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). The program is an intensive, collaborative learning environment 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. Equivalent program content is offered in different formats and geographical locations. Specific information about formats and locations can be found at http://www.commerce.virginia.edu/msmit.
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 a 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.
Admission to the Master of Science in the Management of Information Technology is competitive. 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 is required and will be credited toward the first tuition payment. For more information or to access the online admissions services, please visit the website or contact:
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Transfer of Credit
The M.S. in MIT program requires students to complete all 30 credits of the program during their period of enrollment. Because of the cohort, lock-step format of the programs, transfer credit is not given.
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 in their entirety. This may include class meetings that occur online. If a student arrives significantly late or departs early, the student will be considered absent for that entire class meeting. 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 Faculty Director, Module Coordinator, and faculty whose segment was missed. 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”).
Excused absences are determined by the Module Coordinator and Faculty Director on a case by case basis, but serious medical reasons for the student or their immediate family are generally the only absences that are excused. In the case of unexcused absences, a negative participation grade is given, thus reducing the student’s participation grade for the rest of the Module. Participation grades are factored into the total Module grade, in accordance with the syllabus for that particular Module.
Leaves of Absence Due to the lockstep, cohort nature of the M.S. MIT program, permission to take a leave of absence is granted only in rare circumstances. A student who takes a leave of absence in the middle of a module must start that module from the beginning when he or she returns. Additionally, students who take leaves of absence must complete the entire program within five years of their initial matriculation date.
Switching sections In very limited circumstances, permission may be granted for a student to change the section to which they were admitted. Switches may only be made between Modules of the program. Requests to switch should be made in writing to the Faculty Director, and must be approved by the Faculty Director and the Associate Dean for Graduate Programs.
Please refer to the University’s policy on refunds.
Grades are awarded only to those students who are registered for and complete a course for credit. All courses are on a credit basis only. The letter grade symbols used for grading graduate students in the Master of Science in the Management of Information Technology program are: A+, A, A-, B+, B, B-, C, D, and F. Students are required to maintain a GPA of 3.00 to remain in the program and graduate. A student whose GPA falls below 3.00 for two consecutive Modules is placed on academic probation for one module. In addition, a student who earns six credits of sub-standard performance (C or lower) is placed on academic probation for one module. A probationary student who earns one additional grade of C or lower is automatically dismissed from the program. A student who receives a grade of F (non-performance) in any course is automatically dismissed from the program. Academic dismissal is referred to in the Academic Regulations section of the University Graduate Record as an “Enforced Withdrawal”.
M.S. in MIT Course Description
Optional Independent Study
Note: with approval of the Faculty Director, students may enroll in GCOM 7993 for any semester in the MSMIT program. Interested students should obtain an Independent Study request form from the Graduate Programs office. There is an additional per-credit fee for this course.