Next month sees the start of a Master’s degree in IT management, launched by the Innovation Value Institute and hosted at NUI Maynooth.
Suitable for IT professionals in the private and public sectors, the programme aims to provide business and management education with a special emphasis on exploring the IT Capability Maturity Framework (IT-CMF); the IT management framework focused on generating business value from IT.
This model is based on academic research carried out by IVI, which is the brainchild of Intel technologist Martin Curley. The framework has been refined by input by leading global organisations, including Intel and the Boston Consulting Group, and investigates approaches to delivering tangible and measurable business value for organisations.
The course operates as a standalone option and can be taken over 12 months full-time or in 24 months on a part-time basis. It can also be integrated into the IVI’s five-tier professional training and development model, where each tier of the institute’s curriculum builds on knowledge and skills acquired at an earlier stage and previous level of learning. The MSc in IT management represents the top level of the institute’s education model.
The course aims to place IT management firmly in a business context and develops participants’ capacity to understand the role of IT as an organisation function and as a strategic business partner. It also identifies how the IT-CMF model is used to realise greater business value by innovating in IT. The curriculum looks to strike a balance between academic sophistication and leading-edge research on the one hand with a pragmatic approach in an area of study that IVI believes is now “extremely relevant".
Taught modules are delivered over two semesters from September to May, with a business research project conducted during a final semester from June until August. Successful participants will graduate with an MSc in IT management.