The University of Cincinnati Online Master of Science in Information Technology (MSIT) program allows its students to choose one of four focus areas for study: IT Infrastructure, Cybersecurity, Game Development and Mobile/Social Applications.
Students who pursue graduate work in information technology need to have a passion for problem solving and technology. They love to learn about new technology and how it can be used to solve our most important issues. They must have strong interpersonal skills to communicate project details with team members, project managers, clients and end users. They must be able to conduct quality analysis research on their own and have strong reasoning, problem-solving and systems-analysis skills.
Students who have a strong background in a computing discipline through higher education, certificates and/or work experience, can be admitted directly into the MSIT program. However, students who don’t have this background also can be admitted into the program conditional upon the completion of 1-4 IT bridge courses. These courses are designed to bridge the gap in knowledge and prepare students for the MSIT program.
For graduation, students have the option of writing a thesis or developing a project as the capstone for the online MSIT program. Graduate students who choose to write a thesis will work closely with university faculty to create a solution to an information technology problem and prepare a paper for publication. Students who develop projects will work with faculty in the student’s own area of interest to create an IT solution to a problem. These projects often serve as the student’s launch pad for their career or the basis for a new business.