Information Technology, Executive MS

College of Information Science and Technology

Vision Statement

The vision of this program is to provide flexible, innovative and technologically current education to rising IT professionals who want to prepare for corporate leadership positions through their functional expertise. The EMIT program brings together leaders in the IT field and world class instruction from the College of IS&T, other units at UNO, international university partners and local businesses. This accelerated graduate program is designed to be completed in 12-months in a cohort fashion using instructional modules delivered on every alternative Saturday.

Program Contact Information

Dr. Deepak Khazanchi, Executive Director
Peter Kiewit Institute (PKI) 172C
402-554-2029
khazanchi@unomaha.edu

Program Website

Admissions

Application Deadlines

  • Applications for this program are accepted on a rolling basis for fall only. All materials must be submitted prior to the beginning of the semester in which the student has elected to begin coursework.

Program Specific Requirements

  • Employer Sponsorship: Applicants to the EMIT program are required — regardless of the level of financial support from their employer — to submit a signed sponsorship letter from an authorized representative of their organization, briefly stating the terms of support. Financial sponsorship is not required, but the organization must agree to keep the applicant’s travel time to a minimum and completely release him or her from all job responsibilities on class days. Sponsorship letters must be uploaded into the online application system. Independent professionals or consultants and applicants who head their own firms are eligible, though these applicants will have to write their own sponsorship letters.
  • Resume: A two page (maximum) abbreviated resume highlighting the candidate’s key education and IT related experience is required. This will need to be electronically uploaded with the application.
  • Essays: Applicants must complete one short answer question and two essays.
    • Short Answer Question: What is your immediate post-EMIT professional goal? (50 characters maximum)
      • Examples of possible responses:
        • “Work as CTO for an insurance company.”
        • “Join an IT consulting firm.”
        • “Launch a new technology start-up.”
    • Essay 1: Through your resume and recommendations, we have a clear sense of your professional path to date. What are your career goals going forward, and how will the UNO EMIT program help you achieve them? (Maximum 500 words)
    • Essay 2: UNO’s EMIT program will challenge you by offering a rigorous and innovative academic experience and the opportunity to immediately apply what you learn to your career. How will you approach balancing the demands of the program with your professional and personal life while you are in school? (Maximum 250 words)
  • Interview: Interviews are required for admission to the EMIT program. Once your online application is complete and under review, you may be contacted by a member of the Admissions Office and/or the Director of the EMIT Program to schedule an on-campus or skype interview. Please keep in mind interviews are by invitation only.
  • International Applicants: International students are welcome. However, if you do not have a degree from an institution in which all instruction is conducted in English, you must take either the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or the Pearson Test of English (PTE). You may be exempted from the TOEFL or IELTS or PTE only if you have earned a degree from an institution in which English is the language of instruction. We will not accept requests for exceptions to this policy.
    • The TOEFL or IELTS scores are valid for two years. Your TOEFL or IELTS score must be valid when you submit your application.
    • Be sure to self-report your TOEFL score when completing your application. If admitted, you must submit an official score report.

Degree Requirements

The EMIT curriculum includes course modules on topics that address the following major themes; Globalization; Data Analytics & Visualization; Information Assurance; IT Leadership; Distributed Project Management; and IT Infrastructure and Emerging Technologies. Students will take the coursework in the same sequence and as a cohort. Classes will be offered in a variety of flexible and hybrid formats, including on the UNO campus, online via the internet, and in partner locations (when applicable).

Required Courses
EMIT 8000MANAGING & LEADING IN A DIGITAL WORLD2
EMIT 8050IT LEADERSHIP2
EMIT 8100IT STRATEGY AND CHANGE MANAGEMENT2
EMIT 8150BIG DATA ANALYTICS AND VIZUALIZATION2
EMIT 8200MANAGING INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY INNOVATION2
EMIT 8250MANAGING INFORMATION ASSURANCE2
EMIT 8300SYSTEMS DEVELOPMENT AND MAINTENANCE2
EMIT 8350ENTERPRISE COMPUTING IN THE ERA OF BIG DATA2
EMIT 8400LEADING TEAMS AND MANAGING VIRTUAL WORK2
EMIT 8450EVALUATION OF ENTERPRISE I.T.2
EMIT 8500MANAGING AND LEVERAGING EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES2
EMIT 8700EMERGING CHALLENGES FOR IT EXECUTIVES2
EMIT 8990INTEGRATED EMIT CAPSTONE PROJECT2-6
Total Credits26-30

EMIT 8000  MANAGING & LEADING IN A DIGITAL WORLD (2 credits)

This course introduces Executive Master of Science in Information Technology (EMIT) students to the challenges and opportunities of managing and leading in a digital world within the context of a dynamic environment of technology workforce diversity, a global and emerging collaborative economy, and concern for ethics and social responsibility in the development of systems/technologies.

EMIT 8050  IT LEADERSHIP (2 credits)

This course equips students with the knowledge, skills and tools to be an effective information technology (IT) leader. The primary focus of the course is on developing leadership capability and ability to contribute, both strategically and operationally, to the performance of an organization through IT.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): This course is intended exclusively for IT professionals in the EMIT program. Not open to non-degree graduate students.

EMIT 8100  IT STRATEGY AND CHANGE MANAGEMENT (2 credits)

This course introduces students to a critical view of both strategic and tactical levels of IT management. The course also addresses the challenges of managing IT-enabled change and the complexities associated with managing people, processes, and technology.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): Admission to the executive Master of Science in IT (EMIT) program is required. Not open to non-degree graduate students.

EMIT 8150  BIG DATA ANALYTICS AND VIZUALIZATION (2 credits)

This course introduces students to data analytics including big data analytics, data quality, and visualization. Topics will include concepts, exercises, tools and techniques surrounding data analytics, quality, visualization, IoT and cloud computing within the context of addressing business challenges and/or to create competitive advantage.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): This course is intended exclusively for IT professionals in the EMIT program. Not open to non-degree graduate students.

EMIT 8200  MANAGING INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY INNOVATION (2 credits)

This course introduces students to the concepts, applications and tools for facilitating IT Innovation, Creativity, Entrepreneurship and Risk Taking.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): Admission to the executive Master of Science in IT (EMIT) program. Not open to non-degree graduate students.

EMIT 8250  MANAGING INFORMATION ASSURANCE (2 credits)

This course introduces Executive Master of Science in Information Technology (EMIT) students to information assurance topics including areas such as managing cloud and mobile security, IT governance and policy, and information assurance planning and deployment.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): Admission to the executive Master of Science in IT (EMIT) program. Not open to non-degree graduate students.

EMIT 8300  SYSTEMS DEVELOPMENT AND MAINTENANCE (2 credits)

This course introduces Executive Master of Science in Information Technology (EMIT) students to the development and maintenance of software-intensive systems.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): Admission to the executive Master of Science in IT (EMIT) program. Not open to non-degree graduate students.

EMIT 8350  ENTERPRISE COMPUTING IN THE ERA OF BIG DATA (2 credits)

This course explores design, managerial and technical issues relevant to creating big data based solutions from a holistic viewpoint. Students will develop an understanding of both the technical and business aspects by exploring a balanced view of the theoretical foundation and practical implications of Enterprise Computing in the context of Big Data and other related (emerging) technologies.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): Admission to the executive Master of Science in IT (EMIT) program. Not open to non-degree graduate students.

EMIT 8400  LEADING TEAMS AND MANAGING VIRTUAL WORK (2 credits)

This course introduces students in the Executive Master of Science in Information Technology (EMIT) program to fundamental concepts, principles, theories, and practices related to organizational teamwork. Students will learn and practice skills to run productive & effective collaborative problem solving efforts, using modern collaboration technology.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): Admission to the executive Master of Science in IT (EMIT) program. Not open to non-degree graduate students.

EMIT 8450  EVALUATION OF ENTERPRISE I.T. (2 credits)

This course introduces students to concepts associated with evaluation of enterprise IT investments. Topics addressed will include understanding financial statements, IT investment value vs risk tradeoffs, understanding cost of adopting IT innovations and/or emerging technologies, designing reports, designing of IT-KPIs, performance measurement systems such as balanced scorecard and more.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): Admission to the executive Master of Science in IT (EMIT) program. Not open to non-degree graduate students.

EMIT 8500  MANAGING AND LEVERAGING EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES (2 credits)

This course introduces Executive Master of Science in Information Technology (EMIT) students to industry models and processes to identify, track, pilot and eventually adopt business innovations and/or emerging technologies that could provide an advantage for a business. Students will also learn how IT can facilitate business process change. Concepts and exercises surrounding Lean IT will be covered to optimize the processes in the IT organization.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): Admission to the executive Master of Science in IT (EMIT) program. Not open to non-degree graduate students.

EMIT 8700  EMERGING CHALLENGES FOR IT EXECUTIVES (2 credits)

This course introduces Executive Master of Science in Information Technology (EMIT) students to emerging challenges that will be faced by IT executives.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): Admission to the executive Master of Science in IT (EMIT) program. Not open to non-degree graduate students.

EMIT 8990  INTEGRATED EMIT CAPSTONE PROJECT (2-6 credits)

This course serves as the integrated capstone project for the Executive Master of Science in Information Technology (EMIT) program.

Prerequisite(s)/Corequisite(s): Admission to the executive Master of Science in IT (EMIT) program and completion of all cohort modules prior to submission of integrated project. Concurrent enrollment with other EMIT modules will be required. Not open to non-degree graduate students.