Graduate Catalog 2010-12

Computer Information Technology



Computer Science: Joan Calvert (director MSCIT), Bradley Kjell, Neli Zlatareva (Dept. phone: 860-832-2710)

Computer Electronics and Graphics Technology: Karen Coale Tracey, Xiobing Hou, Deborah Zanella (Dept. phone: 860-832-1830)




All students earning the Master of Science degree in Computer Information Technology take a common core of six (6) courses, two (2) from each of three departments—the Computer Science Department in the School of Arts and Sciences, the Management Information Systems Department in the School of Business, and the Computer Electronics and Graphics Technology Department in the School of Engineering and Technology. Computer science is focused on the study of algorithms, the software that implements them, the properties of computers, and the processes for creating these technologies. Management Information Systems focuses on the importance of knowledge and information as an organizational resource for timely, quality business decision making and for achieving competitive advantage. Leadership, project, and change management are emphasized throughout the courses. Computer electronics and graphics technology focuses on computer networking, telecommunication, electronics, and the integration of technologies in a hands-on approach to make the computer network run effectively. Students select specializations in either the Computer Science Department or the Computer Electronics and Graphics Technology Department to complete their degrees.


Admission Requirements

The MS-CIT Admission Committee will consider applications for admission every two weeks, and the committee will make final recommendations on acceptance/rejection of applicants for admittance.

All CCSU policies for graduate program admission are in effect. All applications and official transcripts must be submitted for processing to the Graduate Admissions Office, Davidson Hall, Room 115, along with a $50 application fee. Formal admittance criteria include the following:

  • Official transcripts from all prior undergraduate and graduate programs and course work;

  • 3.00 GPA for graduate and 2.70 undergraduate work;

  • If a student has earned a master’s degree, a GPA of 3.00 or higher is required (the undergraduate GPA is not considered);

  • TOEFL test results with scores no less than 550, or 213 on computer-based tests (if applicable); Additional criteria for admission to the program are as follows.

Additional criteria for admission to the program are as follows. Items requested below should be sent to the MS-CIT Director’s office, Maria Sanford Hall, Room 303, Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, CT 06050.

  • Résumé and two letters of recommendation to be used in reviewing CIT-related work. For the two letters of recommendation, at least one should come from an individual who can attest to the applicant’s work experience; the second letter may be from an individual who can attest to the applicant’s academic ability and commitment.

Conditional Admission

A student may be admitted conditionally if it is determined that additional course work is needed. The additional coursework will be specified for the applicant and must be completed with a grade of B or better before full admission into the MS-CIT program.

Applicants without the required GPA of at least a 2.40 will not be admitted to the MS-CIT program.


Notification Process

Confirmation of the MS-CIT Committee’s admission recommendation will be electronically sent to the MS-CIT Admissions Committee members, the MS-CIT program director, the dean of the School of Graduate Studies, and the associate director of Graduate Admissions. Records and applications then will be filed in the director’s office. Final acceptance notification will come from the dean of the School of Graduate Studies after all necessary supporting documents have been evaluated.

Students admitted into the program will be assigned advisors based on their indicated specializations. The advisor is responsible for monitoring the student’s progress towards degree completion. The student and the advisor are responsible for keeping the planned program form current. The student should bring requests for substitutions and transfer credits to the attention of the advisor who subsequently must obtain approval and signatures from MS-CIT faculty members representing the other two specializations and from the dean of the School of Graduate Studies. When approved, such forms will be filed at the Graduate Studies Office. Students may not register for any courses without first meeting with the advisor who will check knowledge of necessary background areas.



Master of Science in Computer Information Technology


Program Rationale:

Toward the goal of preparing information technology (IT) practitioners for the 21st century, the MS CIT program integrates multiple disciplines of the IT field, including computer science, management information systems, and networking and telecommunications, providing the student with both breadth and depth of knowledge and skill-based expertise in this field.


Program Learning Outcomes:

Students in the program are expected to demonstrate:

  • theoretical and conceptual mastery of a broad base of computer science, management information systems, and networking and telecommunications skills required for successful careers in the IT field;

  • application-based mastery of a broad base of computer science, management information systems, and networking and telecommunications skills required for successful careers in the IT field; and

  • the ability to conduct and present applied research through a research team project.


Course and Capstone Requirements (33 credits):

Core Courses (18 credits):

CS 501 Foundations of Computer Science

CS 502 Computing and Communications Technology

MIS 501 Managing the IT Value Proposition

MIS 502 Business Payoff of Information Technology and Systems

CET 501 Applied Networking Technology

CET 533 Digital Telecommunications


Specialization (12 credits):

Students select 12 credits from one of two specializations—Computer Science or Networking and Telecommunications Technology, in consultation with an advisor. 


Specialization 1 — Computer Science electives:

CS 407, 410, 423, 460, 462, 463, 473, 481, 490, 530, 550, 570, 580, 590


Specialization 2 — Networking and Telecommunications Technology
Electives (Computer Electronics and Graphics Technology Department):

CET 443, 449, 453, 479, 502, 513, 543, 559; IT 502, 510, 551, 594, 596


Students specializing in either area may take a limited number of Management Information Systems graduate courses, with permission of their advisors, which will count toward their specialization credits: MIS 510, 515, 550, 561, 565, 569.


Capstone (3 credits):

Students may register for the Special Project (Plan C) course upon completion of core requirements and at least three specialization courses.

CIT 595 Capstone in CIT


Note: A maximum of 6 credits at the 400-level is allowed with prior permission of advisor.

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