Masters of Science in Information Technology (2017)
Program Admission Deadlines:
Fall Semester: February 15
Spring Semester: October 15
Summer Semester: No admit
Fall Semester: February 15
Spring Semester: September 15
Summer Semester: No admit
Minimum Total Hours: 30 (non-thesis)
Program Level: Masters
CIP Code: 11.0103
Dept Code: EIT
Program (Major/College): ITC / EN
Approved: Spring 2014
Department: Computer Science and Engineering
Contact Information: www.grad.usf.edu
The Department of Computer Science and Engineering offers a non‐thesis option for the degree of Master of Science in Information Technology (M.S.I.T). The MSIT graduate will demonstrate strong information technology skills as well as problem solving skills needed for the deployment of technology solutions to achieve business and organizational goals. The degree is available in an hybrid mode (online and face to face), and provides students with a broad and integrative understanding of both technology and operational and strategic business and organizational applications. There is considerable freedom in the choice of the courses.
The breadth of subjects which are part of information technology together with the immense diversity of its applications, make it imperative that students in the Master's program maintain close contact with the Graduate Program Director, in order to achieve a coherent plan of study directed towards a specific goal. In particular, election of courses should only be made with prior consultation and approval of the Major Professor or the Graduate Program Director.
Accreditation: Accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of College and
Must meet University requirements (see Graduate Admissions) as well as requirements listed below.
Program Admission Requirements
- The GRE is required for all MSIT applicants. For GRE tests taken after August 1, 2011,
we require a minimum of 161 on the Quantitative portion (81 percentile) and a minimum
of 150 (44 percentile) on the Verbal. The GRE will be waived for M.S. degree applicants
with an undergraduate degree from an ABET-accredited United States university or for
those applicants who show a minimum of 3 years of relevant and recent full-time professional
experience in the U.S.
- Minimum grade point average (GPA) of "B" (or equivalent) for all coursework completed
during the last two years of undergraduate program.
- Submission of TOEFL scores with an Internet-based score of 79 or higher for applicants
from non-English speaking countries. If consideration of an assistantship is desired,
the speaking score component of the TOEFL must be 26 or above. The TOEFL requirements
for admission may be waived if the applicant meets one of the following conditions:
- Has scored 500 or higher on the GRE Verbal Test, (Old Scores) or 153 with the New GRE scoring.
- Has earned a college degree at a U.S. institution of higher learning.
- Has earned a college degree from an institution whose language of instruction is English, (must be noted on the transcript).
- Has scored 6.5 on International English Language Testing System, (IELTS).
- Three letters of recommendation.
- Statement of purpose.
- Bachelor' Degree in Information Technology, Computer Science, or a closely related
field; or a bachelor's degree in another field, plus satisfactory completion of the
courses listed below under "Undergraduate Prerequisites."
- Evidence of completion of a defined subset of the required core courses found in the University of South Florida's Bachelor of Science in Information Technology degree program or their equivalent (see "Undergraduate Prerequisites" below).
To be successful in this program, an applicant should have certain base knowledge in the discipline demonstrated from undergraduate-level pre-requisite courses including:
- COP2513 Object-Oriented Programming for Information Technology
- COP2512 Programming Fundamentals for Information Technology
- COP 3515 Programming Design for Information Technology
- CEN 4031 Software Engineering Concepts for Information Technology
- COP 4703 Database Systems for Information Technology
- EEL 4935 Selected Topics: IT Data Structures & Algorithms for Information Technology
The student should have taken these courses or their equivalent prior to beginning graduate coursework. All prerequisite courses are available online.
Professional experience in information technology is typically focused on specific projects or systems, and is not as broad as the treatment of a topic one receives in a course. Therefore, except in unusual circumstances, professional experience cannot substitute for any of the above prerequisite courses.
DEGREE PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS
Total Minimum Hours: 30 hours
Core Requirements – 9 hours
CIS 6930 3 Selected Topics: Ethical Hacking for IT
ISM 6218 3 Advanced Database Administration
CEN 6084 3 Advances in Object Oriented Programming for Information Technology
Elective Courses – 21 hours
Select six of the following courses, or other graduate course as approved by the Graduate Program Director:
CIS 6930 3 Selected Topics: Human Computer Interaction
CTS 6716 3 Network Programming for Information Technology
CIS 6930 3 Selected Topics: Cloud Computing for Information Technology
CIS 6930 3 Selected Topics: Practical Cybersecurity
CIS 6930 3 Selected Topics: Networks II
CIS 6930 3 Selected Topics: Introduction to Hadoop and Big Data
CIS 6930 3 Selected Topics: Softare Development for Mobile Devices
ISM 6136 3 Data Mining
ISM 6137 3 Statistical Data Mining
ISM 6145 3 Seminar on Software Testing
ISM 6155 3 Enterprise Information Systems Management
ISM 6266 3 Software Architecture
CAP 6663 3 IT Robotics Applications
CGS 6842 3 IT & Systems for E-Business
CIS 6900 1-19 Independent Study
CIS 6946 0-3 Internships/Practicums/Clinical Practice
With prior permission from the Graduate Director, students can take a maximum of 3 hours of Independent Study or Internship and up to twelve credit hours outside of the major, as follows: three credit hours from the MSCS/MSCE majors; three credit hours outside of the department (e.g. EE, IE, Math); three credit hours on business practice, project management, leadership, entrepreneurship, or simliar; three credit hours on big data, data analytics, data mining or similar.
Note: ISM prefix courses are offered by the Department of Information Systems / Decision Sciences (College of Business).
The requirement for a comprehensive exam is satisfied by the successful completion of the comprehensive exam, an exam
that students will take in the semester prior to the semester in which they intend to graduate.
Thesis / Non-Thesis
This is a non-thesis program.
In order to graduate, students must obtain a letter "B' or better in the core graduate courses, have a GPA of 3.00 or better,
and pass the comprehensive exam.