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Master of Science in Information Technology

Joshua Davis, Department Head
Glass Hall, Room 359; Phone 417-836-4131

Program description

The Master of Science in Information Technology provides relevant and timely graduate education to professionals seeking skills in the effective management, development and implementation of information technology in organizations. Building upon the student's work experience and education, the program offers intensive online learning instruction assignments to deliver a high-quality graduate learning experience. The result is a program which develops the effective organizational, leadership and job-specific skills required in the fast-paced information technology field.

The MSIT program is accredited by AACSB International - The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

Entrance criteria

One or more of the following criteria will be considered for admission to the Master of Science in Information Technology program*:

  1. Past academic performance.
  2. Professional work experience.
  3. Minimum qualifications for admission to Missouri State as a graduate student.

*Admission to the MSIT program is competitive, and satisfying the above entrance criteria does not guarantee admission. Provisional admission may be available for students do not meet the minimum criteria at the time of application. Provisional students may be required to successfully complete specific prerequisite courses in order to remove their provisional status.

Accelerated Master's Degree Option

Undergraduate majors in the College of Business may apply for admission to the Master of Science in Information Technology (MSIT) program during the second semester of their junior year. If accepted, up to 12 hours of 600- and 700-level COB classes taken in the senior year may be counted toward both the undergraduate and graduate degrees.

Admission Requirement:

  1. Completion of 80 or more hours at time of application.
  2. An overall GPA of 3.00 or better.

Before enrolling in a course that will apply to both the undergraduate program and the master's program an undergraduate student must:

  1. Be accepted into the accelerated program.
  2. Receive prior approval from the MSIT program director, department head of the undergraduate program, and the Dean of the Graduate College. This is done by using a Mixed Credit Form.

Acceptance into the program and all approvals must be completed prior to the end of the Change of Schedule period for the course(s). See the Graduate College for further information.

International students ONLY

In addition to the requirements above, international applicants must also provide official TOEFL scores. Test must have been taken within the last two years of intended term of enrollment and sent to Missouri State University (code 6665) from ETS.

Degree requirements

The Master of Science in Information Technology is a 30 credit-hour program. Students typically complete the program in two years when taking two courses in each of the fall and spring semester and one course in the summer semester of each year. A maximum of two graduate-level courses (6 credit hours) taken at an approved postsecondary institution before acceptance into the program may be applied toward the degree if approved by the Program Director.

MSIT course offerings up to 30 credit hours:

Course Code Course Title Credit Hours
ITC 732 Strategic IT Planning 3 hrs
ITC 736 Data Communications and Networking 3 hrs
ITC 738 Information Technology Project Management 3 hrs
ITC 740 IT System Development 3 hrs
ITC 744 Information Systems Management 3 hrs
ITC 746 Data Management 3 hrs
ITC 747 IT Legal Issues 3 hrs
ITC 748 Principles of Information Security 3 hrs
ITC 754 Organizational Transformation 3 hrs
ITC 755 Data Analysis and Visualization 3 hrs
ITC 756 Special Topics in Information Systems 3 hrs
ITC 758 Technological Innovation 3 hrs
ITC 774 Predictive Artificial Intelligence 3 hrs
ITC 775 Enterprise Data Analytics 3 hrs
ITC 795 Independent Study - Information Technology 3 hrs


Research projects with oral or written reports may be required in any graduate MSIT course.