M.S. in Information Technology

Note

If you declared your major prior to Fall 2021, please follow the M.S. in Information Technology (Prior to Fall 2021) page.

Overview

The Master of Science in Information Technology is designed for current and aspiring professionals in charge of developing, implementing, operating, and managing information systems in a variety of organizations.

Students in this program will gain a broad technical understanding of current and emerging technologies in the industry, familiarity with systems engineering concepts, and a solid foundation in net-centric computing. They will also have a firm grasp of current and future effects of the convergence of the telecommunications, media, and information technology sectors.

Courses may be taken in person or online.

The M.S. in Information Systems offers the following tracks of specialization:

Entirely Online Option

The program can now be completed entirely online with some decrease in available electives. Networking and security tracks may be completed online and full-time. The management tracks can be completed online at least part-time over two years. Students taking mostly regular face-to-face courses are also welcomed into online courses when they find that convenient, but students signed up explicitly for the entirely online option get the advantage of being able to be registered before other students who might happen to choose to take some of their courses online. Student in the entire online program should contact the GPD with course choices three days before the usual start of registration.

Curriculum

Most students complete the program full-time, taking mostly face-to-face courses.

Important

Students who have taken undergraduate Loyola classes:

Many 400-level courses in the department have closely related 300-level analogues, e.g. COMP 443: Computer Networks and COMP 343: Computer Networks. Students who enter the MS program after taking a Loyola course in this category must choose to take 400-level courses that are not closely related to any 300-level courses taken earlier, unless they have GPD permission.

Overall, to achieve depth and breadth, Information Technology students must complete the following:

  • One (1) required course addressing ethical and social issues in the computing field

  • Three (3) courses within one of the following tracks:
    • Enterprise Information Management

    • Technology Management

    • Information Assurance

    • Enterprise Networking

  • Six (6) courses or 18 credits that do not need to be on any track (electives)
    • These electives can be any 400-level course offered by the department, with approval by your advisor

The courses listed below can be counted toward the different tracks. Any other COMP course (400 level or higher) can count as an elective towards the required 30 credits. Special permission is required to count any other course as a track requirement or as an elective.

Note

You only need three courses in one track. There is no need to satisfy more than one track.

Major Prerequisites

A four-year undergraduate degree in any field.

Preparation Courses

All of the following courses are required if you do not have a four-year undergraduate degree in a related field.

Warning

Students may not use an introductory course to satisfy a foundation or elective requirement.

Preparatory courses do not count towards the 30 required credit hours of non-preparatory courses.

A student taking any necessary preparation course is considered to be a full-fledged student of the Graduate School. Preparation courses may be taken in the same semester as other graduate courses, provided the prerequisites for the other graduate courses are met. Students are expected, however, to take all necessary preparation courses early in their career.

A student may place out of an introductory course under any of the following conditions:

  • The student has appropriate coursework equivalent to the introductory course.

  • The student has appropriate and verified professional experience equivalent to the introductory course.

  • The student passes a Graduate Competency Assessment (GCA) in the introductory course area.

  • This can be waived under the discretion of the GPD.

If a student has had a preparatory course waived, departmental assistance will usually be necessary to allow the student to register for any other course having that preparatory course as a prerequisite.

Major Requirements (3 credits)

Note

The class above can be substituted with another graduate course under the discretion of GPD if students had their equivalent in their undergraduate program.

General Electives (18 Credits)

Six additional 400-level COMP three-credit electives are required. Students may not substitute any of the introductory or foundation courses listed above as electives (except as stated above). Students may count 400-level courses from other departments as electives with graduate program director approval.

There are numerous options for independent study, including a programming project, research, or a service-oriented project.

Note

Students may take up to a maximum of 6 credit hours of COMP 490: Independent Project and/or COMP 499: Internship.

Tracks (9 Credits)

As Information Technology is a fast-evolving field, other courses can be substituted under the discretion of the GPD. Substitutions will usually be limited to special-topics courses (Comp 488) which have learning outcomes closely related to other courses in the track in question. The GPD will make this determination by the beginning of the semester, in consultation with the instructor, and will notify the Graduate School.

Some courses (eg 317/417 and 343/443) are offered as both undergraduate and graduate registrations, meeting together. Students who took the undergraduate instance of such a course as a Loyola undergraduate may not receive graduate credit for retaking the graduate instance of the same course. Exceptions may be granted in advance by the GPD, if the two course instances differ substantially in content. Similarly, if a required graduate course has been taken as an undergraduate registration, the GPD may (and must) allow an appropriate graduate substitute.

Important

Three (3) courses from any one of the following Tracks must before completing your major.

Data Management (DM) Track

Technology Management (TM) Track

IT Security (IS) Track

Enterprise Networking (EN) Track