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Graduate Catalog 2016/2017

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


Faculty Search: Engineering Faculty List

Program 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 online mode, 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 Master's program maintain close contact with the Graduate Program 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 Program Director.

Accreditation Information:

Accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of College and Schools.


Admissions Information

Admission Deadlines

There is an established University deadline for the submission of admission application materials. Programs may have earlier deadlines than the University deadline. The deadlines reflected below are the earliest of the two deadlines. Graduate Programs may continue to accept and process applications after the published deadline if space exists within the program. Check with the Program for availability.

Application Deadline (domestic application)

Fall: February 15
Spring: October 15
Summer: -

International Students

Foreign applicants who are outside the U.S. are required to apply for a visa. Depending on the country of origin, this may take a few months. So the deadlines for these international applicants may be earlier than the Program deadline and these applicants must apply prior to both deadlines. They are strongly encouraged to apply as early as possible. Foreign applicants who are in the U.S. and are currently on a visa may use the domestic application deadline dates. In addition to meeting the published application deadline for the Program of interest, all immigration documents should be submitted as soon as possible, but must be on file at USF no later than the following processing deadlines:

Fall: January 15
Spring: September 15
Summer: -

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 listed below.

Program Admission Requirements

  • 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.
  • Minimum grade point average (GPA) of "B" (or equivalent) for all coursework completed during the last two years of undergraduate program.
  • 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 program, an applicant should have certain base knowledge in the discipline demonstrated from undergraduate-level pre-requisite courses including:

    • COP2224/2931 Object-Oriented Programming
    • COP2510/2930    Programming Concepts
    • COP 3515    IT Program Design
    • CEN 4031    IT Software Engineering
    • COP 4703    IT Database Systems`
    • EEL 4854 IT Data Structures & Algorithms

The student should have taken these courses or their equivalent prior to beginning graduate coursework. All prerequisite courses are available online. In some cases, applicants lacking some of the prerequisites may be conditionally admitted to the MSIT program; such students will be required to complete missing prerequisites within the first year of graduate study.

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


Program Degree Requirements

Core Requirements 12 hours
CNT 6008: Network Programming for IT(3)
ISM 6218: Advanced Database Administration (3)
CGS 6425: Advanced Programming (3)
CAP 6940: IT Graduate Practicum (3)

Elective Courses 18 hours
Select six of the following courses, or other graduate course as approved by the Graduate Program Director:
CAP 6011: Multimedia & E-Commerce for IT(3)
ENG 6025: RFID and NFC Technologies for IT (3)
CAP 6033: Information Security Architecture for IT(3)
ISM 6136: Data Mining(3)
ISM 6137: Statistical Data Mining(3)
ISM 6145: Seminar on Software Testing(3)
ISM 6155: Enterprise Information Systems Management(3)
ISM 6266: Software Architecture(3)
CAP 6663: IT Robotics Applications(3)
CAP 6671: IT Intelligent Agens(3)
CGS 6842: IT & Systems for E-Business(3)

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 completion of the IT Graduate Practicum (CAP6940) as described below.

Thesis / Non-Thesis
This is a non-thesis program. However, the required three semester hour IT Graduate Practicum (CAP 6940) serves as a comprehensive measure of student competency in the discipline. This practicum, to be taken over one or two semesters, requires satisfactory completion, as determined by a faculty panel consisting of faculty members and/or industrial supervisor, of a major development effort on a real-world scenario, capped by a formal presentation for faculty and other students. Upon completion of the practicum project, the student will submit a formal project report, including all written deliverables. A formal oral presentation will be made to a panel of faculty members and the industrial supervisor, if applicable, who will provide their evaluation of the presentation and project report to the students IT Graduate Practicum Faculty Advisor.

College Degree Requirements

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Registration Process

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

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