• Program Overview

    Program Overview

    The information technology sector is one of the most dynamic and expansive fields in business across the nation. Equally dynamic and experienced professionals are needed as leaders in today’s business world to guide organizations through the ever-changing technology landscape. Stevenson University Online’s master’s in Business and Technology Management program is designed to provide the enhanced qualifications that working professionals need to take advantage of the many available opportunities. Professionals who earn a master’s degree in Business and Technology Management from Stevenson University gain the skills required to advance their careers in an environment that is flexible for their busy lifestyles. 

    Solid Skills-Set

    Students will acquire the skills to manipulate the architecture of current and emerging technologies in order to interpret and evaluate the impact these technologies have within an organization. The Business and Technology Management degree program teaches students how to identify best practices in hardware and software standards with the guidance of Stevenson University Online’s highly skilled and experienced faculty. Graduates will be capable of effectively communicating their technical expertise to all levels of internal and external employees.

    Students can select from two tracks of study based on their personal interests and career aspirations:

    Emerging Technology
    Provides students with knowledge about the development of current and future technologies. Students will learn best practices in system planning and design and IT project management.

    Innovative Leadership
    Provides students with managerial training in negotiation and critical thinking skills. Students will learn how to motivate employees to achieve superior performance and production through building upon the principle that employees are the most valuable asset to an organization.

  • Courses

    Courses

    • BTM 601 - Information Technologies and the Organization

      3 credits

      Provides an overview of the changing nature of organizations as they evolve to meet the demands of the new digital economy, the techniques for increasing competitiveness, and a survey of technologies and standards available to support and facilitate organization goals. The course also introduces the basic tenets of object-oriented design.

    • BTM 604 - Cognitive Science for Requirements Analysis

      3 credits

      Studies the elements of cognition as they relate to decision-making, problem solving, information analysis, and system development and use, and understand the structure of cognition and its associated limitations and biases.

    • BTM 606 - Creativity in Information Systems

      3 credits

      Explores the creative problem-solving models and their use in the systems development process, in order to support the organization in solving ill-structured problems in a changing environment. Application of past solutions to current problems often has not been successful. Research shows that creative solutions can arise from a careful, methodological process and this process can be learned.

    • BTM 618 - Network Technologies

      3 credits

      Covers the Open Systems Interconnection Reference Model (OSI/RM) and each of its constituent layers. OSI/RM is used as a basis for understanding network functions in a multi-vendor environment and for comparing protocol standards common to the local area network. As a continued theme, evolving open standards for networking are explored over the semester through student assignments and in-class discussions. Students will implement a multi-domain enterprise network environment.

    • BTM 634 - Enterprise Data Management

      3 credits

      Prepares students for the development of large-scale, enterprise-wide systems that manage, store, and distribute an organization's data. From a database viewpoint, students learn about types of databases, relational database theory and modeling, database design processes, database schema and normalization, transaction processing, data-base locking and tuning, two-phase commits, replication, and distributed databases. Included are overviews of text data processing, data warehousing, data mining, Very Large Databases, Object-Oriented Databases, and Geo-graphic Information Systems. From a hardware viewpoint, students learn about processor types and architectures, disk arrays, and special hardware for text processing. Finally, from a data distribution viewpoint, students learn about Web servers, middleware, ODBC/JDBC, and Transaction Processing Monitors, and learn how these are incorporated into the enterprise information structure.

    • BTM 635 - Innovative Leadership & Management

      3 credits

      Examines all aspects of leadership, including characteristics of leaders, leadership behaviors and styles, leadership ethics and social responsibility, teamwork, communication and conflict, and creativity and innovation. Students will develop skills, research findings, and evaluate cases relating to leadership theory and practice.

    • BTM 640 - Operating Environments: Architecture and Infrastructure

      3 credits

      Explores the role of operating environments as the foundation for integrating divergent hardware and software systems into the enterprise information architecture. Students examine the configuration and design of the computer platforms required to perform key tasks such as: connecting computers and peripheral devices to a network, creating and managing internet and intranet access, executing application software, and installing and upgrading hardware. Students learn strategic operating systems options and evaluate how to make the best technical choices for the organization.

    • BTM 642 - Enterprise Application Process Analysis

      3 credits

      Discusses the nature and impact of Enterprise Solutions software on the selection, development, and distribution of information systems through the enterprise. Students learn and apply the appropriate hardware, software, and communications standards required for evaluating when and how to implement Enterprise Solutions instead of more traditional techniques to solve business problems.

    • BTM 643 - Electronic Commerce

      3 credits

      Discusses the evolution of key infrastructure technologies from electronic data interchange (EDI) to the Internet and how these technologies are creating the corporation of the 21st century. Students learn how organizations are converting traditional mainframe and client/server applications to Internet-based applications that allow worldwide access to an organization's products and services. The course covers the technologies that support these new extended corporations as well as the underlying managerial processes that are required for their successful implementation.

    • BTM 644 - Project Management

      3 credits

      Provides students with the genesis of project management and its importance to improving the success of information technology projects. Topics addressed include the triple constraint of project management, project management knowledge areas and process groups, the project life cycle, project selection methods, work breakdown structures, network diagrams and critical path analysis, cost estimates, earned value analysis, risk analysis, motivation theory, and team building. Project management soft-ware will be utilized to plan and manage information technology projects.

    • BTM 645 - Supply Chain Management

      3 credits

      Studies the supply chain from end to end and traces the flow of products, services, and information from suppliers to the final customer. Students gain an understanding of the interrelationship of revenues, costs, and asset utilization, and how coordinated activities across the supply chain can bring about efficiencies in one or more of these areas and lead to added value for customers. In a Business-to-Business environment, enterprise-wide technology systems are increasingly being implemented to integrate companies with their up-chain suppliers and down-chain customers. Students study the effect of E-commerce transactions across the supply chain and how Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) systems are bringing about lower transaction costs, faster order-handling, and more efficient inventory management.

    • BTM 646 - Disaster Recovery & Business Continuity

      3 credits

      Provides students with the ability to identify vulnerabilities, and to create and implement appropriate countermeasures to address them or, at a minimum, mitigate disruption of service to the organization's constituents. Natural disasters and intrusions can cripple an organization, suspending mission-critical processes and disrupting service to customers. To that end, this course will focus on techniques for creating a business continuity plan (BCP) and the methodology for building an infrastructure that supports the effective implementation of such a plan.

    • BTM 661 - E-Systems Security

      3 credits

      Explores the current software and hardware products available to protect enterprise assets. Covered in this course are the methods used to ensure both secure and authenticated transmissions of proprietary corporate information across vulnerable networks. Topics will include public-key-infrastructure (PKI), digital signatures, certificate authorities, and encryption standards such as SSL, IPSEC, SET, DES, S/MIME, SHTTP. In addition, students examine techniques and software used for intrusion detection, password attacks, denial of service, spoofing, and their respective countermeasures.

    • BTM 662 - Business to Business Applications

      3 credits

      Explores the latest business-to-business technologies including Supply Chain Management (SCM), Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Customer Relation-ship Management (eCRM), Electronic Data Interchange (EDI), and Online Financial Services.

    • BTM 663 - Information Technology Law & Enforcement Activities

      3 credits

      Outlines the legal requirements of businesses to preserve electronic data, ensure privacy, protect intellectual property and ensure that electronic information is accessible to people with disabilities. A survey of the legislation and the systems used to carry out the letter of the law is covered. Relevant sections of the Federal and State rules are examined to discover the impact on procedures and policies in the enterprise. Current pertinent federal legislation is discussed including but not limited to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), Section 508 (29 U.S.C. '794d), Accessibility Act; Sarbanes-Oxley Act; and the USA Patriot Act - Section 326 (HR 3162).

    • BTM 667 - Customer Relationship Management (E-CRM)

      3 credits

      Understands the importance of CRM in safeguarding the firm's customer base and future revenue growth, especially in those industries characterized by high levels of competition. In accessing and analyzing customer data, businesses are better able to provide products and services more closely tailored to customers' needs and thereby strengthen relationships. Students evaluate the various methods of extracting customer data, particularly from web sites, and learn how the data is analyzed, segmented and scored in the production of meaningful management reports and marketing campaigns.

    • BTM 670 - Competitive Theory

      3 credits

      Examines the formulation and implementation of strategies for businesses, particularly those competitive strategies applicable to new products, services or processes. Students examine how managerial action can reinvent competition within existing industries and how the creation and implementation of strategy drives the success of business. Topics include strategic management, leadership, and analysis.

    • BTM 671 - Innovative Strategies

      3 credits

      Explores the central problems and solutions in the management of innovation and technology. The course analyzes how a large organization develops and maintains a culture of innovation; successfully manages innovative technology projects; and maintains the balance between task performance and cost containment. The course will also address the human, process, structural, and strategic factors involved in managing technological innovation.

    • BTM 672 - I.T. Financial Management

      3 credits

      Reviews application of financial theories, focusing on the principles and practices used by IT financial management for planning, controlling, pricing, evaluating and decision making. Topics include: activity based cost management, asset management, benchmarking, chargeback, controllership, expense management, performance management, and telecommunications. Students will develop managerial financial problem solving and decision making skills with a strategic orientation.

    • BTM 701 - Systems Integration

      3 credits

      Provides students with techniques for evaluating organizations and their environments with a view towards development of an information architecture to support organizational goals. Students design and implement a start-up business infrastructure and integrate technologies researched to support organization goals.

    • BTM 702 - Master's Project

      3 credits

      Offers students the opportunity to perform in-depth applied technology research in support of a business environment. Students pursue project research topics chosen from a wide range of technologies and through hands-on implementation perform comparative analysis testing on performance, reliability, stability, feature sets, and functionality. Students formally present their research findings to the Information Systems faculty.

  • Admissions / Tuition

    Admissions / Tuition

    • Completed online application.
    • Completion of bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution.
    • Official college transcript from your degree-granting institution; additional transcripts may be required to demonstrate satisfaction of program-specific prerequisites or at the discretion of the Admissions Committee.
    • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in past academic work.
    • Personal statement.
    Tuition Per Credit $670.00 Cost Per Course
    (3-Credit Hours)
    $2,010.00

    Stevenson University Online has simplified the cost of your education by eliminating all fees. Students are eligible to transfer up to 6-credit hours from a 4-year institution if applicable. 

    We offer financial aid packages to those who qualify, in addition to a reduced-tuition rate through partnerships with community colleges, healthcare organizations, and other organizations and corporations. For a full list of Stevenson's partners, please visit our Partnerships page.

  • Faculty

    Faculty

    Steven Engorn (2004)
    Program Coordinator and Assistant Professor Information Technology
    A.A., Catonsville Community College
    B.S., American University
    M.B.A., Loyola College of Maryland

    Marie K. Armentrout (2009)
    Adjunct Instructor of Information Technology
    B.S., Salisbury State University
    M.S., Stevenson University

    Cary B. Barker (2006)
    Adjunct Instructor of Information Technology
    B.A., Shippensburg University
    M.S., Capitol College

    Patrick M. Carroll, Jr. (2005)
    Adjunct Instructor of Information Technology
    B.S., University of Maryland, University College
    M.S., George Washington University

    John J. O'Neill (1976)
    Adjunct Professor of Information Technology
    B.S., M.B.A., Loyola College of Maryland
    M.S., Villa Julie College

    David E. Patrick (2004)
    Adjunct Instructor of Information Technology
    B.S.E., Loyola College of Maryland
    M.S., Towson University

    Morris A. Pondfield (2001)
    Adjunct Professor of Information Technology
    B.A., University of Maryland, College Park
    M.I.M., American Graduate School of International Management
    M.S., University of Maryland, University College

    Kenneth L. Snyder (1996)
    Associate Professor of Information Technology
    A.A., Catonsville Community College
    B.S., Villa Julie College
    M.S.E.S., Loyola College of Maryland

    Karl Schroeder (1999)
    Adjunct Instructor of Information Technology
    B.S., M.S., Virginia Polytechnic Institute

    Shannon Sherlock (2009)
    Adjunct Instructor of Forensic Studies
    B.A., University of Alabama
    M.S., George Washington University