Penn State to Offer Master’s Degree in Enterprise Architecture

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Penn State’s new enterprise architecture master’s degree, delivered online through the World Campus, can help working professionals prepare for this emerging career field.

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Enterprise architecture is increasingly recognized by organizations as a strategic component of information technology and business planning.

Businesses are increasingly turning to enterprise architecture, a process that helps align information technology with business strategy to improve organizational agility and competitiveness. This is leading to higher demand for enterprise architecture professionals. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, information technology jobs will grow from 12 to 31 percent this decade. Penn State’s new enterprise architecture master’s degree and graduate certificate, delivered online, will prepare professionals for this emerging career field.

“Enterprise architecture (EA) is increasingly recognized by organizations as a strategic component of information technology and business planning,” said Dr. Brian Cameron, faculty program director for the online programs and executive director of Penn State’s Center for Enterprise Architecture in the College of Information Sciences and Technology. “EA provides a mechanism to operationalize alignment of all parts of an organization with business strategy and goals, not just information technology.”

EA’s goals are to improve an organization’s efficiency, effectiveness and agility. Penn State’s enterprise architecture master’s degree and graduate certificate are designed for working professionals who want to enhance their knowledge and skills and advance their careers. The programs, offered by the College of Information Sciences and Technology and the Sam and Irene Black School of Business at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, will be delivered online by Penn State’s World Campus.

The master’s program offers a solid enterprise architecture foundation, EA tools and practices, modeling, information technology architecture, leadership and decision making, and project/portfolio management. The graduate certificate provides an introduction to EA. Participants will be able to immediately apply what they learn on the job. These unique programs were developed in consultation with more than 70 leading corporations, government bodies and industry associations from seven countries that comprise the membership of the Center for Enterprise Architecture.

Applications are being accepted for fall. For information, visit the World Campus website online.

Penn State World Campus specializes in adult online education, delivering more than 70 of Penn State’s most highly regarded graduate, undergraduate and professional education programs through convenient online formats. Founded in 1998, Penn State World Campus is the University’s 25th campus serving more than 10,300 students in all 50 states and around the world. World Campus is part of Penn State Outreach, the largest unified outreach organization in American higher education. Penn State Outreach serves more than 5 million people each year, delivering more than 2,000 programs to people in all 67 Pennsylvania counties, all 50 states and 115 countries worldwide.

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Deborah A. Benedetti