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Kent State University's First Enterprise Architecture Course is Open for Enrollment!

Posted Aug. 16, 2011

We are offering our first enterprise architecture course this fall, which is a graduate-level introduction to the topic:

DSCI 61010 Enterprise Architecture (3)
Facilitates the alignment of IT and IS investment decisions with business goals. Enterprise architecture is increasingly used in industry as a result of the continued emergence of new technologies and ongoing pressures to re-engineer business processes to achieve improved efficiency and greater customer focus. Enterprise architecture identifies the main components of an organization and the ways in which these components work together. The components include performance and strategy, people, business capabilities, applications, technology, knowledge and information, as well as financial and other resources. Prerequisite: graduate standing.

Kent State's fall semester starts on 29 August and runs through 9 December. The EA course is scheduled for Tuesday nights from 6:35-9:20pm Eastern Time, which includes a 15 minute break.

The course will be delivered online, synchronously using the Blackboard Learn environment. The instructor can stream live video and audio to the students, and lead a fully interactive online lecture with questions and classroom discussion. Class materials will be posted in this environment, and student submissions will be received through it as well.

Enterprise Architecture is one of five concentrations in the new Master of Digital Sciences degree offered by Kent State University. This degree is intended for working professionals or new graduates who have a degree in a related area, and who want to round out their technical knowledge with topics outside of their degree area. For example, a computer science student might benefit from learning about management information systems, or a business student might benefit from learning more about software development. Many of these students might also benefit from learning about enterprise architecture, and that's one of our concentrations as well.

There are three parts to the degree requirements. First, students pick three courses from a list of five courses (including an introduction to enterprise architecture) to add some breadth, and in most cases that will be their first exposure to this outside area. Second, the students choose a concentration (such as enterprise architecture) and take an additional three courses in that area. Finally, they take another 4-5 courses to round out the degree.

This degree is offered by our new School of Digital Sciences, which is an interdisciplinary school at the college level (i.e, not part of Arts and Sciences or Business). The School's main web page is:

The Masters degree is described here: (degree goals) (degree requirements)

We also have an overview of the enterprise architecture concentration here:

We are in the process of setting up the admission process for students who want to be admitted to the graduate program, but for now anyone wanting to take the course can register as a Guest Admission student. Students with Guest Admission status can take up to 6 credits of graduate courses, which can then be transferred to the Digital Sciences graduate program after the admission process is in place.

To apply for Guest Admission status, you must first Submit an Application.Go to Kent State's admission page ( and click on "Submit an Application". You'll be a First Time User, so you have to start a "New Application" by clicking that link. Then apply for admission as a "Graduate Student", but since the School of Digital Sciences isn't in the list of Academic Units yet, choose "Arts and Sciences" (even though the School of Digital Sciences is not part of that College). For Degree Type, choose "Guest".

After specifying the degree type, you will be asked to input your email address, application term, name, address, etc. The email address is required for the online application system, and it becomes your Login ID for future use if you want to check on the status of your application.

Once you get admitted for Guest Admission status, you can register for up to six credits. You should receive a FlashLine login and password, and on "Student Tools & Courses" tab in FlashLine, the "FlashFAST" section on the left contains links to look up and register for classes, see your course schedule, etc. For example, if you'd like to register for our graduate Enterprise Architecture class, that class is DSCI 61010 Enterprise Architecture, section 001, CRN (course number) = 31057.