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2022-2023 University Catalog 
2022-2023 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Information Technology, Data Science Concentration, M.S.

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(30 UNITS)

Master of Science in Information Technology

The Master of Science in Information Technology is for professionals interested in furthering their knowledge in the areas of information technology management and data science. In addition to technical and theoretical knowledge, MSIT students develop the ability to communicate effectively in synchronous and asynchronous online environments, thus ensuring that they are well-prepared for all modes of modern management practice. Collectively, graduates from the program are able to perform a wide variety of job functions, including managing and capitalizing on new and existing technologies, and aligning organizational strategies with technological strategies for the purpose of improving organizational decision-making.

Admission Requirements

Admission is competitive. Students must meet all CSU requirements for admission to a master’s degree program. Please consult the Graduate Admissions section in the university catalog for complete information.

Rapid Admission Pathway

Applicants with an undergraduate degree from an AACSB-accredited business school in the United States may be eligible for rapid admission to the MSIT program for a period of up to three years from their date of degree conferral if they meet the following criteria:

  • Overall undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or better
  • At least one year of professional work experience
  • A “B” (3.0) or better in an undergraduate calculus class
  • A “B” (3.0) or better in an upper-division undergraduate statistics or data analysis class

Standard Admission Pathway

Applicants who are not eligible for the rapid admission pathway will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Satisfactory GPA and a satisfactory score on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Exam (GRE). Preferential admission will be given to applicants who have an overall GMAT or GRE score in the 50th percentile or above, and who have a GPA of at least 3.0
  • A bachelor’s degree with a major in business administration, equivalent to the degree as offered at CSUF. The degree must include calculus equivalent to passing MATH 135  with a “C” (2.0) or better. Students with a bachelor’s degree in a field other than business administration are eligible to apply, however such students will be required to complete additional courses or demonstrate proficiency as described under the Curriculum requirements below. Major courses on the applicant’s transcript that are more than seven years old may be evaluated/validated for currency
  • Recommendation from the ISDS Admission Committee based upon a review of the above requirements, the student’s “Statement of Purpose” and prior work experience. Additional coursework may be required of conditionally admitted students who holistically satisfy the criteria but are weak in one of the above areas

Additional Information

* Students must obtain department approval to enroll in these courses

Capstone (3 units)

Data Science Concentration

The Information Technology, Data Science Concentration provides students with knowledge, skills and experience in data processing and analytics in the context of business. Students learn to articulate strategies and methods that allow for the effective use and management of data storage and analytics within an organization.

Total (30 units)

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