Master of Science in Information Technology

The Empire State University, Master of Science in Information Technology (MSIT) degree is a 30-33* credit, online program designed to attract IT professionals in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields who wish to advance their career opportunities in information technology industries. The mission of the MSIT program is to equip students with the advanced knowledge, skills and IT competencies required to be effective leaders in diverse, multi-disciplinary IT enterprises. The program offers an in-depth understanding of information technology and security as well as social, legal, and managerial issues in the field.

*The MSIT degree will require 30 to 33 credits based on whether the student can demonstrate competencies in the foundation areas. Along with general requirements for a graduate degree, applicants must demonstrate foundation knowledge in computer programming and computer networks. Applicants who are lacking this foundational knowledge will take one MSIT foundation course as a part of their degree program.

Ideal for those working or planning to work in the following areas:

  • Information security
  • Web technology
  • Web programming
  • Client and server site technology

Program Design

This program is delivered through online instruction, providing flexibility and convenience for busy individuals balancing work, family, and personal obligations. Students may complete the program on a full-time or part-time schedule. Full-time enrollment for students who want to complete the program in 20 months requires enrolling in 9 credits per term and in 3 to 6 credits during the summer terms. Part-time students may complete the program in 24-27 months.


It is preferred that applicants for the MSIT have a bachelor's degree in information technology/systems, computer science, web technology, Math Science, technology, business, library science, and any range of educational and professional backgrounds in related fields. Applicants must demonstrate foundation knowledge in computer programming and computer networks. Applicants who are lacking this knowledge will take the one three-credit MSIT foundation course.

Program Curriculum

Foundation Course (3 credits)

Only for students who are lacking foundational knowledge.

  • INFT 6122 - Essentials of Information Technology: Programming and Networking

Core Courses (21 credits)

  • INFT 6127 - Information Technology in Organizations (3 credits)
  • INFT 6132 - Network Administration (3 credits)
  • INFT 6137 - Enterprise Systems Architecture (3 credits)
  • INFT 6142 - Computer Systems Security (3 credits)
  • INFT 6040 - Advanced Internet Application Development (3 credits)
  • INFT 6015 - Database Design and Management (3 credits) 
  • INFT 6045 - IT Security Policies & Procedures (3 credits)

Electives (6 Credits)

Students choose two elective courses to reflect their interests and to reinforce the individual focus of their degree.

Capstone Course (3 credits)

INFT 7010 - Information Integration Strategies

For more information about this program, its course sequencing and descriptions, please visit the Empire State University's Academic Catalog.