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Leverage Technology, Understand Strategy, and Transform Business — Online
Companies today face increasing pressure to maximize technology investments amidst digital disruption. Enterprise architecture and business transformation's (EABT) solution is to transform business vision and strategy into effective organizational change. The path from the current to desired future enterprise state is derived from strategic organizational/technological analysis. EABT improves organizational efficiency, effectiveness, and agility by delivering holistic business-aligned and digitally-focused systems.
Enterprise architecture continues to evolve from its roots in information technology management to a strategic discipline for the entire enterprise by preparing experienced IT and enterprise architecture professionals for leadership in transformative business strategies. Enterprise architecture is recognized today as a critical enabler of business transformation and has evolved into a bridge that links business strategy with tactical execution.
The EA approach produces several things of value to the organization:
- a clear understanding of the strategic requirements of the enterprise
- models of the future state, which illustrate what the enterprise should look like across all viewpoints in support of the business strategy
- a road map of the change initiatives required to reach that future state
- the requirements, principles, standards, and guidelines that will steer the implementation of change initiatives
Why Enterprise Architecture at Penn State
The successful EABT professional needs to integrate strategic, business, and technological planning methods with an ability to understand, analyze, justify, and communicate the solution to enterprise architecture problems.
Penn State's Master of Enterprise Architecture in Enterprise Architecture and Business Transformation (MEA in EABT) program, offered online through Penn State World Campus, bridges many disciplines needed for success. The EABT degree is not focused solely on the technocentric side of enterprise architecture; it is an interdisciplinary degree that covers business and engineering, information sciences, and project/portfolio management, offering you a broader, more comprehensive perspective.
Earning your Master's in EABT online while you continue to work full-time offers you the unique advantage of applying knowledge as you learn. As a student in the EABT program, you can apply course concepts in your job immediately. This practical application improves the learning experience and allows you to provide value to your organization each day.
Penn State's College of Information Sciences and Technology is a leader among an emerging group in higher education known as i-schools, or information schools. Your faculty members in this online program are the same faculty who teach our respected on-campus programs. They are a diverse group of thought leaders from numerous fields, including but not limited to business, information science, computer science, engineering, psychology, chemistry, and artificial intelligence.
Who Should Apply?
The Master's in EABT is a unique program designed for experienced professionals currently working in the IT field who are responsible for, or who will be responsible for, business strategy and vision. A successful applicant should have a minimum of 2 years of relevant work experience and a bachelor's degree in information technology, business, or engineering; bachelor's degrees from other disciplines may also be accepted, depending on professional experience. The courses are offered in a flexible, online delivery format to meet the needs of postgraduate students who are employed full-time and unable to re-locate to earn advanced academic credentials.
The program provides a comprehensive educational experience in the principles and practice of enterprise architecture (EA) and integrates both business and enterprise technical knowledge. The program includes courses in enterprise architecture foundations, business architecture, information technology architecture, enterprise security and risk architecture, organizational leadership, strategic management, and financial management. If you want to enhance your professional competencies, advance your career, and position yourself to take on greater roles, the Master's in EABT is an excellent choice for you.
The Master's in EABT program offers you a comprehensive education in the principles and practice of enterprise architecture by integrating strategic, business, and technology planning methods. You can acquire the ability to understand, analyze, justify, and communicate solutions throughout your course of study, and you can complete the 33-credit online master's degree program in as little as two years on a part-time basis.
The required course of study includes:
- enterprise architecture foundations
- enterprise architecture tools and practices
- enterprise modeling
- enterprise information technology architecture
- enterprise architecture leadership and decision making
- project and portfolio management
- understanding complex organizations
- cost and value management
- corporate, business, and project strategy
Electives courses are available in:
- business architecture
- project management
- security architecture
- supply chain
Up to 10 graduate credits may be transferred into the program from an accredited institution (as permitted by the Graduate School). At least 18 credits must be in courses at the 500 or 800 level, with at least 6 credits at the 500 level.
Please note that as per the Graduate School transfer credit policy, credits that have been applied toward the degree requirements for a previous degree, whether at Penn State or elsewhere, may not be applied to degree requirements for a graduate degree at Penn State.
Required Courses (24 credits)
Choose 2 courses from the following list:
Elective Courses (select 6 credits)
Select 6 credits only from the following categories:
Culminating Experience (select 3 credits)
If you're ready to see when your courses will be offered, visit our public LionPATH course search (opens in new window) to start planning ahead.
Costs and Financial Aid
Graduate tuition is calculated based on the number of credits for which you register. Tuition is due shortly after each semester begins and rates are assessed every semester of enrollment.
|How many credits do you plan to take per semester?||Cost|
|11 or fewer||$1,017 per credit|
|12 or more||$12,203 per semester|
|How many credits do you plan to take per semester?||Cost|
|11 or fewer||$1,027 per credit|
|12 or more||$12,325 per semester|
Financial Aid and Military Benefits
Some students may qualify for financial aid. Take the time to research financial aid, scholarships, and payment options as you prepare to apply. Military service members, veterans, and their spouses or dependents should explore these potential military education benefits and financial aid opportunities, as well.
How to Apply
Deadlines and Important Dates
Your degree application, including receipt of all materials, must be received by the deadlines below to be considered complete. You may apply several months in advance and indicate your planned semester start date in the application. We encourage you to apply early.
- Fall Deadline: Apply by July 1 to start August 26
- Spring Deadline: Apply by November 1, 2024, to start January 13, 2025
To help you manage the application process, our online application management system will provide you with complete details regarding the required elements of your application portfolio — and will even help you track your progress.
Admission to the MPS in Enterprise Architecture and Business Transformation program is competitive. A faculty-led admissions committee considers all submitted materials and makes admissions decisions based on the strength of the candidate's credentials. Limited spaces are available. If you have questions about the admissions process, contact our admissions counselors.
For admission to the Graduate School, an applicant must hold either (1) a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or (2) a tertiary (postsecondary) degree that is deemed comparable to a four-year bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution. This degree must be from an officially recognized degree-granting institution in the country in which it operates.
All applicants are expected to have earned a junior/senior grade point average of 3.0 or higher. A minimum of 2 years relevant work experience is recommended.
What You Need
Applications are submitted electronically and include a nonrefundable application fee. You will need to upload the following items as part of your application:
Official transcripts from each institution attended, regardless of the number of credits or semesters completed. Transcripts not in English must be accompanied by a certified translation. Penn State alumni do not need to request transcripts for credits earned at Penn State, but must list Penn State as part of your academic history. If you are admitted, you will be asked to send an additional official transcript. You will receive instructions at that time.
GPA and Test Scores — GRE test scores are not required and will not be accepted as part of your application. Successful applicants are expected to have an overall GPA of 3.00 (on a 4.00 scale) or higher for their undergraduate study (and/or graduate-level studies). However, accomplishments demonstrated through work experience and recommendation letters from an applicant's academic adviser or employer will also play an important role in the admission decision. A minimum of 2 years of relevant work experience, related security certifications, or completion of the introductory course pathway is recommended.
English Proficiency — The language of instruction at Penn State is English. With some exceptions, international applicants must take and submit scores for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Minimum test scores and exceptions are found in the English Proficiency section on the Graduate School's "Requirements for Graduate Admission" page. Visit the TOEFL website for testing information. Penn State's institutional code is 2660.
References (2) — You will need to initiate the process through the online application by entering names, email addresses, and mailing addresses of two professional contacts. Upon submission of your application, an email will be sent to each contact requesting they complete a brief online recommendation regarding your commitment for success in an online program. Please inform all recommenders that they must submit the form in order for your application to be complete.
Résumé — Upload your résumé to the online application.
Program-specific questions — Please submit your responses with your application.
Original Statement of Written Expression — Please include a brief sample illustrating your writing skills, organization and clarity, critical thinking, and consistent use of citations and references. This may be extracted from a previous academic paper (e.g., class essay, dissertation, thesis, journal article, capstone project, or research paper) or work-related report (e.g., white papers, policy briefs, news articles, and grant applications). If part of a group report, only include the part for which you were responsible and/or include a note explaining the document’s context and authorship. As a suggested length, limit your sample to less than ten pages, double-spaced. At the top of each page, please indicate "WRITING SAMPLE," along with your name, numbering each page.
Statement of Interest — Please include a written personal statement in your application to share information that you deem important to your candidacy. Be sure to include why you are a qualified applicant and how this degree will assist you in meeting your future career goals. You may wish to describe aspects of your background and interests — intellectual, personal, and/or professional — and how you will uniquely contribute to the IST community and/or the related professions. As a suggested length, limit your statement to one or two pages, double-spaced. At the top of each page, please indicate "STATEMENT OF INTEREST," along with your name, numbering each page.
Start Your Application
You can begin your online application at any time. Your progress within the online application system will be saved as you go, allowing you to return at any point as you gather additional information and required materials.
- Choose Enrollment Type: "Degree Admission"
- Choose "WORLD CAMPUS" as the campus
Checking Your Status
You can check the status of your application by using the same login information established for the online application form.
Review the technical requirements for this degree program.
Start or Advance Your Career
Start or Advance Your Career
One of the many advantages of enterprise architecture is its application to a host of positions and opportunities. You can use the knowledge gained from this program and the support of Penn State career resources to pursue careers in a variety of fields, depending on your goals.
Earn a Valuable Credential along the Way
Earn a Valuable Credential along the Way
Show mastery of specific subjects before your degree is complete. Thanks to shared courses across programs, students can often earn a certificate along with their degree in less time than if they earned them separately.
To learn more about the Master of Enterprise Architecture in Enterprise Architecture and Business Transformation, offered in partnership with the Penn State College of Information Sciences and Technology, please contact:
Graduate Programs Manager
College of Information Sciences and Technology
The Pennsylvania State University
E108 Westgate Building
University Park, PA 16802
For general questions about Penn State World Campus, please contact:
World Campus Admissions Counselors
DegreePh.D., Management, MIT Sloan
DegreeB.A., Harvard College
Forrest Briscoe is a professor of management and a Frank and Mary Jean Smeal Research Fellow in the Penn State Smeal College of Business. He teaches courses in strategic management, business ethics, social entrepreneurship, and organizational theory. His research examines strategic decision-making in relation to a variety of topics, including corporate stakeholders, workforce management, resource allocation, social responsibility, and data governance.
Brian H. Cameron
DegreePh.D., Learning and Performance Management Systems, Penn State
DegreeMBA, Penn State
DegreeB.S., Computer Science, Shippensburg University
Dr. Brian H. Cameron is the associate dean for Professional Graduate Programs and a clinical professor of information systems in the Penn State Smeal College of Business. Dr. Cameron is also the founding director of the Center for Enterprise Architecture in the Penn State College of Information Sciences and Technology and the founding president of the Federation of Enterprise Architecture Professional Organizations (FEAPO). He has worked with a wide portfolio of companies on a variety of consulting engagements, ranging from systems integration projects to enterprise and business architecture planning and design. Dr. Cameron has consulted with Accenture, AT&T Wireless, Avaya, Boeing, EMC Corp., Lockheed Martin, NSA, Oracle, Raytheon, U.S. Marine Corps, and many others. He has served on the boards and working committees of several international professional organizations and journals and is a special academic adviser to the Business Architecture Guild. Dr. Cameron’s current research focus is effective value measurement for enterprise and business architecture.
DegreeM.S., Business Technology, Marymount University
DegreeB.S., Industrial Management, Carnegie Mellon University
Mr. Neil Efrom is the acting co-department head for MITRE's Enterprise Transition Planning and Execution department. He has more than 25 years of experience in business process re-engineering and enterprise architecture projects for commercial companies and government organizations.
Edward J. Glantz
DegreePh.D., Information Sciences and Technology, Penn State
DegreeMBA, Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania
DegreeB.S., Mechanical Engineering, Penn State
DegreeB.A., General Arts and Science, Penn State
Dr. Edward J. Glantz, P.E., has been with the College of IST faculty since 2009. Prior to joining IST, Dr. Glantz served 10 years as a faculty member of Penn State's Smeal College of Business. His career spans more than 20 years of managing technology, research, and marketing in the manufacturing and telecommunication industries, including startup work.
DegreeM.S., Computer Science, Rochester Institute of Technology
DegreeB.S., Computer Science, Lenoir-Rhyne University
David Hollar is a principal enterprise architect for the MITRE Corporation’s Enterprise Strategy & Transformation Innovation Center, providing advice and guidance to senior executives within the federal government. He has more than 25 years of experience working with federal government and private industry on system development, enterprise architecture, and transition planning and execution. His areas of interest and expertise also include enterprise transformation, technology strategy, and risk analysis.
Carla D. Kendrick
DegreePh.D., Organization and Management, Capella University
DegreeM.A., Computer Resource Management, Webster University
DegreeB.A., Communications, University of Alabama
Dr. Carla D. Kendrick is an adjunct instructor with the Penn State College of Information Sciences and Technology. She is also a principal enterprise architect with The MITRE Corporation. Her career spans more than 37 years of providing advice and guidance for senior executives in establishing and using enterprise architecture (EA), systems engineering principles, management strategies, strategic planning, organization management, and program management.
DegreeM.S., Environmental Sciences, Johns Hopkins University
DegreeB.A., Mathematical Sciences, University of California, Santa Barbara
DegreeB.A., Mathematical Economics, University of California, Santa Barbara
Jerry Krawczyk is an enterprise technology leader at Penn State with more than 20 years of experience dedicated to higher education with a focus on enabling institutional transformation. Jerry is a recognized leader for holistically assessing institutional needs, organizational/financial constraints, and information technology solutions to deliver services supporting the university’s strategic priorities. Further, he is an engaged leader with a passion for team-building, staff development, and organizational transformation.
Jeffrey A. Krug
DegreeMLE, Institute for Management and Leadership in Education, Harvard University
DegreePh.D., Strategic Management, Indiana University Bloomington
DegreeM.S., International Business, Penn State
DegreeB.A., Economics, Penn State
Dr. Jeffrey A. Krug is the program director for the Master’s in Strategic Management and Executive Leadership program in the Penn State Smeal College of Business, where he teaches courses in strategic management. He also advises startup companies through the Penn State Startup Leadership Network and Happy Valley LaunchBox. His research focuses on corporate strategy, mergers and acquisitions (M&As), global strategy, and the effects of M&As on acquired top management teams.
DegreeMBA, Penn State
DegreeM. Finance, Penn State
DegreeB.S., Louisiana State University
Kyle Leibenguth is an instructor for the Penn State Smeal College of Business Online MBA and Professional Graduate Programs. Kyle is an industry professional in manufacturing, specifically project finance, project management, engineering, and operations. His focus areas include program management for a team of project engineers, capital budgeting, and project controls.
DegreePh.D., Information Sciences and Technology, Penn State
DegreeM.S., Information Sciences and Technology, Penn State
DegreeMLS, Library and Information Sciences, Pratt Institute School of Information
DegreeB.A., Library Science and Bibliography, Moscow State University of Culture and Arts
Dr. Anna Levy has been an instructor for the College of IST and World Campus since 2014. Prior to joining IST, Dr. Levy served 8 years as an adjunct faculty member of Queen College Graduate School of Library and Information Studies (CUNY). Her career spans more than 30 years of conducting library and academic research, including work as a reference librarian and a bibliographer. Dr. Levy’s primary research interests include e-government research at the municipal level, public administration, and town-gown relations, particularly focusing on the analysis of the impacts of social media and mobile technology on local governance in the information age.
DegreeMBA, Business (International Business, Health Care), Johns Hopkins University
Celeste Newcomb is an instructor of management and organization in the Penn State Smeal College of Business. Until 2021, she served as an affiliate faculty member in the College of Nursing and the College of Health and Human Development's Health Policy and Administration Department. She has more than 15 years of experience working in management and health care.