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Quick Facts

The basics at-a-glance

Degree earned: Master of Science in Information Technology


Northwestern University’s Evanston campus

Easy access to Chicago’s robust IT community

Optional internships typically located in the greater Chicagoland area

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Part-time option:
Two academic years | Classes held Saturdays

Full-time option:
10-13 academic  months |
Optional summer internship | Classes held Saturdays and weekdays

Classes begin in September

Part-time option

Full-time option

Class Size

Cohort of 25-30 students

In your classmates, find a wealth of practical knowledge, insights, and expertise to enrich your learning and provide valuable networking opportunities

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Rolling admissions:
Applications are reviewed until all seats are filled. Cohort fills quickly; application submission recommended by June 15. Final deadline for part-time applications is August 1.

Application opens Sept. 1

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John FaustinoMSIT ’13

Head of Fi360 at Fi360, a Broadridge Company

“ As technology becomes more ubiquitous, a program like Northwestern’s MSIT that provides foundational technical education in a pragmatic business context will be a great choice for many.”

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Stella WarfelMSIT ’14

Project Manager, IT at DSC Logistics

“ It is wonderful to learn from the experiences of my fellow MSIT network members. Knowing you have access to IT professionals that are in different parts of their career can really help you learn and grow.”

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Sasha Korol MSIT ’10

Director of Claims Product Management at Duck Creek Technologies

“ The MSIT program at Northwestern offers a compelling mix of business and technology courses, and my ability to grow both my business skills and my technical skills has served me well in my career.”

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Barry FriedmanMSIT ’17

Systems Engineer, Walgreens

“ MSIT helped to mold my higher-level understanding and piece together seemingly unrelated bits of knowledge to provide me with the previously unrealized talent to successfully lead in my organization.”

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Aditya SinhaMSIT '20

Business Intelligence Engineer, Amazon

“ As an IT professional, I have a much better sense of the latest trends and technologies in the tech world. The program allowed me to understand that as an IT Leader, it is not just about building the best software, but it is about keeping the bigger picture in mind and making the right business decisions.”

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Why Northwestern?

Unique program features

Northwestern’s MSIT program takes a broader, more comprehensive approach to information technology education, delivering intensive curriculum in traditional technologies, current IT advancements and business applications. Regular input from a dedicated Industry Advisory Board ensures the curriculum evolves and promotes an academic experience that’s grounded in business reality. Graduates leave well-positioned to future-proof their careers.

Technical and Business Curriculum

Technical and Business Curriculum

Deepen your understanding of technology and augment it with business theory knowledge via our 70 percent tech and 30 percent business and management-focused curriculum.

Learn to drive organizational change through communications techniques required of today’s IT professional.

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Flexibility and Support

Flexibility and Support

Full- and part-time options allow you to choose the format that best matches your lifestyle. 

A dedicated program staff handles administrative tasks throughout your tenure, ensuring your time can be focused on learning.

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Diverse Perspectives

Diverse Perspectives

Learn from the cultural, industry, and experience-level diversity within your cohort. Deepen your leadership skills through project- and team-based work.

Broaden your IT outlook through an array of perspectives and knowledge from renowned Northwestern faculty and leading practicing industry IT and business executives.

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Career Outcomes

Career Outcomes

Connect with industry through events, field trips, guest lecturers, and the Northwestern alumni network. Gain mentorship from MSIT Industry Advisory Board members. Leave prepared for employment in a variety of industries.

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Bridging the Communications Gap

Three Tactics to Help IT Leaders Talk about Technology with Business Decision Makers

As the role of IT infrastructure has become more vital to the overall strategy of business, the demand for IT leaders to deliver technical concepts to a business-oriented audience has grown. Download our guide for actionable advice on how to write and deliver information to a senior executive audience.

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