The concentration in IT Strategy & Innovation supplements your MS in Information Systems & Technology with proven tools for pioneering successful digital business strategies in the competitive world of IT.
The industry-focused IT Strategy & Innovation concentration explores current information technology innovations and key business strategies for internet entrepreneurs, including how to create a successful internet startup. You’ll gain a substantive background in market research, product prototyping, internet marketing, and product development methodologies. Our distinctive practice-based curriculum offers a balanced blend of technology and management scholarship, addressing both sides of the professional spectrum. Students undertake technically focused, collaborative research with distinguished faculty-scholars who are practitioners and industry leaders in Information Systems and Technology and IT strategy.
Well-equipped research clinics and laboratories enable you to work directly on applied and academic research, including the IDEA Lab, Intelligent Systems Lab, and more.
Our GIS Club convenes students and professionals interested in geographic information systems (GIS) and informs the local community about the latest GIS workshops and conferences.
This program is STEM designated, allowing international students who hold F-1 visas to apply for OPT work authorizations for a total of 36 months (an initial 1-year period and a 24-month OPT STEM extension) of paid work experience in the U.S. after graduation.
Program at a Glance
ESTIMATED COMPLETION TIME*
Full-time: 1–1.5 years
Part-time: 1.5–3 years
*Actual completion times will vary and may be higher, depending on full- or part-time course registration, units transferred, and time to complete other degree requirements.
Fall | Spring
MS in Information Systems & Technology
Delivering Value Through IS&T Leadership
Provides knowledge and techniques for students to understand how to influence and leverage Information Technology to a greater degree and integrate it with the company’s strategic business goals.
Technological Innovation & Entrepreneurship
Explores current technological innovation and key business strategies for internet entrepreneurs, including innovation theories, big data innovation, online business archetypes, and more.
Provides an in depth study of the concept of electronic (also called online) learning through key topics, such as learning theories and a theory of online learning, participation in discourse and learning communities.
Internet of Things
Examines the various aspects of the Internet of Things: architectures, devices, algorithms, networks, protocols, power, data processing, security, and standards.
Digital Product Management
Examines the roles and responsibilities of product managers, including strategic planning, product road-mapping, lean methodology, market and product discovery techniques, and more.
Provides an understanding of modern software development principles and practices to support more advanced information systems and technology courses.
The Center for Information Systems and Technology (CISAT) at CGU participates in industry and academic partnerships designed to create internships, collaborations, practicum courses, and other opportunities. These include:
Claremont Graduate University’s comprehensive partnership with Esri, the world’s leading supplier of geographic information system (GIS) software, offers numerous benefits, including:
Scholarships for Esri employees
The Esri Development Center enables CGU students and faculty to teach and develop state-of-the-art applications in the university’s Advanced GIS Lab
GIS training and student recognition through an Esri-sponsored annual achievement award
Microsoft Developer Network Academic Alliance
CISAT is also a Microsoft Developer Network Academic Alliance Member, which gives our students and researchers access to the latest technologies for use in classroom assignments and projects.
IBM Watson Analytics Academic Program
To ensure students work with leading data analytics technologies, CISAT is part of the Watson Analytics Academic Program (WAP), which provides no-cost use of IBM® Watson Analytics software for classroom teaching and research.
Faculty & Research
Fletcher Jones Chair of Technology Design & Management
Design science research, Health informatics, Electronics and telecommunication engineering