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2019-2020 Governors State University Academic Catalog 
2019-2020 Governors State University Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Information Technology, M.S.

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The Master of Science in Information Technology is designed to help students advance problem-solving skills by integrating and utilizing IT technology.  It is designed to provide a depth of knowledge to analyze, plan, configure, integrate, implement, administrate and harden/secure information systems.  The degree program introduces advanced concepts in areas, such as:

  • Advanced network operating systems;
  • Unified communication solutions;
  • Advanced open source software systems;
  • Infrastructure design and management;
  • Operating Systems and Application Hardening.

Program Objectives

The objectives of the program are to allow students to:

Learn through abstraction and work effectively, by

  • Developing expertise in both theory and practice;
  • Focusing on conceptual process of how to complete required tasks;
  • Evaluating current technology on how to address problems methodically.

Utilize information technologies for problem-solving and life-long learning, by

  • Analyzing issues by following industry best practices;
  • Applying solutions to challenges creatively and effectively;
  • Designing policies and procedures to mitigate future issues.

Collaborate effectively in teams, by

  • Working on enhancing students’ soft skills while expanding their communication abilities and team collaboration;
  • Facilitating course projects where students need to leverage their team members’ strengths to solve relatable issues.

Admission Requirements

In addition to the university’s admission requirements, the minimum admission requirements for the proposed program is having earned a BS in the field of Information Technology (or related fields). It is beneficial for an applicant to have a minimum of two years of professional work experience in order to make sure that prospective candidates can grasp the underlying concepts that provide the foundation for program concentrations.

If a student does not meet the admission/prerequisite requirements, they may be granted conditional admission to complete the following five undergraduate level (or equivalent) prerequisite courses:

Upon completion of the five courses listed above and with the approval from the program advisor, a perspective student will be allowed to enroll into the program.

Degree Requirements

The focus of this graduate program is to prepare students with the advanced skills based on fundamental knowledge in Information Technology, as they pursue their career interest in one of the two concentrations: infrastructure administration or cybersecurity.

The focus for each concentration includes:

Infrastructure Management

  • Effectively develop policy and procedures for large-scale enterprise networks
  • Manage equipment (servers, switches, and routers) to ensure effectiveness of a data communication system
  • Leveraging current technology to manage both voice and data networks
  • Advanced management of servers, operating systems, and network operating system environments


  • Implement preventive measures to secure both data at rest and in transit
  • Protecting information from cyber threats, cyber warfare, and cyber terrorists
  • Strengthening existing infrastructures by reducing vulnerabilities and exploits
  • Protecting business and individuals from digital based attacks

Core Courses (9 Credit Hours)

Total Credit Hours - 33

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