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Graduate Catalog 2017/2018


Information Technology (ITC)

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Master of Science in Information Technology (M.S.I.T.)
CIP Code: 11.0103
College of Engineering (EN)
Total Minimum Program Hours Required (Post Bachelor's Degree): 30

Contact Information:
College of Engineering
Engineering Department (EIT)
4202 E. Fowler Avenue ENB118
Tampa FL  33620

Program Director or Coordinator:
Miguel Labrador
Phone: 813-974-3260
Email: mlabrador@usf.edu

Website: http://www.eng.usf.edu


Faculty Search: Engineering Faculty List


Major Information

The Department of Computer Science and Engineering offers a non?thesis option for the degree of Master of Science in Information Technology (M.S.I.T). The MSIT graduate will demonstrate strong information technology skills as well as problem solving skills needed for the deployment of technology solutions to achieve business and organizational goals. The degree is available in an hybrid mode (online and face to face), and provides students with a broad and integrative understanding of both technology and operational and strategic business and organizational applications. There is considerable freedom in the choice of the courses.

The breadth of subjects which are part of information technology together with the immense diversity of its applications, make it imperative that students in the Masters major maintain close contact with the Graduate Director, in order to achieve a coherent plan of study directed towards a specific goal. In particular, election of courses should only be made with prior consultation and approval of the Major Professor or the Graduate Director.

Accreditation Information:

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Admissions Information

Admission Deadlines

Major Priority Deadline

Fall: February 15
Spring: October 15
Summer: -

Graduate Admission Application Deadlines

MASTER'S AND
EDUCATION SPECIALIST DEGREES

Admission for
Fall Semester

Admission for
Spring Semester

Admission for
Summer Semester

  • Applications received by the Priority Deadline will receive maximum consideration. 
  • Applications received after the Priority deadline, but by the Final University Deadline, are considered on a space available basis. 
  • Applications must be complete with all required information by the stated deadline.  Any application materials received after the deadline may be reviewed on a space-available basis.

Check with the Graduate Major Director for availability or to discuss options for admission in a subsequent term. 

Priority Deadline
(for funding and consideration)

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Final University Deadline
Domestic
Applicants

June 1

October 15

February 15

Final University Deadline
International
Applicants

June 1

September 15

February 15

DOCTORATE DEGREES

Admission for
Fall Semester

Admission for
Spring Semester

Admission for
Summer Semester

  • Applications received by the Priority Deadline will receive maximum consideration. 
  • Applications received after the Priority deadline, but by the Final University Deadline, are considered on a space available basis. 
  • Applications must be complete with all required information by the stated deadline.  Any application materials received after the deadline may be reviewed on a space-available basis.

Check with the Graduate Major Director for availability or to discuss options for admission in a subsequent term. 

Priority Deadline
(for funding and consideration)

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Refer to Specific Major

Final University Deadline
Domestic
Applicants

February 15

October 15

February 15

Final University Deadline
International
Applicants

February 15

September 15

February 15


Admission Requirements

You must comply with general University policies and meet general University Admission requirements in addition to those listed below.

Must meet University requirements (see Graduate Admissions) as well as requirements for admission to the major, listed below.

  • The GRE is required for all MSIT applicants. For GRE tests taken after August 1, 2011, we require a minimum of 161 on the Quantitative portion (81 percentile) and a minimum of 150 (44 percentile) on the Verbal. The GRE will be waived for M.S. degree applicants with an undergraduate degree from an ABET-accredited United States university or for those applicants that show a minimum of 3 years of relevant and recent full-time professional experience in the U.S.
  • Minimum grade point average (GPA) of "B" (or equivalent) for all coursework completed during the last two years of undergraduate major.
  • Submission of TOEFL scores with an Internet-based score of 79 or higher for applicants from non-English speaking countries. If consideration of an assistantship is desired, the speaking score component of the TOEFL must be 26 or above. The TOEFL requirements for admission may be waived if the applicant meets one of the following conditions:
    • Has scored 500 or higher on the GRE Verbal Test, (Old Scores) or 153 with the New GRE scoring.
    • Has earned a college degree at a U.S. institution of higher learning.
    • Has earned a college degree from an institution whose language of instruction is English, (must be noted on the transcript).
    • Has scored 6.5 on International English Language Testing System, (IELTS).
  • Three letters of recommendation.
  • Statement of purpose.
  • Bachelor’ Degree in Information Technology, Computer Science, or a closely related field; or a bachelor’s degree in another field, plus satisfactory completion of the courses listed below under “Undergraduate Prerequisites.”
  • Evidence of completion of a defined subset of the required core courses found in the University of South Florida’s Bachelor of Science in Information Technology degree program or their equivalent (see “Undergraduate Prerequisites” below).

Undergraduate Prerequisites
To be successful in this major, an applicant should have certain base knowledge in the discipline demonstrated from undergraduate-level pre-requisite courses including:

  • COP 2513 Object-Oriented Programming for Information Technology
  • COP 2512 Programming Fundamentals for Information Technology
  • COP 3515    Programming Design for Information Technology
  • CEN 4031    Software Engineering Concepts for Information Technology
  • COP 4703    Database Systems for Information Technology
  • EEL 4854/4935 Selected Topics: IT Data Structures & Algorithms for Information Technology

The student should have taken these courses or their equivalent prior to beginning graduate coursework. All prerequisite courses are available online.
Professional experience in information technology is typically focused on specific projects or systems, and is not as broad as the treatment of a topic one receives in a course. Therefore, except in unusual circumstances, professional experience cannot substitute for any of the above prerequisite courses.

Admissions Status: Apply

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Major Requirements

Total Minimum Hours:30 hours

Core Requirements 9 hours
CIS 6930(3) Selected Topics: Ethical Hacking for IT
ISM 6218 (3) Advanced Database Administration
CEN 6084 (3) Advances in Object Oriented Programming for Information Technology

Elective Courses 21 hours
Select six of the following courses, or other graduate course as approved by the Graduate Director:
CIS 6930(3) Selected Topics: Human Computer Interaction
CTS 6716(3) Network Programming for Information Technology
CIS 6930(3) Selected Topics: Cloud Computing for Information Technology
CIS 6930(3) Selected Topics: Practical Cybersecurity
CIS 6930(3) Selected Topics: Networks II
CIS 6930(3) Selected Topics: Introduction to Hadoop and Big Data
CIS 6930(3) Selected Topics: Softare Development for Mobile Devices
ISM 6136 (3) Data Mining
ISM 6137 (3) Statistical Data Mining
ISM 6145 (3) Seminar on Software Testing
ISM 6155 (3) Enterprise Information Systems Management
ISM 6266(3) Software Architecture
CAP 6663(3) IT Robotics Applications
CGS 6842 (3) IT & Systems for E-Business
CIS 6900 (1-19) Independent Study
CIS 6946 (0-3) Internships/Practicums/Clinical Practice

With prior permission from the Graduate Director, students can take a maximum of 3 hours of Independent Study or Internship and up to twelve credit hours outside of the major, as follows: three credit hours from the MSCS/MSCE majors; three credit hours outside of the department (e.g. EE, IE, Math); three credit hours on business practice, project management, leadership, entrepreneurship, or simliar; three credit hours on big data, data analytics, data mining or similar.

Note: ISM prefix courses are offered by the Department of Information Systems / Decision Sciences (College of Business).

Comprehensive Exam
The requirement for a comprehensive exam is satisfied by the successful comletion of the comprehensive exam, an exam that students will take in the semester prior to the semester in which they intend to graduate.

Thesis / Non-Thesis
This is a non-thesis major.

Graduation Requirements
Students must obtain a letter “B’ or better in the core graduate courses, have a GPA of 3.00 or better, and pass the comprehensive exam.


Accelerated Degree Program

Accelerated B.S.C.P. in Computer Engineering and M.S.I.T. in Information Technology

Description
Students pursuing a B.S.C.P. in Computer Engineering will earn an M.S.I.T. in Information Technology in an accelerated manner by sharing two (2) graduate courses (6 credit hours) taken as upper-level departmental (Technical) electives as part of the undergraduate Computer Engineering major.

The B.S.C.P. requires a total of 128 hours and the M.S.I.T. requires 30 hours. By sharing six (6) credit hours, the total credit hours earned will be 152 hours.

This accelerated program shares six (6) credit hours between already existing degrees:
B.S.C.P. in Computer Engineering
M.S.I.T. in Information Technology

Targeted Students and Outcomes
Academically high achieving undergraduate students in the B.S.C.P. major with high overall and major GPA will be targeted for the accelerated program. Expected outcomes are the increase in M.S.I.T. degrees granted, increase in graduate SCH, decrease time to graduation, decrease tuition dollars for the student, increase in the number of US students receiving M.S.I.T. degrees, including minorities and students from under-represented groups in Computer Science and Engineering, close the national gap of IT graduates needed to satisfy the market demand and enhance of the quality of the graduate major by addition of academically accomplished students.

Admission Requirements
For admission to the program, a student must:

  • Have completed 15 hours in the undergraduate major
  • Have a minimum 3.33 GPA overall; and
  • Have a minimum undergraduate 3.50 GPA in the major.

Timeline and Benchmarks:

  1. To be considered for acceptance into the Accelerated B.S.C.P. Computer Engineering/M.S.I.T. Information Technology major, students must have completed a minimum of 15 credit hours in the Computer Science undergraduate major.
  2. Students must have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.33 overall, and a minimum GPA of 3.50 in the major.
  3. Following completion of a minimum of 15 hours in the undergraduate major, students may be considered foracceptance into the accelerated program through faculty nomination or student self-nomination, via submission of an Accelerated Program Application Form. Both B.S.C.P. and M.S.I.T. majors will review the applications and approve the nominations. All applications require the approval of USF’s Office of Graduate Studies, the College of Engineering’s Graduate Major, and the Department of Computer Science and Engineering Majors.
  4. To be promoted to graduate status, students must meet all admission requirements of the M.S.I.T. major.
  5. Students must earn a minimum of a “B” (3.00) in all shared graduate courses. Failure to earn at least a “B” in a shared graduate course will result in academic review by the graduate major. Failure to maintain good standing as a graduate student will result in academic probation, according to the procedures of the USF Office of Graduate Studies.
  6. A comprehensive plan of study to complete the Accelerated B.S.C.P. Computer Engineering/M.S.I.T. Information Technology major will be developed with the guidance of undergraduate and graduate advisors.

Shared Courses (6 credit hours)
Two (2) of the following three (3) core graduate courses replace six (6) credit hours of upper-level departmental
(Technical) electives, including Independent Study and Industry Internship:
CEN 6084 Advances in Object Oriented Programming for Information Technology
CIS 6930 Selected Topics: Ethical Hacking for IT
ISM 6218 Advanced Database Administration
Undergraduate Degree Requirements for the B.S.C.P. in Computer Chemical (107 credit hours)

*Please see Undergraduate Catalog for major-specific requirements.


College Degree Requirements

Refer to the College Section of theGraduate Catalog for College requirements and information.

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Registration Process

First, contact your graduate advisor for guidance courses to register for. Obtain any electronic course permit if necessary. Register for the new student orientation online at http://www.grad.usf.edu/orientation.php. Then go to http://oasis.usf.edu/ the link to OASIS, USF's on-line registration system to register for your classes. Follow the directions given on-line.

To access online course materials, students must have a USF NetID (e-mail account). Please visit: https://netid.usf.edu/una/ to obtain your NetID.

New students, including those studying online, may obtain a USFCard. Please visit: http://www.usf.edu/it/class-prep/usf-card.aspx to obtain your USFCard.

Tuition and fees: Fees are determined by the level of the course. Please visit Cash Accounting, Controller's Office, for information on tuition and fees.

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Graduate Course Information

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