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Kaplan University

Master of Science in Information Technology

Kaplan University's Master of Science in Information Technology program is designed to focus on the theory, principles, and practices of information systems. While enrolled in the program, students can specialize in business intelligence, information security and assurance, or project management. Read more about the Kaplan University Master of Science in Information Technology program here.

Official Program Name:

Master of Science in Information Technology

School Offering Program:

Kaplan University

Degree Level:

Master of Science

Program Description:

Kaplan University's Master of Science in Information Technology program is designed for students who have already earned a bachelor's degree in information technology, computer science, information systems, management of information systems, or a related field of study. The program curriculum focuses on the theory, principles, and practices of information systems to help students develop critical thinking abilities and technical competencies. While enrolled in the program, students will have the opportunity to choose between a specialized and nonspecialized track. Specializations include business intelligence, project management, and information security and assurance.

Learning Format:

Online

Program Length/Total Credits Required:

52 credits/56 credits.* Kaplan University defines an academic year as the time in which a full-time student is expected to complete 24 credit hours in 30 weeks.

*Students choosing the nonspecialized track will need to complete 52 credits to earn a Master of Science in Information Technology. Students choosing the specialized track will need to complete 56 credits to earn a Master of Science in Information Technology.

Financial Aid Available:

Financial aid is available for those who qualify. Aid opportunities include military aid and federal, state, and private lending programs.

Required Courses for a Master of Science in Information Technology:

Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Kaplan University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Core Requirements (Nonspecialized Track)

  • IT 500: Critical Concepts and Competencies for the IT Professional (4 credits)
  • IT 510: System Analysis and Design (4 credits)
  • IT 511: Information Systems Project Management (4 credits)
  • IT 525: Database Design and Data Modeling (4 credits)
  • IT 526: SQL Query Design (4 credit)
  • IT 530: Computer Networks (4 credits)
  • IT 540: Management of Information Security (4 credits)
  • IT 560: Managing Technology in a Business Environment (4 credits)
  • IT 590: Legal and Ethical Issues in IT (4 credits)
  • IT 599: Applied IT Master Project (4 credits)
  • IT Electives (12 credits)

Core Requirements (Specialized Track)

  • IT 500: Critical Concepts and Competencies for the IT Professional (4 credits)
  • IT 510: System Analysis and Design (4 credits)
  • IT 511: Information Systems Project Management (4 credits)
  • IT 525: Database Design and Data Modeling (4 credits)
  • IT 526: SQL Query Design (4 credit)
  • IT 530: Computer Networks (4 credits)
  • IT 540: Management of Information Security (4 credits)
  • IT 590: Legal and Ethical Issues in IT (4 credits)
  • IT 599: Applied IT Master Project (4 credits)

Specialization Requirements

Option I: Business Intelligence

  • IT 521: Decision Support Systems (4 credits)
  • IT 522: Knowledge-Based Management Systems (4 credits)
  • IT 523: Data Warehousing and Data Mining (4 credits)
  • IT Electives (8 credits)

Option II: Information Security and Assurance

  • IT 541: Computer and Network Security (4 credits)
  • IT 542: Ethical Hacking and Network Defense (4 credits)
  • IT 550: Computer Forensics and Investigations (4 credits)
  • IT Electives (8 credits)

Option III: Project Management

  • GM 591: Strategic Project Management (4 credits)
  • GM 592: Project Initiation, Planning, and Execution (4 credits)
  • GM 593: Project Cost and Schedule Monitoring and Controlling (4 credits)
  • GM 594: Project Risk, Quality, and Procurement Monitoring and Controlling (4 credits)
  • IT Electives (4 credits)

Students entering the program who do not possess a bachelor's degree in information technology or a comparable field of study must take IT 501: Principles of Information Technology their first term in place of an IT elective.

Post Graduation Opportunities

Career Paths:

The Kaplan University Master of Science in Information Technology program is designed to help students develop the integrated design and technology background to pursue additional responsibilities or advanced positions within the information technology field. Specific career opportunities for grads will depend on the specialization studied in the program.

Some of the positions graduates could pursue include:

  • Information technology consultant
  • Information technology manager
  • Information technology project manager
  • Systems analyst
  • Database manager
  • Network administrator

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