Curriculum: MS Information Technology

December 01, 2019
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In today’s rapidly evolving world, companies demand qualified information technology professionals who can protect their data and create ingenious products. Through this innovative online master’s degree in IT, students study user experience design and discover how network forensics work. They also learn how to create mobile applications. From cyber security through systems administration and social media technologies, our comprehensive curriculum prepares students for a fulfilling career in technology.

The UC Online MSIT curriculum consists of 9 hours of Core Courses, 15 hours of Electives and 6 hours of Capstone OR Thesis. The outlined below showcases a selection of courses offered at the University of Cincinnati Online. To learn more about our curriculum, we encourage you to request information about the MS IT program today.

Bridge Courses (12 credit hours) required  are only for students who have an undergraduate GPA less than 3.0 or have no background in Information Technology. Students should check their official offer letter to see which, if any, bridge courses are required*

Information Technology Graduate Seminar

The IT Graduate Seminar is designed to provide graduate students with opportunities for professional development. It also helps raise their awareness of various other issues that they may face in their professional careers and provides opportunities to survey research seminars of interest.

Information Technology Research Methods

This course focuses on scientific approaches to studying information technologies and writing a thesis and other research reports.

Human Computer Interaction and Usability

This course takes an interdisciplinary approach to the study of Human Computer Interaction (HCI), viewing it from multiple angles to understand its implications in organizational and societal contexts. Students explore design principles of HCI and learn best practices for the evaluation and implementation of interactive computing systems designed for human use. This course takes beginner students all the way up to advanced concepts.

Capstone or Thesis

Capstone OR Thesis (6 credit hours)

Capstone: Information Technology Project (3 credits) and one graduate-level IT course (3 credits)

Thesis: Information Technology Thesis Research (6 credits)

Prior to graduation, UC Online Master’s in Information Technology students can choose between writing a thesis or developing a capstone project. Those who choose to write a thesis will work closely with university faculty to create a solution to an information technology issue and then prepare a paper for publication. Students who develop capstone projects will work with faculty in their area of interest to identify and solve an IT issue. These projects often serve as the student’s launch pad for their career or the basis for a new business.

Through individual research under the supervision of IT faculty, students complete a master’s thesis. They are encouraged to explore their passions and demonstrate their proficiency in their area of greatest interest. This thesis project helps students bolster their academic and professional resume and expands their career opportunities following graduation.

Principles of Cybersecurity

This course introduces students to the field of cybersecurity by discussing the evolution of information security into cybersecurity, cybersecurity theory, and the relationship of cybersecurity to nations, businesses, society, andpeople. Students will be exposed to multiple cybersecurity technologies, processes, and procedures, learn how to analyze the threats, vulnerabilities and risks present in these environments, and develop appropriate strategies to mitigate potential cybersecurity problems.

Enterprise Security and Forensics

Learn how network forensics work and build upon the fundamentals of network security in this intensive course on enterprise security and forensics. This course focuses on using network security strategies to design and implement effective systems that provide adequate protection while remaining accessible to the user community. The course explores different network forensic analysis tools to better prepare students for the challenges of their IT careers.

Technologies for Social Networking

Social networking is an essential aspect in the fabric of our society. From social media networks like Facebook, Twitter or Snapchat, to blogs, wikis and forum pages like Reddit, these social networks have become incredibly important to our everyday lives. In this course, students learn in-depth about the technologies behind these social media tools, ultimately understanding how to work within each individual technology and collaboratively between them. From cloud computing to information sharing, students learn to understand the inner workings of these complex technologies that play such a significant role in our lives.

Technologies for Mobile Applications

Startup culture has exploded across the United States over the past two decades and much of this has been fueled by the rise of mobile applications. Because of this, there is an increasing demand for mobile app developers. In this course, students uncover the technologies, devices, operating systems and tools behind mobile apps. The course focuses on mobile app development software and students practice creating apps for different devices and on a range of operating systems such as Android and iOS.

IT Infrastructure Sustainability

Our IT infrastructure sustainability course offers an introduction to the planning, design and management of sustainable and resilient infrastructure systems and their interactions. This online course encompasses both built IT infrastructure and IT services that rely on integrated built and natural systems to provide fundamental corporate needs. The goal of this course is to lay a strong foundation on developing and maintaining IT infrastructure to enhance students’ future career prospects.

Advanced Systems Administration

Analyze and practice system administration processes for enterprise-level information systems. It includes advanced concepts in enterprise computing infrastructure analysis, deployment, management and troubleshooting. Topicsinclude, but not limited, enterprise computing resource requirements analysis and design, application and server deployment, virtualization,security configurations, and performance analysis.The scope of this course may be varied by the faculty.

Machine Learning and Data Mining for IT

This course introduces machine learning and data mining techniques. The course focuses on using applied methods and software tools to discover hidden patterns or identify anomalies in the data generated in modern IT networks.

Other Electives

All students must complete 15 credit hours of electives. At least 9 of these 15 credit hours must be IT 7000+ level.

* Additional graduate level courses may be accepted with approval from the graduate program director.

Bridge Courses

IT bridge courses are required only for students who have an undergraduate GPA less than 3.0 or have no background in Information Technology.

  • IT6090C Computer Programming with Java
  • IT6081C System Administration
  • IT6060C Database Management with SQL Server
  • IT6035C Information Security and Assurance

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