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Master of Science in Information Technology (MSIT)

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Master of Science in Information Technology

Magnify your technical skills with the 100% online Master of Science in Information Technology (MSIT) degree program at National University. Learn to administer IT systems and services and incorporate project management methodologies into technical planning, analysis, design, development, implementation, response, and documentation of IT solutions to support and improve enterprise operations.

NU’s MSIT program is designed to help IT professionals like you achieve management-level knowledge in technology concepts and tools. Designed and taught by experienced professionals, you’ll learn about project management, contingency planning, and IP law so you’re prepared to take on technology-related leadership roles in government and private organizations. Additionally, you’ll learn about the design of technological information systems, computing systems, and the principles of computer hardware and software components.

Expand Your Education as a Tech Leader

You can tailor your NU online MSIT to match your interests with one of these four specializations: 

  • Cloud and Networking Infrastructure Management
  • General Information Management
  • Information Technology Project Management
  • Network Risk Management and Control
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Course Details

  • Credit Hours: 30
  • Courses: 10
  • Estimated Time to Complete: 16 months

The Master of Science in Information Technology (MSIT) program can be completed in 30 credits. Each course runs 8 weeks and you’ll receive 3 semester credits per course.

Course Sequence

The Master of Science in Information Technology program can be completed in 30 credit hours.

Students who complete at least 15 semester credit hours in a single area of specialization at NU (not counting foundational courses) may elect to have the specialization recorded on their transcript and diploma.

The Master of Science in Information Technology program requires the foundation courses to be completed prior to enrolling in specialization courses. The program capstone will be completed as the last course in the degree program. 

In some cases, specialization courses listed on the initial degree plan can be changed at the student’s request. Please contact your Academic Finance Advisor for more information.

Course Name

Information technology is an evolving profession where professionals must remain current with emerging technologies to reliably support enterprise or organizational operations. During this introductory course, you will learn about the evolution of information technology, the primary IT components and functions, the IT solutions development process, and the role of technical policies and IT protocols to provide a baseline of knowledge to support you through the program. You will also explore relevant legal, ethical, privacy, and security issues affecting information technology in today’s technology environments.

This course introduces the networks, and the accommodation of cloud, IoT, and mobile computing environments that are essential components of today’s successful organizations. During this course, you will study the features, topologies, protocols, and services that contributed to the evolution of global communications and data exchange. You will also explore the architectures, components, and structures for telecommunications related devices, and examine the tools and methods used to configure and manage remote and virtual environments. By the end of the course, you will model a network architecture with basic network security considerations to support all devices and services.

As more applications and data are migrated to the cloud and mobile environments, risks, threats, and vulnerabilities are on the rise. IT professionals must be able to establish protection mechanisms to support secure hardware configurations and implementations. During this course, you will study the concepts and application of cybersecurity, privacy, and information protection frameworks in IT environments. You will also explore the standards, mechanisms, tools, and policies needed to protect data and network infrastructures from internal and external cybersecurity threats.

Computers and information technology are present in all layers of today’s modern organizations and are vital to business success. Thus, IT professionals must be able to implement and manage every component in the technical landscape. During this course, you will explore computing platforms and peripherals, identify the internal components and functions of a computer, and examine the internal architecture and systems configuration of real and virtual servers. You will also evaluate different operating systems and examine some of the best ways to configure and manage patches and upgrades.

This introductory course provides an overview of the principles of project management. The course is aligned with international principles, standards, and methodologies that are used to support project teams as they work to achieve projects’ objectives. You will learn about the role of a project manager, project management scope, schedule management, cost management, resource manage, identify risks and opportunities, and communications with stakeholders. The course will culminate with an integrative project where you will apply the concepts and techniques to develop and present a project plan.

Effective information technology professionals must be able to assess, plan, implement, and manage technical systems and services to ensure their integrity. During this capstone course, you will demonstrate the knowledge and skills gained throughout the Master of Science in Information Technology program by creating and presenting a comprehensive IT implementation plan. The strategic implementation plan should integrate strategies for improvement, including industry standards, metrics, procedures, and tools. It should also integrate hardware and software configurations, multiple operating systems, applications, and data protection rules to support organizational operations.

Degree Requirements

The Master of Science in Information Technology is a 30 credit program comprised of 15 core credits, 12 specialization credits and 3 capstone credits.

Students assume full responsibility for understanding both the foundational, specialization and capstone requirements of the program. Switching programs after completing coursework may result in reevaluation, monetary loss, loss of credit hours and/or the need to take additional credit hours. Students’ Academic Finance Advisors can assist with any questions related to program requirements.

The University may accept a maximum of 12 semester credits in transfer toward the Master of Science in Information Technology for graduate coursework completed at an accredited college or university with a grade average of “B” or better. Courses considered for transfer must mirror courses in the program. The Dean of the School Technology must approve any courses considered for transfer. See the Transfer Credit Policy in the Course Catalog for additional information.

Career Potential*

  • Computer and Information Research Scientists
  • Computer and Information Systems Managers
  • Computer Network Architects
  • Computer System Analysts
  • Information Security Analysts
  • Software Developers, Applications
  • Software Developers, Systems Software

*Positions may require additional experience, training, and other factors beyond successfully completing this degree program. Depending on where you reside, many positions may also require state licensure, and it is the responsibility of the student to ensure that all licensure requirements are met. We encourage you to also review program specific requirements with an NU advisor. Any data provided on this page is for informational purposes only and does not guarantee that completion of any degree program will achieve the underlying occupation or commensurate salary.

4 Professionally Relevant Specializations
Total Credit Hours: 30 Credit Hours
Courses: 10 Courses
Recommended Completion Time: 16 Months
Next Start Date: Every Monday
Classroom Size:  One


The MSIT Information Technology Project Management Specialization focuses on developing the skills and knowledge needed to lead or support information technology projects and programs. As part of this specialization, students will explore strategies to control project risk and manage project teams and resources to ensure the delivery of quality technical products and services.

Specialization Courses – 12 Credit Hours Total. Each course is 3 semester credits and runs 8 weeks.

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The MSIT Network Risk Management and Control Specialization focuses on developing the skills and knowledge needed to ensure network integrity, functionality, and security by using assessment tools and procedures to evaluate network health and effectiveness of control structures.

Specialization Courses – 12 Credit Hours Total. Each course is 3 semester credits and runs 8 weeks.

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The MSIT Cloud and Networking Infrastructure Management Specialization focuses on developing the knowledge and skills needed to model, configure, and administer traditional and cloud network infrastructures, using an applied experiential approach.

Specialization Courses – 12 Credit Hours Total. Each course is 3 semester credits and runs 8 weeks. 

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The MSIT General Information Management Specialization focuses on developing the skills and knowledge needed to manage and support technical teams. This specialization provides students with a general overview of systems analysis and design, cybersecurity, data integration, IT asset management.

Specialization Courses – 12 Credit Hours Total. Each course is 3 semester credits and runs 8 weeks.

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Program Learning Outcomes

As a graduate of National University’s Master of Science in Information Technology program, you’ll be able to:

  • Demonstrate an applied knowledge of IT industry standards, resources, and techniques.
  • Administer IT systems and services to optimize operations.
  • Conduct technical analysis, design, response, and documentation to support enterprise operations.
  • Incorporate project management methodology into planning, development, and implementation of IT solutions.
  • Assess legal, ethical, privacy, and security considerations throughout the information technology life cycle.


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