Master of Technology in IT Leadership

Summary

The Master of Technology in IT Leadership programme (MTech ITL) is best suited for IT managers, experienced business managers and directors with IT portfolio management responsibilities who want to further build their career as IT and business leaders. It is also relevant to current IT leaders who wish to build an academic foundation to effectively innovate, lead and execute IT and digital transformation.

This programme is jointly offered by NUS-ISS and NUS School of Computing.

Next Intake: July 2017
Duration: Full-time 1 year (2 semesters)

Part-time 2 years (4 semesters)
Application Deadline: 15 April 2017

Fees

Singaporeans and Singapore Permanent Residents

Full Time
Subtotal (per semester) S$20,555.72
$20,250.00 - Semester Tuition Fee
$305.72 - Semester Miscellaneous Fee
Part Time
Subtotal (per semester) S$10,326.52
$10,125.00 - Semester Tuition Fee
$201.52 - Semester Miscellaneous Fee

International Students

Full Time
Subtotal (per semester) S$22,805.72
$22,500.00 - Semester Tuition Fee
$305.72 - Semester Miscellaneous Fee
Part Time
Subtotal (per semester) S$11,451.52
$11,250.00 - Semester Tuition Fee
$201.52 - Semester Miscellaneous Fee

Programme Details

  • Overview
  • Modules
  • Projects & Internships
  • Timetable & Exams
  • Fees & Loans
  • Admission & Application
  • Career Pathways

The MTech ITL programme will equip students with the critical knowledge, hard and soft skills to lead technology value realisation in any organisation. These include taking on more complex responsibilities in handling accompanying risks, challenges and uncertainties, and the operation of stable, mission-critical systems.

The curriculum has been created in consultation with foremost IT and business leaders, and will be jointly delivered by NUS alongside practising Chief Information Officers and IT leaders.

The programme is offered on:

  • Full-time basis: Minimum of one year to maximum of two years
  • Part-time basis: Minimum of two years to maximum of four years

Learning outcomes:

  • Be strategic, agile and innovative
  • Be operationally sound and smart
  • Create business value and understand financial implications
  • Effectively communicate ideas and strategic business cases
  • Nurture effective relationships with business partners, users and other stakeholders

MTech ITL candidates must successfully complete the following course components to be awarded the degree:

  • Core Courses – Pass 10 x compulsory Core Courses

The MTech ITL programme is a 44 modular credit (MC) degree based on four major study areas: Digital Business Transformation, The Practice of IT and Business, IT Leadership and People and The IT Leadership Capstone. The curriculum strikes a balance between building deep leadership capabilities and functional skills and will be complemented by activities outside the classroom to reinforce learning.

Core Courses:


Digital Business Transformation

IL5101 Strategic Alignment of Business and IT (4MCs)

Digital leaders need to cultivate deep knowledge of the business and leverage technology to successfully drive transformation. They must possess business and technical acumen, as well as the vision to develop a strategic response to new digital opportunities, and strong leadership to align both the IT and business organisations for effective strategy execution. 

Students will learn the concepts, methodologies, tools and perspectives to formulate and implement strategies that rejuvenate and transform their organisation, exploit digital opportunities, solve cross-functional business issues through technology to deliver competitive advantage and enhanced performance. Strategic foresight is introduced to help make the business and supporting strategies resilient in a world where uncertainty, competitive pressures and risk is constant. Students will also learn and discuss how to translate strategy to successful execution to achieve strategic business outcomes.
Pre-requisites: Nil

 

IL5102 IT Innovation Leadership (4MCs)

The rate of today’s technological change is affecting businesses in unprecedented ways, confronting them with new technologies that are disrupting business models and transforming industries. This challenges digital leaders to move beyond IT projects for purely efficiency purposes to become leaders of innovation to spawn fresh, value-generating ideas, and ensure their successful implementation to help their businesses grow. They need to build an agile, innovative, creative and entrepreneurial spirit in the IT organisation. Students will learn the concepts, enablers and inhibitors of digital innovation and a framework for innovation management. They will also learn design thinking, entrepreneurship and business models.
Pre-requisites: Nil

 

IL5201 Measuring and Demonstrating Value from IT Investments (3MCs)

Organisations are increasingly embracing digitalisation of their value chain and a remaking of their business model. Technology is viewed as a strategic asset and key differentiator. Every company will have or need a higher IT budget and become information-driven. CEOs and the Board will demand for better delivery from IT. Leaders must understand how digitalisation transforms service delivery, creates new revenue and value, and generates volumes of data that create new opportunities. 

This module introduces the concepts, principles and techniques to instantiate business value of IT and digital investments. It also prepares students to conduct an assessment of the digital investments in a credible, conclusive and compelling fashion. Students will learn a framework to instantiate value of IT/digital investments throughout their organisation, and develop appropriate measurements that appropriately demonstrate business value that resonates with business stakeholders. 
Pre-requisites: Nil

IL5202 IT Governance and Risk Management (3MCs)

The pervasive use of the Internet and technology for the conduct of business, and the complexity of organisations mandate the adoption of an effective and pragmatic IT governance and risk management framework to bind business and IT strategies. This will allow companies to reap the full benefit of exploiting IT to meet business goals and sustain competitive advantage. The urgency is further compounded by the recent high profile cases on data leakage and system breaches. IT governance risk and compliance (IT GRC) is therefore now a top priority for IT leaders. This course presents a holistic overview of IT GRC.
Pre-requisites: Nil 

The Practice of IT and Business

IL5103 Business and IT Financial Management (4MCs)

Running the IT as a business that is in sync with the rest of corporate business is essential for every organisation. IT (digital business) leaders need to adopt appropriate business models and practices to deliver timely, efficient, reliable and effective operations at the right quality and price to deliver business outcomes.
 
This module aims to apply business, economic and financial management principles to growing and sustaining the business that the digital business leader operates in. Participants will learn, understand and apply these knowledge to move the IT (digital business) organisation from a cost centre to a technology partner to the business community.
Pre-requisites: Nil

 

IL5104 Process  and Operational Excellence (4MCs)

It is widely acknowledged that most companies spend the majority of their IT resources and budget on maintaining the required daily service to users, and the remaining resources on new IT initiatives that can help grown the business, and improve revenue and business value. 

The IT leader is required to perform well on both fronts.  It is an expected fundamental responsibility of the IT leader is to achieve process and operational excellence so that new initiatives are executed well and achieve their desired outcome, while implemented services run well and meet or exceed user/customer expectations.

With this module, students will learn about the best as well as emerging practices in process and operational excellence and how to manage IT processes and operations such as to deliver sustained business value.
Pre-requisites: Nil

 

IT Leadership and People

IL5105 Fundamentals of IT Leadership Transformation (4MCs)

The module will introduce students to the key elements of leadership, enhance self-awareness, and sharpen their understanding of the role, competencies, traits and skills required of the new digital leader in a globalised and disrupted world. We aim to influence the thinking and mindset of the students so that they can practise to be effective and confident future-ready digital leaders. Over this course, students will develop an understanding and enrich their leadership quality in these domains: self-awareness; strategic thinking, leading across boundaries, and influencing. 
Pre-requisites: Nil

 

IL5106 Leading Change for IT Leaders (4MCs)

The technology and business landscape is changing more rapidly than ever before. Thus, an understanding of change principles, an ability to manage people through change, an appreciation of the communications skills that support organisational change, and the skills to lead and inspire others on a change journey, are increasingly vital characteristics of today’s digital leader.  

This module is organised into two parts. The first part examines the behaviour of people in organisations and nature of the change which involve them as well as the leadership competencies for orchestrating change. Through the second part of this module, students will acquire a strong understanding of change, and develop the core capabilities and soft skills to lead, manage and sustain change effectively in today’s business environment.
Pre-requisites: Nil

 

IL5203 IT Organisation Development and Talent Management  (3MCs)

The traditional IT organisation structure and resources of the past can no longer meet the technology demands of their organisations in a digital economy. Today’s digital leaders must possess the ability to restructure and re-orientate their IT organisation to be a bimodal and thinking organisation – deliver predictability, reliability and high performance, and agility, speed and adaptability at the same time.  Leaders must be able to identify the skills and capabilities needed by their IT workforce as digitalisation and innovation intensifies.

This module will help students to create an organisation that is responsive to changes in the environment and whose culture and structure is aligned to its strategy and drives cross-boundary teamwork and collaboration.
Pre-requisites: Nil

 

IL5204 Stakeholder Relationship Management in the IT Eco-system  (3MCs)

Delivering business value to the organisation is a key measure of success for any IT initiative. Perceptions of success are dependent on the stakeholder’s expectations, which may not be perfectly aligned with the intent of the initiative. Typically, the IT Leader needs to manage the expectations of various external and internal stakeholders in the IT eco-system by engaging them and fostering the relationship using his position, personal influence and political savvy; providing necessary and essential guidance, insights and value propositions. This module examines the principles, concepts, and frameworks used in stakeholder analysis to define relevant strategies to manage the relationships. 

This module will build on the skills acquired in the earlier modules to enable students to master this important aspect of directing an IT organisation to achieve the buy-in of key stakeholders to significantly improve the chances of successfully implementing IT initiatives.
Pre-requisites: Nil

 

IT Leadership Capstone

IT Leadership Capstone Project (8MCs)

Organised into small teams, students will put into practice what they have learnt to address real-world IT issues and  problems for a local organisation. 

 

 

The IT Leadership Capstone project

Will extend over a period of 6 months for full-time students and 9 months for part-time students. Students will work in groups to perform the capstone project, with an expected student commitment of 40 man-days per team member.

Objectives:

  • Bring together all disciplines encountered in the programme
  • Apply knowledge, skills and techniques learnt in class to a real-life environment

Learning outcomes:

  • Progressively compile a portfolio of observations, findings and recommendations on the target company/organisation
  • Demonstrate the ability to present and communication final recommendations at the executive level

Timetable

Assessment

 All candidates will be assessed by a combination of continuous assessment assignments, class participation and mid-term assessments, as well as the output produced for the capstone project module.

To become MTech ITL graduates, candidates will be required to pass the 11 course modules:

  • In no two consecutive semesters have a CAP of less than 2.5
  • In no three consecutive semesters have a CAP of less than 3.0

Achieve a minimum CAP of 3.0 after completing the entire programme.

The fees above are for the Academic Year 2016 / 2017.

Fees are correct at time of posting and are subjected to changes without prior notice. The University reserves the right to alter the fees at any time. Fees for subsequent years are under review.

What Do Miscellaneous Fees Cover?

Miscellaneous fees are typically levied on items that are either not covered or partially covered by tuition fee and grant/subsidy. All students, whether registered on a full-time or part-time basis, are charged the mandatory miscellaneous fees. These are due at the same time as the tuition fees. These fees help defray the costs of student activity, health services and insurance, campus shuttle service and other services.

Any queries about fees and payment, please contact us at issfinance@nus.edu.sg.

Loans and Subsidies

Students who require financing for their tuition fees may apply for the following:

  • ISS Student Assistance Loan Scheme
  • SkillsFuture Credit

Read up more on the above loans and subsidies

Applicants must possess the following pre-requisites:

  • Have an equivalent of a good NUS undergraduate honours degree preferably in IT, Science, Engineering or a related discipline
  • Have the following relevant work experience or equivalent:
    • A minimum of 5 years of work experience in IT management or business management
    • Experience working in major leading IT roles, such as software development, maintenance, system management etc.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in English*
  • Complete and upload two application essay questions given in the MTech Form
  • Achieve a favourable assessment at the Admission Interview conducted by NUS

 

*English Language Proficiency

Applicants who graduated from universities where English is not the medium of instruction should submit TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score as evidence of their proficiency in the English language.

  • TOEFL : Paper-based test (580)
                 : Computer-based test (237)                 
                 : Internet-based test (85)
  • IELTS   : Result of 6.0

Note: Institution code of NUS-ISS for TOEFL is 2432

TOEFL and IELTS are only valid for five years after the test and the validity should not expire before the beginning of the application period for the coursework programme.

How to Apply

All applicants are required to apply online for our graduate coursework programme. Please note that you will be redirected directly to NUS’ Online Application System.

Step 1: Please click here to read the instructions before you proceed to apply online.

Step 2: Proceed to NUS’ Online Application System to apply

Step 3: Payment of Application Fee

Application Fee (non-refundable) – S$20.00 (inclusive of prevailing GST)

Note: Please pay your application fee (S$20.00) online via the Graduate Admission (GDA2) System. Print out a copy of the payment receipt and attach it with your application as proof of payment. Alternatively, you can also make payment in cheque or bank draft (made payable to “National University of Singapore”) and attach the Application Fee Form.

You should write your name, application number, identity/passport number and telephone numbers (home & office) on the reverse side of the cheque/bank draft.

Any further queries about payment, please contact us at issfinance@nus.edu.sg

Step 4: Submission Checklist

After submitting your application via the online Graduate Admission (GDA2) System, the completed online application form should be printed out and submitted to the School together with the supporting documents listed below. All documents which are to be submitted should preferably be in A4 size. All documents which are not in English must be accompanied by an official certified English translation. Omission of required information and documents may render the application void.

Supporting documents

  1. Online Application form (printed from the system after the online submission), duly declared and signed
  2. A recent coloured passport-sized photograph to be attached in the box provided in the Online Application form.
  3. MTech Form
  4. A copy of the following documents :
    • Degree scroll
    • Detailed result transcript of academic records from each university, polytechnic or college attended
    • A copy of professional certificates (if applicable)
    • A copy of the TOEFL/ IELTS score report
    • A copy of citizenship certificate, identity card, passport or documentary proof of permanent residence status, where applicable
    • A copy of Employment Pass for international applicants working in Singapore
  5. Testimonials from the employer (where relevant)
  6. The Cheque/ Bank Draft & Application Fee Form OR Proof of Payment of Application Fee (e.g. E-Receipt)

You will be asked to produce the originals for verification during enrolment (if your application is successful).

Please send the application form along with the supporting documents or submit them personally to:

Master of Technology Course Administrator
Institute of Systems Science
National University of Singapore
25 Heng Mui Keng Terrace
(off Pasir Panjang Rd)
Singapore 119615

IMPORTANT NOTE:
Completed application forms must be submitted with the supporting documents and an application fee of S$20.00. Incomplete applications (e.g. those with insufficient documents or have not satisfactorily completed their requirements for the bachelor's degree by the stipulated deadline of submission) and applications received after the closing date, will not be processed.

If you need to make changes or updates to your application after the online submission, please email isspostgrad@nus.edu.sg to inform us of the changes.

Step 5: Checking your status of application

After the application deadline, all received applications will be processed, and the online application status in the Graduate Admission System will be updated to "physical application verified" within 14 days.

Results of your application will be made known to you through postal mail about 2 months after the application closing date. You can also check your application outcome results via the online admission system 2 months after the application closing date. If you do not hear from us two months after the deadline, please email isspostgrad@nus.edu.sg

Applicants who are unsuccessful in their application will need to submit a new application together with all the relevant supporting documents if they are interested to be considered for the programme again in the next intake.

Note:
Due to the large number of applicants seeking admission, we are sorry we will not be able to attend to enquiries on the status of applications or receipt of documents. If you are concerned about the delivery of your documents, you may wish to consider sending them via registered mail or courier.

Important: The University has not engaged any external agencies to undertake student recruitment on its behalf. Candidates interested in our graduate programmes are advised to apply directly to the University and not through any agents. Candidates who apply through agents will not have any added advantage in gaining admission and the University reserves the right to reject such applications without giving reasons.

Find your fit with new opened doors

As an MTech ITL graduate, you will be equipped to take on more complex and greater levels of responsibility in IT leadership roles, with the ability to integrate business and IT strategies and build agile, innovative and effective IT organisations.

Career Prospects

  • Chief Information Officer
  • IT Department Director
  • Strategic IT Planning Director
  • Market Intelligence Strategist
  • Program Director
  • Supply Chain Director
  • Customer Service Experience Management Head

Your Learning Journey

Relevant to current IT leaders who wish to build an academic foundation to effectively innovate, lead and execute IT and digital transformation.

Term 1

Digital Business Transformation

This unit focuses on Digital Business Transformation, intended to equip students with the knowledge, tools and thought leadership to set vision, innovate, strategise, plan, deploy and measure digitisation initiatives that create business value.

  • Strategic Alignment of Business and IT
  • IT Innovation Leadership
  • Measuring and Demonstrating Value from IT Investments
  • IT Governance and Risk Management
Term 2

The Practice of IT and Business

This unit focuses on The Practice of IT and Business, intended to help students acquire enterprise IT management, business and financial management knowledge, skills and practices so as to provide cost-efficient and effective IT services that meet enterprise objectives and generate business value.

  • Business and IT Financial Management
  • Process and Operational Excellence
Term 3

IT Leadership and People

This unit focuses on IT Leadership and People, intended to help students become IT leaders with strategic & systems thinking, people, communications and team-building skills; be a role model in leading and managing change; build and lead a high-performing IT organisation; and foster appropriate stakeholder relationships.

  • Fundamentals of IT Leadership Transformation
  • Leading Change for IT Leaders
  • IT Organisation Development and Talent Management
  • Stakeholder Relationship Management in the IT Eco-system
Term 4

IT Leadership Capstone Project

Put into practice knowledge, skills and techniques learnt in class to address real-world IT issues and problems for a local organisation.

  • Practical implementation and integration of curriculum disciplines

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