Master of Science in Information Technology

Colorado Technical University's Master of Science in Information Technology (MSIT) degree program helps students prepare to build advanced foundations in the IT environment, including enterprise data management, networking and telecommunications, and information systems security. Students in the MSIT program select a general option or one of three concentration areas and may complete their program online or on campus at Colorado Springs or in Denver.

Occupations in the IT field are expected grow faster than average from 2014 to 2024, with more than 488,500 new jobs becoming available during this time.1

For the third year in a row, CTU’s online Master of Science in Information Technology degree programs were ranked among the Best Online Programs by U.S. News and World Report.*

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CTU is institutionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission www.hlcommission.org

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  • Total Credits 

    48
  • Program Availability

    Online | Colorado Springs | Denver

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  • Program Outline

    Students in CTU's Master of Science in Information Technology degree program complete 48 quarter-credits in all, the equivalent of 32 semester-credit hours. The MSIT degree consists of two components - core classes and courses in the specialization. The combination helps prepare students to learn advanced IT concepts, including ways to align various IT strategies and solutions to organizational goals.

    Core Education. For this part of the program, students take six different classes that cover topics in IT, computer science, management and project management. The core education of the MSIT degree comprises 24 quarter-credits in all and helps set students up with strong professional and enterprise skills. Required courses include:

    • Computer Systems Security Foundations
    • Enterprise Systems Architecture
    • Enterprise Data Management
    • Networking and Telecommunications
    • Strategic Management in Dynamic Environments
    • Project Management Processes in Organizations

    IT specialization. The MSIT with an overall general focus requires students to complete 4 credit hours in a computer science, information technology or business course, and 16 credits hours in electives. Including the capstone project, the IT specialization totals 24 quarter-credits in all. Some of the elective options include:

    • Business Intelligence Systems & Methods
    • Data and Applications Security
    • Digital Forensics
    • IT Governance and Risk Management
    • Network Administration
    • Virtual Systems
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    Degree Requirements

    Courses: Core
    CS651Computer Systems Security Foundations4
    CS663Enterprise Systems Architecture4
    IT621Enterprise Data Management4
    IT640Networking and Telecommunications4
    MGMT690Strategic Management in Dynamic Environments4
    PM600Project Management Processes in Organizations4
    Total Credit Hours:24
    Courses: Specialization
    ELE Select 4 credit hours from 600-level Business, CS or IT4
    ELESelect 16 credit hours of electives from the list below16
    IT697Information Technology Capstone4
    Total Credit Hours:24
    Courses: Electives
    CS631Digital Forensics4
    CS632Data and Applications Security4
    CS652Operating Systems Security4
    CS653Network Security4
    CS654Security Management4
    CS660Database Systems4
    CS683Data Warehouse4
    IT622Business Intelligence Systems & Methods4
    IT642Network Administration4
    IT643Enterprise Network Architecture4
    IT644IT Governance and Risk Management4
    IT645Virtual Systems4
    IT698Advanced Research & Study in Data Management4

    Other elective courses by approval only

    Total Credit Hours: 48

    Preparatory Requirements

    The CTU Master of Science in Information Technology degree program is designed to provide technical depth in the issues and concerns for enterprise level solutions. In order to achieve this depth a solid foundation in Computer Science (CS) or Information Technology (IT) is required. Students without a CS or IT undergraduate degree must demonstrate at least two years of work experience in the field. Students who have successfully completed Colorado Technical University’s Bachelor of Science in Information Technology program meet the requirements necessary to gain entrance into the MSIT program.

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    Tuition

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  • Outcomes

    Students completing the MSIT program at CTU have the opportunity to gain a variety of advanced IT skills to problem solve technological challenges in the workplace and to apply leadership abilities and knowledge, such as:

    • Apply innovative leadership strategies and skills.
    • Explain the concepts of telecommunications and networking, security, database design, and system architecture at an enterprise level.
    • Demonstrate breadth of knowledge and understanding of the field of Information Technology.
    • Employ project management techniques.
    • Apply analytical and critical thinking skills necessary to design, build, integrate and manage Information Technology systems and programs necessary for the operation of an organization.
    • Develop and implement plans and strategies for deployment of Information Technology
    • Critically evaluate issues and troubleshoot problems that affect the Information Technology infrastructure of an organization.
    • Conduct professional, scholarly, applied research.

    Graduates of CTU’s MSIT degree may be able to pursue a number of different employment positions, such as2:

    • Application Developer
    • Business Analyst or Business Systems Analyst
    • Firmware Engineer
    • Software or Systems Engineer
    • Senior Systems Engineer
    • Software Development Engineer

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1 Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Computer and Information Technology Occupations, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/computer-and-information-technology/home.htm (visited June 9, 2016).

2http://burning-glass.com/job-market-data/; The career titles are provided by Burning Glass. These results are based upon an analysis of over 7 million current job listings compiled from over 17,000 sources – the world’s most comprehensive repository of job openings. Students who earn this degree should not view this list as exhaustive and are not limited to only these options post-graduation. Some career titles listed above may not be entry-level and may require further education or job experience.