2016-2017 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]
Computer Information Technology, M.S.
Maureen Doyle, Ph.D., Interim Department Chair
Traian Marius Truta, Ph.D., Graduate Program Director
The Master of Science in Computer Information Technology (MSCIT) program is centered firmly on information technology (IT) principles and technologies. Although students will develop advanced skills in specific IT technologies, the primary focus is not on technology training but on cultivating deep insights into contemporary IT, so that graduates of the MSCIT program can have a broader impact on the IT workplace moving beyond mere doing, to teach, lead, and create. Although most of the classes are IT oriented, this graduate program also has an interdisciplinary orientation and students can take elective classes from related areas such as: business informatics, communication, and computer science.
The MSCIT program is designed for students with various backgrounds such as students with bachelor degrees in IT who want to refine and consolidate their knowledge, or seek an advanced degree for career enhancement and students with different bachelor degrees (other than IT), with various levels of IT experience, who understand the increased demand for IT occupations and want to shift their career path, or simply want to have a deep understanding of various IT areas. The MSCIT program is accessible and conveniently scheduled for full-time professionals in the metropolitan region. Classes are offered in the evenings and on weekends.
Office of the MSCIT Program
The MSCIT program is administered by the Department of Computer Science, located in 400 Griffin Hall. For additional information visit mscit.nku.edu, call or e-mail Dr. Traian Marius Truta, MSCIT Graduate Program Director, at 859- 572-7551 or email@example.com.
Applications for the MSCIT program are accepted for all semesters. In addition to the requirements of the NKU Office of Graduate Education (a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution, an undergraduate GPA of at least 2.5, a GPA of at least 3.0 in any graduate work in the same field, demonstration of English proficiency for non-native English speakers, a graduate application submitted with the application fee, and official transcripts; see current catalog for detailed information) the following are required for a regular admission to the MSCIT program:
- A current resumé.
- A one-page statement of IT background experience, career goals, and relevant personal interests.
- Score reports from the general test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). This GRE requirement will be waived if the applicant has earned one of the following:
- a bachelor’s degree in a science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) field, with a GPA of 3.0; or
- a previous graduate degree from regionally accredited institution; or
- 12 hours of graduate work at a regionally accredited institution with at least 3.5 GPA.
Although scores make up only one factor in the admissions process, it is anticipated that successful applicants will have scores of at least the following:
Verbal: 148 Quantitative: 148 Analytical Writing: 3.5
Comparable GMAT scores may also be acceptable. The GRE/GMAT code for NKU is 1574.
While not required, recommendation letters (at most two) from individuals qualified to comment on your potential success in both a graduate program and in the MSCIT program are encouraged.
Provisional and Conditional Admission
A student who is unable to provide one of the required admissions documents prior to the start of classes, under certain restrictions, may be granted provisional admission by the MSCIT Admission Committee.
Students who do not satisfy one or more of the requirements are advised to contact the MSCIT Graduate Program Director. Under certain restrictions, conditional admission may be possible.
Students should submit applications and direct all transcripts and GRE score reports to Northern Kentucky University, Office of Graduate Education, AC 302, Nunn Drive, Highland Heights, KY 41099. Deadlines for receipt of materials are: August 1 for fall semester, December 1 for spring semester, and May 1 for summer session. The deadlines for international students are June 1 for fall semester and October 1 for spring semester. All applicants with transcripts from outside the U.S. must have those transcripts evaluated course by course by an approved foreign education evaluation service. These must be submitted along with original or certified copies of the transcripts.
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