Masters of Science in Information Technology (2017)


Program Admission Deadlines:
Domestic Applications:
            Fall Semester:          February 15
            Spring Semester:     October 15
            Summer Semester:  No admit

International Applications
            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


College: Engineering
Department: Computer Science and Engineering
Contact Information:


Program Description
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 Schools.


Must meet University requirements (see Graduate Admissions) as well as requirements listed below.

Program Admission Requirements

Undergraduate Prerequisites
To be successful in this program, 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             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).

Comprehensive Exam
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.

Graduation Requirements
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.


See the descriptions of available courses.