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    Oct 20, 2020  
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog 
    
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog

Information Technology, M.S.I.T.


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Priority Admission Application Deadlines: http://www.grad.usf.edu/majors

Also offered as a Bachelor’s/Master’s Pathway

Contact Information

College: Engineering
Department: Computer Science and Engineering

Contact Information: http://www.grad.usf.edu/majors


The Department of Computer Science and Engineering offers a non‐thesis option for the degree of Master of Science in Information Technology (M.S.I.T). The MSIT graduate will demonstrate strong information technology skills as well as problem solving skills needed for the deployment of technology solutions to achieve business and organizational goals. The degree is available in an hybrid mode (online and face to face), and provides students with a broad and integrative understanding of both technology and operational and strategic business and organizational applications. There is considerable freedom in the choice of the courses.

The breadth of subjects which are part of information technology together with the immense diversity of its applications, make it imperative that students in the Master’s major maintain close contact with the Graduate Director, in order to achieve a coherent plan of study directed towards a specific goal. In particular, election of courses should only be made with prior consultation and approval of the Major Professor or the Graduate Director.

Admissions Information

Must meet University Admission and English Proficiency requirements as well as requirements for admission to the major, listed below.

  • The GRE is required for all MSIT applicants. We require a minimum of (81 percentile) on the Quantitative portion and a minimum of (44 percentile) on the Verbal. The GRE will be waived for M.S. degree applicants with an undergraduate degree from an ABET-accredited United States university or for those applicants that show a minimum of 3 years of relevant and recent full-time professional experience in the U.S.
  • Minimum grade point average (GPA) of “B” (or equivalent) for all coursework completed during the last two years of undergraduate major.
  • If consideration of an assistantship is desired, the speaking score component of the TOEFL must be 26 or above.
  • Three letters of recommendation.
  • Statement of purpose.
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Information Technology, Computer Science, or a closely related field; or a bachelor’s degree in another field, plus satisfactory completion of the courses listed below under “Undergraduate Prerequisites.”
  • Evidence of completion of a defined subset of the required core courses found in the University of South Florida’s Bachelor of Science in Information Technology degree program or their equivalent (see “Undergraduate Prerequisites” below).

Undergraduate Prerequisites


To be successful in this major, an applicant should have certain base knowledge in the discipline demonstrated from undergraduate-level pre-requisite courses including:

  • COP 2513 - Object-Oriented Programming for Information Technology
  • COP 2512 - Programming Fundamentals for Information Technology
  • COP 3515 - Programming Design for Information Technology
  • CEN 4031 - Software Engineering Concepts for Information Technology
  • COP 4703 - Database Systems for Information Technology
  • EEL 4854/4935 - Selected Topics: IT Data Structures & Algorithms for Information Technology

The student should have taken these courses or their equivalent prior to beginning graduate coursework. All prerequisite courses are available online. Professional experience in information technology is typically focused on specific projects or systems, and is not as broad as the treatment of a topic one receives in a course. Therefore, except in unusual circumstances, professional experience cannot substitute for any of the above prerequisite courses.

Curriculum Requirements


Total Minimum Hours: 30 hours

  • Core - 9 Credit Hours
  • Electives - 21 Credit Hours

Elective Courses (21 Credit Hours)


With prior permission from the Graduate Director, students can take a maximum of 3 hours of Independent Study or Internship and up to twelve credit hours outside of the major, as follows:  three credit hours from the MSCS/MSCE majors; three credit hours outside of the department (e.g. EE, IE, Math); three credit hours on business practice, project management, leadership, entrepreneurship, or simliar; three credit hours on big data, data analytics, data mining or similar.

Note: ISM prefix courses are offered by the Department of Information Systems / Decision Sciences (College of Business). They are considered outside the MSIT major.

Select six of the following courses, or other graduate courses as approved by the Graduate Director:

Comprehensive Exam


The requirement for a comprehensive exam is satisfied by the successful completion of the comprehensive exam, an exam that students will take in the semester prior to the semester in which they intend to graduate.

Thesis / Non-Thesis


This is a non-thesis major.

Graduation Requirements


Students must obtain a letter “B’ or better in the core graduate courses, have a GPA of 3.00 or better, and pass the comprehensive exam.

Bachelor’s/Master’s Pathway


Also available as a Bachelor’s/Master’s Pathway  

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