Walsh College

Master of Science in Information Technology Leadership

Master of Science in Information Technology Leadership

Walsh College IT Program Brochure (pdf)

The Master of Science in Information Technology Leadership (MSITL) Degree is designed to educate organizational leaders on how to assess, evaluate, determine and manage technology choices from a business perspective. The MSITL student has the opportunity to focus in one of the three areas of technology leadership: Chief Security Officer, Chief Information Officer, and the Project Management office. 

The MSITL program consists of 13 courses for 39 semester credit hours. The MSITL degree requires a minimum of 27 semester credit hours in residence at Walsh College. The MSITL is available as a Dual Degree with the MBA.

Graduate Communication Assessment

The graduate communication assessment must be taken prior to your first COM 510 Communication and Success Strategies class session. There is no fee associated with this assessment. 

The graduate communication assessment is a tool designed to measure written communication skills. Students will select from two topic essays, appropriate for graduate students, which will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Grammar and mechanics
  • Style
  • Organization and development

The graduate communication assessment may be taken at the Troy Campus Testing Center, the Novi Campus Library, or an approved external testing site. An appointment is required.

Appointments made be scheduled at the Troy Campus Testing Center using this link: https://www-secure.walshcollege.edu/Test_Scheduling/.  For the Novi Campus, please contact the Administrative Office at 248-349-5454 to schedule an appointment to take the assessment at the Novi Library.  Proctors and locations external to Walsh College must be pre-approved by the Walsh College Testing Center. Click here for additional information and guidelines for securing an out-of-area proctor.

Please refer to your admission packet for more information regarding the graduate communication assessment.

MSITL Program Core

 Gateway Courses
 ACC 508 Introduction to Accounting*
 COM 510 Communication and Success Strategies*
*Graduate Gateway Courses: Both ACC 508 and COM 510 must be completed with a "B" (3.000) or higher to continue on in the MSITL program.
 Core Courses
 IT 504 Integrated Systems Thinking
 IT 505 Governance, Risk and Compliance
 IT 520 Information Technology
 IT 551 Project Management Fundamentals
 IT 577 Management of Emerging Technologies
 MGT 670 Designing & Leading Competitive Organizations
 MGT 680 Strategic Management: Audit of an Organization
 MKT 550 Marketing Fundamentals
 QM 520 Business Analytics
A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.000 must be earned while in residence. All other courses must be completed with a "C" (2.000) or higher.

MSITL Concentrations - Select One

Chief Security Officer (CSO)

The CSO concentration prepares students to lead an organization in the establishment of a secure infrastructure incorporate technology tools, policies, and strategies.

 Chief Security Officer (CSO)
 IT 565 Fundamentals of Cyber Security
 IT 566 Security Program Management

Chief Information Officer (CIO)

The CIO concentration prepares students to lead an organization's technology strategy.

 Chief Information Officer (CIO)
 IT 575 Network and Enterprise Architecture
 IT 576 Data and Decision Making

Project Management Office (PMO)

The PMO concentration prepares students to lead in technology in determining the organization's project, product and portfolio management efforts.

 Project Management Office (PMO)
 IT 552 Scheduling and Communication
 IT 553 Product and Portfolio Management


Students who have the following certifications are eligible for advanced standing course credit:

  • CGEIT Certification: IT 505
  • CISSP Certification: IT 565 and IT 566
  • CISM Certification: IT 505 and IT 566
  • CPA licensure: ACC 510
  • PMP Certification: IT 551 and IT 552
  • SSCP Certification: IT 565 

No GMAT Required

We evaluate your application in a careful review of what you have accomplished since graduating from college, together with your academic record in your other degree programs. Those are much better indicators of your success as an MBA student than a formal test score.

View graduate admission requirements or contact the Admissions & Advising office to schedule an appointment: