 semester credit hours in transfer toward the Master of Science in Technology and Innovation Management for graduate course work completed at an accredited college or university with a grade of “B” or better. Courses considered for transfer must mirror courses in the program. The Dean of the School of Business and Technology Management must approve any courses considered for transfer. See the Transfer Credit Policy  for additional information.

Time to Completion

NCU allows 5 years to complete all 30 credit hour master’s programs. Normal time to completion for this program is 42 months.

Time to completion varies depending upon the pace in which a student completes courses and the number of transfer credits accepted. As most NCU students are working adults balancing educational, professional, and personal commitments, our academic advisors will work with you to develop a program schedule that works best for your needs.

The normal time disclosed above reflects the experience of students who may have entered under different program requirements. In the quest for continuous improvement, academic leadership has revised the program to optimize curriculum and pace, facilitate student learning, and improve chances for success. Therefore, the program is now designed for students enrolling today to take advantage of these revised course structures, lengths, and schedules. New students following the preferred schedule designed by the Dean for this program, and applying no transfer credits, can expect to finish in as little as 16 months.

Course Sequence

Students who complete at least 15 semester credit hours in a single area of specialization at NCU (not counting foundational courses) may elect to have the specialization recorded on their transcript and diploma.

All Master of Science in Technology and Innovation Management (MSTIM) programs require the foundation courses to be completed prior to enrolling in specialization courses. The program capstone will be completed as the last course in the degree program. 

In some cases, specialization courses listed on the initial degree plan can be changed at the students request. Please contact your Academic Advisor for more information.

Data Science Specialization

Gathering and maintaining data is just one piece of effective use of data. The Data Science specialization prepares students to start processing the mountains of data that organizations produce and turn them into usable information.  Data science graduates will be prepared with statistical and modeling tools that will enable them to help their organizations use data most effectively to serve their stakeholders’ interests.

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