Information Technology Management
The world runs on information technology. With a degree in Information Technology Management, your job is to make things happen. At UMC you will be integrating new and advanced computer technology into an organization’s existing infrastructure as well as managing daily operations. With an Information Technology Management degree, you will be involved with mastering new technologies and solving complex problems.
This program is also offered as...
- Many opportunities exist for Information Technology Management (ITM) students to work on a variety of technology-based projects for almost any department on campus to gain valuable work experience
- Employment opportunities available for students in the major at the Computer Help Desk at campus
- Academic initiatives with technology companies like Microsoft provide access to leading industry software free of charge and the chance to work with that software directly
- You’ll be issued a powerful notebook computer, an important tool that makes every room a potential computer lab, and you’ll work with numerous software programs and tools
- In addition to traditional classroom experiences, students may take various courses to prepare for Microsoft Application certification
- Prepare for positions in technology, networking, and other information management positions in business, industry, and education
- Gain the knowledge, experience, and skills to succeed in technology-related careers and the business and management competencies for mid-management positions such as information network and intranet administrators, webmasters, applications developers, technology project managers, and information systems managers.
- Students choosing to major in some other academic area may also chose to minor in Information Technology Management. An information technology management minor gives students a general background in technology, computer applications, services, and systems.
- Information Technology Management degree program is offered on-campus and online and can be combined with the new Cybersecurity & Information Assurance minor.
Program Requirements & Curriculum
Program Requirements & Curriculum
To view the current Information Technology Management, BS curriculum, visit our catalog:
View Information Technology Management, BS curriculum
Also, we offer a minor in Information Technology Management:
View Information Technology Management minor curriculum
Graduates of UMC's program can expect to find employment in organizations of all sizes and types including:
- Private businesses and industries
- Corporate information technology departments
- Colleges, universities, and K-12 public school districts
- Financial institutions
- Telecommunications companies
- Federal, state, and local government agencies
The range of opportunities within the field of information technology management are broad and varied. Typical employment titles include:
- Information manager
- Network administrator
- Systems engineer
- Chief information officer
- Applications Developer
- Computer applications support specialist
- Systems analyst
- Webmasters and many others…
A bachelor’s degree in Computer and Information Science was ranked as #3 on a list of In-Demand degrees by Yahoo Education.
The U.S. Department's Bureau of Labor Statistics projects one third of the fastest growing jobs will be in information technology related fields. Job opportunities for computer software application developers and network systems administrators are expected to grow the fastest. The Bureau predicts a 100 percent increase in jobs requiring applications development and support and an 82 percent increase in employment openings for skilled networking professionals -- occupations for which the Information Technology Management program prepares graduates.
Unsure about his plans after high school, Josh Kauck of Coon Rapids, Minn. considered going right into the workforce. Then, an offer for a scholarship to play Golden Eagle Football made him reconsider. Playing football took him to the University of Minnesota Crookston, where he plays defensive line for the Golden Eagles. A chance to help with a robotics camp over the summer may have changed the direction of his future altogether. This semester Kauck, who developed his own curriculum materials, is teaching public school teachers how to teach their students to program robots using EV3, a third generation robotics kit in Lego's Mindstorms line. Kauck enjoyed programming when he was in high school, which, in turn, influenced his choice of software engineering as a possible major, and later, he added a second major in information technology management. Learn more.
Chris Bruggeman 2000
He knows his people and they know him. In fact, Chris Bruggeman 2000 makes it his business to know them. In his role as chief operations officer at RiverView Health, the functioning of the health system rests on many of the people and areas within his scope of responsibility.
Bruggeman has service line oversight of information technology, plant services, environmental services, nutritional services, supply chain, quality and risk management, as well as RiverView’s chemical dependency unit.
His career did not begin in healthcare, but rather, started out with a degree in information network management from the University of Minnesota Crookston. He went on to work in information technology for a decade in various capacities including employment with the Agricultural Utilization Research Institute and for Polk County.
Rory Held '11, information technology management major, talks about his experience at UMC, beginning as a Post Secondary Enrollment Option (PSEO) student, through working at the Computer Help Desk, to mentoring high school students from Hatton and Northwood, ND on robotics projects. Read Rory's story "Brainstorming, Designing, Building, and Learning Together" in the Spring 2010 version of the Torch magazine.
UPDATE: Delano Robinson '09, enthusiasm is evident by the impassioned way he talks about his work and about the company he represents. He began working for Rolls-Royce two years ago as a change manager, a role with a regional focus. Today, he is a global information technology sector service manager and guides the relationships between two business units and IT. Read Delano's updated story "How Robinson 'Rolls'" in the Fall 2013 version of the Torch magazine.
Delano was also featured in "Reach for the Sky" from the Summer 2008 article in the Torch magazine. Robinson, a Golden Eagle men's basketball player and double major in information technology management and business management talks about his experience at UMC and his relationship with his academic adviser, which in turn led to an internship with Eli Lilly and is now pursuing a master's degree in business administration.
The UMC Advantage
The UMC Advantage
Small Campus. Big Degree.
Did you know a degree from the University of Minnesota is recognized all over the world? True story. As a system campus of the University of Minnesota system, the U of M Crookston offers access to world-class teaching, learning, and research resources—all in a smaller, more personal campus setting that’s very much like a private school. The University of Minnesota is internationally recognized and respected by not only intellectuals and academic movers and shakers, but major employers who want to hire the best and brightest—namely, you.
Learning and Doing
At the U of M Crookston, you won’t spend all your time behind a desk. Our curriculum is designed around experiential learning, which means we want you to have as much hands-on learning as possible. Depending on your major, you’ll find opportunities to be in the field, the lab, the classroom, or engaging in simulated scenarios that give you a competitive edge when you enter the workforce or head to grad school. You’ll learn the concepts and then actively apply them through projects, field trips, site visits, internships, and interactions with professionals in the field.
Caring Faculty and Staff
Our faculty and staff members are respected not only for their knowledge and skills, but also because they care about you as an individual. They serve as true mentors, offering personalized attention through small class sizes, a student-faculty ratio of 16:1, and by working closely with you as advisors. They take the time to welcome you to the UMC community, watch you grow as a leader and scholar, and help you connect with alumni and other experts.
A Technology-Rich Environment
At the U of M Crookston, we offer every student a laptop computer from day one. Everyone is tech-savvy, wi-fi is everywhere and learning happens in many ways, including simulations, applications and video presentations. It’s a virtual tech-topia! So, when you graduate, you’ll have all the latest technology skills, giving you a competitive edge. Employers consistently report the UMC graduates they hire are their “go to” people for technology and are well prepared for the demands of today’s technological workplace.
Internships, Job Placement and Grad School
More than 87% of U of M Crookston graduates gain full-time employment in their field or enroll in graduate or professional school within one year of graduation. That’s a fact. We’ll sure miss you when you graduate, but we know as a proud Golden Eagle alum, you’ll want to come back to cheer us on at homecoming or catch up with your favorite professors.
Internships. They’re a great way to earn college credit, add to your resume and help answer the question, “is this really what I want to do?” You can find internship opportunities with everyone from the business down the street to Fortune 500 companies. Or maybe grad school is in your future. U of M Crookston students get the educational requirements and resources they need to apply to an array of graduate programs from veterinary science to med school to an MBA program. Many go on for more education in a variety of other fields.
Opportunities for undergraduate research also add real value to your educational experience by allowing you to design and conduct research while working alongside faculty mentors. Research experience is especially helpful if you plan to attend graduate school.
One-Rate Tuition and Scholarship Options
Whether you live in Minnesota, just across the border, across the country, or on the other side of the ocean, you pay the same tuition rate, and the U of M Crookston’s tuition rate is a real value because it’s the lowest of the five campuses that make up the U of M system. Additionally, with merit-based scholarships guaranteed based on GPA and ACT scores and more than 300 specialty scholarships, we really do help make college affordable.
Leadership, Clubs and Athletics
Sure, college is about classes, studying, and research, but another important part of the experience involves professional development, creativity, leadership, and service. And let’s not forget about fun! With more than 40 student clubs and organizations, there’s something for every interest. Best of all, if you can’t find something from the existing list, grab a few friends and start a new club. It’s really just that easy…
In athletics, Golden Eagles shake things up on the court, the field, and on the sidelines. The U of M Crookston competes at the NCAA Division II level in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) as well as the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) and offers a full range of men’s and women’s athletic programs.
A Diverse, Global Experience
The world really is a small place, and at U of M Crookston we value diversity. Our students bring rich experiences spanning six continents, and more than 20 countries and 40 states! We value diversity because it not only helps you better understand the world, it helps you understand yourself and how your piece fits into the puzzle of global society. Get involved in the many multicultural and international programs on campus, and you’ll see how easy it is to make friends from across the world.
Or choose one of our international programs. Study, intern, volunteer, play, explore – here or anywhere. Take your pick from more than 300 options in 67 countries. Don’t just learn it, live it.