According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, information technology jobs are expected to grow by more than 20% from now until 2030. To help address the workforce demand and prepare future professionals, the College of Engineering and Computing’s Department of Integrated Information Technology (IIT) is now offering a Master of Science in Information Technology (MSIT).
The new MSIT program provides the expertise and skills necessary to develop and integrate secure solutions for meeting the increasingly complex computing and digital requirements of companies and organizations. Topics covered in the MSIT include cybersecurity and cyberinfrastructure, artificial intelligence, cloud computing, and change management. MSIT classes are offered in-person or online, and include a Capstone Project, which is completed with major, well-known corporations.
“The MSIT program was developed to address the growing demand for a program to deliver the advanced technical skills needed in the modern business environment,” says John Gerdes, undergraduate director and professor in the Department of IIT. “While there are existing master programs in computer science in the state, there is no other master's of information technology in South Carolina. The MSIT was created to help address employer’s demand for IT professionals with more advanced computer skills.”
Gerdes added that the program was developed with flexibility in mind. While the coursework is designed for individuals with a computing background, a pathway was built in for those that intend to transition into an IT career by offering foundation classes.
“Students can enroll either full or part time, with the degree requiring as little as 30 credits (10 courses). The MSIT includes 12 credits (four courses) of required courses, plus as little as 18 hours (six courses) of elective courses that students can use to meet their specific career objectives,” Gerdes says.