Why Study ITM?
With our program, students develop the technical skills and organizational insights required to analyze, design, implement, and administer information systems with an emphasis on the application of web-based and object-oriented information technologies.
Our goal is to help you build a sustainable career with the aim of preparing you to be a valued partner in your organization. You will learn to balance technical skills with good business judgment. A strength of our undergraduate ITM program is the focus on analysis, design and implementation of web-based, object-oriented business applications.
We believe that by teaching “object-oriented thinking and doing”, students will develop the logical thinking and problem-solving skills necessary to succeed in a continuously changing IT landscape which requires extensive hands-on projects, teamwork, and the use of high-end computer technology.
Course topics include database management, systems analysis and design, data networking, graphical user interface and web site design, and computer security.
SAP University Alliance
The John Cook School of Business is a member of the SAP University Alliance, which allows the school to provide students in certain courses with hands-on experience with SAP software. This enables students to put classroom theory into practice. Students who possess a workable knowledge of enterprise resource planning (ERP) using SAP software have the opportunity to obtain the SAP Certificate awarded by SAP America, Inc. The John Cook School of Business is the only school in St. Louis to offer this certificate program. This certificate requires the completion of three of the following courses with a grade of at least a “C” in the following:
Our program is a member of the Oracle Academic Initiative, the Microsoft Academic Alliance, and the IBM Scholars Program. The partnerships allow our students to gain hands on experience with some of the best and cutting edge technologies, allowing students to experience them to solve real world issues before entering the workforce.
Students completing this area of emphasis may take jobs as systems analysts, web developers, systems designers, network administrators, database administrators, software engineers and system support specialists.
When combined with a second area of business concentration in accounting, finance, management, or marketing, additional opportunities exist for technology analyst positions within these other business areas.
Students in the program will learn and develop a strong set of skills in problem-solving, information utilization and business communication that will serve as a base for many different career paths in areas as diverse as health care, law and government service.
Graduates of the ITM program at Saint Louis University have been quite successful in the job market. According to 2010 Undergraduate Placement Statistics (Career Services, Saint Louis University), 94% of all ITM students were satisfactorily occupied six months after graduation with 100% of the students in a job related to their major with an average starting salary of $48,000.
Students in the ITM program are strongly encouraged to gain practical, career-related work experience through an internship or co-op program. Recent ITM students have participated in internships at Anheuser-Busch, Monsanto, Edward Jones, Boeing, MasterCard, AG Edwards, and AT&T.
A special internship exists at St. Louis University with our Information Technology Services (ITS) team. ITS provides an opportunity for students to work in a variety of “tech support” roles throughout the University while receiving ongoing training in personal and professional development.
Nationally Recognized Faculty
Faculty members in the areas of information technology management and the decision sciences are nationally recognized scholars on the forefront of research spanning the strategic, managerial, and technical dimensions of the field. This research is incorporated into the rapidly changing industry practice, ensuring a relevant and innovative learning experience for students of the Cook School.
Faculty members have won numerous teaching and research awards and serve on editorial boards of leading journals and as consultants with government and business organizations. Each of the faculty members is dedicated to contributing to the development and discovery of new knowledge and to making this knowledge available to students through classroom and laboratory instruction, the supervision of internships and independent studies, and career advising.