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Information Technology, M.S.

The Master of Science in Information Technology degree is a 30-credit program of graduate study for professional development. It is intended for:

  • Persons holding bachelor’s degrees in computer science or a related field who will enter the program at an advanced level; and
  • Persons holding bachelor’s degrees in a discipline other than computer or information science who are seeking preparation for careers in these fields.

The program is open to qualified applicants to the Graduate School. It is designed to enable students with varying entering levels of competency to meet their individual educational needs.

The program is intended for people who will be managing or integrating information technology in a variety of environments. The objective is to provide the concepts, framework and techniques needed to optimize the use of information technology resources within these environments.

This program meets the needs of working students who study on a part-time basis. It is also suitable for full-time study if the student satisfies the foundation requirements. An international student who must have full-time status and who enters the program without completion of the foundation courses may need to take additional courses that are not part of the program in order to maintain that status when beginning the program. In this case, we will assist the student to enroll in courses in other related areas, such as mathematics. These supplementary courses will not count towards the degree completion.

The amount of time required to complete the degree will vary, depending on how many courses are taken each semester. All program requirements must be completed within seven years.

For admission information, see Graduate Admission and Program Specific Application Requirements.

Prerequisite Courses 

The Master of Science in Information Technology requires completion of prerequisite courses designed to provide the appropriate background knowledge. Students with undergraduate degrees in computer science or a related field may apply for exemptions from some or all of these prerequisite courses. The prerequisite courses are:

  • IT 510 Computing Hardware and Software Systems (3 credits)
  • IT 512 Elements of Computer Programming (3 credits)

Information on exemption from the prerequisite courses may be obtained from the Department of Computer Science.

Core Requirements 

  • IT 514 Contemporary Issues in Information Technology (3 credits)
  • IT 515 Object Oriented Methods (3 credits)
  • IT 518 Systems Engineering and Integration (3 credits)
  • CSIT 530 Applied Database Concepts (3 credits)
  • IT 548 Telecommunications and Networking (3 credits)
  • CSIT 555 Information Systems Security (3 credits)


The remaining courses used to complete the student’s program are elective courses that are selected in consultation with the adviser. At least two courses must be selected from courses with an IT prefix. Other elective courses are selected freely from the department’s computer science and information technology offerings.

Program Options 

There are two options for the program. The first requires that the student complete 30 credits of graduate coursework beyond the prerequisite courses. The second requires that the student complete at least 24 credits of graduate coursework beyond the prerequisite courses, plus complete 6 credits of one of the following: thesis (CS 580) or fieldwork project (CS 585). Students must get permission from the department and their adviser before enrolling in any of these 6-credit options.