Information Technology Master's Degree with Database Systems Technology Specialization

Prepare to advance your career by learning the newest management methods and tools for today’s data-driven world in the graduate database systems technology specialization.

A database systems technology specialization can prepare you to meet the demand for data professionals who can manage complex databases for large organizations. You’ll develop expertise in relational and distributed databases and acquire the newest knowledge in data warehousing, mining, modeling, security, and other sought-after areas of database administration.

Prepare for a number of certifications and work on real-world projects in a respected graduate program as you build your professional value in this fast-growing field.

About the Database Systems Technology Specialization

The database systems technology specialization will give you thorough instruction on the design, development, and management of data technology and can help you develop the core competencies to conquer your career goals.

What You’ll Learn

Through your coursework, you will learn how to

  • Manage, mine, model, and warehouse data
  • Utilize your database administration and security techniques and skills
  • Use ETL for data warehousing
  • Complete projects using Microsoft Project and Microsoft Visio
  • Apply your skills in NoSQL, Oracle 11g, SQL, and UNIX to the professional environment

Coursework Examples

In past projects, students have had the opportunity to

  • Create a distributed database solution
  • Complete a database security project using Oracle 11g security features
  • Create advanced databases using object-oriented modeling and NoSQL modeling for big data
  • Create a database for a company to increase business proficiency, backup the database using Oracle tools, and monitor the database with different commands, including UNIX/Linux commands
  • Mine industry data to solve real-world challenges, such as using census data or Amazon public data to extract useful patterns and predict events regarding society, nature, commerce, and the world economy

Industry Certification

This program can help prepare you for the following certification exams:

Database Systems Technology Specialization Requirements

Our curriculum is designed with input from employers, industry experts, and scholars. You'll learn theories combined with real-world applications and practical skills you can apply on the job right away.

Specialization Courses

  • Relational Database Systems (3 Credits, DBST 651)
  • Advanced Relational/Object-Relational Database Systems (3 Credits, DBST 652)
  • Advanced Data Modeling (3 Credits, DBST 660)
  • Distributed Database Management Systems (3 Credits, DBST 663)
  • Data Warehouse Technologies (3 Credits, DBST 665)
  • Data Mining (3 Credits, DBST 667)
  • Database Security (3 Credits, DBST 668)
  • Database Systems Administration (3 Credits, DBST 670)
  • DBST 651 is prerequisite for all other specialization coursework and may not be taken concurrently with other specialization coursework.
  • You must complete all other specialization coursework before taking DBST 670.

Core Courses

  • UCSP 615 must be taken within the first 6 credits of study.
  • UCSP 615 may be waived if you previously earned a graduate degree from a regionally accredited institution. For more information, contact your academic advisor.
  • ITEC 625 and ITEC 626 must be taken as the first two courses, and must be completed before beginning specialization coursework.

Careers Preparation

This program is designed to help you prepare to manage complex databases for large organizations.

Academic or Professional Preparation

If you do not have demonstrated experience or prior coursework in software programming, you may be required to complete additional coursework.

Preparation Recommended for Success

Recommendations

Taking UCSP 605 is recommended to improve writing skills.

Facts & Figures

$11K

Graduate degree holders could earn more per year than those with just a bachelor's degree

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Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics | "Earning and Unemployment Rates by Educational Attainment" | 2016

12%

growth in the computer and information technology job market is projected between 2014 and 2024

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Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics | "Occupational Outlook Handbook" | 2015

No. 2

most requested major among employers surveyed is computer and information sciences

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