Master of Science in Information Technology

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Description and Outcomes

If you have a bachelor's degree in information technology, computer science, information systems, management of information systems, or a similar field of study, the Master of Science in Information Technology could help you take the next step in your career.

This program is available in ExcelTrack. Speak with your University representative for any limitations. For more information on ExcelTrack, see Learning Paths in the Approach to Learningย section of the Catalog.


The program provides you with the option of selecting a concentration, in addition to the core curriculum requirements. The concentrations include Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud technologies, business intelligence, cybersecurity, data analytics, project management, and secure software development and quality assurance.ย ย 

Program Length

The Master of Science in Information Technology program consists of a minimum of 60 quarter credit hours. Upon successful completion of the program, you will be awarded a master of science degree.

Program Outcomes

  1. Decision Analysis and Project Leadership: Analyze information technology opportunities to determine the necessary scope, schedule, resources, and stakeholders to produce the optimal solution.
  2. Design Secure Systems: Develop efficient and effective systems solutions to safely secure digital assets and intellectual property.
  3. Critical and Analytical Thinking: Apply best practices and recent theories to support implementation, modification, and review.ย 
  4. Ethical Theories and Practices: Evaluate information systems' legal, ethical, social, and global implications to justify decisions and optimize social outcomes.ย 

Professional Competencies

In addition to the discipline-specific outcomes, professional competencies are integrated throughout your academic program. You can review the professional competencies associated with your academic program in the Professional Competencies section of this Catalog.

Program Availability

For program availability, please refer to the U.S. State and Other Approvals section and Program Availability Information.


Accelerated Master of Science in Information Technology Option

If you are a graduate of the University's Bachelor of Science in Analytics, Bachelor of Science in Cloud Computing and Solutions, Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity, or Bachelor of Science in Information Technology, are granted admission to the Master of Science in Information Technology, and meet the requirements for the accelerated Master of Science in Information Technology option, you may have up to three courses waived to matriculate into a shortened program.

In order to qualify for the graduate course waivers, you must meet the following criteria:

  1. Complete your bachelorโ€™s degree with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.2.
  2. Obtain a grade of โ€œBโ€ or above in each of the undergraduate courses required for the graduate course waiver (defined below).
Waived Graduate Course Undergraduate Courses Required for Graduate Course Waiver
IT510 IT460
IT511 IT301 and IT401
IT526 IT234 and IT350
IT530 IT278, IT375, and either IT283 or IN203
IT542 IT262 and IT395
IT550 IT316 and IT411

Progression Requirements

  1. You are required to take and pass IT513 ๐ŸŒ Research and Writing for the IT Professionalย as your first course.ย 
  2. If, for any reason, you are required to complete additional capstone hours during your program, you may complete them during the normal course of study or you may contact your Student Advisor to secure an extension. IT596 IT Graduate Capstone Extension Courseย is taken after IT599 Master's Capstone in Information Technologyย and is for the specific purpose of providing a means for capstone project or thesis completion. Approval of the Dean or the Department Chair is required for enrollment in IT596 IT Graduate Capstone Extension Course. If an extension is granted, the University will not charge tuition for the extension course; however, you will be required to pay the normal resource fee.

Certification, State Board, and National Board Exams

Certain state certification and licensure boards have specific educational requirements for programs to lead to a license or nongovernmental certification that is a precondition for employment in a recognized occupation.

Unless otherwise specified, Purdue Global's programs are not designed to meet any specific stateโ€™s licensure or certification requirements. If certain licensed occupations, vocations, or professions are not explicitly listed, Purdue Global has not reviewed the licensure or certification requirements of those occupations, vocations, or professions, nor intended the program to meet such requirements. Licensure-track programs may limit enrollment to students in certain states; please see Purdue Globalโ€™s Program Availability Informationย to determine enrollment eligibility.

You are responsible for understanding the requirements of optional certification exams. Such requirements may change during the course of your program. You are not automatically certified in any way upon program completion. Although certain programs are designed to prepare you to take various optional certification exams, Purdue Global cannot guarantee you will be eligible to take these exams or become certified. Your eligibility may depend on your work experience, completion of education and/or degree requirements, not having a criminal record, meeting other certification requirements, or the program or the University itself having appropriate accreditation or licensure.