The Masters’ degree in Information Systems Technology (MSc.IST) at USIU aspires to be a world class, and industry-focused graduate program that is targeted at offering a flexible learning environment to IT employees already in the workplace and students aspiring to advance their studies. The degree program places business and technology at the heart of its curriculum and ethos. We look to produce a new breed of IT graduates, who are both highly innovative, have strong leadership skills, and therefore capable of leading the desired transformation in business and society.
We believe that by understanding how current and emerging technologies can best be applied to make their organizations more profitable, productive, and competitive, USIU’s MSc.IST graduates are well-positioned to face the challenges of technology in the 21st century. It is for this reason that our approach is fundamentally post-disciplinary; seeking a digital fusion of ideas from experienced PhD faculty and students from strong IT related disciplines. Furthermore, we closely align with the needs and goals of business and industry to ensure the relevance of our program and to encourage technology exchange and early adoption of emerging technologies, processes and ideas. We also seek innovative strategies to engage with end-user organizations, particularly the corporates, Small and Medium sized Enterprises (SMEs) and micro-businesses.
The MSc.IST program offers students an opportunity to earn their degree using state-of-the-art technological resources. Amongst these are a software lab, hardware lab and five teaching labs with over 200 PCs, 5 servers 3 routers, 10 Switches, 2 Autonomous Wireless Access Points, and WLAN Controllers for stand-alone and controller-based WI-FI technologies. These facilities also boast a 20 PC Workstation lab which supports all Linux, Certified Ethical Hacker and Microsoft Academy courses, including MCSE, LPI and CEH certifications. All classes in this program are offered in a laboratory environment and all material delivered by faculty is supported by an online learning platform.
Students are involved in information technology club activities which amongst other things expose students to IT solutions as used in the business environment. The club also invites alumni and distinguished speakers from industry to deliver guest lectures on topical issues affecting the IT industry. Academic faculty alongside the Centre of Information research and informatics (CIRI) provide students with support and mentorship towards software development both within and outside the university.
The school recognizes the importance of supporting the students towards gaining a competitive edge in fast changing IT job market. It has therefore integrated certifications into the IST curriculum by offering certification courses in Linux, Certified Ethical hacker and Microsoft. Besides, USIU prides in being a Microsoft academy and a Linux partner.
This is a two year program that focuses on contemporary IT solutions that help business create a competitive advantage in the market place. The Information Systems Technology degree program aims at educating students in all program levels in order to provide them with the knowledge, interest, and ethics to become productive members of the information systems profession. Flexibility is core to the delivery of the program hence students are scheduled to attend three evening classes per week during which they undertake three courses per semester.
On this program you'll acquire the theoretical and practical expertise you need to produce better functioning, scalable IT systems in a wide variety of commercial and other contexts. The cloud based online learning platform at USIU augments the entirely laboratory based delivery of the curriculum.
The program offers an innovative curriculum that employs a real-world problem-solving approach and an outstanding faculty dedicated to teaching and bringing the corporate perspective into the classroom. Featuring an executive format, the program allows working professionals from a wide range of industries and functional areas of expertise to remain on the job while completing their degree.
Associate professor of information Systems and technology
Jimmy is a holder of Doctor of Philosophy in Information Systems, from North-West University, South Africa, (2011)., a Postgraduate Certificate of Academic Practice (UK), 2008, Masters of Computer Science degree, form University of Adelaide, Australia, (1994); a Postgraduate Diploma in Computer Science, from University of Nairobi, Kenya, (1991), (Distinction), a Masters of Science degree (Applied Maths), from Kenyatta University, Kenya, (1989), and a Bachelor of Education (Science, Double Maths) from Kenyatta University, Kenya, (1987) (First class honours).
Jimmy is an Associate Professor in Information Systems and Technology, and Dean, School of Science and Technology, United States International University. He has over 22 years of university teaching, research, consultancy, and private practice. Jimmy’s publication portfolio include Ten refereed journal articles, Twelve papers presented and published in international conferences proceedings, Seven published teaching case studies, four computer text books for high school, five university courses laboratory manuals, and Twenty Three completed masters projects supervision. Due to his expertise in the area of business case writing, Jimmy was awarded the second position case writing competition winner in the Association of African Business Schools (AABS) Case writing competition in 2007. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (UK), and Member of Association of Computing Machinery (ACM). Currently Chair, Board of Directors at Kenya Information Network Centre (KeNIC). He has accumulated extensive experience in Information Communications Technology (ICTs). He has wide knowledge and experience in Systems analysis, design, selection, implementation, testing and evaluation and training. Due to his expertise he was a member of the National ICTs policy formulation team where he was the chairperson of the Information Technology (IT) working group. Committed to the field of research and development with the aim of improving standards of information systems and technology adoption, diffusion, use, and practice through leveraging ICT in business organizations and other enterprises. His research focus is ICT for development, Information Security, eLearning, mobile learning, eHealth and mobile computing.
Associate professor of information systems and technology
Dr. Silvester A. Namuye is a Computer Scientist and is currently an Associate Professor of Information Systems at the United States International University – Nairobi Campus (USIU). He has vast experience in computing applications, having worked in private industry and in academic institutions. Dr. Namuye holds a Ph.D. in Distributed Multimedia Computing from Lancaster University (UK) and has more than 20 years in the field of teaching Computer Science and applications at University level having taught at Egerton University, Kenyatta University, Kigali Institute of Education, and now at USIU. He has conducted high profile workshops in computer applications for senior administration and academic staff which included Data Analysis, Microcomputer based systems development, use of computers in Research, Budgeting and Project Planning, Agricultural Project Planning and Appraisal, and Banking Systems. Between 1990 and 1998, Dr. Namuye was heavily involved Kenya University Investment Project of the World Bank whose activities included preparation of the specifications for procurement of Computer Equipment, and preparation of the tender document to acquire the same. During the years 2001-2003, Dr. Namuye was contracted by the Government of Rwanda to establish the Department of Computer Science/Services in Kigali Institute of Education (KIE). He also undertook a project to setup ICT infrastructure country wide in support of Distance Learning Programme for Kigali Institute of Education. He was a member of various ICT committees for Rwanda. He has published various in computer science. His current research interests are in Information Technology especially Distributed Database Management Systems for online and distance learning.
Dr. Namuye was the Coordinator of IT and Mathematics courses at USIU and also sits on the number of University governance committees among them:1) Faculty Council for Academic Affairs and Research; 2) Institutional Program Development; 3) Centre for Innovation, Research and Informatics.
Dr. Namuye is an external examiner for IT/ICT/Computer Science programs for Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT), Kigali Institute of Science and Technology; University of Nairobi; and Kabark University, Kabianga University, and Moi University. He also reviews Curricula for IT/ICT/Computer Science Program for the Commission for University Education (CUE) before they are formally started in a number of private Universities. He has participated in a number of Inter University Council for East Africa (IUCEA) Work and Workshops among them the Library Committee, the ICT Committee, and the Quality Assurance committee.
Associate professor of Information Science & Technology
Dr. Paul Okanda graduated with a PhD in Computer Science from Lancaster University’s School of Computing and Communications in 2006. He then worked as a Researcher on a number of European Union (EU) funded research projects involving a number of Universities and industrial players all over Europe. He was a member of Lancaster University’s School of Computing and Communications Next Generation Middleware Group for over six years after which he joined InfoLab21’s Knowledge Business Centre (KBC) as Head of the InfoLab21 Student Academy (ISA - http://www.infolab21.org.uk/people/student_academy/). He led ISA’s core activity which involved Technology Transfer and Knowledge Exchange initiatives between Lancaster University’s InfoLab21 and industry.
Paul has done consultancy and supervised the delivery of projects by PhD, MSc and UG students to over 150 businesses over the years. He has also provided academic supervision to a number of PhD students pursuing Lancaster University’s flagship HighWire PhD program (www.highwire.lancs.ac.uk) in the Doctoral Training Centre (DTC).
Paul is a Program Committee member of the African Conference on Software Engineering and Applied Computing. He has published a number of journals and peer reviewed papers presented at International Conferences and is a principal author of the book Open PING: A Principled Approach to Construction of flexible Distributed Virtual Environments using Structural Reflection. He is currently an Associate Professor of Information Science & Technology and teaches various courses in the BSc. Applied Computer Technology and the Master of Science in Information Systems Technology (MIST) programs. His research interests include Distributed Systems, Middleware, Sensor Networks, Disruptive Technologies and Open source Technologies.
Assistant professor, Information Technology
Dr. Patrick Kanyi Wamuyu received his PhD (Information Systems and Technology) from University of KwaZulu-Natal. Subsequently he did his post-doctoral work at the Indian Institute of Information Technology, Allahabad. Currently he is an assistant professor of Information Technology at USIU where he teaches Computing and Informatics courses. His fields of academic research and consultancy include Mobile and Ubiquitous Computing (Mobile Communication Networks, Mobile and Sensor Databases, Wireless E-business Systems and Infrastructure and Wireless Sensor Networks) and ICTs in Development (MSEs and ICTs, ICT Innovations and Entrepreneurship, and ICTs in Agriculture). He has vast experience in Information Systems & Technology Training, research and consulting. His experience includes Design & delivery of Information Systems and Research & writing on Mobile Communications, Wireless Sensor Networks and ICTs for Development. He has worked extensively with technologies applied to mobile communication and computing technologies, Database Management Systems, Wireless Sensor Networks, and eBusiness technologies. He has a sustained record of research in Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs), as evidenced by his attendance and presentation at national and international conferences as well as publications in accredited journals. He is a member of the African Society for Information & Communication Technology, International Development Informatics Association as well as the NextEd Global Initiative.
- Applicants must be holders of the following qualifications from accredited universities:
- BSc degree in Information Systems and Technology (IST), or related field such as Computer Science/Computer Technology, Mathematics and Computer Science, Electronic Engineering with a GPA of 3.0 or its equivalent, or
- BSc degree in Engineering, Statistics, or Physics, with a postgraduate Diploma in Computer Science with a credit pass.
- Holders of a BSc in engineering, Statistics and Physics or business with a GPA of 3.0 or its equivalent from an accredited university, but have no background in Information Technology or Computing may be considered. However, they will be required to take survey courses.
The university offers Campus based work opportunities through initiatives like the work study program which will partly finance your program apart from giving students the skills and experience required later in life while in the workplace. For more details, see the Financial aid section.
Students joining the program will take up a total of 54 units over a two year period. 39 of these will be core while 15 will be taken as concentration units. Upon completion of the degree program students will be expected to specialize in one of the following areas:
Business Information Systems - students who take up business information systems specialization can expect to take up job titles such as IT Systems Researcher, IT Entrepreneur, IT Security Specialist/Director/Consultant, Information Systems Manager, Computer Manager, ICT Consultant, lecturer amongst others.
Software Development - students who take up software development specialization can expect to take up job titles such as IT Systems Researcher, IT Entrepreneur, ICT Project Director, ICT Manager, Information Systems Manager, Mobile Application consultant, ICT Consultant, lecturer, or web services consultant amongst others.
Telecommunications & Mobile Computing – students who take telecommunications and Mobile computing specialization can expect to take up job titles such as telecommunications systems consultant, mobile applications consultant, IT systems researcher, IT infrastructure manager, IT entrepreneur, ICT project director, ICT manager, ICT director, information systems manager, ICT consultant or lecturer amongst others.
Internet Security & Cybercrime - students who take up telecommunications and Mobile computing specialization can expect to take up job titles such as IT Security Specialist/Director/Consultant, IT Systems Researcher, IT Entrepreneur, ICT Project Director, or lecturer amongst others.
Students get a chance to be attached to industry through internships where they spend a semester under the mentorship of a supervisor in industry and receive support from a member of faculty. Students get exposed to real-world work environments in a variety of industries and some internships convert into job opportunities.