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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

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CIS Department Graduate Programs

The Master of Science degree in Information Technology program of study prepares the student for a career as a computing professional, yet offers enough flexibility to allow a student to design a course of study suitable for preparation for doctoral work in information technology. The program is designed to offer graduate level educational opportunities with an applied computing perspective. It addresses the pre–service as well as occupational and career advancement needs of baccalaureate-prepared computer technologists. The program objectives are:
  • To address the needs of Minnesota’s public and private enterprises by providing opportunities within the state of Minnesota for graduate study in applied computing area.
  • To provide a graduate degree program for practicing information technologists who have clearly defined academic needs related to professional advancement and/or specialization.
  • To offer a graduate program for baccalaureate students who want to continue their education and gain specialized knowledge and skills in any area of information technology.
  • To expand the functional role of the Department of Information Systems and Technology in service to the Mankato area and the state of Minnesota.
These objectives are met by a curriculum with core studies in informatics in general including software development, networking, information security, databases and research methods. The core studies provide the foundation upon which students develop an academic program appropriate to their interests, culminating in a research experience.
  • Admission Requirements
    In addition to meeting the general admission requirements of the College of Graduate Studies and Research, successful applicants must meet the following requirements for admission:
    • The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required (contact department for specific requirements) if the applicant’s GPA is less than 3.0.
    • Applicants must have an undergraduate degree in information technology, information systems, computer science, management information systems or a related field. Qualified students with other backgrounds may be granted provisional admission and are required to complete undergraduate courses in core areas of information technology. All students must meet all prerequisite requirements of the graduate level courses in which the student plans to enroll. Prerequisites for core courses will be considered deficiencies until satisfied.
    For admission to the Information Technology MS Program, applicants must provide a one page statement of career interests and goals to the IT Department.
  • International Students
    International Students must take the TOEFL exam and score at least 550. Additionally, the student’s undergraduate transcript must be verified by a credential evaluation service if it is not from a US institution. International students should visit the CGSR’s international student website for additional information.
  • Financial Assistance
    Teaching, Lab Project and Research Assistantships requiring professional computer knowledge are available in the IS&T department and from various other departments and administrative offices. Applications are posted on the school’s Academic and Administrative Job Postings web page.

Graduate Candidates with deficiencies

All new graduate students accepted for Master of Science in Information Technology with deficiencies are required to start ONLY from summer session.