Master of Science in Information Technology

General

Program Description

Concentrations in Application Development, Data Analytics, and Information Assurance and Cybersecurity Management.

The Master of Science in Information Technology is a 30 credit-hour degree program at Nova Southeastern University's College of Computing and Engineering. Information Technology spans organizational information systems, application technologies, software methods and technologies, and systems infrastructure. Offered online and on-campus in South Florida, the Master of Science in Information Technology degree program focuses on meeting the needs of users within an organizational and societal context through the selection, creation, application, integration, and administration of computing technologies and resources. This program offers practical skills applicable to complex real-world information technology problems.

Program Format

Students can select to take online or on-campus classes. Online classes can be taken from anywhere in the world where Internet access is available. NSU utilizes Canvas as the learning management system to deliver online course content. On-campus classes are held on the main campus in Fort Lauderdale. Each on-campus class meets once a week from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. All M.S. programs employ a three-term format: Fall (16-week term starting in August), Winter (17-week term starting in January) and Summer (12-week term starting in May).

Learning Outcomes

A graduate with an M.S. in Information Technology will have the ability to (1) communicate information technology concepts, designs, and solutions effectively and professionally; (2) apply knowledge of information technology to produce effective designs and solutions for specific problems; (3) identify, analyze, and synthesize professional literature relating to the field of information technology; and (4) use current technologies, tools, software systems, modern computing platforms, and apply best practices to develop real-world solutions for specific problems (e.g., applications, deployments, etc.).

Admissions

The Master of Science in Information Technology degree is designed for students with undergraduate majors in science, math, engineering, or business. In addition, applicants must have knowledge of structured programming in a modern high-level language.

Applicants who do not have an adequate background may be required to take the following 500-level graduate course during the first term of the program:

  • MSIT 501 Foundations of Programming, Data Structures, and Algorithms

This course is in addition to the required credit hours at the 600 level. Courses at the 500 level, when required, must be completed prior to taking courses at the 600 level. All 500-level courses must be completed with a grade of ‘B’ or higher to continue in the program.

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Curriculum

The Master of Science in Information Technology is offered with three concentrations. The student must complete five core courses (15 credits), one concentration (nine credits), and six elective credits. Core courses, concentrations, and electives are listed below.

Core Courses (three credits each)

  • MSIT 630 Database Systems
  • MSIT 650 Platform Technologies
  • MMIS 653 Telecommunications and Computer Networking
  • MSIT 660 Software Development
  • ISEC 615 Fundamentals of Security Technologies

Concentration Options

Application Development Concentration, Required Courses

  • MSIT 665 Web Services
  • CISC 685 Interaction Design
  • CISC 668 Mobile Application Development

Data Analytics Concentration, Required Courses

  • MMIS 642 Data Warehousing
  • MMIS 643 Data Mining
  • MMIS 671 Fundamentals of Analytics and Business Intelligence

Information Assurance and Cybersecurity Management, Required Courses

  • ISEC 635 Information Security Operations Management
  • ISEC 655 Information Security Governance
  • ISEC 675 Governance System Auditing

No Concentration

Take five core courses.

Select and take five elective courses.

Elective Courses

Select any 600-level courses at the college with prefix MMIS, MSIT, or ISEC (Except MMIS 630 or ISEC 600, 620, 640, 650, 660).

Admissions Requirements

  • Online application.
  • $50 application fee (nonrefundable).
  • An earned bachelor’s degree with a GPA of at least 2.5 from a regionally accredited institution with an appropriate major.
  • Sealed official transcripts from all institutions attended.
  • A résumé.

Career Opportunities

  • Software developer.
  • Business intelligence analyst.
  • Information technology specialist.
  • Web developer.
  • Systems analyst.
Last updated December 2019

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