Brandeis University - MS, Information Technology Management

Discussion in 'IT and Computer-Related Degrees' started by locutus, Dec 11, 2008.

  1. locutus

    locutus New Member

    Does anyone have any experience with Brandeis' MSITM program or any online program at Brandeis/Rabb School? Is the program rigorous? What is your opinion on the professors and fellow classmates?

    I googled this program and found virtually no information besides the school's sales pitch.
  2. Kizmet

    Kizmet Moderator Staff Member

    I know from the other thread that you live relatively close to Boston so you're probably aware that Brandeis, in general, has a very positive reputation. I can not say any specific about the program you've identified. I can't say for sure but I don't think it's ever been discussed here.
  3. locutus

    locutus New Member

    Yes, it is highly rated (for undergrad). Not sure how their Rabb school (their DCE school) is. There are a lot of blogs and websites talking about Harvard Extension School, but can't really find much about Brandeis...
  4. Kizmet

    Kizmet Moderator Staff Member

    In mant schools you can ask the admissions people to be connected to alumni from the program that interests you. They will not be unbiased but you can potentially learn some useful things.
  5. potatoballs

    potatoballs New Member

    I am also looking at this course. Locutus, since you have started the course, how are you finding it?
    I am living in NYC, so it will be mostly online for me. NYU also has a similar course, but it is way more expensive than Brandeis.
    Are there any pre-masters classes I can take, since I'm not sure if my GPA is good enough to get in.
    Any advice on what I should do? I want to do an IT grad degree, but more focused on management too.
  6. locutus

    locutus New Member

    Hi Potatoballs,

    I've just recently finished my first course at Brandeis which I took online. I would say the course was professionally done -- the work load was not too bad but there is a lot of reading. We read the entire text book plus every week you have to read the professor's lecture, you have to respond to questions online, read everyone else’s responses and then respond to your classmates. The assignments took some time too. Like most Mater's programs, you learn a lot from your peers and I found those taking classes to be intelligent working professionals.

    One thing that is great about Brandeis' MS ITM is that there is open enrollment. This means anyone can register for a class (and pay $2200) without being accepted into the program. They allow you to take 3 or 4 courses without applying to make sure the program is good for you and gives those who have a lower undergrad GPA a chance to prove they can do it.

    Assuming you have a bachelor's degree from an accredited school, I would not worry too much about your GPA unless you are coming right out of school with no experience. I talked to the chair of the MS in IT Management (who is part of the admissions committee) and she told me that if you take a course or two and do well it will show the committee that you are serious and able to handle the work load of the Master's program. If you are serious about starting the program, I suggest you register for a class now and try it out. Class registration just opened for the summer semester and classes do fill up quickly (most only have a max of 20 students).

    If you decide to register, please note that their registration system (they call it "SAGE") sucks. It's horribly ugly and you can sometimes get lost in menus of links. This system is only used to register for classes, check grades, etc. This is not the system you use for your class, so don't get discouraged by it's ugly interface. The system they use for the online classes is pretty good and is based on an open source platform called Moodle.

    Overall, I like Brandeis and I think the price is not bad for a Master's degree. You can spend A LOT more for other schools. Brandeis is a well respected school and their undergrad program is top in the country (very competitive).

    Check out the program at

    I'm taking Software Development Methodologies and IT Security & Compliance this summer. Maybe I'll see you in class :)
  7. Kizmet

    Kizmet Moderator Staff Member

    Thanks for the informative post locutus. Most excellent.
  8. figers

    figers New Member

    Prestige of Brandeis GPS

    I was accepted into Brandeis graduate professional studies Master's of information security program.

    Do you know if there is a perceived difference graduating with a masters from Brandeis college of arts and sciences as opposed to a masters from Brandeis Graduate Professional Studies?

  9. locutus

    locutus New Member

    I assume if you are registered in the GPS program, then you are like most of us: working full time and taking classes part time. If so, then the traditional route of full time master's program isn't an option. GPS is continuing education, and yes less "prestigious". It doesn't come with the snobbery of requiring high undergrad GPA or high GMAT/GRE scores. However, how many people really care? Not many. IMHO, unless you are graduating from top-tier school like Harvard Business, Wharton, Carnegie Mellon, MIT Sloan, etc., then your college of choice is less important as long as it's accredited and the University has a good name. Brandeis has a good name.

    For what it's worth, your resume will not tell anyone what school you went to at the University anyway. For example, mine says:

    2012, Brandeis University, Master of Software Engineering

    Unless someone goes and digs up the school that program is under or asks for transcripts, how would they know? And would they care? Probably not.

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