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APU and AMU Announce Master’s Degree Program in Information Technology

New Graduate Program Offers Four Specialized Concentrations for IT Professionals; Enrollment Available in September 2010

Charles Town, W.Va., June 24, 2010 –  American Public University (APU) and American Military University (AMU), member institutions of the American Public University System (APUS), today announced they will begin enrolling students in September, 2010 in a new Master of Science (M.S.) degree program in Information Technology.

The 36 credit-hour IT program will include six core courses and a capstone course designed to integrate and apply the knowledge gained. Students will be able to choose from the following four program concentrations designed to address the different needs of IT professionals:

  • Enterprise Software Development – This concentration examines the principles, practices, and methodologies of object-oriented analysis, design, programming, and application delivery. It addresses enterprise software development methodologies and the principles of multidimensional databases for data warehousing and business intelligence.
  • IT Project Management – This concentration assists IT professionals in managing cost, time, scope, quality, risk, and people to ensure that projects come in on time and under budget. According to a recent survey by the Project Management Institute, project managers with Master’s degrees earn more than project managers with Bachelor’s degrees, and two-thirds (67%) of U.S. project management professionals expect their salaries to increase in 2010.
  • Information Assurance and Security – The explosion of hacking, viruses, worms, malware, breaches, infiltrations, and denial-of-service attacks has led corporations and government organizations at all levels to place a premium on the protection and security of their information assets. This concentration focuses on the deterrence, detection and response to IT security threats; topics include network security, legal and ethical issues, cybercrime, digital forensics, information assurance, security risk mitigation, information systems audit and certification, intrusion detection, and incident handling.
  • Digital Forensics – While cybercrime has grown in frequency, scope and severity, cyber legislation and forensics have lagged, often hindering the successful prosecution of cyber criminals. This concentration examines models to identify, preserve, collect, examine, analyze, prepare, and present evidence for prosecuting cybercrime.

“Information technology is the lifeblood of many successful organizations, and is also a critical infrastructure for our global economy. The increase in cybercrime has made IT security a national priority,” said Daniel Benjamin, director of the APUS Information Technology Program.

“The confluence of these trends makes the M.S. in Information Technology more helpful than ever for IT professionals, managers, directors and CIOs who want to be effective leaders in their field, and APUS is fully prepared to meet the anticipated demand for such programs,” Benjamin added. He is on the Executive Board of the Federal Information Systems Security Educators Association and on the Executive Committee of the Association of Computing Machinery’s Special Interest Group for IT Education. 

For further information on the Master of Science in Information Technology Degree Program, call APU and AMU Admissions at 877-777-9081.