Master of Science in Information Technology-Computing Track

Program Description 

This 37-credit program is intended to prepare students having undergraduate backgrounds in computer science, engineering, information technology, or related fields with the knowledge, skills, and perspective for successful careers in the field of information technology in both the U.S. and abroad. The Master of Science in Information Technology-Computing Track (ITC) provides basic coverage of the fundamental areas of information technology and offers depth in several areas. The program is distinguished from other IT programs in a number of ways. These include:

  • A highly applied approach, with emphasis on hands-on learning
  • Requirement of an internship experience or research-based project on campus or at a local technology firm
  • Incorporation of emerging technologies into all coursework
  • Emphasis on a collaborative and teamwork approach
  • Development of skills in technology leadership
  • Courses and possible specialization in management
  • Elective coursework from other professional-based programs, including MBA and ICP

Students are required to take coursework in the core competency areas in information technology and management as outlined below.  They then choose coursework within their particular concentration.  All students complete a 300 hour internship or a major research project. 


Students are required to take coursework in the IT Core and in Management areas. All students complete a 300 hour internship or a major research project. Students also complete elective coursework in IT-Computing competency area.

 IT Core Requirements

12 Cr.

 IT 500

Introduction to Programming I

2 Cr.

 IT 501

Introduction to Programming II

2 Cr.

 IT 602

Introduction to Information Technology

2 Cr.

 IT 603

Information Management

3 Cr.

 IT 633

Data Mining

3 Cr.


 IT Management Core

6 Cr.

 IT 604

Project Management

3 Cr.

 IT 689

Professional and Career Development

0-1 Cr.

One course form the following options:


 ENGL 502

Introduction to Professional Writing

3 Cr.

 ENGL 511

Introduction to Technical Writing

3 Cr.

 LS 604

Intensive English Language

4 Cr.

 LS 605

English for Business

4 Cr.

 LS 608

Professional Writing and Research

3 Cr.


 IT-Computing Track

14 Cr.

 IT 530

Operating Systems

2 Cr.

 IT 535


2 Cr.

 IT 540

Web Programming

2 Cr.

 IT 558

Software Development and Programming

3 Cr.

 IT 560

Mobile Computing

2 Cr.

 IT 590

Topics in Information Technology (as approved)

1-3 Cr.

 IT 630

User Interface

2 Cr.

 IT 632

Instructional Design in Information Technology

3 Cr.

 IT 640

System Integration and Administration

3 Cr.

 IT 642

Information Security

3 Cr.

 IT 644

Technology, Law, and Policy

3 Cr.

 IT 646

Hacking Techniques and Counter Measures

3 Cr.

 IT 648

Risk Management

3 Cr.

 IT 652

Integrative Programming and Technologies

3 Cr.

 IT 654

Internet and Web Technologies

3 Cr.

 IT 664

Natural Language Technologies

2 Cr.

 IT 670

Professional Development

3 Cr.

 CS 545

Artificial Intelligence

2 Cr.

 AMOD 565

Integrative Computer Graphics

3 Cr.

Additional graduate courses may be approved by the adviser from the Management Core, Management Concentration, IT, or CS.


IT Capstone Experience

3 Cr.

One course from the following options:


 IT 686


1-3 Cr.

 IT 792

Research Project

1-3 Cr.


Early Entry Option for VU Undergraduates

Qualified VU juniors and seniors may apply to begin graduate course work in Information Technology prior to graduation.  This unique program allows students to save time and money on their graduate programs.  For more information, students should speak with their academic advisers and contact an admissions counselor at the Graduate School.

Criteria for Admission
Applicants must meet the admission requirements of the Graduate School, which include:

  • Valparaiso University Graduate Application form;
  • An equivalent of a minor in computer science, information technology, or a related field (e.g., information and decision sciences); Students without adequate background or preparation will be required to complete a bridge program prior to beginning the MS in Information Technology Program;
  • Official transcripts of all prior undergraduate and graduate coursework.  If you have received an undergraduate or graduate degree from Valparaiso University, you are not required to submit an official transcript from Valparaiso University;
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of at least 550 (paper version), 213 (computer-based), or Internet Based Test (TOEFL iBT) score of at least 80; minimum IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score of 6; CET score of 6, or an INTERLINK Language Center Level 5, or the equivalent for non-native English speakers;
  • Two letters of recommendation submitted on their behalf;
  • A reflective essay indicating the reasons for undertaking graduate study in Information Technology;
  • Application fee: $30 for U.S. citizens and $50 for international applicants.

The MS in Information Technology & program features a continuous admission process, so application materials may be submitted at any time. Once received, the admission decision normally takes 2-3 weeks.

Financial Considerations
Students may be surprised to discover the affordable tuition rate at Valparaiso University. Tuition for the 2014-2015 academic year is $595 per credit hour which is highly competitive for a private institution of recognized national quality. Full-time graduate students pay a $378 general fee each fall and spring semester.
  Financial aid is available through direct and indirect student loans for students taking 6 credits or more during fall and spring semesters. Because most course offerings are scheduled for the evening, many students hold part- or full-time employment during their study.

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