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

In the Master of Science in information technology with a database systems technology specialization at University of Maryland Global Campus, you can 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.

These program requirements are for students who enroll in the 2019–2020 academic year. For prior year academic requirements, visit the catalog archive in the Current Students section.

About the Information Technology Master's Degree with 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 12c, 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 12c 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 exam(s):

Information Technology Master's Degree with 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.

Master's - specialization Courses

Introductory Course

  • UCSP 615
    (to be taken within the first 6 credits of study)

Core Courses

  • ITEC 625
  • ITEC 626
  • ITEC 630
  • ITEC 640

Core Rules & Recommendations

  • You must complete 6 credits of core courses before taking a specialization course.
  • ITEC 625 and ITEC 626 must be taken as the first two courses.

Specialization Courses

  • DBST 651
  • DBST 660
  • DBST 652
  • DBST 663
  • DBST 665
  • DBST 667
  • DBST 668

Specialization Rules & Recommendations

  • DBST 651 must be taken before all other specialization classes and cannot be taken at the same time as other specialization courses.

Capstone Course

  • DBST 670

Capstone Rules & Recommendations

  • All specialization courses must be completed before taking DBST 670.

Other Requirements

  • You must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher at all times.
  • All degree requirements must be fulfilled within five consecutive years.
  • Any transfer credits must have been earned within the five-year time frame to be applied toward a graduate degree.

Career Preparation

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

Experience Recommended for Success in the Program

We recommend you have a background in software programming. If you do not have experience or prior coursework in software programming, you may be required to complete UCSP 635. We recommend UCSP 605 if you'd like to improve your graduate writing skills.

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Student Clubs and Organizations

    Type: Student organization
    Available To: Undergraduate and Graduate

    The Computing Club aims to create a dynamic environment where members can work collaboratively, share innovative ideas, enhance their career-readiness, and gain marketable experience in their respective fields.