Master of Science in Information Technology - General

Employment of computer and information systems managers is projected to grow 12 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.1 Colorado Technical University’s Master of Science in Information Technology degree program’s general track is designed to help you develop the technical and strategic leadership skills that are needed to design, build, integrate and manage information technology systems and programs.

The core courses provide you an opportunity to develop a foundation in strategic management, project management, network infrastructure management, enterprise system architecture, systems security management, and enterprise data management technology. The general track focuses on how to use technology to find solutions to a variety of business challenges. Choose among courses in network, security, or project management.

For four years in a row, CTU made U.S. News & World Report’s list of best online graduate computer information technology programs.2

Manage your education with your smartphone or tablet anytime, anywhere with CTU Mobile. Classes begin every 8 weeks. See how you be able to earn your Master’s in as little as 18 months.3

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

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TOTAL CREDITS

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PROGRAM AVAILABILITY

  • Online
  • Colorado Springs
  • Aurora (Denver Area)

Program Details

  • Degree Requirements

    Courses: Core
    Course Title Course Description Credit Hours
    CS651 Computer Systems Security Foundations 4
    CS663 Enterprise Systems Architecture 4
    IT621 Enterprise Data Management 4
    IT640 Networking and Telecommunications 4
    MGMT690 Strategic Management in Dynamic Environments 4
    PM600 Project Management Processes in Organizations 4
    Total Credit Hours: 24
    Courses: Specialization
    Course Title Course Description Credit Hours
    ELE Select 4 credit hours from 600-level Business, CS or IT 4
    ELE Select 16 credit hours of electives from the list below 16
    IT697 Information Technology Capstone 4
    Total Credit Hours: 24
    Courses: Electives
    Course Title Course Description Credit Hours
    CS631 Digital Forensics 4
    CS632 Data and Applications Security 4
    CS652 Operating Systems Security 4
    CS653 Network Security 4
    CS654 Security Management 4
    CS660 Database Systems 4
    CS683 Data Warehouse 4
    IT622 Business Intelligence Systems & Methods 4
    IT642 Network Administration 4
    IT643 Enterprise Network Architecture 4
    IT644 IT Governance and Risk Management 4
    IT645 Virtual Systems 4
    Other elective courses by approval only

    Total Credit Hours: 48

    MSIT Foundation Requirements

    The Master of Science in Information Technology (MSIT) is built upon the expectation that students will enter the program with a solid information technology background. Therefore, the MSIT program requires students to have prior foundational knowledge in all core information technology disciplines to be successful.

    Students entering into the MSIT program without a bachelor’s degree in computer science, computer engineering, information technology, cybersecurity, or information systems will be required to successfully complete two MSIT foundation courses (IT502 and IT504) covering the following discipline areas of information technology: networking; network security; virtualization; cloud computing; information system architecture; and database systems.

    If a student can show evidence of satisfying the foundation course objectives through coursework from an accredited institution, the foundation requirement can be waived.

    The foundation courses are also available to students with an undergraduate information technology degree who wish to refresh their knowledge in these subject areas.

    The MSIT foundation course IT502 must be completed and passed prior to beginning courses in the MSIT program. Students will need to complete and pass IT504 prior to the end of the first quarter.

    Students must be able to exhibit proficiency by successfully completing the foundation course with a minimum 70% passing score. If after 5 attempts (applies to each course separately) students do not pass the foundation course, students are encouraged to work with the Student Success department if they have questions regarding these foundation courses, timeframes for completion, or for alternative programs of study as needed.

    Students who do not meet the MSIT foundation requirements will be withdrawn, canceled or transferred from the MSIT program.
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1. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Computer and Information Systems Managers, https://www.bls.gov/ooh/management/computer-and-information-systems-managers.htm. visited March 26, 2018
2. CTU programs are ranked among U.S. News & World Report’s 2018 best online programs
3. As a Master’s degree program, this program is designed as an 18- month program; however; many factors will impact your time to completion, including course loads, proficiency and/or transfer credits and breaks.