Computer Information Technology M.S.

Program Rationale:

Toward the goal of preparing information technology (IT) practitioners for the 21st century, the MS CIT program integrates disciplines of the IT field, including computer science, and networking and telecommunications, providing the student with both breadth and depth of knowledge and skill-based expertise in this field.

Program Learning Outcomes:

Students in the program are expected to demonstrate:

  • theoretical and conceptual mastery of a broad base of computer science, and networking and telecommunications skills required for successful careers in the IT field;
  • application-based mastery of a broad base of computer science and/or networking and telecommunications skills required for successful careers in the IT field; and
  • the ability to conduct and present applied research through a research team project.

Admission Requirements:

Applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education. Applicants must also have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.70 on a 4.00 point scale (where A is 4.00), or its equivalent, and good standing (3.00 GPA) in all post-baccalaureate course work. Applicants must submit a graduate application along with official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended to the Graduate Recruitment and Admissions.

Additional Materials Required:

Applicants must submit a resume and two letters of recommendation to be used in reviewing CIT-related work. At least one letter of recommendation must come from an individual who can attest to the applicant’s work experience; the second letter may be from an individual who can attest to the applicant’s academic ability and commitment. Instructions for uploading the resume and for obtaining and submitting the recommendation letters will be found within the graduate online application.

Contact: 860-832-2710

 

Course and Capstone Requirements

Common Core Courses

CS 500Computer Science for Computer Information Technology

3

CET 501Applied Networking Technology I

3

and either

CS 501Foundations of Computer Science

3

or

CET 502Applied Networking Technology II

3

Students select from one of two specializations- Computer Science or Networking and Telecommunications Technology.

Specialization 1- Computer Science

Core Courses:

CS 501Foundations of Computer Science

3

CS 502Computing and Communications Technology

3

Electives:

Students select 15--18 credits of electives with advisor. These elective courses can be any combination of 500-level CS courses numbered from CS 505 to CS 594 and the 400-level CS courses listed below. A maximum of 9 credits at the 400-level can be applied. All 400-level credits require the prior permission of advisor.

CS 407Advanced Topics in Computer Science

1-3

CS 409/CYS 409Advanced CS Topics in Cybersecurity

3

CS 423Computer Graphics

3

CS 460Database Concepts

3

CS 462Artificial Intelligence

3

CS 463Algorithms

3

CS 464Programming Languages

3

CS 481Operating Systems Design

3

CS 490Computer Communications Networks & Distributed Processing

3

CS 492/CYS 492Computer Security

3

Capstone

Students may register for the Special Project (Plan C) course upon completion of core requirements and at least three specialization courses.

CIT 595Capstone in Computer Information Technology

3

Specialization 2- Networking and Telecommunications Technology

Core Courses:

CET 502Applied Networking Technology II

3

CET 559Applied Network Security

3

CET 594Research Design

3

Electives:

CET 402Topics in Computer Electronics Technology

1-3

CET 405Applied Topics in Computer Electronics Technology

3

CET 407/CYS 407IT Topics in Cybersecurity

3

CET 443Electronic Communications

3

CET 449Advanced Networking

3

CET 453Microcomputers

3

CET 479Network Administration

3

CET 507Advanced Topics in IT Cybersecurity

3

CET 513Computer Applications for the Professional

3

CET 533Digital Transmission in Telecommunications

3

CET 543Telecommunications Systems

3

CET 549Health Information Network

3

CET 568/CET 468Applied Blockchain Technology

3

CET 569Network Security Management

3

CET 589/CET 489Web Services and Security

3

CET 596Technological Problems and Issues

1-3

TM 500Product Life Cycle Management

3

TM 551Project Management

3

TM 561Application of Lean Principles

3

TM 572Innovative Leadership

3

Capstone

Students may select either Special Project (Plan C) or Comprehensive Exam (Plan B).

Students selecting plan C may register for the Special Project course upon completion of core requirements and at least three specialization courses.

CIT 595Capstone in Computer Information Technology

3

 

or

 

Comprehensive Exam

Total Credit Hours: 33

Note: A maximum of 6 credits at the 400-level is allowed with prior permission of advisor.