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Graduate Record 2008-2009 
Graduate Record 2008-2009 [ARCHIVED RECORD]

Master of Science in the Management of Information Technology

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The M.S. MIT program teaches business and technology professionals how to deliver greater business value through the effective management and use of information technology (IT), within an intensive, collaborative learning environment. The program is based on a 30-credit curriculum that synthesizes management, finance, accounting, marketing, strategy, communication, and leadership skills with technical knowledge of IT architecture, IT  project management, enterprise IT management, and IT-enabled business innovation.

The program is conducted in an executive format, which allows professionals the option of completing a master’s degree while remaining on their job. Typically, students may complete their coursework in 12 months by attending classes for a three-day weekend each month in Charlottesville or in 16 months by attending classes every other Saturday in Reston, Virginia. Both sections join for an initial two-week residency in Charlottesville at the McIntire School of Commerce.  Both sections meet for an additional one-week residency in Charlottesville mid-way through the program. They both follow an equivalent  30 credit curriculum, just at a different pace.


Program Prerequisites

The Master of Science in the Management of Information Technology requires that candidates have successfully completed a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university. Prior to admission, a candidate must have minimum of two years of relevant professional work experience including significant managerial or technical involvement with an IT project, program or product. There are no specific requirements as to undergraduate major or prerequisite coursework required.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the Master of Science in the Management of Information Technology is competitive. Prior to entering the master’s program, candidates must have completed all program prerequisites. Candidates are admitted based on their strength in three areas: 1) expected academic success; 2) the ability to contribute relevant, important IT management experiences within a highly collaborative environment; and 3) a strong motivation and need to complete the program. Evidence considered to support these areas include letters of reference, prior academic performance, strong performance on the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT), quality and relevance of work experience, honors, awards, and extracurricular activities. Students being considered for admission are typically asked to interview with the admissions committee. International students whose first language is not English must also submit TOEFL scores. Candidates with a minimum of eight years of professional work experience beyond their bachelor’s degree and who possess a strong record of achievement may request a waiver of the GMAT requirement. A $75 application fee is required, which can be paid online with the application. If accepted, a non-refundable deposit of $500 will be required and is credited toward the first tuition payment. For more information or to access the online admissions services, please visit the website or contact:

McIntire School of Commerce
Rouss & Robertson Halls, East Lawn
University of Virginia
P.O. Box 400173
Charlottesville, VA 22904-4173
(434) 924-3571 Toll-free (877) 349-2620

Transfer of Credit

Graduate School of Commerce requires students to complete 30 credits of graduate level work in-residence. Because of the cohort, lock-step format of the programs, transfer credit is not given.

Program Attendance

Students are expected to clearly communicate program commitments to all relevant parties (i.e., both family and work relationships). Given the intensive and cumulative nature of the program, students are required to attend all scheduled class meetings for the specified period of time. This may include class meetings that occur virtually via the Internet. If a student arrives significantly late or departs early, the student will be considered absent for that entire class meeting. If a student routinely arrives late or departs early, a deduction will be taken from his/her participation grade. In the event that a student cannot be present for any part of the program, or falls behind for any reason, it is the responsibility of the student to make up the work in a manner that is approved by the program directors and module coordinators. Attendance may be reviewed periodically by the faculty, and absence from more than 20% of any module will automatically result in an evaluation of non-performance (“F”).

Refund Policy

  1. All requests for refunds must be made in writing to the Associate Dean for Graduate Programs.
  2. The date of the postmark, fax or in-person written request determines the amount of any refund.
  3. Refunds are calculated according to the following conditions:

If the student withdraws before the Module begins, a full tuition refund, less a $12 processing fee, is granted. If the student has paid for materials, that fee is not refunded.

For courses of 10 or more sessions, 80% of the tuition is refunded if the student withdraws within two weeks of the start of the Module. A refund of 60% of the tuition is granted for withdrawal between two weeks and four weeks of the start of the Module. No refunds are awarded a month after a Module begins.

For courses of three to nine sessions, 80% of the tuition is refunded if the student withdraws within two weeks of the start of the Module. No refunds are granted two weeks after a Module begins.

For courses of one or two sessions, no refund is available after the Module begins.

All departmental scholarship and fellowship allocations are rescinded upon a student’s withdrawal.

Student Financial Services issues refund checks, if applicable. Allow four to six weeks for processing refund payments. Please direct inquiries to Student Financial Services.

Grading Policy

Grades are assigned using the following criteria: 


A = Exceptional Performance (4.0)
B+ = Very Good Performance (3.3)
B = Good Performance: satisfactory or ‘as expected’ graduate work (3.0)                       
B- = Below Expected Performance: (2.7)
C = Poor Performance: not satisfactory but marginally passing for a particular course (2.0)
F = Failure or Non-Performance:  no credit given for course (0.0)

Note: Overall student performance will be evaluated periodically by the faculty to ensure that they are meeting expectations. Students are expected to maintain a GPA of at least a 3.0 to remain in the program and graduate. A student whose performance falls below expectations will be placed on probation.  A probationary student who earns one additional grade of C or lower is dropped from the program. A student, who receives a grade of F (non-performance) in any course, is automatically dropped from the program.


M.S. in MIT Course Description

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