In today's challenging and rapidly changing economic and competitive environment the need for greater efficiency, effectiveness and agility is crucial for organizations of all types and sizes. Enterprise Architecture (EA) related professionals are at the forefront of this movement, striving to align the enterprise information systems and technology with business strategy and goals to enable the most effective use of enterprise information technology to support and grow an organization and produce measureable business value.
The successful EA professional requires a unique combination of skills and perspectives. These professionals need to integrate strategic,business and technology planning methods with an ability to understand, analyze, justify and communicate the solution of enterprise architecture problems. Once attained these unique skills and perspectives position the EA professional for a wide variety of leadership roles within the enterprise. Not surprisingly such professionals are in high demand in industry,government and non-profit organizations. However, the supply of professionals with the needed breath of knowledge in both enterprise technology and business is scarce.
To meet the increased demand for enterprise architecture related professionals, Penn State University has developed the Master of Professional Studies Program in Enterprise Architecture (MPS/EA) through the College of Information Sciences and Technology. The MPS/EA is designed for professionals aspiring to advance to roles with enterprise wide scope and authority such as that embodied by an enterprise architect. This online program is designed for the working professional with a minimum of two years of relevant work experience who desires to enhance his or her knowledge,experience and prospects for positions of greater responsibility.
Students in this program come from a variety of educational backgrounds including information technology,business, engineering and others (e.g.liberal arts, education, political science, etc.). Courses are offered in a flexible, online delivery format to meet the needs of postgraduate students who are employed full-time as well as the needs of the international student.
The MPS/EA program includes courses in enterprise architecture principles and practices, enterprise modeling, enterprise architecture leadership and governance, layers of the enterprise information technology architecture, enterprise architecture case studies, cost and value management, organizations, business and project strategy and project portfolio management.
Initial elective areas that offer opportunities for further study in areas of interest include supply chain management, enterprise integration, security, software engineering and project program management. This unique program was designed with significant input from leading corporations, industry associations and government bodies through our Center for Enterprise Architecture.
The MPS/EA was developed and is administered under the Center for Enterprise Architecture within the College of IST. Through the MPS/EA program, professionals will learn how to:
There are thirty specified credits comprised of eighteen credits in Enterprise Architecture (EA 870, EA 871, EA 872, EA 873, EA 874, EA 875) and twelve credits in Management (MANGT 510, MANGT 515, MANGT 531, MANGT 540).
EA 874: Enterprise Information Technology Architecture
There are six elective credits. Elective courses are available in Supply Chain (SCM404, SCM 800, SCM 810, SCM 820), Enterprise Integration (IST 420, IST 421, IST 402), Security (IST 554, IST 454, INSC 561), Project Management (MANGT 520, MANGT 535) and Independent Studies (IST 596).
Interested students may pursue a three course online graduate certificate in Supply Chain Management through The Smeal College of Business.
Interested students may pursue a three course online graduate certificate in Project Management through Penn State Erie,The Behrend College.
The Graduate Certificate in Enterprise Architecture is designed to provide an introduction to enterprise architecture and increase the knowledge of professionals seeking advanced leadership roles within the organization. Enterprise architecture strives to align the enterprise information systems and technology with business strategy and goals to enable the most effective use of enterprise information technology to both support and grow an organization. This unique combination of skills and perspectives positions the professional for a wide variety of leadership roles within the enterprise.
The 9-credit certificate combines an introduction of the role of EA in integrating strategic,business and technology planning methods with an ability to understand,analyze,justify and communicate the solution of enterprise architecture problems.The first two foundational courses from the Master of Professional Studies Program in Enterprise Architecture (MPS/EA) with an third required course in either Enterprise Architecture or Project Management giving students the flexibility to customize the certificate to their specific work needs.