Master of Science in Information Technology (MS-IT)

Online Graduate Degree

 What is Information Technology?

Information Technology (IT) is the application and management of technology used to solve problems. Today, every business and enterprise requires IT in order to function productively, efficiently, and competitively in the global economy. Succinctly, IT is the engine powering current information systems, and encompasses hardware (from mobile devices to supercomputers), software, and people. As a discipline, IT is an offspring of Computer Science. Whereas a computer scientist focuses on creating systems, an information technologist specializes in applying and managing those systems in enterprise computing and information processing. Effective IT doesn’t just happen, it requires the effort of intelligent people. Clark once quipped, “any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” However, effective IT doesn’t result from magic but through the efforts of educated practitioners! Our MS IT program provides the foundational knowledge and practical skills to equip IT professionals to produce some magic for their organization.

Program Features

  • Information Technology is the application and management of technology used to solve problems. An Information Technologist is an expert in understanding and harnessing computer technology for solving the real-world problems encountered in the enterprise.
  • The CUW MS IT program is “The Technology Program with a Soul.”SM In addition to issues of hardware and software, we focus on people as the critical element within any IT system.
  • Our program emphasizes ethics and vocation to show how a Christian professional responds to the needs of clients, users and society.The CUW MS IT program is based upon sound educational principles as we discuss the theory, practice and application of IT.

Master of Science in Information Technology

18 Required Credits. 21 required credits for international students.

Course NumberCourse TitleDescriptionCredits
CSC 801Introduction to Informatics. (Optional for US Students)Introduction to Informatics allows students to explore and understand the unique aspects of graduate studies in computer science and information technology at CUW . This course is especially helpful for students who have been away from higher education for some time or for international students. Practical issues related to graduate student success are investigated. The history and mission of CUW as a Lutheran higher education institution are examined. Emphasis is placed on reading and writing techniques for comprehension. Students will analyze their writing via the “writing cycle” as they read technical information and demonstrate comprehension of that information by creating effective documentation.3
CSC 805Foundations of Information TechnologyFoundations of Information Technology is a survey and overview of information technology used in the enterprise today. It includes such information technology fundamentals as: grand ideas of information technology; technology organizational issues; history of information technology; informing and allied disciplines; application domains; mathematical and statistical foundations; and ethical, moral and vocational issues in information technology. This course is the required first course in the Masters of Science in Information Technology curriculum. In addition to providing an overview of the discipline of information technology, the course develops an “IT mindset” in students by illustrating the diverse context and challenges in information technology.3
CSC 810Vocation and Ethical ComputingVocation and Ethical Computing provides the foundation for professional ethics in the field of Information Technology (IT). Students are familiarized with the doctrine of vocation and its implications for ethical attitudes, policies and behaviors within IT. They also learn the history of computer ethics and the codes of practice proposed by professional societies such as the Association for Computing Machinery and the Institute for the Management of Information Systems. As our society becomes increasingly dependent on IT, it is imperative that students see their work as a means of service with social responsibilities that go far beyond the immediate legal and business-related requirements of their employer. Students learn that although the field of IT poses some unique ethical problems and challenges, these can be evaluated with the same moral criteria that apply in other walks of life. Specific topics studied include: serving the user’s needs; developing sustainable and modifiable solutions; creating ethical products; computer security and privacy (including the problems of malicious software, hacking and identity disclosure); intellectual property rights; and the ethical implications of an electronic global community. Relevant moral criteria are presented and applied to contemporary case studies.3
CSC 820Human Computer InteractionInformation Technology practitioners do not create and manage systems for their own personal interest; instead, they create and manage systems as effective problem-solving tools for others. This course deals with the fundamental IT issue of effective and usable human computer interaction. In addition to technical issues, people and process must be understood to create effective and usable tools. IT practitioners must develop a user-centered perspective within the organizational context. To that end this course will study related issues including cognitive principles, human-centered design, ergonomics, accessibility, emerging technologies and usable environments.3
CSC 830Database and Information ManagementDatabase and Information Management provides students with the background to plan, design, implement, maintain, and use database management systems. It addresses the database structures, requirements, functions and evaluation of database management systems. The course focuses on the relational database model, standard SQL language, database structure normalization, conceptual data modeling, and the entity-relationship data model. Concepts of data integrity, security, privacy, and concurrence control are included.3
CSC 835Systems Development: Theory and PracticeSystems Development: Theory and Practice is a survey and overview of creating software solutions using professional programming practice. Programming is a foundational skill for all computing disciplines. This knowledge area develops skills and concepts that are essential to good programming practice and problem solving. It covers fundamental programming concepts, event-driven programming, object-oriented programming, basic data structures, and algorithmic processes. The use of current development environments and languages will be emphasized.3
CSC 865Integrative CapstoneIntegrative Capstone provides the student the opportunity to showcase computer science concepts and problem solving skills by effectively analyzing a real problem and synthesizing an effective solution. Students choose an acceptable problem and then fully implement the solution to that problem following professional programming practice in a software engineering framework. Students present their progress and project via written reports and oral presentations. The final acceptable project includes an actual product along with both process and product documentation equivalent to a masters thesis.3

MS-IT Electives

Take 18 Credits of Electives.

Course NumberCourse TitleDescriptionCredits
CSC 815Applied Artificial IntelligenceApplied Artificial Intelligence discusses the concepts of intelligence, both human and machine, and the nature of information, its origin, description, and transmission. This course will offer a practical approach to incorporating artificial intelligence into useful applications. It includes such topics as: face recognition, speech recognition and robotic construction. The nature of human intelligence and the limits of machine intelligence will be treated from a scientific, philosophical, and computational perspective.3
CSC 825Data Security and Information AssuranceData Security and Information Assurance is a survey and overview of methods to safeguard the information technology used in the enterprise today. IT systems are increasingly under attack and therefore knowledge of attacks, protection, and counter-measures is important to the IT practitioner. The IT practitioner must comprehend and manage assurance and security measures within the enterprise. Topics include: operational issues, policies and procedures, attacks and related defense measures, risk analysis, backup and recovery, and the security of information.3
CSC 840NetworkingNetworking is an in-depth view of data communication and networking ranging from the primitive historical approaches to the ever changing modern state of the field . It includes principles of network design, using a top-down approach and focusing on technologies used in the Interne . It will help students learn to design network-aware applications using sockets, threading, and concurrency. It will help students understand how the Internet works, from the transport layer down to the physical layer. It will help students prepare for future positions in research and development by introducing them to the latest research in Internet technologies. It will help students become better writers by emphasizing written work where possible. It will also help students apply networking technology in ways that can enrich their lives and assist in spreading the Gospel.3
CSC 845System Design and ConfigurationSystem Design and Configuration provides an in-depth treatment of those concepts practitioners must understand to effectively design and configure information technology systems . Topics include: operating systems, computer organization and architecture, computing infrastructures, enterprise deployment software, firmware and hardware, scripting and task automation, backup, and configuration.3
CSC 850System Administration and MaintenanceSystem Administration and Maintenance presents concepts and skills the professional system administrator must understand to effectively maintain enterprise information technology. Topics include: operating systems, application packages, administrative activities, and administrative domains.3
CSC 855Project ManagementProject management concepts, skills, and techniques are vital for the successful development of any product using the software engineering process. Project Management will cover issues such as: requirements, request for proposals, acquisition and sourcing, integration, testing and quality assurance, and organization context.3
CSC 860Web Systems and TechnologiesFrom eCommerce to data mining, web systems are the primary information repository of 21st century information technology. Web Systems and Technologies focuses on: web technologies, information architecture, digital media, web design and development, vulnerabilities and social software.3