The flexible part-time program allows working professionals to continue their education while working full time.The flexible part-time program allows working professionals to continue their education while working full time.

Study Options
Part-Time Program Option

Many students choose to enroll in MSIT part-time because it allows them the flexibility to maintain full-time employment. This option is ideal for students wanting to earn a degree from one of the nation’s most prestigious universities, without interrupting their careers. Many students discover that they are able to put what they learn in the classroom to immediate use in their current positions while earning a master's degree. Part-time students attend class with full-time students creating a cohort diverse in age, experience, education, and industry.

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Program Duration

The part-time option is offered over two years during three, 10-week quarters from September to June. Students earn their degree via completion of 12 courses.

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Class Location and Schedule

Part-time students attend two Saturday classes on Northwestern's Evanston campus from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The Saturday schedule includes a break for lunch from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Breakfast, lunch, and snacks are provided on class days.

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Part-time students take a course load focused primarily on technical skills (70%) and complemented with business and management skills (30%). Students also:

  • Complete a capstone course
  • Participate in study groups
  • Take up to two independent study courses that fit their area of interest

Learn more about part-time curriculum
View the MSIT course schedule


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Who Should Apply?

The program is designed for working professionals looking to advance their careers in information technology. All applicants have at least two years of industry experience and possess a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution. Any major will be considered, for the part-time MSIT degree, but if you have a degree in a non-technical field you are required to have four years of post-college, IT-related job experience.

Learn more about the typical student profile
Review admissions requirements for the part-time program

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MSIT courses are taught by tenured faculty from the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Northwestern Law School, Medill’s Integrated Marketing Communications program, and by leading IT professionals from top corporations.

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