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The Master of Computer Information Technology (MCIT) program is designed to train students in the information technology domain while also helping students develop highly valued industry-relevant skills.  This 30-credit hour non-thesis based master’s program has been developed in consultation with an advisory board of professionals to ensure the program meets current and anticipated workforce needs.
 

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What Can I Do with a Master of Computer Information Technology?

In seeking to address the challenges associated with computer information technology as a persistent and pervasive force in society, organizations across the globe are increasingly looking for employees with skills that cross disciplines to effectively manage technology as well as individuals impacted by technology. Our Computer Information Technology degree takes the interdisciplinary and global approach needed to prepare you to address technology issues and the changes borne of technical advancements. Here, you can accelerate your career, boost your skill set, and learn to operate more effectively in a variety of professional environments.

Our program will educate you on the science of information technology concepts, the organizational impact of technology, the implications of technical innovations and globalization, the theory of change and change mitigation, and the value of research undertaken in technical settings. You will pursue one emphasis area oriented toward your interests in cybersecurity and assurance, or project management.

Career opportunities that might be pursued:
  • Cybersecurity Administrator/Analyst
  • Cyber Forensics Analyst
  • Chief Security Officer
  • Information Security Administrator, Analyst/Architect/Manager 
  • Project Manager
  • Web Designer/Architect
  • Mobile/Web Applications
  • Developer/Programmer
  • Research Assistant

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Overview

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Please note that you may be able to use some courses to meet more than one requirement. Contact your faculty mentor for details.

Minimum Units for Completion 30
Additional Admission Requirements Admission requirements over and above admission to NAU are required.
Oral Defense Oral Defense is required.
Research Individualized research is required.
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Purpose Statement

The CIT Master’s program prepares students to advance their careers in the information technology domain as technology supervisors and project managers, business analysts, lead coders and designers, and researchers.  Given the pervasiveness of technology worldwide, students outside the information technology domain may weave their prior industry experience with information technology theories, processes, and best practices to take on roles within the information technology industry.  Students who would benefit most from completing this degree include individuals pursuing career advancement in the computer information technology domain as well as individuals transitioning their careers from non-technical backgrounds to the computer information technology domain.

The program emphasizes skills related to the interplay between computer information technology and its supervision, the organizational and human impact of technology, technical innovations, the global reach of technology, and research and associated methods as applied to the computer information technology domain.  Theories and models associated with computer information technology, best practices, and current research and examples will provide students with learning experiences rooted in both theory and application of computer information technology concepts and methods to solve business problems.  Students will also develop skills associated with critical thinking and reading, reflection, research, analysis, problem solving, and technical and scholarly writing. 

Emphasis areas such as Project Management, Information Security and Assurance, and Mobile and Web Applications Development, will provide students the opportunity to garner skills specific to a given computer information technology area.  Student interested in a deep exploration of project management principles will learn how to use the Project Management Institute’s PMBOK® framework, and corresponding knowledge areas and process groups to effectively initiate, manage, and close information technology projects.  Students interested in a deep exploration of information security and assurance will learn how to negotiate and minimize risks and threats to information technology systems, construct security policies, and apply ethics to information technology and security management efforts.  Students interested in a deep exploration of mobile and Web applications development will learn how to program Web content using HTML, CSS, and JavaScript as well as develop programming and design skills for Android and iOS platforms.  Students will explore additional topics such as database utilization, responsive application design, software versioning, and the use of various tools applicable to the domain of study for example.  

Student Learning Outcomes

Core Learning Outcomes:

 
Emphasis Learning Outcomes:

Data Analytics:  
Project Management:Information Security and Assurance:
Mobile and Web Applications Development: 

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