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MS in IT Administration and Security (MS IT AS)

MS in IT Administration and SecurityNew for Fall 2009

The objective of the MS in IT Administration and Security degree (MS IT AS), is to educate students in the concepts, principles, techniques, and practices needed to administer a modern IT environment and its security.  Students will gain extensive practical experience doing IT administration.  Security will be a component of core courses in addition to a specific security course.  Those who complete the program will be well prepared to play leadership roles as database, network, security and web services administrators, as enterprise application administrators, and as IT administration managers.

Why pursue a master's in IT Administration and Security?

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of network and computer systems administrators is expected to increase by 27 percent by 2016, much faster than the average. Computer systems and networks are an integral part of business and demand for workers in these fields will increase as firms continue to invest in new technologies. The wide use of electronic commerce and the increasing adoption of mobile technologies mean that more establishments will use the Internet to conduct business online. This growth translates into a need for systems administrators who can help organizations use technology to communicate with employees, clients, and consumers. Demand for computer security specialists will grow as businesses and government continue to invest heavily in “cyber security,” protecting vital computer networks and electronic infrastructures from attack. The information security field is expected to generate many new system administrator jobs over the next decade as firms across all industries place a high priority on safeguarding their data and systems.

Why Study IT Administration and Security at NJIT?

NJIT has a long history of innovation in digital communications.With one of the most computing intensive campuses in the nation, NJIT has also pioneered in the applications of new technologies as learning tools. The university educates one of the largest groups of information technology students in the nation. Not coincidentally, New Jersey is one of the leading states for computing and high technology businesses. Thirty of the nation's fastest growing technology companies are based in the state, and New Jersey ranks 7th in the nation as a cyberstate and 8th for venture capital investment - $3.5 billion - in information technology and software. New Jersey offers the highest median salary in the nation for information systems managers.

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