In today’s rapidly evolving world, companies demand qualified information technology professionals who can protect their data and create ingenious products. The courses at UC Online emphasize the applied aspects of technology and are more focused on how to utilize IT solutions in the industry.
Our highly customizable program offers coursework in cybersecurity, IT infrastructure, mobile development, human-computer interaction, and more. Build the skills necessary to secure software applications, networks, and systems.
Our comprehensive curriculum prepares students for a fulfilling career in technology. Besides the 3 core classes required for all MSIT students, the curriculum is flexible to fit the goals of each individual. All students will select 15-18 credit hours of electives related to the fields they want to study. Students do have the ability to select up to 6 credits of non-IT elective coursework as there is a significant intersection between IT and fields such as Criminal Justice, Health Informatics, and Data Analytics.
Use your elective hours to earn a Certificate in Data-Driven Cybersecurity at no extra cost.
Students are given the option to select from either a capstone (IT final project) or thesis pathway, both of which allow students to systematically investigate an IT solution:
Bridge Courses (12 credit hours) are required only for students who have an undergraduate GPA less than 3.0 or have no background in Information Technology. This 4-course sequence will provide incoming students with the background necessary to succeed in the MSIT program. As an added benefit, these courses can be used to receive a graduate-level Certificate in IT. Students should check their official offer letter to see which, if any, bridge courses are required. Bridge courses must be completed with a B or above before beginning MSIT coursework. Bridge courses do not count towards the MSIT 30-hour requirement.
*****Courses below may be required for students with low undergraduate GPA and/or no background in IT. Students should refer to their offer letter to determine which, if any, bridge courses are required.*****
All students in the MSIT program are required to take these 3 core classes.
Students wishing to switch to thesis-track must identify a graduate faculty member to serve as an advisor for the thesis and then work with that faculty member to refine the thesis topic before completing Form A and turn the form into the SoIT Grad Office 2-3 semesters before graduating. Starting the thesis often does not correspond with the timing of enrolling in thesis credit hours, as it typically takes 3 semesters or more to write a publication-quality thesis. 6 credit hours of IT8020 may be split between the final two semesters or all 6 credit hours may be taken in the final semester when the student will defend their thesis.
Students are automatically enrolled in the non-thesis track as this is the preferred track for students interested in a career as an IT professional. In this track, students are advised to take IT8010 IT Project no sooner than their final semester.
Any IT 7000+ level course
Yes. Many of our students qualify for some type of financial aid.
Sources of aid:
Programs can be completed full-time or part-time. Many programs are set up to be part-time, with most containing fewer than 10 credit hours in any given semester. We know you have a lot going on, so want to make sure that school can fit into your schedule. Note: There are some exceptions.
Yes. Our online students are no different from our on-campus students in that way. You get a specific ID that you can use to navigate different systems at UC and for potential student discounts.
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