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Tulane now offers master of professional studies degree in computing technologies

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This is a news release from Tulane

A new Master of Professional Studies (MPS) degree is slated for the upcoming Fall Semester at the Tulane Mississippi Coast Campus in Biloxi. Tulane’s School of Continuing Studies today announced that beginning in the Fall 2016 Semester it will offer coastal residents the opportunity to earn a Masters Degree in Computing Technologies. Enrollment is now open for the new MPS program, and classes begin Monday, August 29.

The new MPS program is crafted for information technology and business professionals seeking to merge managerial and technical skills to advance their careers. The new program allows students to gain the skills necessary to handle issues encountered by information technology professionals. Students in the MPS program will acquire a core set of technology and management skills; communication, interpersonal and team skills; and the ability to integrate people, technology, and business practices within and across organizational boundaries. Students in the MPS program are required to take seven core courses including four technology courses and three business and leadership courses, plus three elective courses.

The technology courses are Enterprise Architecture - Software, Enterprise Architecture - Hardware, Legal Issues in Information Technology and Computer Security. The Software Architecture course looks at progressive approaches to building state-of-the-art IT infrastructures, and the Hardware Architecture course shows how to  maximize business functionality while minimizing risk and simplifying operations. This course will teach students how to build open/standards-based Enterprise Hardware Architectures which use virtual servers and storage area networks. Legal Issues in Information Technology will analyze past, current and future legal issues relating to the management of information where IT professionals are involved. This course will cover topics such as U.S. and international jurisdiction, computer security, intellectual property, electronic commerce, information privacy and cybercrime. Computer Security will focus on the fundamentals used to provide computer and communications security. This class will teach students how to develop secure programs and applications as well as cover coding methods, safeguarding databases and operating systems, malicious software and firewalls.

The three business and leadership courses that students must take are IT Governance and Policy, Managing the IT Department and The Business of Information Technology. IT Governance and Policy will help students deliver value to businesses by teaching them how to properly manage information technology. In this course students will learn about IT governance objectives as well as standards, frameworks and tools used to plan, deploy, manage, monitor, measure and sustain a successful IT governance plan. Managing the IT Department will use case studies to demonstrate how to evaluate information systems and how to manage data and information. Students will gain experience in handling business procedures related to managing an IT department in The Business of Information Technology. Topics covered in this class will include accounting, payroll, budgeting, request for proposals and service level agreements.

After successful completion of the seven core classes, students must take three elective graduate courses to achieve their masters degree. Applicants for the MPS program must submit an application which includes a brief description of how a graduate education from Tulane can assist in achieving personal objectives and a brief background of their non-academic experiences with technology. Students must also submit official college transcripts. Interested students holding a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited university should visit the school’s website at scs.tulane.edu/campuses/mississippi-coast.

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