The MSIT curriculum is based on the idea that in order to better manage technology, you need to understand the workings of technology, both old and new. They also must know how to leverage IT within the context of the overall business operations. MSIT courses teach students how to gain a competitive edge in the workplace by striking the perfect balance between business acumen and IT capabilities.
All part-time students are required to complete the 6 quarter sequence of MSIT courses posted here (MSIT course schedule). Students may petition to waive a course based on demonstrated knowledge in which case they must compete an alternative course. Students are also allowed to take up to 2 independent study courses in lieu of second year MSIT courses (not including MSIT 443) with program permission.
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In the first-year of the program, students will explore the fundamentals of telecommunications engineering and computer and information technology, learn concepts behind networks, and learn how to evaluate technologies and their operations using probability and statistics. Students will also start to build a business foundation with financial management, and learn how to effectively mine data to make intelligent business decisions.
Example Course schedule
First-year students should use the following schedule as a guideline. Every student takes a morning and an afternoon course.
- 431: Probability and Statistical Methods (Morning)
- 456: Financial Management for IT Professionals (Afternoon)
- 411: Fundamentals of Telecommunication Engineering (Morning)
- 421: Principles of Computer and Information Technology (Afternoon)
In the second-year of the program, students will explore more advanced technical material in wireless technologies and information security, while expanding their knowledge of business principles through courses in management, marketing, law, innovation, and strategy integration courses.
example course schedule
Second-year students should use the following schedule as a guideline. Every student takes a morning and an afternoon course.
Please note: The fall and spring quarter's afternoon courses change after five weeks.
- 458: Information Security and Assurance (Morning)
- 490: Selected Topics in Information Technology: IT Management (Afternoon– first 5 weeks)
- 455: The Law of IT (Afternoon– second 5 weeks)
- 443: Capstone Course- Enterprise IT Application and Integration (Morning)
- 445: Managing Technology Development and Innovation (Afternoon– First 5 weeks)
- 490: Risk Management (Afternoon– Second 5 weeks)
The MSIT program's interdisciplinary curriculum provides students with a balanced series of courses that meet their educational and professional needs. However, students who wish to pursue subject matter outside the core curriculum—for example, a topic that meets a current on-the-job need—may opt to conduct an independent study in a particular area of interest. With the program director's approval, students may elect to complete independent study projects in place of up to two regular courses, typically during the second year of the program.
Recent Independent Study Projects
The following are titles of recent independent student projects:
- "Intelligent Transportation Systems—Privatization is the Answer"
- "Enterprise Security"
- "The Evolution of WAP Toward the Ideal Security End Game"
- "Encryption Concepts and Methodologies"
- "E-Commerce Central"
- "E-Commerce Security"
- "The Design and Marketing of the Next Great IT Innovation"
- "Object-Oriented Software Engineering"
- "Introduction to Data Network Modeling Tools"
- "IT-Based Strategic Management"
One of the unique features of the MSIT curriculum is the required capstone course. Taken in one of the final quarters, the capstone is intended to give students the experience of managing a business entity as its chief executive officer. In this role, students apply all the business and technology concepts learned in MSIT’s functional core courses to a case study presented by a practicing IT professional. Specifically, students learn to integrate operations management, strategic analysis, forecasting, decision making, redesign and restructuring of an enterprise. Additionally, they will demonstrate decision-making processes, report writing and presentation skills. This distinctive opportunity provides students the chance to manage the technology challenges currently facing most industries today.
MSIT students find study groups to be one of the most rewarding and valuable aspects of the program, not only for the academic benefits, but for the personal and professional relationships that develop as a result.
These groups are typically composed of three to four students and usually meet once a week to discuss class material and homework, prepare for tests, and work on group projects. Study groups provide opportunities for students to harness multiple points of view for handling work-related IT problems, as well as to develop skills for managing group dynamics, often a key component to successful IT work.