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MSIT Curriculum

Designed to teach the big picture

The Gabelli School’s Master of Science in Information Technology (MSIT) curriculum is focused on creating value through technology. You’ll learn how to develop innovative new processes, products, and business models while helping to integrate new technology into your company’s culture.

The program allows students to specialize in one of four career-oriented tracks, according to their interests:

  • Enterprise Risk Management: a field that has exploded since the 2008 financial crisis. Employers are looking for IT professionals who go beyond collecting risk information: They want experts who understand the relevance of that information to the current business environment.
  • Enterprise IT Management: a quickly growing area dedicated to helping companies gain more value from investments made in IT capabilities, infrastructure, and resources.
  • Digital Business Innovation: focuses on creating major change for companies through e-commerce, mobile commerce, cloud computing, social technologies, and tech startups.
  • Business Analytics: centered around the processes of collecting, cleaning, structuring, integrating, and analyzing data to drive management insight, informed decision-making, and superior business performance.

These career tracks were chosen for their exceptional employment opportunities in today’s job market, as well as their relevance to a wide range of industries.

MSIT courses

The MSIT degree requires 10 graduate-level courses for a total of 30 credits. Students must take six core courses (18 credits) and four elective courses (12 credits).

Prerequisites

Students who completed a non-business undergraduate major are required to do a self-study module on IT and business to ensure that they have a basic understanding of the material covered in our Business IT course. In addition, data mining and other data analytics courses may require an understanding of basic statistics.

Core courses

(six courses, 18 credits)
Students who have advanced experience or a deep academic background may substitute up to two of these courses with advanced information systems electives, with permission from the area chair.

  • ISGB 7902 Systems Analysis and Design
  • ISGB 7973 Database Management
  • ISGB 7955 IT Project Management
  • IS7905 Web Development
  • ISGB 7967 Data Mining
  • ISGB 7910 IT Strategy and Management

Electives

(four courses, 12 credits)
Students may choose any four courses to meet their individual interests and career aspirations. Conversations with the program director and academic advisor will help in this process.

  • ISGB 7922 Healthcare IT
  • ISGB 7931 Business Process Management
  • ISGB 7977 Text Analytics
  • ISGB 7978 Web Analytics
  • ISGB 7985 Data Warehousing
  • ISGB 7990 Big Data
  • ISGB 79XX (Special Topics) IT Security
  • ISGB 79XX (Special Topics) IT in Financial Services
  • ISGB 79XX (Special Topics) IT Operations Management
  • ISGB 79XX (Special Topics) Accounting Information Systems
  • ISGB 7988 Business Performance and Risk Management and Analytics
  • ISGB 7990 Big Data Analytics

Students also may choose elective graduate courses outside the Gabelli School, as long as they have taken the appropriate prerequisites. Examples include:

  • CISC 5300 Computer Programming C++
  • CISC 5800 Machine Learning
  • CISC 5950 Big Data Programming
  • CISC 6650 Forensic Computing
  • CISC 6680 Intrusion Detection and Network Forensics
  • CISC 6725 Data Communication and Networks
  • MGGB 7675 Strategic Management of Innovations and Technology
  • SDGB 7840 Applied Regression Analysis
  • SDGB 7841 Statistical Theory I
  • SDGB 7842 Statistical Theory II (including Linear Models)
  • SDGB 7844 Statistical Methods and Computation I

To specialize in one of the MSIT’s four career-oriented tracks, students should take at least three elective courses within that track, based on the listings below. Another option is to create an optimal mix of electives across the tracks, in consultation with the program director and area chair.

Enterprise Risk Management track

  • ISGB 79XX (Special Topics) Accounting Information Systems
  • ISGB 7988 Business Performance and Risk Management and Analytics
  • SDGB 7841 Statistical Theory I
  • SDGB 7844 Statistical Methods and Computation I
  • CISC 6650 Forensic Computing
  • CISC 6680 Intrusion Detection and Network Forensics

Enterprise IT Management track

  • ISGB 7931 Business Process Management
  • ISGB 7941 Network Applications and Telecom Policy
  • ISGB 7975 Business Analytics for Managers
  • ISGB 7985 Data Warehousing
  • ISGB 79XX Special Topics Courses (examples include Tech Startups, Information Security, Privacy and Controls)

Digital Business Innovation track

  • ISGB 7901 E-Business Strategies and Applications
  • ISGB 7924 Mobile Commerce and Applications
  • ISGB 7945 IT and Sustainability
  • ISGB 7978 Web Analytics
  • ISGB 799H Cloud Computing
  • ISGB 79XX Special Topics Courses (examples include Tech Startups, Information Security, Privacy and Controls)

Business Analytics track

  • ISGB 7975 Business Analytics for Managers
  • ISGB 7977 Text Analytics
  • ISGB 7978 Web Analytics
  • ISGB 7980 Business Modeling with Advanced Spreadsheets
  • ISGB 7985 Data Warehousing
  • ISGB 7988 Business Performance and Risk Management and Analytics
  • ISGB 7990 Big Data Analytics

For full course listings and descriptions, visit the academic bulletin