Database Design and Administration (Master's)
Current and aspiring database designers and administrators will develop strategies to design, administer, fine-tune, and maintain databases, plus develop the business acumen needed to excel in the IT industry. Every business depends on the reliability of databases, and it’s up to a skilled database administrator to provide advanced database solutions for those organizations. You’ll learn how to:
- Design, develop, and maintain database applications
- Apply data modeling, data warehousing, and performance tuning through the latest technologies
- Create plans to solve organizational issues and install database solutions
Learn how to strategically develop sound architecture and design as you gain skills in implementing operational databases that help organizations successfully manage their business processes and provide business intelligence.
MS in Information And Communications Technology with a concentration in Database Design and Administration requires completion of 48 credit hours (12 courses)Core courses - 16 qtr. hrs
Core courses help students to understand the scope of activity, historical development, future direction and trends, and typical types and roles of organizations that operate within a career field. The Capstone course is the culminating academic endeavor of our degree programs, in which students explore a problem or issue within their field of study.
- ICT 4000 - ICT Business Foundations
- ICT 4005 - ICT Technical Foundations
- ICT 4010 - Enterprise Architecture
- ICT 4901 - Capstone Project
- ICT 4902 - Capstone Seminar
- ICT 4903 - Applied Capstone Seminar
- ICT 4904 - Interdisciplinary Capstone Seminar
Concentration courses allow students to focus on a specific professional area within the larger industry sector in which they are working or wish to work, and master the skills needed to excel in that area.
- ICT 4300 - Web Enabled Information Systems
- ICT 4400 - Database Administration
- ICT 4405 - Database Design & Programming
- ICT 4410 - Data Warehousing Design
Electives may be chosen from among all courses in Information And Communications Technology programs. You may also select courses from other University College graduate programs with approval from the academic director.
Your academic advisor will help you select electives that align with your career and personal goals, and your advisor will obtain any necessary approvals from the academic director.
Popular electives for students pursuing Information And Communications Technology programs include:
- ICT 4100 - Principles of Project Management
- ICT 4305 - Object-Oriented Methods
- ICT 4415 - Database Backup and Recovery with Lab
- ICT 4451 - DB Programming: Oracle PL/SQL
- ICT 4461 - SQL Server with Lab
- ICT 4462 - Transact-SQL Programming
- ICT 4485 - NoSQL Databases
- ICT 4505 - Website Design and Management
- ICT 4520 - User Experience: A Human-Centered Approach to Product Design
- ICT 4540 - XML & Data in Application Development
- ICT 4605 - Principles of Information Security
- ICT 4680 - Principles of Cryptography
- ICT 4695 - Application Security
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Careers in Database Design and Administration
Database Manager, IT Database Administration Specialist, Database Architect, Database Developer, Applications Database Manager, Network Administrator, Systems Analyst, Database Engineer.
Develop and maintain IT applications, training, support, research, management, development, administration, information storage and retrieval, data analysis, programming.
The demand for database administrators is forecasted to grow at a rate much faster than the average for all occupations. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects an 11% growth rate for database related job openings through 2024. U.S. News and World Report predicts that employers will prefer applicants with master’s degrees, combined with business and information systems background. U.S. News and World Report also ranked database administration #6 in “Best Technology Jobs”, based on factors such as median salary and job growth. Associated Content reports that demand for database administrators will grow in such fields as computer systems design, data processing, software publishing, and computer consulting.
Careers In Information and Communications Technology
YOU are in high demand!
YOU are in high demand! One of the fastest growth rates among all occupations in the U.S., computer and information technology occupations is projected to grow 12% through 2024. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics, the median annual wage for computer and information technology professionals was $81,430 in May 2015, which was higher than the median annual wage of $36,200 for all occupations. Whether you choose a career at a government agency, large corporation, or small organization, ICT professionals are in high demand-particularly if you have job experience and relevant education in information and communication technology under your belt.
ICT makes the grade.
The best jobs are in IT, according to U.S. News and World Report. From Information Technology Manager to Database Administrator, Software Developer to Web Developer, these jobs crack the top 10 careers on the U.S. News and World Report list of top 100 best jobs, as there is an explosive demand in the IT field. A master's degree is preferred for most positions, according to U.S. News and World Report, which also predicts that a focus on mobile application development will help professionals beat the competition.
Where are they now?
Alumni from University College who graduated with a master's degree in information and communication technology hold job titles such as Systems Administrator, Project Manager, Network Engineer, Managing Consultant, Network Architect, Lead IT Analyst, Data Engineer, and CEO in companies and organizations such as Pratt & Whitney, Ironware Technologies, iBoss Security, PayPal, Parsons Brinkerhoff, Vanguard Communication, CenturyLink, Advanced Program Group, Level 3, Verizon Wireless, IBM, IntelliDyne, Cisco Systems, Chevron, Time Warner, Harland Financial Solutions, and the United States Air Force.
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