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Master of Science in Information Technology

Fatin Mohammed A., 2021 Graduate
Dr. Gary W., 2020 Graduate

Expand Your Education as a Tech Leader

Technology has become an integral part of our lives. We carry smartphones in our pockets, drive cars that utilize sophisticated software, and connect the entire world through any number of convenient technologies. Creating this experience isn’t easy; it takes teams of professionals working together to solve problems, create solutions, and keep everything working as designed.

Northcentral University’s Master of Science in Information Technology (MSIT) degree program is designed to help you learn about project management, contingency planning, and IP law so you’ll be prepared to take on technology-related leadership roles in government and private organizations. You’ll also learn about the design of technological information systems, computing systems, and the principles of computer hardware and software components.

NCU’s curriculum is designed and taught by experienced IT professionals with first-hand knowledge of current industry standards and needs. Our MSIT program can be completed entirely online and offers you a choice of four specializations based on your interests and career goals:

  • Cloud and Networking Infrastructure Management
  • General Information Management
  • Information Technology Project Management
  • Network Risk Management and Control

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  • NO Residency
  • NO Group Work
  • 100% Online Learning
  • 100% Doctoral Faculty

Program Outcomes

At Northcentral University, you can earn your Master of Science in Information Technology degree online, when it’s convenient for you. And although you attend class online, you still receive the personal support and guidance you deserve thanks to our one-to-one learning model. We also have no residency requirements, no GRE/GMAT requirements, and no group projects. This offers the flexibility you need to fit higher education into your busy schedule.

Program at a Glance

Total Credit Hours: 30 Credit Hours
Courses: 10 Courses
Recommended Completion Time: 15 Months

Learning Objectives

As a graduate of Northcentral University’s MSIT program, you’ll be able to:

  • Demonstrate applied knowledge of IT industry standards, resources, and techniques
  • Administer IT systems and services to optimize operations
  • Conduct technical analysis, design, response, and documentation to support enterprise operations
  • Incorporate project management methodology into the planning, development, and implementation of IT solutions
  • Assess legal, ethical, privacy, and security considerations throughout the information technology life cycle

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The Master of Science in Information Technology offers four specializations. You can choose from the following:

  • Cloud and Networking Infrastructure Management
  • General Information Management
  • Information Technology Project Management
  • Network Risk Management and Control

Cloud and Networking Infrastructure Management Specialization

The MSIT Cloud and Networking Infrastructure Management Specialization focuses on developing the knowledge and skills needed to model, configure, and administer traditional and cloud network infrastructures using an applied experiential approach.

Specialization Courses – 12 Credit Hours Total. Each course is 3 semester credits and runs eight weeks.

  • TIM-6410 - Cloud Computing
  • TIM-6445 - Wireless Networking
  • TIM-6121 - Distributed Algorithms and Parallel Computing
  • TIM-6450 - Advanced Network Administration

General Information Management Specialization

The MSIT General Information Management Specialization focuses on developing the skills and knowledge needed to manage and support technical teams. This specialization provides students with a general overview of systems analysis and design, cybersecurity, data integration, and IT asset management.

Specialization Courses – 12 Credit Hours Total. Each course is 3 semester credits and runs eight weeks.

  • TIM-6430 - Systems Analysis & Design
  • TIM-6301 - Principles of Cybersecurity
  • TIM-6530 - Big Data Integration
  • TIM-6550 - IT Asset Management

Information Technology Project Management Specialization

The MSIT Information Technology Project Management Specialization focuses on developing the skills and knowledge needed to lead or support information technology projects and programs. As part of this specialization, students will explore strategies to control project risk and manage project teams and resources to ensure the delivery of quality technical products and services.

Specialization Courses – 12 Credit Hours Total. Each course is 3 semester credits and runs eight weeks.

  • TIM-6610 - Leadership in Project Management
  • TIM-6630 - Managing Risk in Project Management
  • TIM-6210 - Quality Management
  • TIM-6640 - Program & Portfolio Management

Network Risk Management and Control Specialization

The MSIT Network Risk Management and Control Specialization focuses on developing the skills and knowledge needed to ensure network integrity, functionality, and security by using assessment tools and procedures to evaluate network health and effectiveness of control structures.

Specialization Courses – 12 Credit Hours Total. Each course is 3 semester credits and runs eight weeks.

  • TIM-6350 - Network Modeling and Design
  • TIM-6360 - Advanced Network Risk Management
  • TIM-6320 - Contingency Planning & Incidents
  • TIM-6370 - Network Governance, Control, and Assurance
  • TIM-5000 - Principles of Information Technology for the IT Professional
  • TIM-5025 - Networks, Clouds, and Mobile Computing
  • TIM-5035 - Cybersecurity, Risk Management and Policy for IT Professionals
  • TIM-5040 - Systems and Architectures for IT Professionals
  • TIM-5050 - Project Management for IT Professionals
  • Specialization Course 1
  • Specialization Course 2
  • Specialization Course 3
  • Specialization Course 4
  • TIM-6590 - Strategic Management of Data, Information, and Knowledge

IT leaders are necessary and in high demand in almost every industry, including healthcare, finance, retail, defense, professional consulting, and many others. The market for industry-current IT professionals is being driven by a greater emphasis on cloud computing, the collection and storage of big data, and information security. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of computer and IT professionals is projected to grow 13 percent by 2030.*

Once you’ve mastered and completed your NCU coursework and earned your MSIT degree, you’ll be qualified for a broad range of positions**, including:

  • Data Scientists
  • Software Engineers, Software Developers
  • Information Security Analysts
  • IT Project Managers
  • Systems Engineers
  • Solutions Architects
  • Data Engineers
  • Program Managers
  • Database Administrators & Architects
  • Management Analysts
  • Network & Computer Systems Administrators
  • Postsecondary Teachers

*SOURCE: https://www.bls.gov/ooh/computer-and-information-technology/home.htm

**SOURCE: Emsi Labor Analyst- Report. Emsi research company homepage at https://www.economicmodeling.com/company/ (Report viewed: July 2022). DISCLAIMER: The data provided is for informational purposes only. Emsi data and analysis utilizes government sources to provide insights on industries, demographics, employers, in-demand skills, and more to align academic programs with labor market opportunities. Cited projections may not reflect local or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth. Current and prospective students should use this data with other available economic data to inform their educational decisions.

The Master of Science in Information Technology is a 30 credit program comprised of 15 core credits, 12 specialization credits and 3 capstone credits.

Students assume full responsibility for understanding both the foundational, specialization and capstone requirements of the program. Switching programs after completing coursework may result in reevaluation, monetary loss, loss of credit hours and/or the need to take additional credit hours. Students’ Academic Advisors can assist with any questions related to program requirements.

The University may accept a maximum of 12 semester credits in transfer toward the Master of Science in Information Technology for graduate coursework completed at an accredited college or university with a grade average of “B” or better. Courses considered for transfer must mirror courses in the program. The Dean of the School Technology must approve any courses considered for transfer. See the Transfer Credit Policy in the Course Catalog for additional information.

Admissions

Northcentral University’s dedicated admissions team is here to help you throughout the admissions process. We accept and review applications year-round, and once you’re admitted, you can begin your studies as soon as the following week.

To apply to the Master of Science in Information Technology (MSIT) degree program, you must have a conferred bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited academic institution.

Questions? Call our admissions team at 866.776.0331 or request information and an advisor will be in touch soon. Ready to apply? Start your NCU application today.

CONTACT US

To speak with an enrollment advisor, call (866) 776-0331 or email admissions@ncu.edu

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Why Choose Northcentral University?

  • Classes Start Weekly: Your MS in Information Technology is flexible with NCU’s year-round enrollment and weekly class starts.
  • 1:1 Teaching Model: Our 100% doctoral faculty meet with you one-on-one, so you can focus on what matters — making a difference with your degree.
  • Online Community: To help students feel less isolated in a virtual learning environment, we created a community space called The Commons. The purpose was to create an interactive space for students to make real-time connections, meet, share ideas, and support each other through their academic journeys.

  • NO Residency
  • NO Group Work
  • 100% Online Learning
  • 100% Doctoral Faculty
  • No GRE/GMAT