Q: Is the international trip required?
A: At this point, the trip is a requirement. It is one of the courses,
part of the Global Challenges module. The globalization effect
of and on IT is a huge managerial challenge. The best way to understand
these challenges is to see an off-shore operation first hand.
Q: Will this program prepare me for the PhD program?
A: Yes. Depending on your PhD goals, objectives, and timeline
the traditional MS program may serve as better preparation.
However, this program is a true MS and carries the same recognition
as any other MS program. For PhD programs with a managerial,
rather than a technical or academic, bent this program may
serve as better preparation than a traditional one.
Q: Who are the CIO mentors that will be involved with the program;
are they other than the board representatives?
Q: What if I can’t make it to some of the sessions because
I’m out of town—is there any distance learning/recorded
sessions that I can access remotely to “catch up”?
A: Yes. While a great deal of learning with this program will
take place via student interaction, we understand that “life
happens”. We intend to make the classroom sessions available
on-line after each weekend session.
Q: How much time outside the regular classroom sessions will
I have to commit to the program?
A: It is impossible to give a fixed number of hours required.
The time will vary widely from project to project, topic to topic,
and student to student. The best guess-timate is approximately
10 hours per week. We do not expect that the out-of-class time
requirement for this program will be significantly more or less
than with any other graduate program. Our intention is to make
all out-of-class assignments relevant to students’ work.
It is conceivable, therefore, that much of the out-of-class time
will be directly related to work students perform regularly,
so out-of-class time could be time spent on the job.
Q: How are you going to assess our performance?
A: Students’ performance will be assessed throughout the
program. Assessment will consist of tests, participation, team
work, and other assignments. Students will receive a letter grade
(A-F) for each course, and each course contributes the same weight
toward the students’ overall Grade Point Average.
Q: Is there a basic computer technology requirement for class
work—notebook computer, software, etc.?
A: Students will be required to have a mobile technology solution
(notebook PC, tablet PC, etc.) If students do not have access
to a mobile solution, the Department can provide one for an additional
fee. All software required will be provided and is included in
the cost of the program.
Q: What is included in the $27,000 tuition—books, trip,
meals, parking, etc?
A: The $27,000.00 includes tuition, books and other necessary
supplies, parking, meals, and the international trip (airfare
Q: What is the advantage that this program has over an MBA,
whether fast-track or traditional?
A: This program focuses intently on the issues that are peculiar
to technology management, as opposed to management in general.
It is designed to prepare students for the unique challenges
facing IT executives, who are increasingly being called upon
to make critical business – as well as technology – decisions
for their organizations.
Q: What makes this program unique?
A: Many programs are increasingly involving members of the business
community in their delivery. VCU has taken that involvement to
a higher level with this program and has sought considerable
industry input in the development as well as the content of the
program. There is a team of an academic and an industry practitioner
responsible for the development and delivery of each of the courses.
Students will also be assigned a CIO mentor, with whom they will
have regular contact. Mentors will share their decisions and
dilemmas with students at each meeting. Students may even have
an opportunity to enter the boardroom and see first hand how
decisions are reached.
See below from one of our industry partners:
" I support this program because it not only teaches best
practices for the IT industry but it incorporates lessons learned
by leaders in the local IT community.
Changes are a constant in the IT world, and it is just as important to
keep up with new practices and disciplines as it is to keep up
with the newest
technology. This program lays the groundwork for this. It is a true collaborative
effort between the academic world and the business world."
- Connie Frudden, Assistant Vice President, IT Application Development, Federal
Reserve Bank of Richmond
Q: I am currently enrolled in the Fast Track Executive MBA program.
Can I participate in the dual-degree option after I graduate?
A: In order to take advantage of this option, FTEMBA students
must enroll in the FTEMS program prior to their FTEMBA graduation.
FTEMBA students will graduate with their class in May and join
the FTEMS program in August.