MSc Strategic IT Management


Program Description

Course Overview

Contemporary business requires greater integration between the functions of IT and the wider strategy of your organisation. Arden University’s online MSc Strategic IT Management equips you with the skills to work effectively within the IT leadership structure of your company.

Through Arden’s online programme delivery, it is easier to earn your masters in strategic IT management alongside your existing commitments and responsibilities. This programme will help you take your career to the next level whilst you bring your organisation closer to their strategic goals.

Accelerate your learning! This programme is offered in both full-time and part-time study modes. The full-time study mode allows you complete your postgraduate studies in just one year so you can move on with your career. Opting for the part-time study mode enables you to take your modules at your own pace, at whatever speed is right for you.


Course Modules

Information Systems and Business Strategy Alignment:

Develop a critical understanding of the design, application, and enhancement of IT systems, as they support the attainment of other strategic goals. You’ll build a thorough understanding of their strategic implications, and explore the complex processes and methods used to achieve these objectives.

Business Plan Development:

Understand how to approach strategic IT business planning, and navigate the complexities new IT products and services bring to a business. You’ll cover the building blocks of planning, including specifying, evaluating, and prioritising the development of IT solutions, and generate a business plan relevant to your own working context.

Project and Portfolio Management:

Learn the various techniques available to effectively manage portfolios and projects in the IT environment. Discover how to successfully implement projects within any strategic plan through proper management, and build your experience through the application of project management tools.

Relationship Management:

You will evaluate positive stakeholder relationships in the successful deployment of IT projects, and explore the importance of environmental engagement and communication in developing supply chain relationships. Also considering effective feedback and complaints, you will demonstrate your knowledge in a group scenario.

Information Systems Governance:

As systems grow more complex, governance grows increasingly important. You’ll evaluate the role governance plays in mitigating risk and maximising the benefits of the reliance on systems and software. You’ll recognise the key role governance strategy plays, and audit current governance approaches for critique.

Cloud Systems and Applications:

You’ll evaluate the development of cloud computing systems, and their usage within organisations. This module considers the benefits, whilst providing you with a balanced understanding of the consequences of the distributed technologies. You will assess their changing nature, and critically analyse their implementation into the workplace.

Research Project:

This vital project gives you a chance to research an area of your choice, related to the programme theme, and develop your critical abilities. You’ll create a research proposal, choose between conventional dissertation, or academic article and presentation, and then apply all of your knowledge from the programme, with the opportunity to link your research to your actual work needs.

Industry Partnerships

When you enrol in the MSc Strategic IT Management course, you will have the option to participate in the following business skill development programmes:


Cisco Networking Academy
Get a real world grounding in today’s most valuable technical skills. Use real equipment, software, and simulators to gain technical knowledge in at least 1 or 2 high demand job areas.


Salesforce Trailheads
There are 140 Trails and 520 badges to choose from, covering many aspects of business, computing and using Salesforce as a management tool.


Amazon Web Services
With the increasing demand for cloud employees, AWS Educate provides an academic gateway for the next generation of IT and cloud professionals

How does it work?
Participation with our Industry Partners is completely voluntary. Your participation or decision not to study these additional extras won’t have any effect on your degree or the grades you receive.

What Our Students Say:


Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for this course you must normally have:

  • A UK honours degree at a minimum of second class (2.2) or equivalent.
  • For students whose prior learning was not taught in English: IELTS 6.5 or equivalent (no less than 6.0 in any element).
What if I don’t have academic qualifications?

We positively encourage and consider applications from those with substantial management experience (typically 5 years) and are able to demonstrate their motivation to study the programme. We will ask for your CV and references in support of your application.

Last updated Aug 2020

About the School

Here at Arden University, we believe that everyone everywhere should have access to the higher education they deserve. Whether you already hold a post-secondary degree or are just beginning your journ ... Read More

Here at Arden University, we believe that everyone everywhere should have access to the higher education they deserve. Whether you already hold a post-secondary degree or are just beginning your journey into higher education, Arden has the tools and the passion to help provide you with a truly engaging and beneficial learning experience. Read less