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NCU Catalog - April 2018 
NCU Catalog - April 2018 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Information Technology, MS

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Master of Science in Information Technology

Description of Program

The Master of Science in Information Technology is designed for students who want to know how computers work together to maintain, store and process information most efficiently and effectively.
With this broad-based, but foundational perspective on technology information management, you may find yourself in high demand.
Students will be introduced to a variety of topics in information technology and will prepare for a range of information technology leadership roles.
Upon graduation, students will be empowered to use this in-depth knowledge to lead the innovative integration of information technologies and information systems in any organization.

Learning Outcomes

  • Evaluate an organization’s potential for information technology-based improvement
  • Explain concepts and arguments associated with information technology
  • Manage legal, ethical, and security risks in information technology
  • Evaluate the scope and impact of emerging information technologies on a local and global scale
  • Formulate technology-based solutions to practical problems

Basis for Admission

The School Technology students entering the Master of Science in Information Technology program will require a bachelor’s degree from a regionally or nationally accredited academic institution.

All students are direct entry students. 

Degree Requirements

The Master of Science in Information Technology is a 30 credit program comprised of 12 core credits, 15 specialization credits and 3 capstone credits.

Students assume full responsibility for understanding both the foundational, specialization and capstone requirements of the program. Switching programs after completing coursework may result in reevaluation, monetary loss, loss of credit hours and/or the need to take additional credit hours. Students’ Academic Finance Advisors can assist with any questions related to program requirements.

The University may accept a maximum of 6 semester credit hours in transfer toward the Master of Science in Computer Science for graduate course work completed at an accredited college or university with a grade of “B” or better. Courses considered for transfer must mirror courses in the program. The Dean of the School Technology must approve any courses considered for transfer. See the 

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Time to Completion

NCU allows 5 years to complete all 30 credit hour master’s programs. Normal time to completion for this program is 42 months.

Time to completion varies depending upon the pace in which a student completes courses and the number of transfer credits accepted. As most NCU students are working adults balancing educational, professional, and personal commitments, our academic advisors will work with you to develop a program schedule that works best for your needs.

The normal time disclosed above reflects the experience of students who may have entered under different program requirements. In the quest for continuous improvement, academic leadership has revised the program to optimize curriculum and pace, facilitate student learning, and improve chances for success. Therefore, the program is now designed for students enrolling today to take advantage of these revised course structures, lengths, and schedules. New students following the preferred schedule designed by the Dean for this program, and applying no transfer credits, can expect to finish in as little as 16 months.

Course Sequence

Students who complete at least 15 semester credit hours in a single area of specialization at NCU (not counting foundational courses) may elect to have the specialization recorded on their transcript and diploma.

The Master of Science in Information Technology program requires the foundation courses to be completed prior to enrolling in specialization courses. The program capstone will be completed as the last course in the degree program. 

In some cases, specialization courses listed on the initial degree plan can be changed at the students request. Please contact your Academic Finance Advisor for more information.

Specialization Courses – 15 credit hours

The MSIT program allows students to select courses from a broad range of electives to fit their personal and professional goals.

Students must complete a minimum of 15 credit hours for the program and take the capstone course. Students may take technology specialization courses at the 6000 level to fulfill their specialization requirements.

The 5 courses below are from the recommended* course list:


*Recommended courses for the MSIT program are listed above. Courses listed are examples and upon acceptance to the program the initial degree plan will include these courses. However, students are encouraged to choose their specialization courses based on personal and professional goals, and to work with their Academic and Finance Advisor to revise their degree plan.

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