Study Options

Part-Time Option

The part-time, Saturday-only option is offered for working professionals. The program is completed within two years, from September to June each year. Students take two courses each Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

An ideal option for those who:

  • Wish to continue working while in the program
  • Have obligations that would prevent them from attending weekday classes

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Full-Time Options

The full-time option is completed in either 10 months (fall, winter, and spring quarters) or 12 (fall, winter, and spring quarters plus the following fall quarter—which allows for a summer internship). Full-time students take half their course load on weekdays and half on Saturdays.

An ideal option for those who:

  • Are interested in completing a summer internship (optional)
  • Are international students
  • Come from a technical background
  • Have proficiency in math and programming

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Cybersecurity Minor

MSIT's three-unit minor in cybersecurity is open to all students enrolled inNorthwestern Engineering's professional Master's programs.

Students earn the minor by completing five courses (one 10-week course and four five-week courses) for a total of three units. The classes will be focused on a holistic view of cybersecurity topics that are appropriate for leadership roles in this area.

Learn more about the cybersecurity minor