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Master of Science in Information Technology

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M.S. Degree Requirements

Individuals completing the M.S.I.T. program are expected to understand fundamental principles and underlying technologies of IT. Individuals must

  • Understand how to realize an IT infrastructure, from defining requirements, design, implementation, deployment, integration, and on through its lifecycle.
  • Understand how to apply IT within an organizational context to increase productivity and competitiveness and to meet business goals.
  • Understand the policy, security, privacy, ethical, and legal aspects of IT and its evolution and future trends.
  • Have the ability to effectively communicate to affect technological decisions.

The master’s program in Information Technology offers a thesis and nonthesis option. The thesis option requires a minimum of 8 approved graduate courses, 6 hours of Master’s Thesis, EECS 802 and an oral defense of the thesis in the final semester. A master’s thesis should address an open problem in EECS. After evaluating current literature related to the problem of interest, students must design, build, and evaluate hardware or software systems or system models to prove or disprove their research hypothesis. Completing a thesis typically takes 2 semesters and produces results that could be published as a paper in conference proceedings or a professional journal. The nonthesis option requires a minimum of 9 approved graduate courses, 3 hours of Graduate Problems, EECS 802, and an oral defense of the project report in the final semester.

Information Technology students are required to choose a focus area for their project or thesis topic early in their graduate career and identify a faculty adviser who is interested in supervising their work. Students are required to take their courses from the focus area of their choice. To deviate from the core and elective courses defined for the M.S.I.T. program requires advisor concurrence, petition and approval of the EECS graduate committee, and for other EECS courses, permission of the instructor.

Associated Focus Areas

  • Information Assurance and Management
  • Internet Engineering and Management
  • Software Engineering and Management

Central to the master’s program in Information Technology is the development of each student’s Plan of Study. The plan must be approved by a committee of 3 EECS Graduate Faculty members, with 1 serving as the student’s adviser. The plan must be developed and approved by the graduate office during the first semester. The Plan of Study outlines all course work and designates the thesis or nonthesis option. It must include 6 core courses, 2 courses from the associated elective list if the student pursues a thesis option, OR 3 courses from the associated elective list if the student pursues the non-thesis option. Both options require at least one semester of EECS 802 Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Colloquium and Seminar on Professional Issues. A current list of the areas and their requirements is available on the EECS website. The 3 EECS Graduate Faculty members who approve the plan verify that courses selected meet the guidelines and are appropriate for the M.S.I.T. degree program. Modifications to the plan must be approved by the student’s committee and resubmitted to the graduate office for approval.

Subject to the general restrictions on M.S. course work, the thesis option requires a minimum of 8 courses approved in a Plan of Study, 6 hours of EECS 899 Master’s Thesis or Report, EECS 802 Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Colloquium and Seminar on Professional Issues, and a general oral examination. For students completing the thesis option, EECS 891 Graduate Problems does not count toward the 8 courses required for the degree. Before thesis work begins, the student selects a thesis adviser who is a Graduate Faculty member of the department. A thesis proposal of research into a specific research question is to be submitted to and accepted by the student’s graduate committee at least one semester before completion of the program.

Subject to the general restrictions on M.S. course work, the nonthesis option requires a minimum of 9 courses approved in a Plan of Study, 3 hours of EECS 891 Graduate Problems, EECS 802 Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Colloquium and Seminar on Professional Issues, and a general oral examination. The non-thesis option requires the execution and completion of a substantial project whose topic and scope is agreed to between the student and adviser. A project is a creative endeavor such as designing and implementing hardware, software system or the integration of existing knowledge..

The general oral examination must be taken in the last semester. It is conducted by an examining committee consisting of the thesis adviser and at least 2 other Graduate Faculty members of the department selected by the student and adviser. The committee determines if the written thesis, oral presentation of research, and general knowledge of the discipline meet the department’s standards.

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