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Online Master’s Degree in Information Technology (MSIT)

 

 

Overview

 

The Master of Science in Information Technology (MSIT) program helps working professionals make the connection between information technology, communications, and business in order to develop marketable technical, creative, and managerial skills.

 

Students will learn to apply principles of information technology and computer science to the analysis of complex computing problems. They will design and create solutions to technical problems using industry-recognized best practices and standards. Most importantly they will gain the ability to analyze user needs in the development and implementation of computing-based solutions and learn to apply these in their career.

 

A total of 36 semester credit hours are required to complete the degree. Students must complete a minimum of 12 courses. Students can complete the program in as little as a year, or up to 5 years if they prefer to study part-time.

 

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Program Goals

 

Those who earn the Master’s in Information Technology will develop the competencies to demonstrate their ability to:

  • Apply the principles of information technology, computer science and other disciplines to the analysis of complex computing problems.
  • Design and evaluate solutions to complex computing problems using industry-recognized best practices and standards.
  • Analyze user needs in the development and implementation of computing-based solutions.
  • Assess the ethical considerations in the development, implementation, evaluation, and management of IT systems as it applies to ethical reasoning, social responsibility, global citizenship and civic engagement.
  • Construct clear, well-organized arguments supported by credible research-based evidence.

 

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Admission Requirements

 

As an accredited University, UoPeople has requirements for all potential applicants, to help maintain a strong, intellectual student body. To meet admission requirements, applicants need to be 18 years old or older and be able to demonstrate a bachelor’s degree completion from an accredited institution. In addition, applicants need to have:

 

  1. Working knowledge of at least one programming language
  2. Documented successful coursework in college-level Calculus, Linear Algebra, or Statistics. Please note: Applicants will need to provide transcripts from any one of these courses completed at the college level.
  3. Proficiency in English

 

To apply for admissions consideration to our Master’s program, applicants must complete an online application, including payment of a $60 non-refundable application fee.

 

 

Non-Native English Speakers

Applicants who are non-native English speakers, or did not complete their undergraduate degree in an institution where the primary language of instruction is English, are required to provide proof of English proficiency during their application process.

 

 

Entrance Exams

Entrance-exams are not required for admission – no standardized test scores are required in order to be accepted to the online degree program at UoPeople.

 

 

MSIT Foundations Courses

In order to be accepted to the graduate degree program, students must successfully complete the UoPeople Master of Science in Information Technology Foundations Courses. These courses count toward the credit requirements for the degree, and are designed to equip students with the necessary skills needed to succeed in the program.  The Master’s in Information Technology Foundations Courses are:

 

Course Code Subject
MSIT 5210 Databases
MSIT 5212 Operating Systems
MSIT 5214 Algorithms

 

 

 

Submitting Proof of Bachelor’s Degree Completion

Submitting proof of bachelor’s degree completion may be satisfied any time during the student’s first year at UoPeople through the submission of:

 

  1. An official diploma (or transcript showing graduation) sent directly to UoPeople (either mailed or submitted online); or
  2. A photocopy of the original diploma (or transcript showing graduation) certified by a notary sent directly to UoPeople (either mailed or submitted online); or
  3. The best evidence available, including a signed certification from the applicant regarding earning a diploma, a written explanation of why a diploma cannot be sent, and an attachment of the best evidence available. Every case will be evaluated separately and it is at the University’s discretion to allow sending only the best evidence available.

 

 

Sending Documentation 

 

For the quickest processing of your application materials, it is advised to send documents electronically via the UoPeople Self-Service Portal here. If applicants have any issues or questions regarding the required documents they need to send, they may contact their personal Admissions Advisor or the Office of Admissions at admissions@uopeople.edu.

 

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Program Requirements

 

The Master of Science in Information Technology (MSIT) requires the completion of at least 36 semester hour credits of graduate level study including all courses listed for the degree. In order to graduate, students must meet the following requirements:

 

  • Complete 36 approved credits.
  • Earn an overall CGPA of 2.50 or higher for all graduate level coursework completed.
  • Complete all requirements for the MSIT in no more than 25 terms of active enrollment including any periods of separation from the University.

 

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Curriculum

Individual courses are the building blocks of the Master’s in Information Technology program. Students must complete at least 12 courses, including:

  • Three Foundations courses;
  • Three business electives;
  • Three core electives;
  • Two program electives; and
  • The Capstone project/course

To view the list of all courses and their descriptions, click here.

 

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Careers

 

Pursuing your Master’s of Science in Information Technology (MSIT) degree will sharpen your computer science skills and prepare you for a wide array of career options including as a computer and information systems manager, IT risk manager, computer systems analyst, management consultant, and more.

 

Individuals with a Master’s of Science in Information Technology have qualifications that allow them to excel in computer science fields as competitive candidates in the job market. They will find themselves eligible for sought after position within IT departments, start-ups, and high-tech companies.

 

This course of study will cover programming, systems analysis, professional IT practice, database design, and much more. Students will learn cutting-edge industry practices in software design, development, database management, and to learn how and when to apply technology to support their organization.

 

Explore the many career opportunities available to you after earning your degree here.

 

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Transferability

 

Transferring Credits to UoPeople:

Students and applicants at UoPeople have the option of transferring credits toward their degree programs at UoPeople.

 

For graduate degree programs UoPeople may award the transfer of up to 50% of the required program credits. This means that students can transfer up to 18 credits toward the completion of a Master’s degree.

 

Read our transfer credit guide and the Transfer Credit Policy to learn more.

 

Transferring Credits from UoPeople to Other Institutions:

The transferability of credits and credentials is at the complete discretion of the institution to which you seek to transfer, and may include a transfer fee.

 

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Technology Requirements

 

To complete a degree program at University of the People, students will need to have consistent access to a computer with a reliable internet connection. If students are working on a computer that is not their personal computer and are unable to save documents, it’s important also to obtain an external drive. Because there are no mandatory video materials for University of the People courses, this drive can be a simple USB drive.

 

Most of the learning materials that students will be dealing with in their UoPeople courses are compatible with Adobe PDF or Microsoft Office. Our online campus, hosted on Moodle, can be accessed by the latest versions of IE, Safari, Opera and Chrome, but we recommend that students use the latest version of Mozilla Firefox. Note also that although working through a mobile device is not recommended, it is an option. There is no need to purchase software to study at University of the People. Adobe PDF Reader can be downloaded for free by following this link.

 

Students do not need to purchase Microsoft Office. Office 365, a subscription service offering Microsoft Office suite software is given to all UoPeople students at no additional cost.

 

Note that whatever system students choose to use, all files shared with course Instructors and classmates must be saved in either Microsoft-compatible formats or PDF format.

 

*Certain courses may require the installation and use of other specialized software. This information will be listed in the relevant course syllabus.

 

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Paying for School

 

University of the People does not charge students for their educational instruction, course materials or annual enrollment. It does charge modest fees for application and examination processing. The current fee schedule is as follows:

  • Application Fee – $60

The Application Fee is non-refundable and must be submitted by the applicant along with the application for admission. The Application Fee does not include any additional fees that may be required for third-party evaluation.

  • Assessment Fee – $300

Students are required to pay an Assessment Fee of $300 for every end-of-course examination that they take.

 

The estimated total fee for the MSIT is $3,660. This fee will never be charged in advance, and is 90% less than similar programs.

 

Cancellation Policy

Students have the right to cancel their Enrollment Agreement at any time and are not charged any Assessment Fees during the first seven days of enrollment or prior to the first day of classes. A student’s notice of cancellation must be received by the University in writing via email to student.services@uopeople.edu. Notice of cancellation is effective if it shows that the student no longer wishes to be bound by the Enrollment Agreement or to continue his or her attendance at the University. The notice of cancellation is effective five days after the time the University receives notification of the cancellation. During this time, the student may notify the University that he or she no longer wishes to cancel his or her enrollment.

 

Refund Policy

Students who drop or withdraw from a course within the required deadline are not required to pay the Assessment Fee.

 

The Application Fee is non-refundable except in instances when applicants withdraw their application for admission before an admissions decision is made. Applicants may write a formal request for a refund of the Application Fee to their personal advisor. If approved, refunds will be available to the applicant within 30 days of the submission of the formal request and the refund will be issued using the same payment method used by the applicant to pay the fee.

 

Students who remain in their course beyond the course withdrawal deadline are not eligible for a refund of the Assessment Fee. The Assessment Fee is only refundable in instances where the University has cancelled a student’s course or if the student’s work was not assessed at all during the course.

 

 

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FAQs

 

1. Is the UoPeople MSIT also accredited by any of the program-level accrediting agencies that specialize in technology programs?

All UoPeople degrees are accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC). The DEAC is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a recognized accrediting agency. The MSIT does not have an additional program level accreditation at this time.

 

 

2. Who is behind the program?

The computer science advisory board is comprised of distinguished industry professionals and academics working to maintain the high level of quality in our online degree program. This board includes distinguished members such as the Dean of Computer Science at NYU, Dr. Alexander Tuzhilin; Professor of Human-Computer Interaction Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, Professor Justine Cassell; Professor of Computer Information Systems at Rutgers University, Dr. Vijay Atluri; Co-founder and CEO of Retrain.ai., Dr. Shay David; Professor of Electrical Engineering, Wits University, Professor Barry Dwolatzky; Principal Scientist, Facebook, Dr. Shawndra Hill; Collegiate Professor of Electrical Engineering, University of Michigan, Professor H.V. Jagadish; Professor of Computer Science, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Professor Vincent Oria; Yale University, Dr. Avi Silberschatz; General Partner, Union Square Ventures, Dr. Albert Wenger; and Former CPO, HP and President, Women’s Council at HypoVereinsbank Unicredit, Ms. Gabriele Zedlmayer.

 

 

3. Is the UoPeople MSIT also accredited by any of the program-level accrediting agencies that specialize in technology programs?

All UoPeople degrees are accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC). The DEAC is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a recognized accrediting agency. The MSIT does not have an additional program level accreditation at this time.

 

 

4. Who developed the program?

A highly regarded advisory panel including distinguished industry professionals and academics working to maintain the high level of quality in our online degree program. This includes distinguished members such as Professor of Information Systems and the Leonard N. Stern Professor of Business at the NYU Stern School of Business, Dr. Alexander Tuzhilin; Professor of Human-Computer Interaction Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, Professor Justine Cassell; Professor of Computer Information Systems at Rutgers University, Dr. Vijay Atluri; Co-founder and CEO of Retrain.ai., Dr. Shay David; Professor of Electrical Engineering, Wits University, Professor Barry Dwolatzky; Principal Scientist, Facebook, Dr. Shawndra Hill; Collegiate Professor of Electrical Engineering, University of Michigan, Professor H.V. Jagadish; Professor of Computer Science, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Professor Vincent Oria; Yale University, Dr. Avi Silberschatz; General Partner, Union Square Ventures, Dr. Albert Wenger; and Former CPO, HP and President, Women’s Council at HypoVereinsbank Unicredit, Ms. Gabriele Zedlmayer.

 

 

5. What are the components of the MSIT?

Students will complete a blended curriculum of business and information technology courses. A total of 36 semester credit hours are required to complete the proposed degree. Students must complete a minimum of 12 courses. Each course is 9 weeks in length, and students earn 3 credits per course.

 

 

6. How long does the MSIT take to complete?

Courses required for the Master of Science in Information Technology degree can be completed in a little over a year of full-time study. Full-time study is defined as two courses per term and requires a minimum of eighteen months to complete. Students can also choose to study part-time, completing their courses within a maximum of five years.

 

 

7. What careers/employment options are available for graduates?

Pursuing your Masters of Science in Information Technology (MSIT) will sharpen your computer science skills and prepare for a wide array of career options including: computer systems analyst, software applications developer, web designer, database administrator, business intelligence administrator, computer systems engineer, and more.

 

 

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