Program Requirements

The IT department offers the MSIT program (30 credit hours) and 5 graduate certificates (12 credit hours each): Data Analytics and Intelligent Technology, IT Security, Enterprise IT Management, Health IT and IT Foundation.

The IT foundation certificate is designed to prepare students who don’t have computing background transitioning into the Master program. The other four certificates focus on a special IT area. All the graduate certificates are both standalone and embedded in the MSIT program. In other words, you can apply for the certificate only if you are just interested in a specific IT field. If you are in the MSIT program, the graduate certificate can be considered a concentration of your study.

New curriculum effective in fall 2021: 1) Program Requirement (2021-22 catalog); 2) Course Flowchar (2021-22 catalog). Recording of Information session on new curriculum.

New & existing course mapping

2021-2022 Curriculum Crosswalk. (What an existing student should do)

Current requirement: 1) Program Requirement (2020-21 catalog); 2) Course Flowchart.(2020-21 catalog)

MSIT Program Requirements

  • Foundation courses are only required for students who don't have computing backgrounds. Foundation courses can be waived if a student took equivalent courses in his/her undergraduate or graduate studies. Students may test out the foundation courses and the request must be made to the program director by his/her first semester starts.

    • Course Name
      Prerequisites
      Credit Hours
    • IT 5413 Software Design and Development
      --
      3
    • IT 5423 Comp Architecture, Operating Sys & Networks
      --
      3
    • IT 5433 Databases: Design and Applications
      --
      3
    • IT 5443 Web Technologies & App Development
      --
      3
     
    • Course Name
      Prerequisites
      Credit Hours
    • IT 6203 IT Design Studio
      IT 5433 & IT 5443
      3
    • IT 6413 IT Service Delivery
      IT 5423
      3
    • IT 6423 System Acquisition and Integr.
      IT 5413
      3
    • IT 6823 Information Security Concepts & Admin.
      IT 5423
      3
  • A student must choose one of the following options:

    A. Capstone option

    1. IT 7993 IT Capstone (Prerequisite: IT 6203 and at least two of following courses: IT 6413, IT 6423, and IT 6823)
    2. 15 Credit Hours from Elective Course List.

    B. Thesis option

    1. IT 7999 Thesis (6 credit hours over two semesters)
    2. 12 Credit Hours from Elective Course list.
  • Depending on whether students take the capstone or the thesis option, they are required to complete 5 or 3 elective courses, respectively. In addition to the Information Technology electives listed below, students may take maximum of 1 elective from CS, IID, IS, MGT, STAT, subject to Credit for Duplicate Courses policy and course prerequisites. course prerequisites.

    • Course Name
      Prerequisites
      Credit Hours
    • IT 7103 Practical Data Analytics
      --
      3
    • IT 7113 Data Visualization
      IT 5433 
      3
    • IT 7123 Business Intelligence
      IT 5433
      3
    • IT 7133 Enterprise AI Applications 
      --
      3
    • IT 7143:Cloud Analytics Technology
      --
      3
    • IT 7303: Data Privacy Technologies
      IT 6823
      3
    • IT 7313:Physical IT Systems Security
      IT 6823
      3
    • IT 7323 Computer Forensics
      IT 6823
      3
    • IT 7333:Enterprise Cloud and Wireless Security
      IT 6823
      3
    • IT 6343 Ethical Hacking
      IT 6823
      3
    • IT 7503 Foundations of Health IT (HIT)
      --
      3
    • IT 7513 Electronic Health Record (EHR) Systems
      IT 7503
      3
    • IT 7523 Clinical Processes and Workflows
      IT 7503
      3
    • IT 7533 Health Information Security and Privacy
      IT 7503
      3
    • IT 7703 IT Policy and Law
      co-req IT 6413 or IT 6423
      3
    • IT 7713 Management of Information Technology
      --
      3
    • IT 7723 IT Strategy, Policy, and Governance
      --
      3
    • IT 7733:Fundamentals of Enterprise Cloud
      IT 6413
      3
    • IT 7743 Database Administration
      IT 5433
      3
    • IT 6753 Advance Web Development
      IT 5433 & IT 5443
      3
    • IT 7900 Special Topics in Information Technology
      varies
      1-3
    • IT 7913 Research Seminar in IT
      --
      3
    • IT 7923:Advanced Web Development
      IT 5433 and IT 5443
       
    • IT 7993 IT Capstone
      IT 6203 and at least two of following courses: IT 6413, IT 6423, and IT 6823
      3
    • IT 7999 Master's Thesis
      IT 6913 and the consent of the program director
      6 (two consecutive semesters of 3 credits each)
    • CSE 6983 Graduate Internship
      9 CSE or IT graduate hours and be in good academic standing.
      3
    • IT 6833 Wireless Security *
      IT 6823
      3
    • IT 6863 Database Security and Auditing *
      IT 5433
      3
    • IT 6883 Infrastructure Defense *
      IT 5423
      3

    * Those courses are discontinued starting fall 2021. They will be offered based on permanent schedule by summer 2022. 

Graduate Certificates Requirements

A MSIT student who getting a graduate certificate use this link to petition for the certificate. 

  • Program Description

    The Graduate Certificate in Data Analytics and Intelligent Technology is designed for individuals to advance their knowledge and career options in the data analytic field. he certificate focuses on technologies, systems, and applications that support data analytical processing and intelligent IT operations at various levels. Graduates from the program will develop a solid foundation and gain hands-on experience with up-to-date technologies and systems used in the industry. 

    Admission Requirements

    • Meet all KSU Graduate College Admission Requirements. 
    • Resumé/Vita required. 
    • Undergraduate degree from an accredited university. 
    • Minimum undergraduate degree GPA 2.75. Lower GPA is considered on a case-by-case basis. 
    • Admissions Criteria for Unique Cases
      Prior knowledge in database systems and related data technologies and applications is required. Students who do not have this background will be required to take the following IT foundation courses.  

    The decision on the foundation course requirement will be made based on applicant’s prior academic records and will be written in the admission letter. 

    Required Courses (6 Credit Hours)

    Elective Courses (6 Credit Hours)

    Choose two from the following:

    Program Total (12 Credit Hours) 

  • Program Description
    The Graduate Certificate in Information Technology Security Program is designed for individuals to advance their knowledge and career options in the field of information security. The certificate program focuses on fundamental principles of securing networks and computer systems, hands-on experience with configuration, design, development and administration of security tools, and an awareness of industry best practices. Graduates from the program will build a strong foundation in pursuing a career in the information security field.  The certificate can be taken as a stand-alone program or embedded as part of the Master of Science in Information Technology program.

    Admission Requirements

    • Meet all KSU Graduate College Admission Requirements.
    • Resumé/Vita required. 
    • Undergraduate degree from an accredited university. 
    • Minimum undergraduate degree GPA 2.75. Lower GPA is considered on a case-by-case basis.
    • Admissions Criteria for Unique Cases

    Prior knowledge in computer network and systems administration is required. Students who do not have this background will be required to take the following IT foundation course.  

    The decision on the foundation course requirement will be made based on applicant’s prior academic records and will be written in the admission letter

    Program of Study
    Required Course (3 Credit Hours)

    Elective Courses (9 Credit Hours)
    Choose any three courses from the following:

    Program Total (12 Credit Hours)

  • Program Description
    The Graduate Certificate in Health Information Technology (HIT) is designed for individuals who want to advance their knowledge in Health Information Technology. Students will gain hands-on experience through configuring and administering open-source electronic health record systems, applying health data analytics and process mining, and assessing and managing health data security and privacy risks. Graduates with this certificate will have domain knowledge, understanding of healthcare regulations, and IT skills needed in the healthcare industry. The certificate can be taken either as a stand-alone program or as embedded in the Master of Science in Information Technology program. 

    Admission Requirements

    • Meet all KSU Graduate College Admission Requirements. 
    • Resumé/Vita required. 
    • Undergraduate degree from an accredited university.
    • Minimum undergraduate degree GPA 2.75. Lower GPA is considered on a case-by-case basis.

    Program of Study
    Required Courses (12 Credit Hours)
     

    Program Total (12 Credit Hours)

  • Program Description
    The Graduate Certificate in Enterprise IT Management is designed for IT professionals and others who hold a bachelor’s degree to advance their knowledge in the field of Enterprise IT Management. Students graduating with this program will develop a solid foundation in IT standards, best practices and applications in enterprise IT management areas such as IT service management, IT system acquisition and integration, IT governance and policy, pertinent laws and regulation, and enterprise cloud management.

    The certificate can be taken as a stand-alone program and as an embedded certificate in the MSIT program. Currently enrolled MSIT students can apply the certificate courses towards MSIT requirements and electives.

    Admission Requirements 

    • Meet all KSU Graduate College Admission Requirements. 
    • Resumé/Vita required. 
    • Undergraduate degree from an accredited university. 
    • Minimum undergraduate degree GPA 2.75. Lower GPA is considered on a case-by-case basis. 
    • Admissions Criteria for Unique Cases
      Prior knowledge in computer networks, system administration, and database is required. Students who do not have this background will be required to take the following IT foundation course.  

    The decision on the foundation course requirement will be made based on applicant’s prior academic records and will be written in the admission letter

    Required Courses (6 Credit Hours)

    Elective Courses (6 Credit Hours)
    Choose two courses from the following.

    Program Total (12 Credit Hours)

  •  The Graduate Certificate in Information Technology Foundations is aimed at individuals who hold an accredited bachelor's degree in an area unrelated to computing but who would like to transition into a Master's program in Information Technology or obtain an entry-level position in the industry. Students who obtain the certificate have skills and knowledge in the areas of programming, web development, database systems, system administration and information assurance and security. All the courses in the Graduate Certificate in Information Technology Foundations are offered both face-to-face and online. No Credit by Examination or course substitution.

    Required Courses (12 Credit Hours)

    Program Total (12 Credit Hours)

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