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Westcliff MSIT – Master of Science in Information Technology

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The Master of Science in 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.

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.

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.

  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.
  • Admission Application
  • Application fee of $30.00
  • Personal Statement
  • Transcript
  • One (1) form of Personal Identification, including a government issued ID with photo
  • A Bachelor Degree from an accredited institution required
  • At least 1 course taken at the undergraduate level in content related to information and/or computer technology
  • Work experience related to information technology is recommended
  • Sign admissions disclosure forms:
  • Memorandum of understanding
  • Photograph/Video/ Testimonial consent to release form
  • FERPA form
  • Attestation form
  • Acknowledgement of handbook
  • Rules and regulations
  • Consent to release information of education
  • Disability description and accommodation
Student 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 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.

Master of Science in Information Technology Program

12 Core Course Required (36 Credit hours)

MSIT 600Advanced Information Technology3 Credit Hrs.
MSIT 601Principles of Data Management3 Credit Hrs.
MSIT 602Modern Operating Systems3 Credit Hrs.
MSIT 603Computer Systems Architecture3 Credit Hrs.
MSIT 605Systems Analysis Design3 Credit Hrs.
MSIT 606Advanced Information Technology3 Credit Hrs.
MSIT 607Advanced Database Design & Management3 Credit Hrs.
MSIT 608Information Technology Project Management3 Credit Hrs.
MSIT 611Wireless & Mobile Systems3 Credit Hrs.
MSIT 624Telecommunications & Networking3 Credit Hrs.
MSIT 690Big Data Analytics3 Credit Hrs.
MSIT 693Applied Information Technology Capstone Project3 Credit Hrs.
Total36 Credit Hrs.

MSIT 600 Advanced Information Technology (3 credit hours). Advanced Information Technology provides students with the knowledge that is state-of-the-art and can be applied pragmatically to contemporary business informatics to include the analysis, design, implementation, and management of advanced database and IT project management, enterprise technology solutions, information security, integration, and web development. Students will have a solid foundation for solving complex IT business problems, and the ability to be proactive to the challenges of IT for business in the future.

MSIT 601 Principles of Data Management (3 credit hours). Data yields information that is a valuable corporate asset. This course examines and investigates the processes of the effective management of the digital data asset including database development, information policy, knowledge organization, and corporate modeling techniques. The course has a business focus as it provides the technical knowledge required to successfully implement data management collaboratively across the enterprise.

MSIT 602 Modern Operating Systems (3 credit hours). This course provides an overview of modern operating systems that are installed on computers, tablets, and handheld devices that allow users to run applications and save and restore data in files from a user session to the next. Students examine key operating system concepts such as virtual-memory management, multitasking, file systems, communication, and security. They also describe process/thread synchronization and scheduling issues, such as critical sections and semaphores.

MSIT 603 Computer Systems Architecture (3 credit hours). This course covers computer organization and architecture, modern design concepts, and computer security through hardware. Students learn techniques for designing both small and large combinational and sequential circuits, memory technologies, CPU design and techniques to increase performance, microcomputer architecture, including “plug and play” device interface, and memory hierarchy. Students cover sample problems, learn design examples, and review detailed diagrams.

MSIT 605 Systems Analysis Design (3 credit hours). This course presents students with comprehensive knowledge on systems design skills in information management that they, as future users and/or systems analysts, will need to deal with in computer-integrated business environment. The course provides students with the skills to identify business problems which may be solved by technology-based solutions, determine requirements for information systems solutions, and develop designs which form the basis for implementing systems, as well as a strong foundation in systems analysis and design concepts, methodologies, techniques, and tools.

MSIT 606 Management of Information Security (3 credit hours). This course provides an in-depth examination of the strategic management of Information Security within the enterprise. Topics covered include securing information assets, especially in the digital format, from ever-increasing threats, information security governance, risk management, and regulatory compliance. Security models and threats, and developing security programs are presented in detail.

MSIT 607 Advanced Database Design & Management (3 credit hours). This course covers the core competency of database knowledge that students should acquire. Cover topics include database architecture, database management systems, the principles and methodologies of database design, and techniques for database application development.

MSIT 608 Information Technology Project Management (3 credit hours). Information Technology Project Management provides students with the concepts, tools, and techniques for managing projects in the IT sphere. Based on the Project Management Institute’s (PMI) Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBO), this course helps students apply appropriate theories, principles and practices, skills, and techniques to facilitate the planning, organization, management, and control of IT projects they will face in organizations.

MSIT 611 Wireless & Mobile Systems (3 credit hours). This course prepares students to design wireless networks. Topics include design elements such as RF environment, RF Channel analysis, capacity analysis, Data and Network traffic modeling, and key performance indicators (KPIs).

MSIT 624 Telecommunications & Networking (3 credit hours). This course provided students with knowledge on layered network architectures and the TCP/IP model, link layer error and flow control mechanisms, and packet switching. Both wired and wireless local and wide area networks are covered, as well as medium access control procedures, internetworking with switches, bridges and routers, routing algorithms, and network security.

MSIT 690 Big Data Analytics (3 credit hours). The Big Data Analytics course provides students with the tools and analysis techniques to make informed big-data purchasing decisions using quality information. Students will learn why to install specific packages and analysis tools, and they will learn the benefits of popular solutions, such as Hadoop and Oracle Endeca, as well as the sources of common errors in analysis and how to prevent and fix them.

MSIT 693 Applied Information Technology Capstone Project (3 credit hours). This course provides the opportunity for graduate students of the Information Technology program, to present solutions to industry problems through the development, construction, implementation, and management of a technology project in Information Technology. The course is designed to incorporate learning outcomes of all courses presented in the program that is pragmatic and value added. The course culminates with a final written paper, and a project that is to be presented to a panel to include the sponsor. Teams will collect final week presentations for all coursework and work collaboratively to present a final presentation of a Information Technology solution developed for an approved sponsor. The sponsor must be an organization outside the university and must be willing to work with the capstone team by submitting a business problem that requires a Information Technology-based solution. Additionally, the sponsor will provide insight and feedback to the capstone team during the capstone project through fruition. The Instructor for this course will serve as a mentor and consultant in the creation, development, implementation and management of the project. The solution developed by the capstone team must demonstrate mastery of program learning outcomes, course learning objectives and outcomes, and will be presented in a final PowerPoint presentation to the sponsor and other audience members. The final written paper is due on the last day of the term.