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Bentley College Introduces New Graduate Degree Program - MS in Information Technology

April 4, 2001

Waltham, MA -- Beginning September 2001, the McCallum Graduate School of Business at Bentley College will offer a new Master of Science in Information Technology (MS IT), replacing the current MS CIS program. The new MS IT is designed to prepare systems professionals for positions as IT project managers, system architects, information architects, process analysts, and/or technology architects. MS IT students will gain a firm understanding of enterprise-wide IT systems for Internet-enabled business processes where digital networks and distributed information technologies are the primary mechanism for doing business.

The graduates of this program will:

· be deeply rooted in distributed systems, telecommunications networks, object-orientation and software technologies that provide the foundation for implementing business-to-customer or business-to-business commerce solutions,

· possess a thorough understanding of the Internet Systems (IS) processes at the individual, team and project levels to effectively execute e-business projects;

· understand the business models that define the context and shape the design and implementation of e-business solutions;

· develop a visual sense of systems that incorporate great usability and user-friendliness;

· comprehend the fundamentals of computer data structures to enhance the robustness of systems enterprise integration.

The MS IT is a 30-credit program geared to experienced IS professionals who have at least two years of systems development experience and are interested in pursuing an advanced degree that reflects a strong technical emphasis. It is also designed for career changers with an aptitude for IT but neither prior IT work experience nor academic background in information systems and/or computer science. All applicants will need to demonstrate a competency in basic personal computer and Web development skills and have the equivalent IS foundation knowledge. Candidates without the appropriate prior coursework must complete 9 credits of IS foundation courses.

For information on the MS IT program, call the McCallum Graduate School at Bentley College at 800-442-4723 or online at: http://www.bentley.edu/graduate/academics/ms_programs/msit.cfm

US News & World Report ranks Bentley College #13 in E-Commerce. Computerworld ranks Bentley's Information Age MBA among the Top Techno-MBA programs in the country. Bentley College is located in Waltham, Massachusetts, 10 miles west of Boston.

BENTLEY UNIVERSITY is one of the nation’s leading business schools, dedicated to preparing a new kind of business leader – one with the deep technical skills, broad global perspective, and high ethical standards required to make a difference in an ever-changing world. Our rich, diverse arts and sciences program, combined with an advanced business curriculum, prepares informed professionals who make an impact in their chosen fields. Located on a classic New England campus minutes from Boston, Bentley is a dynamic community of leaders, scholars and creative thinkers. The Graduate School emphasizes the impact of technology on business practice, in offerings that include MBA and Master of Science programs, PhD programs in accountancy and in business, and customized executive education programs. The university enrolls approximately 4,100 full-time undergraduate, 140 adult part-time undergraduate, 1,430 graduate, and 43 doctoral students. Bentley is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges; AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business; and the European Quality Improvement System, which benchmarks quality in management and business education. For more information, please visit www.bentley.edu

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