ATHENS, Ga. — A new, part-time Master of Internet Technology degree program offered through the University of Georgia at Gwinnett is now accepting applications for enrollment beginning next fall.
The graduate program will be administered by UGA's Terry College of Business, and all the coursework will be taught in evening classes delivered by faculty of the college's nationally ranked Management Information Systems Department.
"The degree is a blend of business management and the more technical aspects of Internet technology and Web design," said Andy Seila, the program's director and anMIS professor at the Terry College. "The idea is to bridge the gap between management and computer science."
Under its original structure, the Master of Internet Technology program was established in 2001 as a full-time, Athens-based graduate program requiring 32 credit hours to complete. Since 2001, the program has graduated about 75 students.
The program is being moved to the Gwinnett University Center near Lawrenceville and will follow the evening-course structure that's been successfully implemented by the Terry College's part-time MBA program at Gwinnett.
"Atlanta continues to be a very attractive hub for high-tech business and research, and many people have requested that we offer this degree in Gwinnett," Seila said. "The program will appeal to professionals who are interested in pursuing management careers in Internet-related fields, such as Web software development, e-commerce or I.T. consulting. It's a unique curriculum, and it's not just for highly technical people."
Instead of a two-semester, full-time curriculum, the Master of Internet Technology will shift to a five-semester, part-time curriculum that is taught over the span of 20 months, Seila said. The program still encompasses 32 credit hours.
Seila said the faculty felt the part-time format would strengthen the curriculum by sequencing the courses over five semesters instead of stacking them into two semesters. "Some of our courses require prerequisites that require prerequisites," Seila said, "so we're fixing one of the difficulties we had before."
The capstone to the curriculum will be a technology project internship, each one sponsored by companies that are interested in having an Internet application developed for their business.
"The project internships, which are carried out by teams of students, provide the real-world project management experience that businesses want," Seila said. "All the students have computer coding and management responsibilities. And, as a team, they have to make sure the Internet application meets client needs and is delivered on time."
In-state tuition for the master's program will be charged at the rate of $471 per credit hour, plus fees.
Applicants to the program must have earned an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution before enrollment. "Students should have an aptitude for technical work, but a degree in business, computer science or a technical field is not required," Seila said. "In fact, students from all academic backgrounds are encouraged to apply. We want to have a student body that is as diverse as possible, academically and culturally."
UGA has been providing graduate degree programs and continuing education in Gwinnett since 1984, when the University System Board of Regents first established the Gwinnett University Center as a locus for such activity. Other graduate programs in addition to the Terry College's two master's programs at Gwinnett are offered in education, social work, public administration and food science and technology.
UGA also continues to offer several bachelor's degree-completion programs at the Gwinnett University Center. An open house for students interested in enrolling in UGA's undergraduate or graduate degree programs is scheduled from 5:30 to 7:30 pm on February 22 in Building B of the Gwinnett University Center.