Program Details

The MSIT's 70% technical/ 30% business and management courses prepare you to make strategic technical and business decisions in a world where technology is at the core all of business
Chicago, United States
Program Type:
Full Degree
Degree Level:
Information Technology

Program Overview

Program Description:

Northwestern University’s Master of Science in Information Technology (MSIT) program is housed in the McCormick School of Engineering in Evanston, IL, and is uniquely designed for information technology professionals who want to improve and broaden their technical skills, while learning the application of business principles. This combined skill set defines MSIT graduates — the ability to bridge the gap between fundamental technologies (70% of coursework) and business strategies (30% of coursework) — ensuring that they bring impactful value to the business.

Designed for IT professionals with experience in the workplace, the program's unique blend of technology and business courses, a diverse student body, and coursework taught by academic professors and business executives prepares its graduates to strategically plan, implement, and manage information technology systems in a broad range of industries.

Northwestern University’s McCormick School of Engineering is a highly competitive world-class school, ranked 21st nationally in overall graduate engineering programs. The EECS department at Northwestern, where the MSIT program is housed, offers a Computer Engineering degree that is ranked 26th nationally and an Electrical Engineering degree ranked 27th nationally, and MSIT professors are pulled from these selective programs.

The MSIT program uses a cohort model in which students progress through the program as a group. They take courses covering computer and networks technology, as well as key business elements involving finance, marketing, and project management. This provides students with a competitive edge and the ability to transform organizations with their unique understanding of the business implications of IT strategies.

Part-time option: 2 years (12 courses; 6 quarters)

Full-time option: 1.5 years (12 courses; 3-4 quarters)

Additional Program Information

The MSIT at Northwestern University is accredited by the North Central Association.
Financial Aid:
Minimum of two years full-time post-undergraduate IT work experience required for all applicants. Part-time applicants must have a minimum of 4 years of full-time IT work experience if their undergraduate degree was non-technical. Full-time applicants must have a technical undergraduate degree.
International Requirements:
GRE and TOEFL scores are required for international applicants. GRE waived upon director input. TOEFL waived in undergraduate studies were completed in English at an accredited institution.

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