The Technology Program with a SoulSM

Combining sound Computer Science concepts with real-world skills, CUW’s MS IT program will help you develop your mind and spirit for the challenges of Information Technology vocations.

Information Technology (IT) is the application and management of technology used to solve problems. Today, every business and enterprise requires Information Technology in order to function productively, efficiently and competitively in the global economy. Succinctly, IT is the engine powering current information systems (computers of all types, peripheral hardware, software, and communications).

As a discipline, Information Technology is an offspring of Computer Science. Whereas a computer scientist is able to create complex software and hardware systems, an information technologist is able to apply, manage, configure and support computer systems used in enterprise computing and information processing. A computer scientist might create a database management system; an information technologist would apply that database management to a specific problem within the organization and then continue to manage it to ensure it is employed in a productive and efficient manner.

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.

Our program is designed to meet the needs not only of current IT professionals and new graduates interested in IT, but also those who enjoy using technology to help other people solve problems. It will provide you with the foundational knowledge and skills to understand computer systems and their relationship to business problems.

Our MS IT program emphasizes ethical computing. How a Christian professional responds to the needs of clients, users and society in general is of paramount importance within our program. A Christian worldview is integrated within the curriculum and each course.

Courses in the MS IT program are offered in an accelerated on-campus format and also via eLearning.

More information may be found at the MS IT website, www.cs.cuw.edu/msit

Program Preparation

In order to be considered for regular acceptance into the MS IT program, a student either has:

  • an undergraduate degree in Computer Science / Information Technology or a related discipline (science, technology, engineering, math, information systems, etc) with a GPA of 3.0 or above

OR

  • demonstrated work experience in the field of Computer Science / Information Technology (minimum 1 year  of full-time employment) along with an undergraduate degree in any discipline with a GPA of 3.0 or above

Students without these qualifications may still apply for the program. You are encouraged to discuss your situation with the program director and seek conditional admittance to the program.

Curriculum

The MS IT degree program requires a minimum of 39 credits hours of Computer Science course specified below.

Students with an undergraduate degree in Computer Science or Information Technology from a regionally accredited US university may have the CSC 501 Introduction to Informatics/CSC 801 Introduction to Informatics requirement waived. Contact the program director for more information.

Required Courses
CSC 501/801Introduction to Informatics 1 3
CSC 505/805Foundations Information Tech 13
CSC 510/810Vocation and Ethical Computing3
CSC 520/520Human Computer Interaction3
CSC 530/530Database & Info Management3
CSC 535/835Systems Develop:Theory&Practic3
CSC 565/565IT Integrative Capstone3
Electives
Select six of the following after consulting with your advisor:18
Applied Artificial Intelligenc
Data Security & Info Assuance
Advanced Database Topics
Programming Practice II
Networking
System Design and Configuratio
System Admin and Maintenance
Project Management
Web Systems & Technologies
Readings in IT
Internship in IT (typically 1 credit)
Total Hours39

Program Structure

On-campus courses in the MS IT program follow an accelerated, evening model whereby the class meets on the Mequon campus one night a week (for 4 hours) over the course of 8 weeks. The MS IT program follows the traditional CUW semester system (Fall, Spring, Summer) with one additional element. There are two “sessions” of MS IT classes in both the Fall and Spring semesters (session A and B). The two sessions are run back-to-back over the semester. During the Summer semester there is only 1 session. The first courses in the MS IT program are offered during session A of Fall and Spring, and usually in the Summer semester also.

MS IT eLearning classes follow an asynchronous model. A student may enroll in an eLearning classes at any time. The course begins as soon as the student enrolls. Currently, eLearning courses should be completed within 8 weeks of enrollment. International students have additional regulations regarding eLearning courses; contact your advisor for more information.

Students may complete courses in either on-campus or eLearning formats. Indeed, many students choose to take courses in both formats. A student taking 3 courses per semester can complete the MS IT program in 21 months (6 courses each year, with the possibility of 1 summer course between the two years).

Graduation Requirements

The MS IT degree program requires the successful completion of at least 391 credit hours of Computer Science graduate courses.

Required Courses
CSC 501/801Introduction to Informatics 1 3
CSC 505/805Foundations Information Tech3
CSC 510/810Vocation and Ethical Computing3
CSC 520/820Human Computer Interaction3
CSC 530/830Database & Info Management3
CSC 535/835Systems Develop:Theory&Practic3
CSC 565/865IT Integrative Capstone3
Electives
Select a minimum of 18 credits of the following:18
Applied Artificial Intelligenc
Data Security & Info Assuance
Advanced Database Topics
Programming Practice II
Programming Language II
Networking
System Design and Configuratio
System Admin and Maintenance
Project Management
Web Systems & Technologies
Readings in IT
Internship in IT
Total Hours39

The successful completion of a course requires a grade of “B-” or better. Earning a grade of less than “B-” indicates insufficient mastery of the material for the MS IT program. Students earning a grade of C+ or below in a course are required to retake that course. A cumulative GPA of 3.0 of higher is required for graduation.

Many MSIT courses have one or more course prerequisites. The student must successfully complete the course prerequisite(s) before beginning the course.

Transfer Credits

A maximum of six credits may be transferred in to CUW’s MS IT program from graduate-level coursework completed at a regionally accredited US university. The program director will consider course content, learning activities, and grade earned when making a determination of the equivalency of the transfer course. Credit transfer requests must be initiated and approved during the admission process before the student begins the MS IT program.

Attendance

Attendance at all on-campus class sessions is expected and necessary to be successful in the course. Because emergencies do arise, students may be excused from a maximum of one on-campus class session during a course. To be considered present for a class session, the student must be present the entire time.

Successful Progress / Good standing

A student who has earned a B or better in each class is making successful progress in the program and is in Good standing. A student who earns a B- in any course will still be considered to be in Good standing as long as their cumulative GPA is 3.0 or above. A student who earns less than a B- in a course is in Course Deficient standing. The course needs to be repeated and a satisfactory grade earned within the next semester in order to return to Good standing. Students with a cumulative GPA below 3.0 are in Probationary standing. The cumulative GPA must be raised to at least 3.0 within the next 9 credits attempted or the student will be subject to dismissal.

Late Work

Assignments must be submitted online by the due date. Late assignments are not accepted.

Initial Courses

CSC 501 Introduction to Informatics/CSC 801 Introduction to Informatics and CSC 505 Foundations Information Tech/CSC 805 Foundations Information Tech must be completed as the first two courses in the program. These courses may be taken concurrently.

Course Registration

Students must register for an on-campus course before the date of the first class meeting. A class may not be added once the course has begun.

Academic Misconduct

Cheating takes many forms and is unacceptable academic conduct. Plagiarism is taking the words or ideas of another and presenting them as your own. In CUW’s MS IT program, cheating and plagiarism are unacceptable. Both are cause for dismissal from the program.

See the general graduate school policies for additional information on academic misconduct, including cheating and plagiarism.