Masters of Science in Information Technology (2017)


Priority Admission Application Deadlines:
Fall Semester: February 15
Spring Semester: October 15
Summer: No admit

International applicant deadlines

Minimum Total Hours: 30 (non-thesis)
Level: Masters
CIP Code: 11.0103
Dept Code: EIT
Major/College Codes: ITC / EN
Approved: Spring 2014

Also offered as an Accelerated Major:
Computer Engineering (BSCP) / Information Technology (MSIT)


College: Engineering
Department: Computer Science and Engineering
Contact Information


The Department of Computer Science and Engineering offers a non‐thesis option for the degree of Master of Science in Information Technology (MSIT). 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 major maintain close contact with the Graduate 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 Director.


Must meet University requirements (see Graduate Admissions) as well as requirements for admission to the major, listed below.

Undergraduate Prerequisites
To be successful in this major, an applicant should have certain base knowledge in the discipline demonstrated from undergraduate-level pre-requisite courses including:

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.


Total Minimum Hours: 30 hours

Core Requirements 9 hours
CIS 6930 Selected Topic: Penetration Testing for IT (Previously named Ethical Hacking for IT) 3
ISM 6218 Advanced Database Management 3
CEN 6084 Advances in Object Oriented Programming for IT 3


Select seven of the following courses, or other graduate course as approved by the Graduate Director
Elective Courses 21 Hours
CIS 6930 Selected Topics: Human Computer Interaction 3
CTS 6716 Network Programming for IT 3
CIS 6930 Selected Topics: Cloud Computing for IT 3
CIS 6930 Selected Topics: Practical Cybersecurity 3
CIS 6930 Selected Topics: Networks II 3
CIS 6930 Selected Topics: Introduction to Hadoop and Big Data 3
CIS 6930 Selected Topics: Softare Development for Mobile Devices 3
ISM 6136 Data Mining 3
ISM 6137 Statistical Data Mining 3
ISM 6145 Seminar on Software Testing 3
ISM 6155 Enterprise Information Systems Management 3
ISM 6266 Software Architecture 3
CAP 6663 IT Robotics Applications 3
CGS 6842 IT & Systems for E-Business 3
CIS 6900 Independent Study 1 - 19
CIS 6946 Internships/Practicums/Clinical Practice 0 - 3

With prior permission from the Graduate Director, students can take a maximum of three (3) hours of Independent Study or Internship and up to twelve (12) credit hours outside of the major, as follows: three (3) credit hours from the MSCS/MSCE majors; three (3) credit hours outside of the department (e.g. EE, IE, Math); three (3) credit hours on business practice, project management, leadership, entrepreneurship, or simliar; and three (3) 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).

Comprehensive Exam
The requirement for a comprehensive exam is satisfied by the successful comletion 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 major.

Graduation Requirements
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.

See USF Course Inventory