Applied Information Technology M.S.

Degree: Master of Science
https://www.towson.edu/fcsm/departments/computerinfosci/grad/applied-information-technology/

Program Director: Cheryl Brown
Phone: 410-704-4966
Email: cbrown@towson.edu

Program Coordinator: Andrea Chenowith
Phone: 410-704-4309
Email: achenowith@towson.edu

Applied Information Technology is the study, design, development, implementation and support of computer-based information systems to address real-world problems. This program provides graduate-level education in IT for students preparing to enter the high-tech work force and those already in the work force who need to update and enhance their skills. We offer courses in areas such as systems development, IT project management, Internet application development, and IT and business analysis. Post-baccalaureate certificates in Computer Forensics, Health Information Technology, Internet application development, Information security and assurance, Information systems management, Networking technologies, Software engineering and Database management systems are integrated with the M.S. degree program.

Admission Requirements

  • A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university**
  • A minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.00 for full admission and 2.75 for conditional admission
  • Minimum TOEFL score of 550 (where applicable)

These programs are intended for students who have a bachelor’s degree in information technology, computer science, computer information systems or a related field who will enter the program for advanced studies; students who have a bachelor’s degree in a field not listed above who are already employed in the IT field and are seeking additional academic studies for professional growth or career advancement; and students who have a bachelor’s degree in disciplines other than IT who are seeking preparation for careers in this field.

Non-immigrant International Students

Program Enrollment: F-1 and J-1 students are required to be enrolled full-time. The majority of their classes must be in-person and on campus. See the list of programs that satisfy these requirements, and contact the International Student and Scholars Office with questions.

Admission Procedures: See additional information regarding Graduate Admission policies and International Graduate Application online.

**See Exceptions to Policy in Graduate Admissions.

Degree Requirements

  • Completion of any assigned preparatory courses. (Credit from preparatory courses do not count toward the M.S. degree.)
  • Completion of 33 graduate units as follows:
Required Courses
Students must complete the requirements for a graduate certificate in applied information technology. Currently, the following graduate certificates in information technology are available. Additional graduate certificates may be added to this list in the future.15
Computer Forensics
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY INFRASTRUCTURE
SYSTEMS DEVELOPMENT PROCESS
COMPUTER & NETWORK FORENSICS AND INCIDENT RESPONSE
MOBILE DEVICE FORENSICS
CASE STUDIES IN COMPUTER FORENSICS
Database Management Systems
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY INFRASTRUCTURE
SYSTEMS DEVELOPMENT PROCESS
DATABASE MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS
ADVANCED DATABASE MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS
CASE STUDIES IN DATABASE MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS
Health Information Technology
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY INFRASTRUCTURE
SYSTEMS DEVELOPMENT PROCESS
HEALTH INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
HEALTHCARE DATA ANALYTICS
CASE STUDIES ON HEALTHCARE INFORMATION TECHNOLOGIES
HEALTH INFORMATION AND QUALITY MANAGEMENT 1
HEALTH CARE SYSTEMS
Information Security and Assurance
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY INFRASTRUCTURE
SYSTEMS DEVELOPMENT PROCESS
INFORMATION SYSTEMS VULNERABILITY AND RISK ANALYSIS
NETWORK SECURITY
CASE STUDIES IN INFORMATION SECURITY
Information Systems Management
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY INFRASTRUCTURE
SYSTEMS DEVELOPMENT PROCESS
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY AND BUSINESS STRATEGY
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY PROJECT MANAGEMENT
CASE STUDIES IN INFORMATION SYSTEMS
Internet Application Development
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY INFRASTRUCTURE
FUNDAMENTALS OF WEB TECHNOLOGIES AND DEVELOPMENT
SYSTEMS DEVELOPMENT PROCESS
CLIENT/SERVER-SIDE PROGRAMMING ON THE WEB
CASE STUDIES IN INTERNET APPLICATIONS
Networking Technologies
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY INFRASTRUCTURE
SYSTEMS DEVELOPMENT PROCESS
BUSINESS DATA COMMUNICATIONS
NETWORKS ARCHITECTURE AND PROTOCOLS
CASE STUDIES IN NETWORKING TECHNOLOGY
Software Engineering
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY INFRASTRUCTURE
SOFTWARE ENGINEERING FUNDAMENTALS
CASE STUDIES IN SOFTWARE ENGINEERING
Select at least two of the following courses:
SOFTWARE REQUIREMENTS ENGINEERING
SOFTWARE TESTING AND MAINTENANCE
ENTERPRISE ARCHITECTURE
Electives
Students must complete six graduate-level elective courses. A maximum of two elective courses may be in any of the following disciplines: accounting, computer science, human resource development, management, mathematics and technical writing. Those who want to take elective courses from a discipline other than AIT must get the AIT program director's approval before enrolling in the course. At least four of the elective courses must be graduate-level AIT courses from the following list:18
INFORMATION SYSTEMS VULNERABILITY AND RISK ANALYSIS
INTRODUCTION TO SOFTWARE SECURITY
NETWORK SECURITY
FUNDAMENTALS OF WEB TECHNOLOGIES AND DEVELOPMENT
CLIENT/SERVER-SIDE PROGRAMMING ON THE WEB
BUSINESS DATA COMMUNICATIONS
NETWORKS ARCHITECTURE AND PROTOCOLS
SOFTWARE ENGINEERING FUNDAMENTALS
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY AND BUSINESS STRATEGY
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY PROJECT MANAGEMENT
DATABASE MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS
SOFTWARE REQUIREMENTS ENGINEERING
SOFTWARE TESTING AND MAINTENANCE
ENTERPRISE ARCHITECTURE
HEALTH INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
HEALTHCARE DATA ANALYTICS
COMPUTER & NETWORK FORENSICS AND INCIDENT RESPONSE
ETHICS, LAW AND POLICY IN CYBERSPACE
MANAGING INFORMATION SECURITY
MOBILE DEVICE FORENSICS
SPECIAL TOPICS IN APPLIED INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
INDEPENDENT STUDY IN APPLIED INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
GRADUATE INTERNSHIP
ADVANCED DATABASE MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS
Total Units33
1

The program recommendation is to take HLTH 633.

  1. Understand the information technology infrastructure and its place/value in today’s business.
  2. Work effectively in teams and communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  3. Use their proficiency in at least one of the following IT-related concentrations to solve a variety of problems:
    • Computer Forensics 
    • Database Management Systems
    • Health Information Technology 
    • Information Security and Assurance
    •  Information Systems Management
    •  Internet Application Development
    •  Networking Technologies
    •  Software Engineering
  4. Prepare, present and develop proposals and solutions for today’s governmental and industrial needs.