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Master in Information Technology Career Paths and Outcomes

Career Paths

The following student profiles illustrate how the Master of Information Technology degree can help you achieve your career aspirations. Career outcomes provide a sampling of the types of options available to our graduates.


Recent college graduate with a non-technical degree

Career outcomes: Business/Systems Analyst, Database Analyst, IT Security Analyst, IT Auditor, Leadership Development Programs, IT Risk & Assurance Consultant, IT Advisory Consultant. 

Master of Information Technology study plan: Our six core courses will help you develop the necessary foundational technical skills while learning how to tackle business problems with IT solutions:

  • CS 603 Object-Oriented Application Development (with Java and Eclipse)
  • CS 605 Data Management and Systems Modeling (with SQL and Oracle)
  • CS 607 Technology Infrastructure of Information Systems
  • CS 610 Enterprise Architecture
  • CS 620 Global IT Project Management
  • CS 630 Object-Oriented Systems Analysis and Design

Focusing your elective choices on more technical, hands-on CS courses will enable you to build stronger capabilities in core technologies:

  • CS 612 Web-Based Application Development
  • CS 650 Data Management Architectures
  • CS 680 Mobile Application Development
  • CS 753 Business Intelligence Methods and Techniques

Courses that will improve your ability to anticipate and meet tomorrow’s IT needs in today’s fast-paced business environment while honing your analytical and communication skills:

For those interested in careers as data scientists, consider adding a Graduate Certificate in Business Analytics to your MSIT degree.

As someone with little or no prior IT work experience, it is highly recommended that you complete at least one IT-related internship. Students may complete a maximum of two internships, one for three-credits and another for one-credit:

  • CS 881 CIS Internship – three credits toward MSIT degree
  • CS 590 – one credit that does not count toward degree requirements.

Recent college graduate with a technical degree

Career outcomes: Business/Systems Analyst, Programmer Analyst, Database Analyst, IT Security Analyst, IT Auditor, IT Risk and Assurance Consultant, IT Advisory Consultant

Master of Information Technology study plan: It is likely you will have been granted course substitution status for CS603, CS605, and/or CS607, based on your undergraduate coursework. You can take any higher-level CS elective in place of any course for with that status. Recommended electives that will build on your technical expertise while expanding your understanding of IT from a business perspective:

  • CS 612 Web-Based Application Development
  • CS 650 Data Management Architectures
  • CS 680 Mobile Application Development
  • CS 740 Network and Systems Security

You may also be interested in taking electives from the Human Factors in Information Design program:

  • HF 750 Testing and Assessment Programs
  • HF 751 Measuring the User Experience (HF 750 prerequisite)
  • HF 760 Intelligent User Interface
  • HF 765 Emerging Interfaces

Alternatively, if you are interested in data analytics, consider adding a graduate certificate in Business Analytics to your Masters of Information Technology degree.

Experienced Professional without IT Background

Career outcomes: Project Manager, Product Manager, Program Manager, Senior Business/IT Consultant

Master of Information Technology study plan: The six core courses will help you shore up your technical expertise within a business context. Elective courses should focus on giving you a higher-level understanding of the complex issues facing organizations and how IT can be used to address them. Electives that may be most beneficial to achieving your career goals.

  • CS 650 Data Management Architectures
  • CS 753 Business Intelligence Methods and Techniques
  • CS 740 Network and Systems Security
  • CS 801 IT Policy and Management

See IT management and consulting courses for additional course options from other departments at Bentley that may be of interest.

Experienced IT Professional

Career outcomes: IT Director, Program Manager, Enterprise Architect, Software Development Scrum Master, Senior IT/Business Consultant

Master of Information Technology study plan: It is likely you will have been granted course substitution status for CS603, CS605, and/or CS607, based on your undergraduate coursework in conjunction with your professional experience. Consider elective courses with a managerial focus from both within and outside of our program.

These courses focus on IT management and consulting:

Computer Information Systems (CS) courses:

  • CS 740 Network and Systems Security
  • CS 801 IT Policy and Management

Human Factors in Information Design (HFID) courses:

  • HF 710 Managing a User-Centered Design Team
  • HF 725 User Experience Leadership & Management

Information and Process Management (IPM) courses:

  • GR 602 Business Process Management
  • IPM 723 Information Security, Controls and Ethics
  • IPM 740 Enterprise Systems Planning and Configuration (Prerequisite GR602 or AC730)

For unrestricted electives, courses that further strengthen your communication and analytical skills and/or build on your prior experience include:

Management courses:

  • MG 635 Negotiating

Accountancy courses:

  • AC 730 Business Process and Systems Assessment
  • AC 731 Advanced AIS: Modeling Effective Accounting Information Systems (prerequisite AC 730)
  • AC 741 Financial Statement Auditing (prerequisite AC611-Financial Accounting Problems I)
  • AC 742 IT Auditing (prerequisite AC741)

Business Analytics courses: If you are interested in analytics, consider adding a Graduate Certificate in Business Analytics to your MSIT degree.

 


Career Outcomes

Students entering the Master of Information Technology degree program have a wide variety of academic backgrounds and professional experience. Some have little or no prior IT background and are looking to enter the field, while others are seasoned IT professionals who would like to move into more managerial positions.

Bentley Master of Information Technology graduates are hired by top firms in a wide range of industries, including biotechnology, financial services, healthcare, market research and high tech. Graduates often start work as consultants, risk analysts, business analysts, systems analysts, project managers or systems architects — and advance quickly in technical and managerial careers.

Recent graduates have accepted positions at Attivio, Deloitte, EMC Corporation, Fidelity Investments, IBM Global Services, John Hancock Financial Services, KPMG, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Raytheon, Staples and Travelers. Depending on interests and industry, the starting salary of a Bentley Master of Information Technology degree graduate ranges from $50,000 to $135,000.

Alumni benefit from a strong global network and lifelong career services support from the Graduate School.