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Advanced Professional Studies Overview

Rensselaer’s Master’s of Science in Information Technology balances the study of management strategies and technology leadership with advanced course work in an IT concentration. Advanced Professional Studies (APS) students complete a suite of Core and Capstone courses, and also select three courses to complete their concentrations in Data Science and Analytics or Web Science.

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ITWS Curriculum

Students admitted to the M.S. in IT develop an approved plan of study that includes the following:

  • Ten courses in IT (A minimum of thirty credits)
  • A minimum of six courses (eighteen or more credits) at the 6000 graduate level
  • Five Core courses in Information Technology (IT Core)
  • A minimum of three courses (nine credit hours or more) in a Concentration
  • One elective approved by the advisor to add further breadth or depth to the degree
  • ITWS-6800 Information Technology Master’s Capstone course

The Core and Concentration courses are designed to accommodate a wide range of backgrounds. If students have previously completed a basic required Core course, they then complete the next level required course to add depth in that Core area. For example, if an equivalent course to Database Systems was completed in a prior degree, the Core requirement could be satisfied by taking Enterprise Database Systems or Database Mining. Our goal is to bring students to the next level of IT expertise.  

The M.S. in IT Capstone course integrates the knowledge and professional practice of IT Core and Concentration courses.  Topics in database systems, networking, data analytics, software design and engineering, management of technology, human computer interaction, and ethics are applied within a framework of global e-business strategy. The course utilizes an Information Technology Team Project with a real organization to practice the major concepts of the IT Degree. Team members select, develop, and present a significant technology implementation project, incorporating strategy, systems development and business planning.

Transfer credit is not expected to fulfill Core or Concentration requirements. Students can waive an IT core area requirement and substitute an approved elective only if they have already taken the equivalent of all listed core courses.  Students may request transfer credit for the elective, subject to advisor approval.  Additionally, no more than half of all credits used towards the M.S. in IT degree may be taken from courses offered by the Lally School of Management and Technology. These courses are coded MGMT. 

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