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Press Release (July 6, 2012)

Virginia International University announces new Master’s Programs

Starting Summer II SCIS offers one additional Master’s program (MISM), with two additional new programs being added in the fall semester (MIT and MSE). That increases the programmatic count of the SCIS programmatic portfolio to a total of 10 programs, each of them either recently launched or refreshed, well-aligned with the needs of the local and global economies.

The new Master of Science in Information Systems Management program started operating on-campus and online with the beginning of the Summer II session. The Master of Science in Information Systems Management (MISM) has been designed to address the urgent needs of hiring managers in the information systems area with regard to the skill sets of information systems managers. The graduates will be able to manage the in-house and outsources development of information systems and perform effectively as both producer and consumer of information systems services. Program graduates will demonstrate professional competencies that will make them valuable contributors in cross-functional teams, able to keep their skills fresh as the industry develops, with a clear understanding of their roles as responsible professionals in a complex business, policy and social context. Program graduates will be responsible, ethical professionals who understand the economic, organizational, policy and social dimensions of their work in this dynamic and complex field.

Starting at the beginning of Fall 2012, SCIS will start operating (on-campus and online) two new master’s programs in Information Technology and Software Engineering. The Master of Science in Information Technology (MIT) program prepares individuals for leadership roles in the IT industry. The program provides knowledge and skills across the entire range of topics in the industry – systems engineering, decision-making for IT, ethics and law, computer networking, database technologies, IT governance and strategy, Web development, and information assurance. The core of the program is focused on building a foundation of critical thinking skills on which to make professional judgments and design and implement solutions aligned with business needs. The MIT program builds these thinking skills through a solid understanding of theoretical methods, principles, and tools and an examination of fundamental information technology issues and processes. Topics include systems engineering, decision-making for IT, ethics and law, computer networking, database technologies, IT governance and strategy, Web development, and information assurance.

The Master of Science in Software Engineering (MSE) program prepares students to become Software Engineering leaders, and address the global need for professionals that apply computer science, engineering, and mathematical principles to design, develop, and test software. The core of the program is focused on building a foundation of critical thinking skills on which to make professional judgments. This program builds these thinking skills through a solid understanding of theoretical methods, principles, and tools and an examination of fundamental software development issues and processes. Topics include requirements engineering, project management, quality assurance, and database management systems. Faculty with both academic and industry backgrounds also provide practical perspective. Real-world problems and opportunities with software intensive systems are explored, and methods to evaluate, adopt and take advantage of emerging technologies are learned. Students of the Master of Science in Software Engineering program will also be working closely with fellow software professionals, completing applicable class assignments within teams. Working relationships developed will be a significant resource throughout one’s career.