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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.

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 post-secondary 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
CIS 732 Strategic IT Planning
CIS 734 Staffing the Information Systems Function
CIS 736 IT Infrastructure
CIS 738 Information System Project Management
CIS 740 IT System Development
CIS 742 Management of End User Computing
CIS 744 IT System Management
CIS 746 Data Management
CIS 747 IT Legal Issues
CIS 748 Principles of Information Security
CIS 750 IT Sourcing and Procurement
CIS 752 Behavioral and Leadership in IT
CIS 754 Organizational Transformation
CIS 756 Special Topics in Information Systems
CIS 765 Computer Forensics


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