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Online IT Master's Degree

Database Systems Technology

IT: Database Systems Technology
Master's Concentration
  • 36 credits
  • Transfer up to 12 credits
  • All courses available online
  • Select hybrid courses available
  • $534 per credit (in-state)
  • $659 per credit (out-of-state)
  • $336 per credit (military)
  • Other fees may apply
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Learn the newest management methods and tools for today's data-driven world.

Learn to manage complex databases for large organizations with an online master’s degree in information technology with a database systems technology concentration from University of Maryland Global Campus. 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. This hands-on program prepares you for several certifications as you study the latest management methods and tools for today's data-driven world.

Total Credits Required: 36

Initial Requirement

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

The UCSP 615 requirement may be waived if you previously earned a graduate degree from a regionally accredited institution. For more information, contact your academic advisor.

Core Courses

  • (3 Credits, ITEC 625)
  • (3 Credits, ITEC 626)
  • (3 Credits, ITEC 630)
  • (3 Credits, ITEC 640)

Concentration Courses

  • (3 Credits, DBST 651)
  • (3 Credits, DBST 660)
  • (3 Credits, DBST 652)
  • (3 Credits, DBST 663)
  • (3 Credits, DBST 665)
  • (3 Credits, DBST 667)
  • (3 Credits, DBST 668)

Capstone Course

  • (3 Credits, DBST 670)

  • (3 Credits, ITEC 625) and (3 Credits, ITEC 626) must be taken as the first two courses.
  • You must complete 6 credits of core coursework before beginning concentration coursework.
  • (3 Credits, DBST 651) is prerequisite for all other concentration coursework and may not be taken concurrently with other concentration coursework.
  • You may take (3 Credits, DBST 668) and (3 Credits, DBST 670) concurrently. However, you must complete all other concentration coursework before taking (3 Credits, DBST 670).

General Master's Degree 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 above five-year time frame to be applied toward a graduate degree.
  • Please review the overall master’s degree requirements for additional considerations.
Sequence Course
1 (0 Credits, UCSP 615)
2 (3 Credits, ITEC 625)
3 (3 Credits, ITEC 626)
4 (3 Credits, DBST 651)
5 (3 Credits, ITEC 630)
6 (3 Credits, DBST 660)
7 (3 Credits, DBST 652)
8 (3 Credits, ITEC 640)
9 (3 Credits, DBST 663)
10 (3 Credits, DBST 665)
11 (3 Credits, DBST 667)
12 (3 Credits, DBST 668)
13 (3 Credits, DBST 670)

Accelerated Pathway: Management Information Systems

If you completed your undergraduate degree at UMGC with coursework in management information systems, an accelerated pathway between UMGC's graduate and undergraduate degree programs in this field may allow you to reduce your total coursework for this program by up to 6 credits.

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These requirements are for students who enroll in the 2024–2025 academic year. For prior year requirements, visit our catalog archive.

Master’s Degree Requirements

In addition to the specific course requirements outlined on each master's degree webpage, UMGC maintains certain requirements for all master’s degrees.

Program Highlights

Develop skills and gain knowledge through coursework that draws from the expertise and experience of our respected faculty.

Industry Snapshot

This program is designed to provide you with the knowledge and skills necessary to advance your career in the growing field of database administration and management.

Arteen I., Gaithersburg, MD

New Jobs
There are expected to be 12,800 new jobs added in the database administrator field by the end of 2029.
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics | U.S. Department of Labor | Occupational Outlook Handbook, Database Administrators (2019)

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We recommend you have a background in software programming for this program. Strong writing skills are also encouraged.

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Upsilon Pi Epsilon (Computing & Technology Disciplines)

Upsilon Pi Epsilon, the international honor society for the computing and IT disciplines, is designed to promote the computing and information sciences and to encourage the enhancement of knowledge in the field. Upsilon Pi Epsilon is open to both undergraduate and graduate students who are pursuing a degree in the computing and information science disciplines. Membership is by invitation only.

Undergraduate membership is open to students majoring in one of the computing disciplines who have completed at least 45 credit hours towards their degree, including 30 or more credits at UMGC (in graded coursework) and at least 15 credits from information technology and computer science courses. Undergraduate students need to have a cumulative GPA of a 3.5 or higher and a GPA of 3.5 or higher in all coursework taken from the information technology and computer science courses.

Graduate student membership is open to students pursuing a master's degree in cloud computing systems, cyber operations, cybersecurity management and policy, cybersecurity technology, data analytics, or digital forensics and cyber investigation; a master's degree in information technology with a concentration in database systems technology, informatics, information assurance, software engineering, or systems engineering; or a legacy master's degree in cybersecurity. Graduate students must have completed at least 18 resident credits towards their degree at UMGC, with a cumulative GPA of a 3.5 or higher.

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