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Information Technology : Distance Learning

What is Information Technology : Distance Learning?

Information Technology (IT) is one of the fastest growing disciplines in graduate education today. The reason is simple - every industry needs IT. We live in a networked, electronic world and rely on always available, secure systems to live, work, and play. We have electronic classrooms, health records, manufacturing, etc. The field of IT is responsible for building, managing, and securing these global systems. There is no other field of study that cuts through so many domains and has such on impact on the world.

UC's online Master of Science in Information Technology gives you the hands on skills to immediately solve problems in all of these industries. Mobile and Social applications and security are the top industry concerns today. With our world increasingly becoming electronic, we must work within mobile and social networks and secure all of the information transferred and stored every day. The online MSIT program allows a focus on cybersecurity, IT infrastructure, game development or mobile and social development to prepare students to secure software applications, networks, and systems or transform our digital lives. These skills are a vital part of every organization.

A campus-based master's program in Information Technology is also available.  For more information about the campus-based Master's in Information Technology click here.

Success Factors

We value work experience and hands on learning as well as scholarly research so we offer the master's program as a thesis or course-based program. With the course-based program you can work with the award winning faculty to build an IT solution that will solve a fundamental issue and springboard your career or start you on your way to build a new business. With the thesis program, you can work with the award winning and attentive faculty to research and develop new ideas and solutions for the IT field and contribute to publications and national organizations. Either way, you will be recognized as an expert in the IT field. If you are the type of person who loves solving problems, thrives in fast paced learning environments, and want to make a positive impact on the world, this is the degree for you.

Career Possibilities

  • Information Security Analysts
  • Computer Security Incident Responders
  • Cybersecurity Network Administrators/Engineers/Architects
  • Chief Information Security Officer
  • Intrusion Detection Specialists
  • Computer Forensics Investigator
  • Tester for Security Weaknesses
  • Vulnerability Assessor
  • Secure Code Auditor
  • IT Manager
  • Chief Information Officer (CIO)
  • Chief Technology Officer (CTO)
  • Software Developer
  • Software Engineer
  • Web/Mobile Developer
  • Software Development Manager
  • Product Owner
  • Business Analyst

Curriculum Guides

Advising

Rebekah Michael

CECH-Information Technology
Teacher Dyer Complex
Cincinnati OH 45221
Call: (513)556-1701
E-mail: rebekah.michael@uc.edu

Freshman Admission Requirements

The admission requirements are:

  1. A baccalaureate degree from a college or university regarded as standard by a regional or general accrediting agency
  2. At least a B average (3.0/4.0 system) in undergraduate course work. If the applicant has a lower GPA, they must either give evidence of promise that is judged satisfactory by the admitting program and the Graduate School or complete 12 credit hours of specified IT bridge courses with a 3.0 GPA prior to admission into the program.
  3. Transcripts of all college or university grades. Note: for the application you may upload unofficial transcripts; however, if admitted you will need to submit your official transcripts.
  4. Current resume or curriculum vitae
  5. Two letters of reference from individuals who know you professionally or academically
  6. A personal statement
  7. GRE is waived for qualified applicants

Changing Majors within UC Requirements

Transferring or waiving credit hours from other UC or outside graduate programs is highly unlikely. But students may waive the bridge or prerequisite courses with exceptional work experience in the IT fields. Please consult with the graduate director and coordinator for waiving courses and transfer graduate credits. 

International Student Requirements

The admission requirements are:

  1. A baccalaureate degree from a college or university regarded as standard by a regional or general accrediting agency
  2. At least a B average (3.0/4.0 system) in undergraduate course work. If the applicant has a lower GPA they must either give evidence of promise that is judged satisfactory by the admitting program and the Graduate School or complete 12 credit hours of specified IT bridge courses with a 3.0 GPA prior to admission into the program.
  3. Transcripts of all college or university grades. Note: for the application you may upload unofficial transcripts; however, if admitted you will need to submit your official transcripts.
  4. Current resume or curriculum vitae
  5. Two letters of reference from individuals who know you professionally or academically
  6. A personal statement
  7. GRE is waived for qualified applicants
  8. Most international students must submit an official English proficiency score: TOEFL minimum Paper-based 520, Computer-based 190, Internet-based 80 or IELTS minimum 6.5. To determine if the English proficiency test is required, please see here

Graduation Requirements

To complete the program, the student must complete the required 30 graduate credit hour in consultation with a faculty advisor. All required courses must be completed within a three-year period from the date of acceptance into the program.Students who are conditionally admitted should also complete the bridge or prerequisite courses prior to taking the track courses. Students need to maintain a GPA of 3.0 to stay and graduate from the MSIT program. Students will retake a course if he or she receives a grade below C. All required courses must be completed within a three-year period from the date of acceptance into the program.

Application Deadlines

Fall Enrollment

Domestic students: August 1st
International Students: March 1st

Spring Enrollment

Domestic students: December 1st
International Students: September 1st

Accreditation

The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

To learn more, please call a program recruiter at 1-513-800-0079.

Quick Facts

Master of Science Degree in Information Technology : Distance Learning

Full-Time Program Duration

2 Years

Location

Uptown Campus West

Admission Criteria

Open

Contact

PO Box 210014
Cincinnati, OH 45219
Phone: (513) 800-0079
Terra Butler
terra.butler@uc.edu