Seeing MSIT Lessons in Business Analysis and Strategy | Inside Our Program | Master of Science in Information Technology

When Ena Joshi (MSIT ’23) applied to Northwestern Engineering’s Master of Science in Information Technology (MSIT) program, she was enticed by two of the program’s hallmarks: its integration of information technology (IT) across industries, and the emphasis on bridging the gap between business and technology leaders. 

Today she is benefiting from those two areas of focus.

Ena JoshiJoshi is a business analyst and strategy associate at Fortress Investment Group, a role she earned after interning with the company since last summer.  

“What excites me about my work is the opportunity to tackle unique and challenging projects, collaborate with senior leadership, and contribute to transformative initiatives,” Joshi said.  

That work includes projects related to using digital tools and technologies to create something new. Through that initiative, Joshi has worked on Fortress’s enterprise-wide artificial intelligence implementation.  

She also collaborates with business teams to understand certain requirements and works with the company’s technical team for software development. 

“The dynamic nature of my role allows me to engage with various aspects of technology and strategy, providing continuous learning and growth,” she said. “Being cross-functional and able to interact with roles at all levels adds to the excitement.” 

Joshi said her MSIT coursework — notably classes such as the capstone, product management for digital transformation, and cybersecurity leadership — helped prepare her for her internship.  

“The MSIT program aligned perfectly with my career aspirations, placing me at the intersection of technology and business,” she said. “It not only met but exceeded my expectations, offering a comprehensive approach that resonated with my professional goals.”  

Since joining Fortress Investment Group, Joshi has seen lessons learned in MSIT come to life, from the importance of confidence and effective communication to the need to translate complex user needs into actionable tasks.  

While she’s excited for the work she’s doing today, she also has her eyes set on long-term goals. 

“My aspiration extends to guiding IT teams and spearheading projects that introduce innovative solutions with overarching business strategies,” she said. “The ultimate objective is to respond dynamically to the evolving demands of the marketplace, effectively bridging the intricate gap between technological advancements and the operational landscape of business.”  

Joshi knows that dream could not become a reality without MSIT. Because of that, she strongly recommends the program to those looking to accelerate their career path toward industry leadership. 

Her advice to incoming students is to take a variety of courses that push them in their technical and business knowledge. She also recommends students pursue an internship in line with their career aspirations.  

That being said, don’t forget that the MSIT experience is about more than what happens in the classroom.

“Remember to enjoy your graduate life,” she said. “College life is not just about academic pursuits. It’s an enjoyable period where you get to meet people from different corners of the world. Embrace this unique chapter in your life for both professional and personal growth.”