Graduate Curriculum

Course Descriptions

  

M.S. in Information Technology

The Master of Science in Information Technology (MSIT) is a study of the hardware and software mechanisms used to implement modern information systems. It includes coverage of local-area networks, database, operating systems, the Internet, and the web. Particular emphasis is placed on the use of information systems in business and education. The student is offered two specialty programs: one in Computer-Based Instructional Technology (CBIT), and one in Information Technolgy (IT). Each program is built around a common core of three important technologies: networking, web development, database design and implementation.

The CBIT specialty program enables a student to complete the degree through course-work directed to showing the application of computing technology to instruction.

The IT specialty program is intended for students pursuing a career in technical support for business information systems. The focus is on an integrated study of networking, databases, and the web.

Students are eligible to apply for unconditional admission to the Master of Science degree program in Information Technology if they meet all of the following requirements:

  1. Applicants must meet the admission requirements for Graduate School.
  2. Applicants must have a background comparable to COMS1003 and COMS1403, which includes familiarity with terminology and concepts related to word processing, spreadsheets, and databases. This background may be demonstrated by previous coursework, work experience, or by taking a test administered by the MSIT Graduate Committee.
  3. Applicants have completed one math course beyond college algebra with a minimum grade of "C".
  4. Applicants to the CBIT program have completed a one-semester computer programming course comparable to COMS2104 with a minimum grade of "C". Completions of one full year of computer programming courses comparable to COMS2104 and COMS2203 with a minimum grade of "C" are required for applicants to the IT program.
  5. Applicants must submit recent (within the last five years) acceptable scores (as determined by the faculty) of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) to the Graduate School.
Applicants who fail to meet the grade point requirement specified for unconditional admission or who are lacking background in computing, computer usage, or programming may be admitted conditionally by the MSIT Graduate Committee to earn a maximum of twelve graduate credit hours. If a cumulative 3.00 grade point average or better is achieved at the completion of twelve semester hours, the student will be granted unconditional admission.
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