Okay, so it occurred to me that this question belongs in the IT section but since there is a business element to consider I decided to post it here. I'm now working as a project analyst in an IT department, specifically for a development sub-unit. I'm surrounded by programmers yet I do not know the difference between a java developer and a vinti caramel machiato latte'. So as you may imagine my job is to track project progress, then present in intelligible forms technical progress to both technical and non-technical management. So I find myself suddenly way behind the curve on technology knowhow, verbage and systems thinking. I've got business down, I can smell a business need or lack thereof from a mile away, but I need some help here... 1.) I need to bone up on some technical knowledge but do not need to become a technical person in the process. I need a big picture understanding of the concepts and how they fit into a business model. 2.) I need additional project management skills. In fact I am thinking of doing a certificate program from Boston University or even locally at Amberton University. 3.) I would like to get a MS degree in some technical area that will help me with need #1 but not at the expense of repeating a bunch of work I already did as an MBA. 1 or 2 courses are okay as I don't mind transferring credit over, but I do NOT need an MSM which after some careful research I have come to discover Boston University's Master of Project Management really is. In fact PM may be too specialized to seek a degree soley in that discipline. So that in mind I ask this to everyone... What degree programs do you guys recommend? What is the difference between an MSIS and an MSIT? I understand that an MSCIS is much more technical than either so I may just forget about that as it doesn't fit my need at this point. Also does anyone have a RA state school that isn't too expensive they would recommend? Private school is fine too but at this point I wouldn't mind a bigger name on my resume. Any suggestions?