The University of Tampa is a medium-sized private university, which offers more than 200 academic programs taught by a faculty as passionate about students’ success as they are about their areas of expertise. Championship sports, student activities, community service, honors, leadership and study abroad programs complete an extraordinary academic experience that prepares students for anywhere a world-class education can take you.
From the gleaming minarets of Plant Hall – Tampa’s signature National Historic Landmark – to the $460 million in new facilities and technology, The University of Tampa’s globally connected campus is the beating heart of a vibrant urban oasis. A distinguished faculty and approximately 8,000 students from all 50 states and 140 countries are joined in a university ranked among the best of the best by U.S. News World Report, Forbes and The Princeton Review.
In the heart of one of Florida’s most vibrant business communities, The University of Tampa’s Sykes College of Business offers a world-class education with an international reputation for success.
At the Sykes College of Business, we are proud of the features that distinguish us among the world’s top business programs:
- Highest Accreditation
- Innovative Curriculum
- Outstanding Faculty
- Experiential Learning
- High-tech Facilities
The Sykes College of Business is where tomorrow’s business leaders – from just around the corner to the far reaches of the globe – come to learn, develop and network. Highly qualified students of diverse ages and backgrounds receive advanced training in an array of disciplines from faculty members with a pulse on the business community.
Information Technology plays a key role in today's global competitive business environment. Businesses rely on technology to streamline processes, generate efficiency, and fuel innovation. A degree in Business Information Technology provides students with a diverse set of business and technology skills that are necessary to succeed in the 21st century global business environment. Students develop an understanding of how emerging technologies can be exploited to improve business efficiency and provide new business opportunities that can benefit the performance of a company and achieve its business goals. The program aims at providing students with a diverse set of business and technology skills from the user side other than from the designer or the developer side.
Students focus on studying web and mobile technologies and their application for businesses, create and manage databases based on business requirements, and utilize several technology solutions that support business strategies and objectives. The program also features an experiential learning approach, where students use contemporary software though the University’s membership in several academic alliances such as SAP, the world leader in enterprise systems, and Microsoft Corporation, and participate in real-world projects analyzing the technology needs for businesses to improve performance. Students have the option to earn additional certifications from SAP and other corporations.
The University of Tampa's Cybersecurity degree is a relevant, challenging program where students learn to protect the confidentiality, availability, and integrity of information and information systems that support modern organizations. Students acquire a comprehensive education that focuses on both the fundamentals of information systems as well as advanced topics in areas such as network security, cryptography, risk management, security governance, business continuity, security architecture, physical security and critical infrastructures. A key feature of the UT Cybersecurity program is that it prepares students to take and pass the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) exam. The program also gives students extensive hands-on experience using industry standard tools in a modern cybersecurity lab. Demand for certified security professionals is expected to rise as global commerce and modern society becomes increasingly dependent on information systems and related technologies. The UT Cybersecurity degree develops students to be leaders in the growing cybersecurity field and employed by prominent organizations worldwide.
Financial enterprise systems (FES) is a challenging program involving the application of enterprise system concepts to analyze the business process needs of organizations, with emphasis on the finance industry. Today, the cross-functional nature of business processes requires a holistic view of the modern organization. The integration of finance, accounting and other important business functions is analyzed in this major. Demand for professionals knowledgeable in enterprise information systems, business technology and finance is expected to rise given the evolving nature of leading organizations worldwide. Students majoring in FES receive a comprehensive education in integrative business processes, finance, information systems and technology. Several specialized courses tailored to the 21st century organization distinguish this major from others. FES students are educated in financial management, markets and institutions, global finance, financial service operations, business continuity, information security, risk management, data mining, business intelligence and analytics. Students also gain expertise in financial and accounting business processes and technical knowledge of enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems. FES graduates gain strong analytical, technical and managerial skills spanning business functional areas. Moreover, FES graduates obtain significant experience in oral and written communication.
Our graduates have a combination of strong technical and business skills, including oral and written communication, bridging the gap that often exists between business users of computer systems and technically-trained specialists. This combination of skills prepares our graduates to be leaders of the next generation of MIS professionals. Students majoring in MIS receive a comprehensive education in design, analysis, development and management of computer-based information systems. They also are educated in the fields of management, marketing, economics, accounting and finance. Students learn to apply the managerial and analytical skills required for success in 21st century organizations. An MIS minor is an excellent complement to many majors offered across the University. Features of our innovative program include interactive lectures, individual and team assignments, and experiential learning to help students build successful careers. Alliances with the SAP and Microsoft corporations provide students access to a wide array of contemporary software tools and systems. Partnerships with information systems professional associations provide many opportunities for student interaction with the business community. Guest lecturers from business and government are regularly featured, and internships with well-known corporations are available to qualified students.
In a world dependent on technology, computer systems professionals play a key role in meeting strategic goals. The information systems management concentration deals with managing information as a strategic corporate asset and resource. Students learn the technical knowledge and tools needed to integrate people, hardware, software and data for optimal planning, decision making and problem solving. The curriculum is designed to empower leaders with an understanding of how information systems can be used to achieve a corporation's mission and vision.
MBA students who choose this concentration position themselves at the cutting edge of technology. They gain the tools to manage information systems operation, including revolutionary training in SAP software.
The University of Tampa's Master of Science in Cybersecurity prepares students for careers in the dynamic and growing cybersecurity industry. Rapid technology changes and the evolving threats that face modern organizations require educated and equipped cybersecurity professionals. With small class sizes and a cutting-edge cybersecurity lab, this specialized graduate program emphasizes hands-on learning using real-world tools and virtual environments.
The curriculum covers critical topics in cybersecurity and gives students the option of taking valuable courses in project management, business analytics, enterprise systems and SAP certification. The program is also ideal for those wishing to advance in the fields of law enforcement, criminology, criminal justice, forensics, law and government.
This course discusses the need of the organization to understand business challenges and utilize emerging technologies in order to contribute to the decision making process. Students learn how to deliver value and manage business capabilities through incorporating IT solutions. An emphasis is placed on discussing the role of a "hybrid business manager", implementing appropriate business driven technologies, and managing IT organizational projects. This course includes concepts and issues critical in the globalization of business operations and information technology.
This course provides the foundation for understanding the design and implementation of web and mobile technologies with a specific emphasis on their application for businesses. The course focuses on the design, creation, setup, and administration of web-based content management systems such as Wordpress, Drupal, and Joomla. Students also study the fundamentals of HTML 5 and CSS using contemporary tools such as Dreamweaver and Aptana. Students will also learn basic mobile app design through the use of current user-centric app creation programs such as App Inventor.
This course introduces students to the database concepts with emphasis on the relational database model and structured query language (SQL) to extract information from the database. The course also introduces data management topics relevant to a business professional such as data analytics, web database development, database security, and emerging approaches in database management. Upon completion, students should be able to analyze business requirement and recommend, implement, and administer a database using a contemporary database management software.
This course introduces several technology solutions to support business strategies and objectives that enable businesses to succeed in a competitive global business environment. An emphasis is placed on the discussion of cloud and technology solutions to support business decision making processes, supply chain systems, customer relationship management, monitoring and evaluation systems, and integration of an organization through enterprise resource planning.
Studies fundamental concepts of data and information management with primary focus on database systems, including identifying organizational requirements, conceptual data modeling, logical and physical database design, SQL and database administration tasks. Other topics include business intelligence technologies, data quality management and emerging trends. This course requires completion of an application prototype on a currently popular DBMS.
Chair/Professor, Information and Technology Management. Alhourani also serves as the SAP coordinator at The University of Tampa. He is also a SAP Certified Business Associate with SAP ERP 6.0. Alhourani is also certified to administer the HEC Montreal ERP Simulation Game using SAP enterprise software. Farouq Alhourani specializes in operations management, service operations management, supply chain management and total quality management. His research interests lie in group technology for cellular manufacturing, lean production, manufacturing systems, quality control and total quality management. Alhourani has published articles in the International Journal of Production Research , Decision Sciences Journal and Journal of Manufacturing Systems . He also published articles for teaching innovation in service operations management and lean production in the Journal of Information Systems and Operations Management Education . Alhourani is also the author of a forthcoming textbook in operations management.