School of Commerce Launches New Graduate Program Aimed at Young,
High-Tech Executives Already on the Job
12, 1999 -- Leadership talent in information technology
is in short supply and universities can't turn graduates out fast
enough. But the University of Virginia's McIntire School of Commerce
is planning to help.
McIntire School of Commerce has created a new program that will
allow people to earn an advanced degree without taking off time
McIntire School of Commerce has offered a master's degree in management
of information systems for a decade and its graduates are in great
demand -- all 1998 graduates reported jobs by Aug. 17 with average
annual starting salaries of $50,282. However, those students had
to be enrolled full time at the University.
with business executives around Virginia uncovered a huge need for
a program that would strengthen the business and technology skills
of existing employees. This led to the creation of the new program.
demand for individuals with a strong understanding of both business
and information technology is incredible," according Carl Zeithaml,
dean of the McIntire School. "Extensive conversations with senior
executives and recruiters from all industries clearly indicate that
organizations in the 21st century need people who can use and apply
information technology for competitive advantage. The McIntire School
has designed a program that provides future business leaders with
an exceptional education, while allowing them to remain on the job."
late this spring, fast-track, mid-level managers and information
technology professionals will be able to earn a master's degree
in Management Information Systems (M.I.S.) through a one-year program
designed to strengthen skills in two main areas -- business management
(especially for managers with a technical background) and information
technology (especially for managers with a business background).
Graduates will be able to solve critical business problems through
the use of computer technology, either as outside consultants or
as internal trouble shooters.
they will be able to apply information technology to identify and
compete in new markets.
new program from the McIntire School of Commerce is ideal for students
who want to develop the business and technology skills needed for
success in the new economy," said Fred Bollerer, president of Potomac
KnowledgeWay, a nonprofit leadership organization, based in Herndon,
which is working to prepare the Greater Washington region for a
role as a global leader in advanced telecommunications and Internet-related
industries. "It will help students enhance their skills in critical
thinking, analysis, problem-solving, communication, flexibility
executive-format program combines intensive, on-Grounds instruction
with homework assignments completed through the school's interactive
computer network according to Ryan Nelson, director of McIntire's
Center for the Management of Information Technology. Students will
attend a two-week session in Charlottesville at the start of the
program, a one-week session in January and weekend sessions throughout
the year. Between class meetings, students will work with other
class members and faculty through distance-learning and groupware
will learn cutting-edge skills, such as object-oriented analysis
and design, and become familiar with the use of Oracle database
products and tools, JAVA development tools, group support systems,
and a wide range of Internet-based technologies. In addition, they
will develop skills vital to success in all businesses that depend
heavily on information technology. Such skills will include capital
budgeting, risk management, team building, services marketing and
a very balanced, contemporary degree," said Nelson.
we emphasize the use and management of emerging technologies, the
content of the program contains an appropriate balance of business
and technical skills."
previous M.I.S. program was strictly technical and had two years
of business prerequisites, but the new program has no prerequisites,
other than an undergraduate degree and GMAT exam scores.
12-month curriculum is based on 30 credit hours, including 13.5
hours of M.I.S. courses, 12 hours of business courses and 4.5 hours
of business/M.I.S. electives.
the master's degree program is initially aiming to attract students
from Virginia and the surrounding region, eventually students are
likely to commute from even farther away, said Robert S. Kemp Jr.,
McIntire's associate dean for graduate students.
more information about the M.S./M.I.S. program, call Ryan Nelson
at (804) 924-7587; or Robert Kemp at (804) 924-3482. For admissions
materials, call (804) 924-3571. Or, you may look up information
about the program and file an application online by visiting the
McIntire website at: http://www.commerce.virginia.edu/ms_mis/