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About the Program:

The Fast Track IT Management program is a specialization within VCU’s Master of Science in Information Systems degree. The program is designed for individuals with several years professional experience, who either want to move into IT management or move up the technology management chain. The inaugural class will begin in Spring 2006 (March), and will be completed by April 2007.

Because Computer and Information Systems Managers are increasingly being called upon to make important business decisions as well as technology decisions, organizations of today and tomorrow need managers with both business savvy and technical proficiency.

It is predicted that growth in I.T. Management will more than double other occupations in Virginia over the next 5 years. To provide for that growth, the VCU Department of Information Systems is pleased to announce a new Information Technology Management specialization within its Master of Science degree program. Developed in direct collaboration with top industry executives and designed especially for today’s busy IT professional, this 12-month program will be offered on alternate weekends, and focuses on the issues managers face on a daily basis.

The Executive format offers students an unparalleled opportunity to network with their peers as well as with area professionals involved in the delivery of the program. Students go through the entire program together and share their experiences as a group. A unique aspect to VCU’s program is the tremendous input from our industry partners.

Students will meet regularly with a corporate mentor and even have an opportunity to enter the boardroom and see first hand how decisions are reached. Mentors will share their decisions and dilemmas with students at each meeting.


"VCU has taken an unprecedented step in reaching out to the business community for input into the FTEMS course development. That demonstrates to me that VCU is keenly interested in preparing material that is current, relevant, and in sync with the skills that we as IT leaders are seeking for our managerial and senior level positions.

I predict that graduates of this program will be highly coveted and recruited by Richmond employers."

- Mike Holdren
- Vice President Information Systems
- First Health Services Corporation


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Virginia Commonwealth University
1015 Floyd Avenue, Box 844000
Richmond, VA 23284-4000
Phone: (804) 828-1595
Fax: (804) 828-8884

Information Systems Department
1015 Floyd Avenue, Box 844000
Room 4181
Richmond, VA 23284-4000
Phone: (804) 828-1737
Fax: (804) 828-3199
E-Mail: Maureen Carley


    Last dated: 6/7/06
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