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MBA in Digital Innovation & Information Systems

Available to 15- and 20-Month MBA Students

Gain an advanced and in-demand understanding of technology innovation and position yourself for success within the growing area of organizational operation. As companies grow more reliant on new technologies, a critical need is emerging for professionals who bring competencies in both business management and technology. Enhance your MBA and increase your competitive edge with this area of study.

Surveys of IT management indicate a persistent concern for achieving alignment between business needs and technology resources. And CIOs affirm that significant improvement is needed for managers who possess the knowledge and skills to envision, manage, and lead initiatives that span the realms of business, IT, and innovation.

Our MBA concentration in Digital Innovation and Information Systems (DIIS) focuses on bridging the gap between business and technology, giving Graziadio graduates a distinct advantage in the marketplace.

Possible career opportunities include:

  • Systems or technology analyst
  • Infrastructure manager
  • Information manager
  • IT director, CIO
  • Enterprise architect
  • Business intelligence analyst/manager
  • Process analyst/manager
  • IT Program/project manager
  • Business-IT relationship management
  • Digital business consultant
  • Operations management, COO
  • Technology product management

Blended Format: Online and On-campus Learning

All DIIS MBA electives are offered in a blended learning format with one elective course scheduled per 7-week period. Each elective  (with the exception of the DIIS Applied Research Project) requires two Saturdays of on-campus class sessions at the West Los Angeles Graduate Campus, with the remaining coursework offered online.

Elective DIIS MBA Courses

Twelve units are to be selected from the following courses:

Course No. Course Title Units
ISTM 624 Databases and Big Data Management 2
ISTM 661 Designing, Sourcing, and Building Digital Platforms 2
ISTM 662 DIIS Project and Program Management 2
ISTM 663 Managing Cyber Security, Risk, and Privacy 2
ISTM 664 Business Process Analysis and Innovation 2
ISTM 665 Digital Innovation and Strategy 2
ISTM 667 Digital Innovation and Information Systems Applied Researched Project 2

Up to four units of the MBA electives listed above may be substituted with any two of the following courses:

  • BSCI 617 Creating and Leading Teams (2)
  • BSCI 631 Leadership and Organizational Success (2) or
  • OTMT 617 Leadership Theory and Practice (2) or
  • OTMT 670 Advanced Principles of Organizations and Leadership (4)
  • BSCI 633 Organizational Development and Change (2) or
  • OTMT 634 Change Management (2) or
  • OTMT 672 Organizational Dynamics and Managing Change (4)
  • DESC 620 Advanced Statistical Tools (2)
  • DESC 621 Valuation of Real Options (2)
  • DESC 624 Predictive Analytics (2)
  • DESC 626 Simulation Modeling (2)
  • DESC 627 Supply Chain Management Analytics (2)
  • DESC 628 Healthcare Analytics (2)
  • DESC 629 Communications With Data (2)
  • DESC 636 Project Management (2)
  • FINC 638 Financial Modeling (2)
  • ISTM 622 Social Media Analytics (2)
  • ISTM 626 Applying Analytics to Achieve Business Impact (2)
  • ISTM 627 Marketing Informatics (2)
  • ISTM 630 Information Security Data Analytics (2)
  • LEGL 631 Negotiation and Resolution of Business Disputes (2) or
  • LEGL 684 Business Negotiation and the Resolution of Conflict (4)
  • MKTG 670 Technology in Marketing (2)
  • OTMT 678 Managerial Creativity and Innovation for Leadership (4)
  • PGBS 693 Global Business Intensive (1-4) with DIIS-focused content and/or final paper (2 units required)
  • STGY 621 Competitive Intelligence (2)
  • STGY 645 Responsible Business Practice Capstone (2)