MSIT Program Description

Conceptual Design and Description:

The Master of Science in Information Technology (a STEM designated) program consists of 30 units of coursework (10 courses) to be completed over a 20-month-long, year-round program with students taking two courses per semester.

 Students will be grouped in cohorts that follow the same class schedule throughout the program.  Because of the intensive nature of online learning, students will be expected to spend 6-10 hours on homework per week for each class. This is in addition to participation in the on-line lectures, discussions, chats and regular course readings. Thus, the total amount of time for course related learning would range from 12 to 16 hours per week.

 The courses are paired both theoretically and sequentially with learning goals and assessments integrated throughout the entire program. The culminating experience of the practicum and project will be linked together to provide a practical application setting with a supporting theoretical and research framework.

 In addition to the course requirements, students will be required to complete a weekend orientation session (Boot-up Camp) prior to the beginning of the program.  At this session there will be orientation activities focusing on individual assessment, technology, training, and team building.  Students will also participate in a seminar at the end of the first year to review their progress in the program and for continued authentication of their work.    There may also be optional on-campus review sessions.  Exams will need to be taken on-campus; however, in cases of hardship, arrangements will be made to enable the student to take the exam at a supervised off-campus location.

Student Learning Objectives: The student learning goals are incorporated into nine overarching program goals: the accounting and managerial aspects of managing an information technology organization, the telecommunications requirements necessary to support an organization’s information technology needs, the systems development process, the data needs of an organization, programming concepts, electronic commerce and its role in business, collaboration, critical thinking, research, and written communications skills. The learning goals are as follows:

  • Accounting and managerial aspects of an information technology organization
  • Telecommunications requirements necessary to support an organization’s information technology needs
  • Systems development process.
  • Data needs of an organization
  • Programming concepts
  • Electronic commerce
  • Collaboration
  • Research
  • Communications

Each course contains a multi-modal assessment methodology to document learning via projects, demonstrations, applications, research papers, and examinations. The capstone course provides a culminating experience which includes research and a practicum grounded in the theoretical foundations covered in the study plan coursework. An electronic portfolio of culminating experiences and preparatory coursework will be created by each student enrolled in the program. This portfolio will be reviewed at the End of First Year Seminar and evaluated by the Program Coordinator at the end of the program. The student portfolios will provide a comprehensive assessment of the program.

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