Professional Master of Information Technology

Degree Requirements – Accelerated Masters – Admission Requirements – How to Apply – Contact

Executive Summary

The need for professionals in the field of Information Technology (IT) has grown steadily over the past decade. Nearly every business today fulfills their business goals by utilizing information technology. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, IT professionals are now number fifteen in the top twenty fastest growing professions. The compensation earned by IT professionals ranks among the top five highest paying professions.

This 100% online program trains undergraduates, graduates, and working IT professionals in the advanced application of information technology.  The program provides advanced technical knowledge in the areas of IT system architecture, data communications, virtualization, and enterprise security.  Upon successful completion of this professional degree, graduates will be able to apply information technology tools and skills in their work environments.  This advanced technical training will enable graduates of the program to utilize and manage information technology with the objective of increasing organizational productivity and competitive advantage.

Degree Requirements

All students will be required to successfully complete (minimum of a C grade) 30 credits of coursework including a capstone project.  The required courses and the list of approved elective classes are listed below. All course prerequisites must be satisfied.

In order to provide consistency among plans of study for graduate students and to set a minimum set of core or pertinent courses, it is the policy of the professional M-IT degree that each graduate student will fulfill the following course requirements (or equivalent) as determined by the program coordinator/director.

Required Courses (21 credits)

  • ET 551 Enterprise Architecture I – the Cloud, servers, switches, gateways, cabling: ETSI, TIA and EIA and NEC
  • ET 552 Enterprise Architecture II – the data center, desktop environment
  • ET 562 DevOps (development and operations software – Python, scripting)
  • ET 577 Advanced Networking: telecom infrastructure WAN/LAN and wireless and protocols including MPLS, SIP, etc.
  • ET 539 Advanced Enterprise Security
  • ET 555 Virtualization – VMs, Software Defined Networks,
  • ET 535 Master’s Project in Information Technology

Electives (choose any 3 courses, 9 credits, selected from the list below)

  • ET 505 Special Topics in Information Technology
  • ET 585 White Hat System Testing
  • ET 583 App Programming and Development
  • BCIS 550 Information Systems Analysis and Design
  • BCIS 575 Database Management Systems*
  • BCIS 561 Business Analytics I*
  • BCIS 566 Business Analytics II*
  • BCIS 585 Enterprise Resource Planning & Business Processes*
  • CS 502 Database Management Systems I
  • CS 505 Artificial Intelligence I
  • CS 508 Introduction to Data Mining
  • CS 509 Bioinformatics Programming
  • CS 511 Logic and Constraint Logic Programming
  • CS 519 Applied Machine Learning I
  • IE 523 Advanced Engineering Economy
  • IE 563 Topics in Engineering Administration
  • IE 571 Advanced Quality Control

Accelerated master’s track:

Accelerated Master’s Optional admission: The option combines some of the requirements of the baccalaureate degree in IET or ICT and the professional Master of Information Technology. Details of the program can be found at https://engr.nmsu.edu/masters-accelerated-program/.

This option will add a pre-application process as detailed below.

Pre-Application Process: Students will submit a “pre-application” to the ETSE department to receive approval for the accelerated professional Master’s program. This should be submitted when he/she is within approximately 12 credits of earning a Bachelor’s degree in an IET or BICT; an application form will be available in the ETSE department web site. Qualification for the BS+M-IT program will be based on the cumulative grade point average in courses taken to that point, and recommendations by faculty members listed on the departmental application. Additional factors might be taken into account when available (e.g., TOEFL/IELTS scores). Students having a grade point average below 3.0 may be admitted on a case-by-case basis, depending on faculty recommendations and evaluations of the individual’s academic and professional history.

Once the ETSE department has reviewed the pre-application, accepted, and notified the applicant of acceptance in the accelerated program, the applicant must then formally apply to the graduate school for formal admission to the graduate program; this application to the graduate school is made during the final semester of graduation.

Note: It is very important for the student to apply to the BS+M-IT accelerated program before they take any 450 (and above) level courses.

Leveling coursework to satisfy master work deficiencies

  • Discrete Mathematics, College Algebra, Statistics
  • Skills in computer programming language
  • Networking
  • Operating systems and Computer Protocols

The requirements for enrollment into the program are as follows:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Information Technology or a closely related field (must submit transcripts)
  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0/4.0 or higher
  • Statement of purpose – One page describing your experiences and background, professional goals, and your reason for applying to the M-IT program
  • 2 Recommendations
  • Applicants with an undergraduate GPA greater than 2.5/4.0 but less than 3.0/4.0 may be accepted provisionally on a case by case basis.
  • Applicants that do not have the Bachelor’s degree in Information Technology or a closely related field but have relevant I.T. experience may apply. If accepted, the graduate advisor will design a plan of study that may include appropriate leveling courses.
  • GRE scores are not required for applicants that have earned their undergraduate degree from an accredited U.S. University.

Steps to apply:

  1. Please apply to the NMSU graduate school at https://gradschool.nmsu.edu and choose the following application options:
    • Campus = NMSU-Online
    • Degree = Masters
    • Online Major – Undeclared
  2. Submit undergraduate transcripts, Statement of Purpose, and Recommendations with your graduate school application. Note: The Undeclared application will ask for a resume/cv, which is optional for this program. If you choose not to submit your resume/cv, you must upload a blank document to complete the submission process.
  3. Once your application is complete, send an email to rolfe@nmsu.edu with your Graduate Application #

More Information

Dr. Rolfe Sassenfeld, Program Director,
Email:  rolfe@nmsu.edu