MSIT Program Requirements

The IT department offers the MSIT program (30 credit hours) and 5 graduate certificates (12 credit hours each): Data Analytics and Intelligent Technology, IT Security, Enterprise IT Management, Health IT and IT Foundation.

The IT foundation certificate is designed to prepare students who don’t have computing background transitioning into the Master program. The other four certificates focus on a special IT area. All the graduate certificates are both standalone and embedded in the MSIT program. In other words, you can apply for the certificate only if you are just interested in a specific IT field. If you are in the MSIT program, the graduate certificate can be considered a concentration of your study.

MSIT Program Learning Student Outcomes:

On successful completion of this program, graduates will be able to:

PSLO#1. Analyze a complex problem and apply principles of computing and other relevant disciplines to elaborate solutions to it. 

PSLO#2. Design, implement, and evaluate a computing-based solution to meet a given set of requirements in the context of the IT discipline. 

PSLO#3. Communicate effectively in a variety of professional contexts.

PSLO#4. Recognize professional responsibilities and make informed judgments in computing practice based on legal and ethical principles.

PSLO#5. Function effectively as a member and leader of a team engaged in activities appropriate to the IT discipline. 

IT Course Schedules and Forecast
Old curriculum before Fall 2021:

New & existing course mapping

2021-2022 Curriculum Crosswalk. (What an student on the old catalog should do)

Foundation Courses Test-out Exams

Please use this link to schedule the test before your program starts.

MSIT Advising Appointment

Book time with Shirley Tian: MSIT Advising - Office hours • This link will expire on: July 31, 2024

MSIT Program Requirements

  • Foundation courses are only required for students who don't have computing backgrounds. Foundation courses can be waived if a student took equivalent courses in his/her undergraduate or graduate studies. Students may test out the foundation courses and the request must be made to the program director by his/her first semester starts.

    IT 5413 Software Design and Development -- 3
    IT 5423 Comp Architecture, Operating Sys & Networks -- 3
    IT 5433 Databases: Design and Applications -- 3
    IT 5443 Web Technologies & App Development IT 5413 3
    IT 6203 IT Design Studio IT 5433 & IT 5443 3
    IT 6413 IT Service Delivery IT 5423 3
    IT 6423 System Acquisition and Integr. IT 5413 or IT 5433 3
    IT 6823 Information Security Concepts & Admin. IT 5423 3
  • A student must choose one of the following options:

    A. Capstone option

    1. IT 7993 IT Capstone (Prerequisite: IT 6203 and at least two of following courses: IT 6413, IT 6423, and IT 6823)
    2. 15 Credit Hours from Elective Course List.

    B. Thesis option

    1. IT 7999 Thesis (6 credit hours over two semesters)
    2. 12 Credit Hours from Elective Course list.
  • Depending on whether students take the capstone or the thesis option, they are required to complete 5 or 4 elective courses, respectively. In addition to the Information Technology electives listed below, students may take maximum of 1 elective from 6000 level or higher courses from FIS, CS, SWE, IS, DS, STAT, or MGT, subject to Credit for Duplicate Courses policy and course prerequisites. Credit may not be awarded for the same course twice, or for courses deemed so similar as to be considered the same.

    IT 6923:Blockchain Technology in Payments FIS 6810 3
    IT 6933:Machine Learning Technology in FinTech -- 3
    IT 7103:Practical Data Analytics -- 3
    IT 7113:Data Visualization IT 5433 3
    IT 7123:Business Intelligence Systems IT 5433 3
    IT 7133:Enterprise AI Applications -- 3
    IT 7143:Cloud Analytics Technology -- 3
    IT 7303:Data Privacy Technologies IT 6823 3
    IT 7313:Physical IT Systems Security IT 6823 3
    IT 7323:Computer Forensics IT 6823 3
    IT 7333:Enterprise Cloud and Wireless Security IT 6823 3
    IT 7503:Foundations of Health Information Technology -- 3
    IT 7513:Electronic Health Record Systems and Applications IT 7503 3
    IT 7523:Clinical Processes & Workflows: Analysis and Redesign IT 7503 3
    IT 7533:Health Information Security and Privacy IT 7503 3
    IT 7703:IT Policy and Law IT 6413 or IT 6423 3
    IT 7713:Management of Information Technology -- 3
    IT 7723:IT Strategy, Policy, and Governance -- 3
    IT 7733:Fundamentals of Enterprise Cloud IT 6413 3
    IT 7743:Database Administration IT 5433 3
    IT 7900:Special Topics in Information Technology varies 1-3
    IT 7913:Research Seminar in IT -- 3
    IT 7923:Advanced Web Technologies IT 6203 3
    CSE 7983:Graduate Internship 9 CSE graduate credit hours and be in good academic standing. 3


Financial Information

Pursuing a Master’s degree is a serious career and financial decision. The combination of affordability, quality, and career perspective of the MSIT degree give the students excellent return of investment. We are dedicated to provide financial resources to help our students to achieve their academic goals.

Out of State Tuition Waiver - Limited number of out of state tuition waivers are available to incoming students with 3.25 or better GPA or existing students with 3.75 or better GPA. Details on qualification, policy and application. 

Graduate Research Assistantship (GRA) - 20 GRA positions for summer, fall 2020 and spring 2021. GRA comes with tuition waiver up to 12 credit hours and stipend up to $5500 per semester.

Cost Calculator for Estimated Tuituion & Fees
  • Graduate tuition and fees effective Fall 2022, Spring 2023, Summer 2023

    Graduate Tuition and Fees

    E-Tuition and Fees

    NOTE: Students may register as in-state students only upon showing that they have been a legal resident of Georgia for a period of at least 12 months immediately preceding the date of registration. Documents to validate residency may be requested. (See catalog for resident definition)

    Questions concerning fee structure and payment of fees should be directed to the Bursar's Office at 470.578.6419. Information regarding various sources of student financial assistance is available through the Financial Aid Office at 470.578.6074.


    Fees are subject to change without notice.

  • The MSIT and all graduate certificate programs are financial aids eligible. Always check with the Office of Student Financial Aid for the most up to date and official information.

    If you are thinking about applying for a Graduate Program at KSU, you should complete the FAFSA so that potential sources of financial aid can be identified for you. You should complete the FAFSA about the same time that you complete the Graduate Application for Admissions. Deadlines for completing the FAFSA are:

    Fall April 1st
    Spring November 1st
    Summer April 1st
  • There is a "window" of opportunity to apply for scholarships. That window usually opens around late November and closes in early March. Follow this link a list of scholarships, specifically for graduate students: Graduate Scholarships Info

    You can see a full list of scholarships, specifically for graduate students by following
    these steps:

    • Go to
    • Click on "Apply now"
    • Click on "Search Scholarships"
    • Category Search (click on the box with the + sign)
    • In the Class box, select Graduate from list
    • Scroll to the bottom and click Search
  • KSU is pleased to offer financial assistance to our graduate students which includes Out of State Tuition Waiver and Graduate Assistantship: Graduate Research Assistant (GRA), Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA). Please follow the instructions below to apply for those positions. Do Not email your resume or send unsolicited messages to individual faculty or administrators. Repeated violators may be directly disqualified from financial assistance programs.

    Questions about the financial assistance programs and application process can directed to Director of Graduate Student Support, Melinda Ross, at ​

    More information:

Apply Now

Ready to jump on the fast-growing train for a high paying and high satisfying IT career? Follow the steps below to start an online application.

Application deadlines:
Summer 2024 deadline: Fall 2024 deadline: Spring 2025 deadline:
April 1st
March 1st (International Students)
July 1st 
June 1st (International Students)
November 1st
  • MSIT Admission Requirements

    • Official Transcripts - from EACH College and/or University you have attended. Must be in a sealed envelope from the institution or sent electronically from the institution directly to
    • Statement of Purpose - (1 or 2 pages explaining why you want to apply & why you are a good fit. Can be uploaded into the online application).
    • Resume/Vita - (Can be uploaded into the online application).
    • Letters of Recommendation - (Optional. Sent electronically through the online application).

    Graduate Certificate Requirements

    • Official Transcripts - from EACH College and/or University attended.
    • Resume/Vita - (Can be uploaded into the online application).
    • Try to submit the required document as soon as you can. The program director will review an application within one week once the application is complete.
    • If you are admitted to the program, you will receive an acceptance email from the graduate college and welcome letter from the program director.
    • You may then follow the process to enroll and register for classes.