Graduate Record 2015-2016 [ARCHIVED RECORD]
Master of Science in the Management of Information Technology
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The Master of Science in the Management of Information Technology Program teaches business and technology professionals how to deliver greater business value through the effective management and use of information technology (IT). The program’s intensive, collaborative learning environment 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 working professionals the option to complete a master’s degree while remaining fully employed. 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. Candidates must have a minimum of two years of relevant professional work experience including significant managerial or technical involvement with IT projects, programs or products. There are no specific requirements as to undergraduate major or prerequisite coursework.
Admission to the Master of Science in the Management of Information Technology Program 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 includes two letters of reference, prior academic performance, quality and relevance of work experience, communication skills, honors, awards, and extracurricular activities. Students being considered for admission are asked to interview with a member of the admissions committee or a designated representative. International students whose first language is not English must also submit TOEFL scores. McIntire requires a minimum TOEFL score of 100 IBT or an IELTS score of 7.5. Applicants who have taken the GMAT or GRE in the past five years are welcome to submit their official scores for consideration, but it is not an admissions requirement. After reviewing a complete application, the Admission Committee reserves the right to request additional information, including official GMAT scores, to show further evidence of an applicant’s ability to handle the academic rigor of the program. 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:
McIntire School of Commerce
Rouss & Robertson Halls, East Lawn
University of Virginia
P.O. Box 400173
Charlottesville, VA 22904-4173
(434) 982-2245 Toll-free (877) 349-2620
Departmental Financial Aid
The McIntire School of Commerce offers a limited number of departmental scholarships to qualified graduate students in the M.S. in the Management of Information Technology Program. Scholarships are awarded based on financial need, and priority is given to those students who apply by March 15 of each admission cycle. Prospective students must complete a Departmental Aid Application Form and submit this with their application materials by the priority deadline. Scholarship awards will be communicated to students once admission decisions have been rendered.
Transfer of Credit
The Master of Science in the Management of Information Technology 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.
Given the intensive and cumulative nature of the program, students are expected to attend all scheduled class meetings (including online meetings) in their entirety. If a student arrives late, leaves early, or misses an entire day, there will be an automatic deduction in class participation, which is part of the final grade. Absence for more than 20% of any module will automatically result in an evaluation of non-performance (“F”) in that module.
Students are expected to clearly communicate in advance their program commitments to all relevant parties, including family and work relationships. 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 arrangements with the appropriate faculty to make up the work as approved by the appropriate faculty member.
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 Academic Program Director.
Grading & Academic Performance Expectations
Grades are awarded only to students who are registered for and complete a course for credit. All courses are on a credit basis only and students must receive a grade. The letter grades used for grading students in McIntire graduate courses are: A+, A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, C-, D+, D, D-, F.
GPA Requirements for Graduation
Students are required to complete their program of study with a GPA of 3.00 in order to graduate.
Academic Performance Expectations
Good academic standing is defined as maintaining a 3.00 cumulative GPA. At the end of each term (or, in a module-based program, two modules), a student’s academic performance will be evaluated by the Academic Program Director to determine if a student is still in good academic standing. A student not meeting the 3.00 cumulative GPA criteria at the end of a given term (or after two modules) will be placed on Academic Probation. A notation of Academic Probation will be placed on the student’s academic record until such time as the academic issue is resolved.
While on Academic Probation, a student will meet regularly with his or her Academic Program Director to ensure appropriate progress is being made toward degree completion. A student who earns a cumulative GPA below a 3.00 in two consecutive terms or three modules will be dismissed from his or her program of study. A student who earns a grade of ‘F’ in any course will be dismissed from the program.
Behavioral & Administrative Expectations
Behavioral and administrative expectations are outlined throughout the Graduate Record and include but are not limited to required class attendance, making progress toward a degree, and fulfilling all expectations implied by enrollment at the University (e.g. Honor Code or Standards of Conduct).
Student adherence to these expectations will be evaluated periodically or when a situation is brought to the attention of an Academic Program Director. If a student’s behavior is found to not be in adherence with the expectations, a warning will be issued to the student and a behavior modification plan will be put in place. This plan will include a timeframe for reevaluation of the student’s behavior. After a reevaluation is conducted, a student who has met the expectations of the behavior modification plan will return to good standing. A student who is still not meeting the behavioral expectations outlined in the plan will be given a final opportunity to remediate the deficient behavior and return to good standing. If, after a second opportunity to meet the expectations of the program and university, a student is still found to display behaviors inconsistent with the program expectations, an ‘Enforced Withdrawal’ will be enacted.
M.S. in MIT Course Descriptions
Optional Independent Study
With approval of the Academic Program 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.