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Master of Science in Information Technology (MSIT)

Concentrations in Application Development, Database, and System Administration.

  • Program Overview
  • Program Format
  • Learning Outcomes
  • Admissions

The Master of Science in Information Technology (MSIT) is a 36 credit-hour degree program at Nova Southeastern University’s Graduate School of Computer and Information Sciences (GSCIS). Information Technology spans organizational information systems, application technologies, software methods and technologies, and systems infrastructure. Offered online and on-campus in South Florida, the MSIT degree program focuses on meeting the needs of users within an organizational and societal context through the selection, creation, application, integration and administration of computing technologies and resources. This program offers practical skills applicable to complex real-world information technology problems.

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Students can select to take online or on-campus classes. Online classes can be taken from anywhere in the world where Internet access is available. NSU utilizes Blackboard as the learning management system to deliver online course content. On-campus classes are held on the main campus in Fort Lauderdale. Each on-campus class meets once a week from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. for 16 weeks in the fall and winter terms and 14 weeks in the summer term.

A graduate with a M.S. in Information Technology will have the ability to (1) communicate information technology concepts, designs, and solutions effectively and professionally; (2) apply knowledge of information technology to produce effective designs and solutions for specific problems; (3) use software development tools, software systems, and modern computing platforms; and (4) use current technologies and tools and apply best practices to develop real-world solutions (e.g., applications, deployments, etc.).

The MSIT degree is designed for students with undergraduate majors in science, math, engineering, or business. In addition, applicants must have knowledge of structured programming in a modern high-level language as well as assembly language and computer organization.

Applicants who do not have an adequate background may be required to take one or more of the following 500-level graduate courses during the first two terms of the student’s program:

MSIT 500 Foundations of Systems
MSIT 501 Foundations of Programming, Data Structures, and Algorithms

These are in addition to the required credit hours at the 600 level. Courses at the 500 level, when required, must be completed prior to taking courses at the 600 level; however some exceptions may be permitted by the program director. All 500-level courses must be completed with a grade of ‘B’ or higher to continue in the program.

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The master’s degree in IT is offered with three concentrations.

1. Application Development
2. Database
3. System Administration

Student must complete four core courses (twelve credits), one concentration (nine credits), and fifteen elective credits in order to earn an information technology graduate degree. Core courses, concentrations, and electives are listed below. If the thesis option is elected, students take nine credits of elective and six credits of thesis. Plans for the thesis option must be made with and approved by the program office.

MSIT Course Map

Core Courses (three credits each)

Elective Courses

Students select any five 600-level courses at the school with prefix MMIS, MSIT, or ISEC except MMIS 630, 653; or ISEC 600, 620, 640, 650, 660.

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School Overview

Since the introduction of the graduate computer science program in 1975, the school has been a pioneer in computing research and education. The school began offering online programs in 1983 and created the first electronic classroom in 1985. In 1989 the Graduate School of Computer and Information Sciences (GSCIS) was formed.

Today, NSU is a not-for-profit, independent university that is classified as a research university with “high research activity” by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, and is one of only 37 universities nationwide to also be awarded Carnegie’s Community Engagement Classification.