IT Leadership and Strategy MPS

About the MPS in Information Technology Leadership & Strategy at Loyola

Strategic leadership in the information technology field—particularly with the rapid growth in AI, machine learning, and data science—requires a special set of skills. Information technology leadership demands technical know how, a solid understanding of governance and policy, vision building, and future forecasting.

If you are an IT professional or aspiring business leader looking to advance your career, Loyola University Chicago's Master of Professional Studies (MPS) in IT Leadership and Strategy can prepare you for career growth.

Our unique program combines concepts from IT and business to help you develop skills for future planning, assessing long-term trends, and developing strategic plans that help position your organization for continued success.

In the master's in information technology leadership program, you will develop critical leadership and strategic thinking skills along with an understanding of governance, risk assessment, and security that will help you emerge as a leader within IT.

Program Structure

The Master of Professional Studies (MPS) in Information Technology Leadership and Strategy can be pursued full time or part time. Classes are delivered fully online in 8-week sessions, including both synchronous and asynchronous courses.

Why Choose Loyola for Your Master's in IT Leadership and Strategy Degree?

Loyola offers one of the only online IT degrees that encompasses leadership, organizational management, ethical/social considerations within computing, strategy, and other skills fundamental to advancing as an IT professional. At Loyola, you will receive a distinguished, application-focused education that you can immediately put into practice.

A flexible, fully online format

Balance your academic, personal, and professional responsibilities. The information technology strategy and leadership master's degree was designed for working professionals, offering 8-week sessions and a fully online format. Live online sessions meet in the afternoons or evenings to help accommodate your schedule.

Earn a distinctive IT degree that incorporates leadership, strategy, and technical skills. While some IT degree programs include courses in leadership, Loyola's program offers rigorous preparation for executive roles. Our program brings together business principles, information technology strategy, ethics, financial planning, technical concepts, and several other topics to offer a robust, dynamic master's in IT degree.

Continuously apply what you have learned in your courses to the real world. You will complete hands-on learning projects in the majority of your courses and have the opportunity to complete an internship near the end of your master's program.

Learn in a cutting-edge program that incorporates information about the latest technologies. In Loyola's program, you will study AI, virtual reality, and other technologies that have the potential to reshape our world.

Learn how to ethically leverage technology in organizations. Loyola's commitment to social justice and Jesuit tradition inform the master's in IT leadership, which means you will continuously examine the moral and ethical implications of new technologies, data mining and use, and other leading-edge issues.

Learn leadership and information technology strategy from practicing professionals. Our program was designed by professors who hold or have held positions of leadership such as chief information officer, director of academic technology services, vice president of information services, and director of technology programs. Our faculty bring that invaluable expertise in information technology leadership to the classroom.

Meet the Faculty

Loyola is proud to have talented and nationally-recognized scholar-teachers as part of our diverse community of exceptional faculty, students and staff. Loyola faculty are known for their commitment to teaching, the dissemination of knowledge through innovative and interdisciplinary scholarly research, and a commitment to social justice and cura personalis, or care for the whole person. Visit the School of Continuing and Professional Studies faculty and staff directory to learn more about the teachers and mentors involved with the IT Leadership and Strategy MPS program.

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Curriculum and Program Outcomes

While courses for the IT Leadership and Strategy MPS program may vary from semester to semester, Loyola’s extensive Academic Catalog will always house the official listing of courses, programs of study, academic policies, degree requirements, and specialization or concentration options.

Additionally, this resource will provide IT Leadership and Strategy MPS learning outcomes, showcasing the commitment to specific skills and growth graduates can expect to achieve following completion of the program.

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    Costs, Scholarships, and Aid

    Loyola University Chicago is committed to making your return to school a reality. Our Cost & Financial Aid page can help better inform you about the costs and potential funding opportunities through scholarships, loans, and aid for graduate and professional education.

    If you are a current Loyola undergraduate or recent alum, you may be eligible for a Returning Rambler discount. Learn more and see if you qualify on our Returning Rambler Scholarship page.

    Tuition and Costs

    The estimated tuition and fees for the IT Leadership and Strategy MPS totals $22800.00, or 30 credit hours at a cost of $760.00 per credit hour. Please note that tuition and fees for all of Loyola's academic programs are subject to change.

    For more detailed information about tuition and fees, and a breakdown of how these costs are calculated on a yearly basis, please visit Tuition and Fees from the Office of the Bursar.

    IT Leadership and Strategy MPS Scholarships

    Scholarship award decisions for all graduate degree-seeking students are made at admission. For selected students, SCPS offers scholarships to cover 20 percent of tuition costs. Additionally, we offer the opportunity for graduate students with a demonstrated high financial need to apply for scholarships after admission.

    For detailed information about tuition, costs, and aid, please visit the SCPS Tuition & Financial Aid page.

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    Application Deadlines

    The available start terms and corresponding application deadlines for the IT Leadership and Strategy MPS are listed below. We encourage you to apply early for priority review. Please note that decisions may take longer during busy periods.

    Fall: June 30
    Funding Deadline: February 15

    Application Requirements

    Application requirements for the IT Leadership and Strategy MPS include:

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    • 1 Letter of Recommendation

    • 2.5 Minimum GPA

    • Statement of Purpose

    Statement of Purpose Details

    Please write a brief statement describing your academic and research interests as well as your professional goals.

    International Student Requirements

    Additional information regarding the application process for international students can be found on the International Student Requirements page.

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