Information Technology spans organizational information systems, application technologies, software methods and technologies, and systems infrastructure. It 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. The M.S. in Information Technology is a 36 credit-hour program with five concentration options:
- Software Development
- Information System Security
- Educational Technology
- Information Security Management
- Information Technology Management
Each concentration includes a set of seven or eight core courses and four or five electives. All courses carry three credit hours. The program includes topics such as computer languages, database systems, human-computer interaction, system analysis and design, data networks, telecommunications, information security, computer graphics, software engineering, project management, decision making, client-server and distributed computing, electronic commerce, instructional technology, and multimedia. Graduates will have a broad technical understanding of current and emerging technologies in the IT field and the application of those technologies.
The program’s formats offer full-time students the opportunity to earn the degree in twelve months and working professionals the opportunity to earn the degree in 16–24 months. Each concentration includes a thesis option requiring six thesis credits, which would be in lieu of two elective courses.
The graduate certificate programs are recognized by the National Security Agency (NSA) based on its certification of the school’s curriculum under NSA national training standards NSTISSI No. 4011 (Information Systems Security Professionals) and CNSSI No. 4013 (System Administrators). As a result of this certification, Federal civilian and military personnel will be permitted to take the school’s certified graduate courses under government sponsorship, and the school is authorized to issue certificates to students who complete such courses.