Computer Science

LEARN TO BECOME A LEADER IN TECHNOLOGY AND INNOVATION

Today’s technology leaders must know how to take advantage of new technologies and ideas, or remain trapped in stagnation. Trained innovative thinkers can bring fresh ideas. The computer science specialization provides you with a broad base of understanding of the foundational technology in information systems, and can help you understand how computers function and communicate from the inside out. This general specialization was created to provide you with a foundation on a wide variety of computing topics, and to prepare you for a range of technology leadership roles. This program is based on progressive learning in context, which means your courses will follow a logical progression, beginning and ending with a strategy course that enables you to apply everything you’ve learned to real world issues and challenges. Today’s competitive global marketplace needs leaders who can use the general, but in-depth, knowledge to lead the innovative integration of computer technologies in global organizations.

The NCU Difference

Northcentral University is committed to providing a premier education for our students, and holds the same regional accreditation as other prestigious American universities (WSCUC*). NCU’s School of Business and Technology Management has a results-oriented approach to online education, delivering rigorous doctoral, master's, bachelor's and graduate certificate programs to help you develop the business acumen that companies seek. You will learn from our professors, all of whom hold doctoral degrees, and are experienced professionals in your field of study. Our one-to-one mentoring approach to learning allows you to experience individualized interaction. You'll be learning in a class size of one, so there's no need to worry about dropped classes or waiting lists. NCU’s flexible approach to earning a graduate degree online, includes weekly course starts to fit your schedule. Our online programs allow you to pursue your degree on your time. At NCU, there are no residency requirements, no need to travel to a physical campus and no entrance exams. You determine your schedule, just as you determine your educational outcome. That’s why NCU’s independent study approach is designed for you, the self-motivated student, who seeks a higher degree in their educational journey.

“I would tell [students who are considering NCU] that it's a very positive learning environment. Be prepared to work hard, to keep on schedule and to not fall behind. If you can persevere, then you should come out on the other side with a great degree and some great experiences.” - Trish Driskill, PhD in Business Administration with a specialization in Advanced Accounting (2016)

*WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), 985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100, Alameda, CA 94501, 510.748.9001, http://www.wascsenior.org.

At A Glance

Course information
  Credit Hours Courses Est. Time to Complete  
MSTIM 30 10 23 months View Course Catalog
PHD-TIM 60 20 50 months View Course Catalog

Beyond the specialized courses designed to help you expand your abilities in your chosen field of study and profession; NCU offers the following benefits to students and alumni:

Unmatched Flexibility
Many online programs offer the ability to take courses without leaving your home, but few offer weekly course starts, no scheduled lecture hours, no group assignments, and the ability to schedule courses around your personal and professional obligations. The option to turn in your assignments as early in the week as you want, provide you the ability to schedule school around your life, not the other way around.

100% Doctoral Faculty
Whether you are completing your bachelor's degree, pursuing your graduate degree, or on the path to earning your doctoral degree, you can rest assured that you will be mentored by doctors in your field of study.

One to One Engagement
Not only will you learn from a doctor in the field, but you won't have to fight for facetime as one of many within a classroom. At NCU, you'll have the opportunity to interact one to one with your professor to get personalized mentoring.

Doctor of Philosophy in Technology and Innovation Management Program Learning Outcomes

  • Develop knowledge in technology and innovation based on a synthesis of current theories.
  • Communicate with diverse audiences about theories, applications, and perspectives related to technology and innovation.
  • Evaluate theories of ethics and risk management in computers and emerging technologies.
  • Formulate strategies for managing technology and innovation in global organizations.
  • Contribute to the body of theory and practice in technology and innovation management.

Master of Science in Technology and Innovation Management Program Learning Outcomes

  • Determine a situation’s potential for technology-based improvement.
  • Communicate concepts and arguments associated with technology and innovation.
  • Manage legal, ethical, and security risks in technology-based systems.
  • Evaluate the scope and impact of emerging technologies on a local and global scale
  • Design technology-based solutions to practical problems.

*Credit hours and courses reflect new students meeting credit requirements and utilizing no transfer credits. Est. Time of Completion reflects new students following the preferred schedule designed by the Dean for the program.

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