Master’s in Information Technology Degree

Master of Science in Information Technology

Offered By: College of Science, Engineering, & Technology

What Is a Master’s in Information Technology Degree?

Grand Canyon University’s online Master of Science in Information Technology (MSIT) program prepares students for a diverse range of advanced positions within the information technology field. The program is designed to provide students with inventive, hands-on technical skills and real-world leadership abilities necessary to lead IT teams to success.

By expanding your knowledge of the latest technology trends, you can prepare yourself for complex, high-level positions within the technology field. The program offers the opportunity to develop advanced proficiencies through hands-on projects, but additionally goes beyond technical knowledge.

What You Will Learn

The Master of Science in Information Technology program allows candidates to develop the abilities necessary to make an impact as a technology leader. Courses cover topics including:

  • Professionalism and leadership
  • Ethical behavior in information technology
  • Information systems management
  • Systems development, implementation and maintenance
  • Advanced cloud computing
  • Effective management techniques
  • Inspiring innovation in IT and data management
  • Policy management
  • Infrastructure design
  • High-level cybersecurity methods
  • Advanced system analysis and design
  • Technical communication

Effective information technology leaders can have an impact on the future of the technology industry. Equip yourself to meet the complex needs of the industry and lead your team into the next generation.

Careers With a Master’s in Information Technology Degree

GCU’s online master’s in information technology degree covers the hard technology competencies required for complex IT work. Project-based courses offer the opportunity to get direct experience with these skills before graduating, preparing graduates to employ their abilities in the real world. These hands-on abilities partner with theoretical knowledge, building a strong foundation upon which you can make an impact on the field of technology.

Graduates of the GCU’s online master’s in information technology program can gain a competitive edge when applying for high-level positions at the leadership, management or even executive levels. Potential job titles include:

  • Analytics manager
  • Chief information officer (CIO)
  • Chief technology officer (CTO)
  • Senior computer systems analyst
  • Data science manager
  • Database administrator
  • Information security analyst
  • IT project manager

Online Master’s Degrees on Your Schedule

Earning a graduate-level degree is a long-term investment, one which GCU aims to make as convenient as possible. Classes are built to work on your own time, so that it is attainable for working professionals and for those with a busy schedule. Assignments and participation requirements are built to be convenient and completed when you have the time. Online students at GCU engage in the same level of academic rigor as traditional students, resulting in highly equipped IT professionals

Enrolling in GCU’s online Master of Science in Information Technology program can be your first step toward transforming your career into one you find rewarding. To learn more about the program, contact an admissions counselor or apply to GCU today!

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Total Credits: 34
Online: 8 weeks
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Up to 12 credits or 1/3 of the total program requirements in transfer (whichever is less)
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Course List

34 credits
Total Degree Requirements:
34 credits

Core Courses

Course Description

This course is designed to prepare students for the graduate learning experience at Grand Canyon University. Students have opportunities to develop and strengthen the skills necessary to succeed as graduate students in the College of Science, Engineering, and Technology. Emphasis is placed on utilizing the tools for graduate success.

Course Description

With a brief introduction to cybercrime and cybersecurity, this course will provide students with an overview of the various attacks and the countermeasures organizations can use to defend themselves. Exploring concepts such as defense-in-depth, layered security, vulnerability assessments, risk management, governance and compliance, and encryption; students will become familiar with prevention and protection theories, best practices, and strategies to securing corporate data (intellectual property). This course will conclude with an exploration of the various hacker psychologies and the differences between black-hat, grey-hat, and white-hat (Hackers with Halos) hackers. Prerequisite: UNV-504 or UNV-507.

Course Description

This course introduces enterprise infrastructure design; including hardware, software, policies, and business processes. Emphasis is placed on integrating security solutions and theories in alignment with business objectives to achieve sustainability, reliability, and availability while deterring threats from cyber-attacks. This course also introduces students to the NIST Cybersecurity Framework, providing a foundation to formulating a strategy for cybersecurity program design. Prerequisite: CYB-505.

Course Description

This course examines the tools and technologies used to secure an organization’s intellectual property. Students will consider encryption, hardware security, software vulnerabilities, remote access technologies, and layered security defense strategies in the development of secure architectures. A technology-focused course, students will provide effective solutions around firewalls, networking, server security, database and website protocols, and VPN configurations. Prerequisites: CYB-505 and CYB-515.

Course Description

This course introduces a policy perspective on security design. Students will consider cybersecurity frameworks, policies, cyber law, regulations, and standards in the configuration, development, and design of an enterprise policy infrastructure. In addition, students will examine the impact of policy implementation on enterprise systems and personnel management. Prerequisite: CYB-505.

Course Description

This course introduces key issues in managing information technology and data within contemporary organizations. Students examine the role of leveraging IT and data analytics to drive innovation and add value to organizations through addressing business and market needs. Challenges regarding technology adoption and best practices for utilizing data for organizational decision making are also addressed.

Course Description

This course examines the two meanings of Cloud computing: the first, running workloads remotely over the internet in a commercial provider’s data center, also known as the “public Cloud” mode; the second, a virtualized pool of resources, from raw compute power to application functionality, available on demand. Students will learn aspects of both while providing effective solutions for an on-premise to a Cloud model for a corporate infrastructure.

Course Description

This course provides students a solid understanding of important business functions like marketing, accounting, operations, and statistics, in addition to the key technologies used in business.

Course Description

This course examines the current shift towards more complex and turbulent environments and a digitized economy and how these challenges are a part of general practices in project, program, and portfolio management. Students will develop the ability to show how new opportunities can shape the economy, the business context, and people in the organizational IT project management context.


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Pursue a next-generation education with an online degree from Grand Canyon University. Earn your degree with convenience and flexibility with online courses that let you study anytime, anywhere.

* Please note that this list may contain programs and courses not presently offered, as availability may vary depending on class size, enrollment and other contributing factors. If you are interested in a program or course listed herein please first contact your University Counselor for the most current information regarding availability.

* Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information. Programs or courses subject to change.

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