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The Master of Science in Information Technology (MSIT) program combines graduate education in computer science and business management.  The program is designed to provide graduate students with advanced education in the management and business applications of information technology. In addition to a set of core courses in business processes and information technology, students may select from a wide variety of elective courses to specialize their degree. 

Requirements for Admission

Applicants must have earned a Baccalaureate degree from an accredited university. Students apply through the Graduate School by submitting an application and the following supporting materials: 

  • Official transcripts of all previous academic work
  • Official scores on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE)
  • Official scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), if required
  • Personal Statement of Purpose
  • Minimum of two letters of recommendation
  • A CV/resume with evidence of other relevant experience

Depending on the qualifications for study, students may need to complete leveling coursework at the undergraduate level. These courses are not applied towards the degree. Applicants must be able to demonstrate knowledge of programming in a high-level language such as Java or C++, including knowledge of data structures and algorithms. This can be demonstrated by completing CS 2302 Data Structures with a B or better, or by completing equivalent coursework of certifications as approved by the program committee. Additional leveling courses may be required as prerequisites for specific graduate courses, or on a case-by-case basis depending on the qualifications of the student.

Degree Requirements

All students must complete a total of 30 semester credit hours of coursework. All courses must be at the 5000-level or above. No more than six (6) total credit hours of Master's Thesis, Graduate Projects, Graduate Research, or Independent Study courses may be counted towards the degree.

Required Courses

All students must successfully complete the following six (6) courses:

ACCT 5301Financial Accounting3
CS 5317Human-Computer Interaction3
CS 5322Topics in Adv Database Systems *3
CS 5339Secured Web-Based Systems3
CS 5352Computer Security3
MGMT 5336Effective Mgmt of Human Resour3
Total Hours18

 Elective Courses

Students must also select four (4) elective courses at the 5000-level or above to complete their requirements. These courses may be offered as part of the MBA program or by the Computer Science department. Elective course selections must be approved by the MSIT program advisor.

Cybersecurity Certificate

The department also offers a certificate in cybersecutiry that can be obtained in combination with the MS degree if the student selects the necessary courses as electives. See the description of the certificate program for the detailed requirements.

*

If the student has not had an undergraduate course in database management, he or she may take CS 4342 Data Base Management as part of the six credits of undergraduate coursework permitted toward a graduate degree.

Degree Plan

Required Credits: 30

MS in Information Technology (All courses require a grade of C or better)
Required courses:
ACCT 5301Financial Accounting3
CS 5317Human-Computer Interaction3
CS 5322Topics in Adv Database Systems3
CS 5339Secured Web-Based Systems3
CS 5352Computer Security3
MGMT 5336Effective Mgmt of Human Resour3
Electives:
Students must complete four elective courses at the 5000-level. Courses must be offered as part of the MBA program or by the CS department. Elective courses must be approved by the MIST program advisor.12
Total Hours30