Information Technology M.S.I.T. (Non-Thesis)

Degree Requirements: 30 Credit Hours

Admission Requirements

Regular Admission

  1. Admissions to the MSIT program are competitive. Meeting the admission requirements does not guarantee admission to the program.
  2. Completed requirements for the Bachelor’s degree at a college or university accredited by the proper regional accrediting association.
  3. An undergraduate degree or the equivalent in Information Technology, Computer Science/Engineering, or Information Systems, or a closely related field of study.
  4. A 3.00 (4.0 scale) cumulative grade point average (GPA) or higher on courses in undergraduate work, or equivalent.
  5. International students must meet College of Graduate Studies English Proficiency requirements.
  6. In addition to the above requirements, admission to the Master of Science in Information Technology also requires:

     (a) two years of work experience in the IT field if the undergraduate degree is not in information technology, information systems, computer science/engineering or a closely related field; and

     (b) a competitive score on the GRE or GMAT exam. The GRE or GMAT exam may be waived if the applicant has three or more years of work experience in IT or a closely related field.

Provisional Admission

A student may be granted provisional admission based upon the recommendation of the Master of Science in Information Technology Graduate Program Coordinator or Department Chair.

Non-Degree Admission

Non-degree students are accepted on an individual basis as space is available.

Program of Study

Credit Hours
Core Requirements12
IT Governance
Seminar in IT
IT Project Management
Data Science Methods
Elective Courses15
Choose 15 credits (a maximum of 9 credits from IT 5xxxG courses)
Selected Topics in Information Technology
Data Analytics
Web and Mobile Security Fundamentals
Distributed and Mobile Systems
Information Storage and Management
Advanced Network Security
Selected Topics in Information Technology
Digital Security and Forensics Investigation
MSIT Internship
Special Problems in IT
Or other elective courses approved by MSIT Program Coordinator
Project3
Independent Study (Non-Thesis Option)
Total Credit Hours30

Accelerated Bachelors to Masters (ABM) Degree Requirements: 30 Credit Hours

In accordance with SACSCOC requirements, 120 unique credit hours are required in a Bachelors degree program, and at least 30 unique credit hours are required for a Masters degree program. The MSIT-ABM program combines 124 hours from the BSIT program and 30 hours from the MSIT program, exceeding the required 150 unique hours between undergraduate and graduate degree programs by 4 hours. The Jack N. Averitt College of Graduate Studies Handbook for Program Directors and Graduate Advisors permits a maximum of 9 shared credit hours between the undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Therefore, MSIT-ABM students may share a maximum of 4 credit hours of graduate level courses (5000G) in satisfying the requirements of both degree programs.

Admission Requirements

Regular Admission


For regular admission to the Accelerated Bachelor’s to Master’s of Science in Information Technology (ABM-MSIT) degree program, the applicant must have:

  1. Enrollment as a current Georgia Southern undergraduate student majoring in Information Technology.
  2. Completed at least 45 credit hours completed in the undergraduate program; including the courses MATH 1111, COMM 1110, STAT 1401, IT 1130, and IT 2333, each with a grade of C or better.
  3. A 3.0 (4.0 scale) cumulative GPA or higher in undergraduate coursework.

ABM programs do not allow provisional admission. ABM programs are designed for students who have demonstrated a high level of undergraduate academic performance that validates their ability to be successful graduate students. Students who do not meet the minimum requirements for regular admission may be granted admission to the program upon approval of an admissions committee consisting of at least the Department Chair and the Graduate Program director.

ABM Degree Requirements:  30 Credit Hours (Thesis & Non-Thesis)


  1. A student in the ABM program will be allowed to use up to 4 credits of upper division IT courses offered within the Information Technology program in meeting the requirements of both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree.
  2. Maintain a cumulative graduate GPA of 3.0 (grade of “B” or better) in their graduate degree course work (including the 4 credits of graduate course work shared with the undergraduate degree).
  3. Meet all requirements for both the BSIT and MSIT degrees.
  4. An undergraduate student enrolled in graduate classes is limited to 6 credit hours of graduate coursework per semester.
  5. A minimum of 50% of courses for the Master of Science in Information Technology degree must be taken at or above the 6000 level.

General Requirements

Credit Hours
Core Requirements12
IT Governance
Seminar in IT
IT Project Management
Data Science Methods
Elective Courses15
Choose 15 credits (a maximum of 9 credits from IT 5xxxG courses)
Selected Topics in Information Technology
Data Analytics
Web and Mobile Security Fundamentals
Distributed and Mobile Systems
Information Storage and Management
Advanced Network Security
Selected Topics in Information Technology
Digital Security and Forensics Investigation
MSIT Internship
Special Problems in IT
Or other elective courses approved by MSIT Program Coordinator
Project3
Independent Study (Non-Thesis Option)
Total Credit Hours30

Advisement

Graduate students are advised by their program. Graduate students should reach out to their graduate program director for information regarding the structures in place to facilitate advisement. For more information visit the Graduate Academic Advisement catalog page.

Graduate students can also contact the Jack N. Averitt College of Graduate Studies for more information about their program director.
Phone: 912-478-COGS (2647)
Email: gradschool@georgiasouthern.edu