Information Technology MS

UMass Boston's MS in Information Technology (MSIT) is a 10 course, 30 credit degree program. To receive the MSIT, students must complete 10 courses: Required MSIT Courses, Required MSIT Electives, and the Required MSIT Capstone. Four (4) pre-requisite courses must be satisfied or waived through prior relevant coursework, based on a review of transcripts.*

Advancements in IT have revolutionized nearly every facet of human existence. Individuals and organizations communicate, connect, collaborate, and compete through increasingly sophisticated computer networks, systems, and devices. In a rapidly globalizing economy, the knowledge of how to effectively deploy IT assets to manage customer relationships, data collection, and analysis, supply chains, workflows, or security concerns can make the difference between success and failure for individual managers and entire corporations. Coursework and student resources help students develop communication, presentation, and analytical skills, as well as the technical, quantitative, and decision-making abilities required of contemporary managers.

The coursework for the MSIT is grouped around three key clusters:

  • Technical Foundation of Information Technology
  • Applications of Information Technology
  • Information Technology Management and Strategy

The program can be completed full-time or part-time, with classes that meet primarily in the evenings, late afternoons, weekends, and online. Scheduling is highly flexible, with most classes meeting once per week.

* A minimum of 30 credits (10 courses) total are required to meet university degree completion criteria. Waiving multiple courses may require completion of additional elective courses to meet the 30 credit minimum requirement. 


Curriculum

MS, Information Technology (MSIT) 10 Courses; 30 Credits

The MSIT is a 10 course, 30 credit degree program. To receive the MSIT, students must complete 10 courses: Required MSIT Courses, Required MSIT Electives, and the Required MSIT Capstone. Four (4) pre-requisite courses must be satisfied or waived through prior relevant coursework, based on a review of transcripts.*

Required MSIT Courses (5 Courses; 15 Credits):

MSIS 614 Business Data Communication and Computer Networks (eligible for substitution
MSIS 615 Business Programming (eligible for substitution) 
MSIS 618 Database Management Systems (eligible for substitution) 
MSIS 619 Systems Analysis and Design  
MSIS 670 Enterprise Business Intelligence

MSIS 614, MSIS 615, and MSIS 618 are eligible for course substitution based on a review of prior course work and meeting satisfactory final grade requirements in corresponding courses. A minimum of 10 courses, 30 credits are required to meet MS Information Technology degree requirements.  

Required MSIT Electives (4 Courses; 12 Credits):
[Course scheduling is subject to change by semester]

Career Paths/Elective Courses: To pursue a specific career path, students will select four elective courses from that area.

Business Analytics (choose 4) 
MSIS 642 Multivariate Statistics and Regression
MSIS 656 Information Storage Management
MSIS 671 Enterprise Data Warehousing
MSIS 672 Enterprise Data Mining & Predictive Analytics 
MSIS 680 Advanced Data Mining & Predictive Modeling
MSIS 685 Architect, Build & Manage Big Data Application

Cyber Security (choose 4) 
MSIS 613 Information Security, Privacy and Regulatory Compliance
MSIS 623 Network and Mobile Forensics
MSIS 624 Malware Analysis
MSIS 627 Business Computer Forensics and Incident Response
MSIS 634 Health Information Privacy and Security    

IT Management (choose 4)
MSIS 613 Information Security, Privacy and Regulatory Compliance
MSIS 617 Supply Chain Management
MSIS 620 Customer Relations Management & Technology
MSIS 631 Operation Risk Management
MSIS 671 Enterprise Data Warehousing

Required MSIT Capstone (1 Course; 3 Credits): 
MSIS 630 Project and Change Management

View the GMAT/GRE Waiver Policy for admission criteria. 

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*MSIT Pre-/Co-requisite courses
MBAMS 630 Statistical Analysis for Managers
MBAMS 635 Operations Management 
MBAMS 640 Computer Information Processing
MBAMGT 650 Organizational Analysis and Skills for Managers

*Eligible Course Waivers: View the MSIT Course Waiver Policy. 
Students that complete equivalent coursework may be eligible to waive some of these courses.
A minimum of 30 credits (10 courses) total are required to meet university degree completion criteria. Waiving multiple courses may require the completion of additional elective courses to meet the 30 credit minimum requirement. 

Learning Goals

As part of its program to maintain accreditation with the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the College of Management faculty has formally adopted learning objectives for each of its degree programs and periodically conducts assessments to ensure student learning for each learning objective and to identify opportunities for curriculum improvement.

The learning goals for the Master of Science in Information Technology (MSIT) Program are for students to:

  1. Develop a critical understanding of the technical foundation of information systems to support day-to-day business operation.
  2. Deploy information technology assets effectively to support business processes and generates competitive advantages.
  3. Apply critical thinking and analytic competence to complex information systems problems.
  4. Equip students with communication, leadership and team-based skills necessary for successful careers in business environments.