Frequently Asked Questions
What is EMIT?
The University of Nebraska at Omaha College of Information Science and Technology established the Executive Master of Science in Information Technology (EMIT) in order to provide flexible, innovative, and technologically current education to rising IT and business leaders.
The EMIT program prepares these professionals for the unique landscape that the next generation of corporate leaders will navigate by bringing together IT thought leaders and world-class instruction from IS&T, UNO, international partners, and local businesses.
When Does EMIT begin and how long is the program?
EMIT is a one calendar year, or 12 month, program that starts the fall semester of every year. This cohort-based degree will use a hybrid model of online delivery as well as meeting every other Saturday in person.
The EMIT curriculum includes course modules on topics that address the following major themes:
- Innovation Management
- Data Analytics & Visualization
- Information Assurance
- Personal Leadership Development
- Information Security
- Emerging IT Infrastructure and Architecture
Why EMIT? Why now?
There is a large untapped potential for educational programs that train the next generation of CIO leaders. According to a recent article in CIO, "Retirement, outsourcing, and a tight talent supply are thinning IT's leadership ranks…" Adding to this challenge is the looming shortage of qualified IT leaders. A
ccording to a report written for the Society for Information Management Advanced Practices Council, the "growing demand for CIOs is not being offset by an increasing supply of talented, well-prepared executives." In fact, the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that job opportunities for CTOs (Chief Technology Officers) are expected to be on the rise between 2008 and 2018. Computer and information systems managers, in general, are projected to see a 17% increase in employment for the 2008-to-2018 period, resulting in nearly 50,000 newly available jobs in the sector.
A Fall 2013 survey of Nebraska firms by the Greater Omaha Chamber and the AIM Institute projects that hiring demand for IT graduates will be between 2,000 to 3,000 in the next two years. Additionally, the detailed report indicates that graduate education in IT is an expectation by nearly 55% of the responding firms. EMIT is IS&T's answer to IT professionals' unique need for IT leadership education.
I didn't receive a degree in IT, am I still eligible?
Yes! We welcome students from all walks of life. We ask that incoming students have an undergraduate degree, at least four years of full-time relevant IT experience, and three essays including one on the candidate's "future career goals." Exceptions may be made for less experience through strong recommendations from employers.
What are the costs associated with EMIT?
EMIT is a prestigious investment in the future of your career trajectory. Please review our Tuition and Fees page to see what is associated with this investment.
I'm an employer interested in sponsoring an employee for EMIT. What are my next steps?
What does a year with EMIT look like?
The program will be taught with substantive hands-on orientation using realistic case studies, projects, group discussion, IT tools, and an integrated group project experience as the fundamental pedagogical approach. The degree is made of short modules on a variety of topical areas of interest to next generation business/IT leaders. Our Year With EMIT page outlines the many topics our courses will cover.
How do I apply to EMIT?
Visit our Apply page to find out admission and student criteria.