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Master of Science Information Technology (MSIT)

The Master of Science Information Technology (MSIT) degree program is designed to advance the professional careers of technologists in the field of information technology. The program incorporates the overall infrastructure and implementation of information technology initiatives. The importance of managing information technology projects is the main theme of the program and involves the integration of technology, people, and strategic development. Several aspects of information technology, such as emerging technologies, the IoT, and analytics are investigated to provide graduates with advanced insight into the field of information technology.

Mission Statement

Westcliff University’s mission for the Master of Science in Information Technology is to prepare students for leadership roles in technology, science, government, and engineering-based companies and entities. Students will develop and practice skills that sustain projects in Information Technology for the attainment of organizational goals that promote and sustain competitive advantage, while benefiting the field of Information Technology, Computer Science, and Engineering as a whole by solving complex business problems related to contemporary industry issues.

MSIT Program Description

The Master of Science Information Technology (MSIT) degree program provides a holistic perspective to the field of Information Technology to ensure that students develop knowledge about a vast array of technology that drives 21st century business. The curriculum provides an amalgam of technical and management knowledge required to properly implement and manage strategies in IT security to protect technology assets, infrastructure, and data analytics. Current Information Technologist will enhance their technical acumen and learn how to collect, analyze, and interpret business intelligence relevant to their respective fields.

The Master of Science Information Technology is a 36 credit program consisting of 12 courses (3 credits each) that is taken over the course of 24 months.

MSIT Program Learning Outcomes

MSIT Program Learning Outcomes

Gain technical and management knowledge required to properly implement and manage the strategies in IT security to protect technology assets, infrastructure, and data analytics. Current Information Technologists will enhance their technical acumen and learn how to collect, analyze, and interpret business intelligence relevant to their respective fields.

The Master of Science in Information Technology encourages students to achieve the following educational outcomes:

1
Create strategic plans that implement information technology requirements and specifications of complex technology systems.
2
Evaluate computer systems and improve the overall efficiency and effectiveness by incorporating value computing methodologies.
3
Analyze, design, develop, and maintain information technology infrastructure to allow for implementation of strategic initiatives that incorporate emerging technologies.
4
Analyze and construct database management systems to meet the needs of business and technology decision makers.
5
Compare and contrast various methodologies of computer systems design for the purpose of creating efficacy in computer-related business functions.
6
Create and develop the ability to conduct in-depth research, independently or within the enterprise in a broad range of information technology.
7
Create, innovate, design, and improve technology aspects of data collection and analysis to sustain competitive advantage.

More Course Information

  • Admissions Requirements

    The minimum academic requirements to apply to the Master of Science Information Technology Degree Program are:

    Regular Degree Applicants – An applicant who has a minimum of a Bachelor's degree can apply for entrance into the MSIT program. At least 1 course in IT and/or computer technology has taken, and/or relevant IT experience. Undergraduate degrees obtained outside of the United States will only be accepted if they have been evaluated by a member in-good-standing of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) or another nationally recognized credentialing service. In this case, the listed U.S. degree equivalency will be used.

    Transfer Applicants (6 credits maximum) – Applicants who have earned credit hours from a regionally or nationally accredited institution may transfer up to 6-semester credits towards MSIT core courses. Transfer credit does not apply to the MSIT Capstone Project course (MSIT 693).

  • Graduation Requirements

    Students must complete thirty-six (36) prescribed credit hours with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, meet all academic and financial requirements upon graduation, and the fulfillment of all graduation requirements. Students must apply (petition) for graduation and upon approval, students will receive the degree reflecting the coursework completed.

Course Listings

  • Program Courses

    MSIT Core Course Requirements (36 Credit Hours)

    Course Code

    Course Title

    Credit Hours

    MSIT 600

    Advanced Information Technology

    3 credit hours

    MSIT 601

    Principles of Data Management

    3 credit hours

    MSIT 602

    Modern Operating Systems

    3 credit hours

    MSIT 603

    Computer Systems Architecture

    3 credit hours

    MSIT 605

    Systems Analysis Design 

    3 credit hours

    MSIT 606

    Management of Information Security

    3 credit hours

    MSIT 607

    Advanced Database Design & Management

    3 credit hours

    MSIT 608

    Information Technology Project Management

    3 credit hours

    MSIT 611

    Wireless & Mobile Systems

    3 credit hours

    MSIT 624

    Telecommunications & Networking

    3 credit hours

    MSIT 690

    Big Data Analytics

    3 credit hours

    MSIT 693

    Applied Information Technology Capstone Project

    3 credit hours

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