Master of Science in Information Technology
Description and Outcomes
If you have a bachelor's degree in information technology, computer science, information systems, management of information systems, or a similar field of study, the Master of Science in Information Technology could help you take the next step in your career.
The program provides you with the option of selecting a concentration, in addition to the core curriculum requirements. The concentrations include business intelligence and analytics, information security and assurance, and project management.
The Master of Science in Information Technology program consists of a minimum of 60 quarter credit hours. Upon successful completion of the program, you will be awarded a master of science degree.
- Information Technology Leadership: Lead teams and organizations in managing information systems and their business outcomes.
- Systems Analysis and Design: Develop efficient, effective, and secure systems solutions.
- Information System Security: Secure an organization’s digital assets and intellectual property.
- Project Management: Manage scope, schedule, and resources to deliver quality information systems projects.
- Ethical Practices: Evaluate information systems' legal, ethical, social, and global implications to ground decisions and optimize social outcomes.
- Decision Analysis: Create business intelligence for use in evidence-based decision making.
In addition to the discipline-specific outcomes, professional competencies are integrated throughout your academic program. You can review the professional competencies associated with your academic program in the graduate School of General Education section of this Catalog.
- You are required to take and pass IT513 Writing and Critical Thinking for the IT Professional or the IT 513X course assessment in your first term. To register for a course assessment, you must contact your Education Advisor at least 1 week prior to the start of the first term. Refer to the Registration section for additional information.
- If you do not possess a bachelor's degree in information technology or a comparable field of study, you must take IT503 Principles of Information Technology immediately following IT513 Writing and Critical Thinking for the IT Professional in place of an IT elective.
- You may apply to use transfer credit to replace or substitute for up to 50 percent of the program by submitting a waiver form to the Dean of the School of Business and Information Technology. A waiver will be granted conditionally, based upon an evaluation of common learning outcomes.
- You may enroll in no more than one course per term for your first three terms. After completing your third term, you may enroll in two courses per term if your cumulative GPA is 3.5 or higher. Exceptions to this policy require the approval of the Dean of the School of Business and Information Technology or a designee.
- If, for any reason, you are required to complete additional capstone hours during your program, you may complete them during the normal course of study or you may contact your Education Advisor to secure an extension. IT596 IT Graduate Capstone Extension Course is taken after IT599 Master's Capstone in Information Technology and is for the specific purpose of providing a means for capstone project or thesis completion. Approval of the Dean or the Department Chair is required for enrollment in IT596 IT Graduate Capstone Extension Course. If an extension is granted, the University will not charge tuition for the extension course; however, you will be required to pay the normal technology fee.
|Prerequisite Requirements 1|
|Principles of Information Technology|
|Total Prerequisite Requirements||0|
|IT504||Managing Information Technology in a Business Environment||4|
|IT510||System Analysis and Design||4|
|IT511||Information Systems Project Management||4|
|IT513||Writing and Critical Thinking for the IT Professional||4|
|IT525||Database Design and Data Modeling||4|
|IT526||SQL Query Design||4|
|IT540||Management of Information Security||4|
|IT590||Legal and Ethical Issues in IT||4|
|Select one of the following:||4|
|Master's-Level Information Technology Internship I|
and Master's-Level Information Technology Internship II
|Master's Capstone in Information Technology|
|Total Core Requirements||40|
|Open Elective Requirements|
|IT Electives (see below)||20|
|Total Open Elective Requirements||20|
Prerequisite only required for students who enter the Master of Science in Information Technology without a bachelor’s degree in information technology.
Concentration courses are completed within the open electives requirement of the degree plan.
Students in this program are not required to select a concentration area.
Business Intelligence and Analytics
|IT521||Decision Support Systems||4|
|IT522||Knowledge-Based Management Systems||4|
|IT523||Data Warehousing Design and Development||4|
|IT527||Foundations in Data Analytics||4|
|IT528||Quantitative Risk Analysis||4|
Information Security and Assurance
|IT541||Computer and Network Security||4|
|IT542||Ethical Hacking and Network Defense||4|
|IT550||Computer Forensics and Investigations||4|
|GM591||Strategic Project Selection and Initiation||4|
|GM592||Project Planning and the Project Plan||4|
|GM593||Project Execution With Monitoring and Control||4|
|GM594||Project Close-Out, Ethics, and Professional Responsibilities||4|