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Master of Science Information Technology (MSIT)

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.

Program Requirements

  • Admissions Requirements

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

    An applicant with a Bachelor-level degree from a regionally or nationally accredited institution can apply for entrance into Westcliff University. 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.

  • Graduation Requirements

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

  • Internship Requirements

    Westcliff University requires all students enrolled in graduate degree programs to successfully complete an internship prior to graduation. Westcliff University degrees are designed to prepare students for the workforce, and the knowledge and skills learned throughout the curriculum are directly applicable in the industries to which they are associated. Internship experiences allow students to further refine these skills through practical use with guidance, oversight, and feedback while also building a network within the industry and references for future career needs. Graduate students are encouraged to take full advantage of the opportunities afforded to them in their internship experiences and maximize their potential career placement or advancement upon graduation.

    Graduate internship courses are credit-bearing and are assessed on a Pass/Fail basis. During each internship course, students engage in direct experience per session in addition to participating in the assigned classroom activities. Students are encouraged to complete as many internship courses as they are able to in pursuit of their degree (with a maximum of one course per session). Internship opportunities exist on- and off-campus. Off-campus internships require prior university approval, and F-1 students must have Curricular Practical Training (CPT) authorization to participate in off-campus internships.

    Students are responsible for developing and demonstrating the skills necessary to be successful in an internship. In addition to industry knowledge, students should be prepared to demonstrate professionalism, effective communication (written, oral, and digital), and integrity while engaged in an internship. The faculty facilitating graduate internship courses assess these qualities and provide valuable feedback to students throughout the course.

Program Information

  • Required Courses

    Master of Science in Information Technology Program Required Courses - 36 Credit Hours

    MSIT 600 Advanced Information Technology 3 credit hours

    MSIT 601 Principles of Data Management 3 credit hours

    MSIT 602 Modern Operation 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

    INT 601 Graduate Internship 1 credit hour

     

  • Course Concentrations

    Course concentrations for the Master of Science in Information Technology program will be available in the Fall Semester of 2022.

  • Course Catalog and Student Handbook

Scholarship Opportunities

  • Scholarship Application

    As a Westcliff student, you have access to a powerful network of support from staff, faculty, alumni, and many others who take pride in investing in you. Scholarships are made possible by generous benefactors who are passionate about supporting your success.

  • Scholarship Application Deadlines
    Semester Session Scholarship Deadline Start Date End Date
    FALL Session 1 07/31/21 Start: 8/30/21 End: 10/24/21
      Session 2 09/25/21 Start: 10/25/21 End: 12/19/21
    SPRING Session 3 12/04/21 Start: 01/03/22 End: 02/27/22
      Session 4 01/29/22 Start: 02/28/22 End: 04/24/22
    SUMMER Session 5 04/02/22 Start: 05/02/22 End: 06/26/22
      Session 6 05/28/22 Start: 06/27/22 End: 08/21/22
Program Requirements