New Fisher IT graduate program seeks to build business skills for the tech industry

Fisher College of Business at Ohio State University. Courtesy of Ohio State University

In a changing technological world, the Fisher College of Business is creating a new graduate certificate program to help information technology professionals keep up $5.3 trillion industry.

Starting in the fall, the fully online program will be complemented by eight courses over 10 months, delivering a degree in IT Business Strategy. The program will cost $19,570 for in-state students and $20,170 for out-of-state students, according to the College of Business website.

“It’s a very forward-looking program,” McAndrew said. “They learn the skills to react to events that will occur in the future.”

Jennie McAndrew, coordinator of the Fisher Executive Education Program, said the program focuses on three elements: a leadership program, the curriculum, and a capstone project done with a project coach.

According to CompTIA non-profit trade association. By 2030, more than 9 million IT jobs are expected to be filled in the United States, the largest technology market in the world.

The courses in this program combine business and technology aspects, according to a university press release. The courses, which will be a combination of synchronous and asynchronous courses, will cover topics such as critical thinking, data analysis for managers, technology and innovation strategy, and finance.

Meredith Conder, executive director of executive education at the College of Business, said the graduate certificate was developed for IT professionals with the help of IT managers.

“We didn’t develop this in a vacuum,” Conder said. “We developed it hand in hand with CIOs and IT managers who were in the trenches, doing the work and saw the need.”

Conder said the graduate certificate is intended to help IT professionals build credibility and advance their careers. She said IT professionals now need to not only work with technology, but become business leaders, such as CEOs and chief strategy officers.

The first cohort of this program will start on August 23 and end on June 30, 2023, according to the website. More information can be found by registration and attend a virtual information session on Thursday from 12:00 p.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Conder said that due to events such as the COVID-19 pandemic, IT leaders now receive more recognition than in the past. She said more is now expected of these leaders, which is why she believes this program is so essential.

“[IT professionals] don’t have time to go to school, or find a mentor, and get another five years of experience to learn how to do this,” Conder said. “A lot of them are now in situations where they’re being asked to make things happen now.”

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