Information Technology M.S.I.T. (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.


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

Degree Requirements:  30 Credit Hours (Thesis)1

Credit Hours
Core Requirements
IT   7130IT Governance3
IT   7135Seminar in IT3
IT   7134IT Project Management3
IT   7131Data Science Methods3
Electives Courses
Choose 12 credits (a maximum of 6 credit hours from IT 5xxxG courses)
IT   5090GSelected Topics in Information Technology 3
IT   5135GData Analytics 3
IT   5233GWeb and Mobile Security Fundamentals3
IT   5434GNetwork Security Fundamentals3
IT   7090Selected Topics in Information Technology (May be repeated for credit under different topics)3
IT   7133Digital Security and Forensics Investigation3
IT   7895Special Problems in IT3
Or other elective courses approved by MSIT Program Coordinator
IT   7999Thesis6
Total Credit Hours30


Each candidate for the Master of Science in Information Technology Thesis Option degree must complete a thesis on a subject approved by the graduate thesis committee. The major professor supervises the research, directs the writing of the thesis, and approves the thesis in its final form. Prior to the final approval, the thesis is read by the thesis committee. One member, termed the second reader, has responsibility for an intensive and rigorous criticism of the thesis and a third member of the thesis committee has the responsibility of an “editorial reader.” Both second and third readers must report all comments to the major professor. The thesis must be defended in an oral examination before the graduate committee prior to final approval and sign-off. The style and format for the completed thesis shall follow that prescribed by the Program Director for the Master of Science in Information Technology degree. Procedural steps in the preparation of the thesis are as follows:

  • The prospectus for the thesis shall be submitted to the major professor and thesis committee for approval.
  • The student must prepare the thesis for electronic submission following the latest version of the Electronic Thesis and Dissertation (ETD): Student Guide to Preparation and Processing manual.
  • The thesis must be electronically submitted to the ETD site for format check by the final thesis submission deadline as stated in the University Calendar.
  • The final corrected thesis must be electronically submitted to the ETD site by the ETD format check submission deadline as stated in the University Calendar. The final document must be electronically approved by the Thesis Committee. 


Lei Chen, Ph.D.
Graduate Program Director
Department of Information Technology
Allen E. Paulson College of Engineering and Computing
Georgia Southern University
P.O. Box 8150 Statesboro, GA 30460
Phone: (912) 478-7679
FAX: (912) 478-7883