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 multiple disciplines of the IT field, including computer science, management information systems, 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, management information systems, and networking and telecommunications skills required for successful careers in the IT field;
  • application-based mastery of a broad base of computer science, management information systems, and 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. All additional materials should be sent to the MS-CIT Director’s office, Maria Sanford Hall, Room 303, Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, CT 06050.

Contact: 860-832-2710


Course and Capstone Requirements

Core Courses

CS 501Foundations of Computer Science

3

CS 502Computing and Communications Technology

3

MIS 501Managing the IT Value Proposition

3

MIS 502Business Payoff of Information Technology & Systems

3

CET 501Applied Networking Technology I

3

CET 502Applied Networking Technology II

3

Total Credit Hours:18

Specialization

Students select 12 credits from one of two specializations - Computer Science or Networking and Telecommunications Technology, in consultation with an advisor.

Total Credit Hours:12

Specialization 1 - Computer Science electives:

CS 407Advanced Topics in Computer Science

1-3

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

CS 530Advanced Software Engineering

3

CS 550Topics in Human-Computer Interaction

3

CS 570Topics in Artificial Intelligence

3

CS 580Topics in Database Systems and Applications

3

CS 590Topics in High Performance Computing and Communications

3

Specialization 2 - Networking and Telecommunications Technology

Electives (Computer Electronics and Graphics Technology Department):

CET 402Topics in Computer Electronics Technology

1 TO 3

CET 405Applied Topics in Computer Electronics Technology

3

CET 443Electronic Communications

3

CET 449Advanced Networking

3

CET 453Microcomputers

3

CET 479Network Administration

3

CET 513Computer Applications for the Professional

3

CET 533Digital Transmission in Telecommunications

3

CET 543Telecommunications Systems

3

CET 559Applied Network Security

3

CET 596Technological Problems and Issues

1 TO 3

TM 500Product Life Cycle Management

3

TM 510Industrial Operations Management

3

TM 551Project Management

3

TM 561Application of Lean Principles

3

TM 572Innovative Leadership

3

TM 594Research in Methods Technology

3

Students specializing in either area may take a limited number of Management Information Systems graduate courses, with permission of their advisors, which will count toward their specialization credits:

MIS 510Managing Data Communications & Networking

3

MIS 515Data Management

3

MIS 550Information Technology Policy and Strategy

3

MIS 561International Management Information Systems

3

MIS 565Information Systems Analysis and Design

3

MIS 569Current Topics in Management Information Systems

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

Total Credit Hours:3

Total Credit Hours: 33

Total Credit Hours: 33

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