MS, Information Technology
The Master of Science (MS) degree program with an area of study in Information Technology (IT) is an applications-oriented degree program that prepares learners for leadership positions in the IT field. The 36-to-39-credit program* is offered completely online and is designed for working IT professionals interested in professional advancement and those preparing for transition into the field.
The program can be completed in less than two years on a part-time basis and without the need for students to sacrifice their professional and personal responsibilities. Online courses are delivered asynchronously, so students can access and complete their assignments on their own schedule and set their own pace.
Graduates will develop a broad, technical understanding of current and emerging technologies in the IT field, a high level knowledge of systems engineering concepts and a solid foundation in the technological basis of the Internet. Graduates will also acquire a deep understanding of the current and future effects of the convergence of computer systems and telecommunications system technology.
Information Technology Learning Outcomes
Graduates of this program will be able to:
- Demonstrate advanced level knowledge and technical skills of the principles and theories of information technology
- Analyze the societal implications of the technical, ethical and regulatory issues of information technology
- Compare and contrast major IT components
- Develop an effective strategic plan that includes marketing, product, project and personnel management for an IT business
- Demonstrate graduate level knowledge of computer networks and data communications and be able to apply networking concepts to their organizations
- Apply major types of distributed database management systems and their basic architectures and concepts
|Area of Study Requirements||Credits|
|MSI-502: Telecommunications and Networking||3|
|MSI-503: Object-Oriented Application Development||3|
|MSI-504: Information Systems Analysis, Modeling and Design||3|
|MSI-505: Principles of Database Design||3|
|MSI-506: Operating Systems||3|
*Students who are not working IT professionals will be required to take MSI-501 Foundation of Information Technology as part of the core requirements, bringing the total credits needed to earn the degree to 39. Students who are IT professionals at the time they are admitted into the program will not be required to take MSI-501, pending a review by the dean.
Contact Rory Butler, assistant dean of the School of Applied Science and Technology, to learn more.
Leverage Your Training
Have you earned a professional license or certification, or acquired college-level technical expertise on the job? If so, it may be worth college credit. The University also offers a variety of other ways to earn credit, including transferring previous college credits, all designed around the needs of adult learners, like you.