This is an unofficial description for this program. For official information check the Academic Catalog.
Toward the goal of preparing information technology (IT) practitioners for the 21st century, the MS CIT program integrates disciplines of the IT field, including computer science, 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, and networking and telecommunications skills required for successful careers in the IT field;
- application-based mastery of a broad base of computer science and/or 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.
Applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education. Applicants must also have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.70 on a 4.00 point scale (where A is 4.00), or its equivalent, and good standing (3.00 GPA) in all post-baccalaureate course work. Applicants must submit a graduate application along with official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended to the Graduate Recruitment and Admissions.
Additional Materials Required:
Applicants must submit a resume and two letters of recommendation to be used in reviewing CIT-related work. At least one letter of recommendation must 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. Instructions for uploading the resume and for obtaining and submitting the recommendation letters will be found within the graduate online application.
Course and Capstone Requirements
Common Core Courses
Students select from one of two specializations- Computer Science or Networking and Telecommunications Technology.
Specialization 1- Computer Science
Students select 15--18 credits of electives with advisor. These elective courses can be any combination of 500-level CS courses numbered from CS 505 to CS 594 and the 400-level CS courses listed below. A maximum of 9 credits at the 400-level can be applied. All 400-level credits require the prior permission of advisor.
Students may register for the Special Project (Plan C) course upon completion of core requirements and at least three specialization courses.
Specialization 2- Networking and Telecommunications Technology
Students may select either Special Project (Plan C) or Comprehensive Exam (Plan B).
Students selecting plan C may register for the Special Project course upon completion of core requirements and at least three specialization courses.
Total Credit Hours: 33
Note: A maximum of 6 credits at the 400-level is allowed with prior permission of advisor.