MS in Information Technology
The Master of Science in Information Technology is designed for current and aspiring professionals in charge of developing, implementing, operating, and managing information systems in a variety of organizations. Students in this program will gain a broad technical understanding of current and emerging technologies in the industry, a familiarity with systems engineering concepts, and a solid foundation in net-centric computing. They will also have a firm grasp of the current and future effects of the convergence of the telecommunications, media, and information technology sectors.
Courses may be taken in person or online.
With a national shortage of professionals trained in STEM-related fields, employers are actively pursuing STEM degree holders. Distinguish yourself in technology with a STEM-designated degree.
The MS in Information Technology has been granted a STEM designation from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The program achieved STEM designation because of its emphasis on teaching students how to solve information technology problems with a suite of quantitative and technological tools.
Under this STEM classification, international students can extend their training in the U.S. by working in their field of study. Students can qualify for a 24-month OPT (Optional Practical Training) Extension, bringing the total OPT time granted to 36 months.
Entirely Online Option
The program can now be completed entirely online, with some decrease in available electives. Networking and security tracks may be completed online and full-time. The management tracks can be completed online at least part-time over two years. Students taking mostly regular face-to-face courses are also welcomed into online courses when they find that convenient, but students signed up explicitly for the entirely online option get the advantage of being able to be registered before other students who might happen to choose to take some of their courses online. The student in the entire online program should contact the GPD with course choices three days before the usual start of registration.
Most students complete the program full-time, taking mostly face-to-face courses.
- Features Common to all Programs
- See the Master Programs' Prerequisites.
- Each program requires a total of 30 credit hours, generally ten three-credit courses.
- Students can receive up to 6 credit hours (replacing two of our courses) for graduate work taken elsewhere: See the transfer credit section of the Graduate Student Handbook for details.
- Students who have taken undergraduate Loyola classes: Many 400-level courses in the department have closely related 300-level analogs, e.g. COMP 443: Computer Networks and COMP 343: Introduction to Computer Networks. Students who enter the MS program after taking a Loyola course in this category must choose to take 400-level courses that are not closely related to any 300-level courses taken earlier unless they have GPD permission.
Overall, to achieve depth and breadth, Information Technology students must complete the following:
- One (1) required course addressing ethical and social issues in the computing field.
- Three (3) courses within one of the following tracks: Enterprise Information Management, Technology Management, Information Assurance, or Enterprise Networking.
- Six (6) courses or 18 credits do not need to be on any track. These electives can be any 400-level course offered by the department, with approval by your advisor.
The courses listed below can be counted toward the different tracks. Any other COMP course (400 level or higher) can count as an elective towards the required 30 credits. Special permission is required to count any other course as a track requirement or as an elective. CSIS courses are no longer being offered. The corresponding INFS courses may be taken for MSIT credit with permission only. We will not withdraw the acceptance of courses allowed before that you already took.
Note that you only need three courses on some tracks. There is no need to satisfy more than one track.
Major Requirements (3 credits)
- COMP 417: Social, Legal, and Ethical Issues in Computing
Tracks (9 credits)
Students starting before Spring 2017 may also include courses from the old EIM or TM tracks (M.S. in Information Technology: Old EIM and TM Tracks). Anyone may follow the tracks listed below:
- Three (3) courses from any one of the following Tracks must be taken.
- Enterprise Information Management (EIM) Track
- Technology Management (TM) Track
- Information Assurance (IA) Track
- Enterprise Networking (EN) Track
General Electives (18 Credits)
The elective course options are common for all programs, differing only in the total number of credits required.
Electives can be any COMP 400 level class.
There are numerous options for independent study, including a programming project, research, or a service-oriented project.
Here are some possible career paths:
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