M.S. in Information Technology
The M.S. degree in Information Technology provides students with relevant, practical, and applicable knowledge in Information Technology (IT) and Information Systems (IS). This program provides students with the appropriate mix of technical, professional, and business skills. Graduates of this program will be equipped to bridge the gap between roles in software development/management and software technology infrastructure.
The M.S. degree in Information Technology (IT) prepares individuals to develop and support organizational IT infrastructure.
The goal of an IT organization is to meet business needs by creating and implementing a hardware/software plan including a vision and strategy for upgrades and maintenance. IT aggregates business and technology needs from across the company (as broad as catalog data bases, e-commerce functions for online order processing, integration with fulfillment components, and customer relationship management, in addition to traditional accounting, bookkeeping, and audit functions).
IT then organizes these needs into an enterprise-wide resource plan to 1) fulfill the business processes in a global, electronic commerce, 24/7 environment, 2) safeguard critical and proprietary data, 3) assure disaster-recovery plans, and 4) migrate to new platforms as they become available.
Because this program focuses both on IT and IS issues, graduates of this program can apply the acquired skills and knowledge to advance their careers in IT architecture, strategic software business analysis planning, project portfolio and program management jobs. It can also advance more experienced IT professionals and project managers to pursue technical leadership roles.
To complete the requirements for the Master of Science with a major in information technology, students must successfully complete 12 courses (36 graduate semester credits) and with a GPA of at least 2.7.
Students must complete 9 required technical courses from Graduate Programs in Software (GPS) and 3 elective courses from either the GPS or School of Engineering (SOE) graduate course curriculum.
Current and inactive students who are enrolled in this program prior to Fall 2015 or prior to Fall 2016 may opt to remain with the graduate program requirements from their current catalog, or move forward to the newest graduate program requirements for the M.S. in Information Technology.
Complete a total of 12 three-credit courses (36 graduate credits).
Required Courses [9 courses]:
- SEIS 601 Foundations of Software Development - Java OR SEIS 603 Foundations of Software Development - Python (waived for appropriate prior programming experience)
- SEIS 605 Technical Communications
- SEIS 610 Software Engineering
- SEIS 625 Software Project Management
- SEIS 630 Database Management Systems and Design
- SEIS 662 Enterprise Resource Planning
- SEIS 663 Information Technology Security and Networking
- SEIS 664 Information Technology Delivery
- SEIS 665 DevOps and Cloud Infrastructure
Electives [3 or 4 courses]:
Choose three electives (or four electives if SEIS 601 or SEIS 603 is waived) from the Graduate Programs in Software (SEIS) course catalog or from the School of Engineering (ETLS) graduate course catalog.
Transfer courses: Students may request a transfer of up to two graduate courses (six semester credits) from their previously attended, regionally accredited institution(s) towards their GPS Master of Science degree. The transfer courses must have been taken at the graduate level. The transfer school must be regionally accredited. For more information on transfer courses, please see 'Transfer Courses' listed under Academic Policies and Procedures.
View SEIS Course Catalog.
Suggested course sequence with SEIS 601 required:
- Semester 1: SEIS 601 and SEIS 605
- Semester 2: SEIS 610 and SEIS 630
- Semester 3: SEIS 625 and SEIS 664
- Semester 4: SEIS 665 and SEIS 662
- Semester 5: SEIS 663 and 1 Elective (SEIS / ETLS course)
- Semester 6: 2 Electives (SEIS / ETLS courses)
Suggested course sequence with SEIS 601 waived:
- Semester 1: SEIS 605 and SEIS 610
- Semester 2: SEIS 625 and SEIS 630
- Semester 3: SEIS 664 and 1 Elective (SEIS / ETLS course)
- Semester 4: SEIS 665 and 1 Elective (SEIS / ETLS course)
- Semester 5: SEIS 662 and 1 Elective (SEIS / ETLS course)
- Semester 6: SEIS 663 and 1 Elective (SEIS / ETLS course)
- A bachelor's degree in any discipline from a regionally-accredited educational institution in the U.S. (or international equivalent).
- An overall grade-point-average (GPA) of at least 2.7. (Applicants with a GPA less than 2.7 will be considered for provisional admission with their professional experience factored into the decision.)