Information Technology (M.S.)

Information Technology (M.S.)

Information Technology

The Master of Science in information technology program prepares students for a professional IT or computing-related career and for advanced studies in a computing discipline

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What is information technology?

Information technology is a rapidly growing field that touches all technological aspects around us, from mobile applications, social platforms and virtual reality to data centers, high-speed networks and automation. IT professionals work in a range of industries to develop, adapt, integrate and manage computing technologies that solve complex problems and enable innovations. Designed for people with a strong interest in computing as well as working professionals, the flexible M.S. in information technology (M.S. IT) program at UNH Manchester is rooted in project-based and applied learning.

Why choose UNH Manchester’s M.S. IT program?

UNH Manchester’s M.S. IT program combines learning activities with authentic project experiences and the use of cutting-edge tools and platforms. Through applied, real-world learning in the field, M.S. IT graduates are prepared for a professional IT or computing-related career and for advanced studies in a computing discipline. The program is designed with flexibility in mind, offering full- and part-time enrollment. Housed at UNH’s Manchester campus, M.S. IT students are in the heart of the state’s tech, corporate and financial activity, which opens doors to a wealth of internship and job opportunities.

Potential Careers

  • Cloud solutions architect
  • Computer network architect
  • Database developer/administrator
  • Development operations engineer
  • Information security analyst
  • Information technology manager
  • Mobile application developer
  • Network administrator
  • Software engineer
  • Web developer

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Accelerated Master's Program

Diligent undergraduate students in our computer information systems or computer science programs have the opportunity to earn a bachelor's degree and M.S. IT in as little as five years by taking graduate-level classes during senior year at UNH Manchester.

Curriculum & Requirements

The MS IT program is a professional graduate program in the applied and fast-changing field of Information Technology. the program prepares students for a professional IT or computing-related career and for advanced studies in a computing discipline. Offered at the University's urban campus in Manchester, a city that embraces cultural diversity, the program welcomes students from all over the word. With classes scheduled during the day and in the evening in fall, spring, and summer terms, the program gives students the flexibility to enroll full- or part-time. For diligent undergraduate students, this program is also available as an Accelerated Master’s Program.

Tools, platforms, and programming languages used in IT industry evolve rapidly. Capitalizing on the campus location in New Hampshire's largest city and the state's corporate and financial center, the program requires an internship experience. With support from many business, technology and non-profit organizations who sponsor internships, students integrates authentic professional experiences in their academic coursework early in the program. The internship course may be repeated for a maximum of six credits. 

Degree Requirements

The M.S. IT program is 33 credits and has two options for completion:

  • Master's Project Option: 10 courses (30 credits) and Master's Project course (3 credits)
  • Master's Thesis Option: 9 courses (27 credits) and Master's Thesis (6 credits)

Both options require completion of:

  • Five core IT courses (15 credits)
  • Two IT integration courses, including a Internship course (6 credits)

​The remaining coursework (9 credits in the Master's Project Option and 6 credits in the Master's Thesis Option) are elective courses. These courses can be graduate computing courses (COMP 800-level courses) or can be selected from other graduate programs at UNH.

Core IT Courses15
COMP 805Full Stack Development3
COMP 815Information Security3
COMP 820Database Systems and Technologies3
COMP 830Object-Oriented Software Development3
COMP 835Secure Networking Technologies3
IT Integration Courses6
COMP 851System Integration and Architecture3
COMP 890Internship 13
Elective Courses 26 or 9
Elective courses can be in various disciplines, including computer science (CS), computing (COMP), business and administration (ADMN), analytics and data science (DATA), and more
Culminating Experience3 or 6
Complete the thesis or project option
COMP 898Master's Project 33
COMP 899Master's Thesis6

Deadlines

Applications must be completed by the following deadlines in order to be reviewed for admission:

  • Fall: July 1 (International Deadline); August 1 (Domestic Deadline)
  • Spring: December 1 (International Deadline); January 1 (Domestic Deadline)
  • Summer: April 1 (Part-time enrollment ONLY)
  • Special:

Application fee: $65

Campus: Manchester

New England Regional: No

Accelerated Masters: Yes (for more details see the accelerated masters information page)

New Hampshire Residents

Students claiming in-state residency must also submit a Proof of Residence form. This form is not required to complete your application, but you will need to submit it after you are offered admission or you will not be able to register for classes.

Transcripts

If you attended UNH after September 1, 1991, and have indicated so on your online application, we will retrieve your transcript internally; this includes UNH-Durham, UNH-Manchester and UNH Non-Degree work. 

If you did not attend UNH, or attended prior to September 1, 1991, then you must request one official transcript be sent directly to our office from the Registrar's Office of each college/university attended. International transcripts must be translated into English. We accept transcripts both electronically and in hard copy:

  • Electronic Transcripts: Please have your institution send the transcript directly to grad.school@unh.edu. Please note that we can only accept copies sent directly from the institution.
  • Paper Transcripts: Please send hard copies of transcripts to: UNH Graduate School, Thompson Hall- 105 Main Street, Durham, NH 03824. You may request transcripts be sent to us directly from the institution or you may send them yourself as long as they remain sealed in the original university envelope.

Letters of Recommendation: 2 Required

Recommendation letters submitted by relatives or friends, as well as letters older than one year, will not be accepted.

Personal Statement

Applicants are required to answer the questions below. No more than two pages are allowed for this statement (with font size no smaller than 11 pt). Less is more! Be concise and precise.

  1. Why is this degree important to you?
  2. What qualifications and experiences make you a good candidate for the program?
  3. What knowledge areas are you eager to master and what professional skills will be the most valuable to you?
  4. What challenges do you foresee with completing the required coursework?
  5. A course in the program requires on average 8 to 10 hours per week of study time. Describe the support (from work, family, or others) and/or plans you have to fit this time requirement in your life.
  6. In your opinion, what distinguishes an accomplished and competitive professional with this degree?

Resume

Current resume limited to no more than two pages.

Important Notes

All applicants are encouraged to contact programs directly to discuss program specific application questions.

International Applicants

The University of New Hampshire recommends that international applicants who are living outside of the United States, and are planning on pursuing a research based degree, submit a preapplication form before submitting a full application. Your preapplication request will be carefully reviewed and a decision usually provided within 3 weeks. If your preapplication is approved then it is recommended you then submit a full application. If you are currently living in the United States (on a H1B visa, etc.), or you plan on pursuing a professional master’s degree, then you do not need to submit a preapplication.

Prospective international students are required to submit TOEFL, IELTS, or equivalent examination scores. English Language Exams may be waived if English is your first language. If you wish to request a waiver, then please visit our Test Scores webpage for more information.

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Optional Professional Training (OPT)

International students are eligible to complete up to 3 years of optional professional training.  This must occur after completion of all degree coursework requirements, excluding thesis or equivalent; or, occurs after completion of degree. The proposed employment must be directly related to your field of study/primary major and commensurate to your degree level.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of this program are able to identify, analyze and meet the IT needs of all users, whether they are end-users of information systems, managers of enterprise applications, developers of IT solutions or customers of IT-reliant work systems. You'll learn skills in core and advanced information technology, preparing you to develop, integrate and evaluate the IT systems and services that help organizations achieve their goals.

This program will help you develop the skills to advance your career in the areas design and development of databases web systems, network management, software development and design, interface design and more.

Job Title Job Growth* Median Salary**
Computer and Information Systems Manager 12% $139,220
Computer Network Architect 6% $104,650
Computer Programmer -7% $82,240
Computer Science Teacher, Postsecondary 15% $78,630
Computer Systems Analyst 9% $88,270
Database Administrator 11% $87,020
Information Security Analyst 28% $95,510
Network and Computer Systems Administrator 6% $81,100
Software Developer 24% $103,560
Web Developer 15% $67,990

 

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, projected job outlook from 2016 to 2026. The average growth rate for all occupations is 7 percent.

**Bureau of Labor Statistics, median annual wages reported in May 2017.

Tuition & Fees

The anticipated tuition rates and fees for the 2020/2021 academic year are available here. Please note that these are subject to change.

Financial Aid

You may complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to apply for Federal Unsubsidized Direct Loans, the only form of federal financial aid available to graduate students. The basic eligibility requirements to be considered for Financial Aid include:

  • Enrollment in a degree program
  • Attending classes at least half-time (5 or more credits per semester)
  • Documentation of United States citizenship or eligible non-citizen status
  • Must maintain satisfactory academic progress

ADDITIONAL FINANCIAL AID INFORMATION

Our MSIT program welcomes students from all over the world, and UNH Manchester is located in the heart of a city that embraces cultural diversity. Read more about our city.

Housing

UNH Manchester offers housing at our UNH residence hall, UNH Downtown Commons. Located at 1000 Elm Street, UNH Downtown Commons offers spacious rooms, on-site dining, laundry facilities, cable TV, internet, shared lounge spaces and more. The residence hall is just a short walk to campus and steps from downtown Manchester’s vibrant restaurants, shops and nightlife. We’ve also partnered with the New Hampshire Institute of Art to offer weekly meal plans in the NHIA dining hall, located on-site at 1000 Elm.

Contact the office of admissions for more information on housing

Getting Your Visa

The office of International students will assist you with your visa process. Visit our graduate International Students page for further details about the application process and other questions you may have.

The Computing Technology Industry Advisory Board (CT-IAB) advises and supports the Computing Technology program in its effort to meet the economic development needs in New Hampshire and the region, and to educate computing majors at UNH Manchester in three degree programs: computer information systems, B.S.; computer science, B.A.; and information technology, M.S.

The CT-IAB provides counsel and support in 

  • Curriculum design and authentic project experiences
  • Lab infrastructure and services
  • Partnerships with business, industry, government, educational and nonprofit organizations
  • Developing educational pathways to computing education and careers for all, in particular for underrepresented students
  • The board includes computing professionals, researchers and leaders who represent local industry, business, government, education and nonprofit organizations.
CT-IAB Members
  • Barbara Bancoft, Nashua Community College, Professor and Computer Networking Program Coordinator
  • Gunjan Choudhary, Software Development Manager, Autodesk; Adjunct Faculty, UNH Manchester
  • Dan Couture, Fitbit, Senior Data Integration Engineering Technology
  • Eric Esposito, Director of Technology, SilverTech, Inc.
  • Ken Gitlitz, NHTI, Professor of Computer Engineering
  • Rich Greene, MITRE Corp, Lead Staff
  • John Grossmith, Salesforce, Lead Solution Engineer
  • Scott Innes, Fidelity Investments, Software Engineer
  • Peter LaMonica, Manchester Community College, MCC IT Department Chair
  • Tommy McCarthy, Autodesk, Software Engineer
  • Ed Nelson, Production Architecture Engineer, Vantiv; Adjunct Faculty, UNH Manchester
  • Suzanne Poirier, Director of Software Engineering, Skillsoft
  • Vance Poteat, Nashua Community College, Professor and Engineering and Computing Science Dept. Chair
  • Brice Rader, Liberty Mutual, Principal Software Engineer
  • Bethany Ross Abbott, NS1, Technical Operations Manager
  • Andy Schwab, NHTI, Assistant Professor, IT Program
  • Jason Syversen, CEO & Computer Security Entrepreneur, Siege Technologies, LLC
  • Rola Tokatli, Merrimak Valley Accountable Care Organization, Senior Business Intelligence Data Analyst
  • Matt Vartanian, Raytheon, Software Engineer
Past Members
  • Jeff DeLangie, Director, Technology Resource Center, Manchester School District
  • David Hubbs, Professor, Nashua Community College
  • Earl LaBatt, Principal Engineer, OPNET Technologies; Adjunct Faculty, UNH Manchester
  • Frank Polito, Professor and Program Chair, NHTI
  • Craig Smith, Reliability Engineer, Tapjoy
  • Chris Zalegowski, IT/IS Manager, NH Public Defender

Interested in pursuing your M.S. in Information Technology but don't know where to begin? We've compiled the most frequently asked questions about the program to help start you on the path towards a master's degree. If you have additional questions, please contact UNH Graduate School Manchester Campus at 603-641-4313 or unhm.gradcenter@unh.edu.

Application Process

Accelerated Master's Program

Program Prerequisites

Tuition/Financial Aid

Transfer Credits

Course Information

Internships

Change of Degree


Application Process

What academic degree is the basis for admission?

A bachelor's degree in a computing-related area is the basis for admission. We like to see students who have taken computer science courses related to data structures and algorithms, systems and tools, and database design and development. Prerequisite courses are required depending on your academic/professional background.

I have a 3-year bachelor’s degree. Does this meet the requirement for admissions?

Admission requires applicants to have a 4-year bachelor’s degree, or the equivalent of one. Some bachelor’s degrees are 3 years in length, which are ineligible unless procured from a university which has been accredited by the NAAC at the ‘A’ level and graduated with first-class honors or higher. If you are unsure of whether the university from which you graduated meets these standards, please contact Madison Ferreri, assistant director of admissions at UNH Manchester.

I don't have a bachelor's degree in a computing-related area, but I've worked in the computing field and would like to apply for the master's. What do I do? 

Prospective students with undergraduate degrees in other fields are invited to apply. The application review process is a holistic process that takes into account relevant work experience, your personal statement and resume, and recommendation letter.

What is the deadline for application to the program?

Fall: July 1 (International Deadline); August 1 (Domestic Deadline)
Spring: December 1 (International Deadline); January 1 (Domestic Deadline)
Summer: April 1 (Part-time enrollment ONLY)

What is the application procedure for international students?

International students are eligible to apply if they’ve earned a bachelor’s degree from a four-year institution or if they’ve completed a three-year degree from at a university which has been accredited by the NAAC at the ‘A’ level, and graduated with first-class honors or higher. No pre-application is necessary. Simply click here and follow the outlined steps: Apply, Submit Documents and Monitor Status.

Is the GRE general test required?

No.

Which test is required for international students?

The test required for international students is the TOEFL or IELTS unless the applicant completed their bachelor’s degree from a university where English is the primary language of instruction and can demonstrate advanced proficiency.

 

Accelerated Master's Program

I'm a senior in a bachelor’s program and very much interested in the accelerated master’s program. What are the requirements and how do I apply for it?

The Accelerated Master's program allows UNH Seniors to take up to 12 credits of graduate or dual-level coursework during their senior year (departments may allow for a lower amount). You must be a UNH senior with a minimum 3.20 cumulative GPA at the time of admission, and you must be admitted for the semester you wish to take graduate/dual-level coursework. The application is available here. Please contact Madison Ferreri of the UNH Graduate School with any questions.

I've been admitted in the Accelerated Master’s program and I'm finishing up my bachelor’s degree at UNH. When I register for a graduate course, what else should I do to have the credits count to both my undergraduate and accelerated master’s degrees?

You need to meet with either Candice Morey (Educational Assistant, Graduate  School Manchester Campus) or Madison Ferreri (Assistant Director of Admissions, UNH Manchester) to complete the required dual credit forms.

I'm a senior in a computing program and had my accelerated master's application approved. I need 12 undergraduate credits to finish my bachelor’s degree next semester. If I take two graduate courses (6 graduate credits) next semester, how many credits count towards my bachelor’s degree? 

This depends on whether you’re taking these 6 credits as Dual Credit or just for graduate credit. If for dual credit, then the 6 credits count towards both your undergraduate and graduate programs. If just graduate credit, then the credits only count towards your graduate program.

As an Accelerated Master's program student, can I use graduate credits in combination with undergraduate credits to maintain my financial aid eligibility?
Financial aid is based upon the number of billable hours a student takes. For dual credit courses, you are billed only for the undergraduate credits. If you take a course strictly for graduate credit, then you are billed for those credits. 

 

Program Prerequisites

What prerequisites do I need to take if I don't have a bachelor's in computing?

If you don’t have a bachelor’s in computing, you need to reach out to the Graduate Program Coordinator to determine how your academic background prepares you for starting the program. The outcome of that discussion is a plan of study that includes the prerequisites you need to take.

What are the language prerequisites for admission for international students?

All applicants who are not native English speakers are required to demonstrate a sufficient level of proficiency in the English language to meet the admission requirement of the Graduate School. Proficiency can be demonstrated by the receipt of a bachelor's or advanced degree from an accredited institution of higher education in the United States or from a university in another country where English is the primary language of instruction. All other non-native speakers must take the TOEFL/IELTS or other English Testing exams and submit recent scores to our office as part of their application packet.

What are the minimum TOEFL/IELTS scores?

The minimum scores are specific to the test type, and are as follows: 

  • TOEFL (Paper Based): 550
  • TOEFL (Computer Based): 213
  • TOEFL (Internet Based): 80
  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System): 6.5
  • TOEFL IPT* (Institution Administered): On case-by-case basis
  • TOEIC* (Test of English for International Communication): On case-by-case basis
  • PTE Academic: 59

What are the deadlines for TOEFL/IELTS test submission?

For additional questions related to TOEFL/IELTS test deadlines, please contact our Graduate School. Your application will not be considered complete until your test score has been submitted.

 

Tuition/Financial Aid

What are the tuition rates for this program?

See Tuition & Costs for full information on tuition, fees, and refunds.

Who is eligible for financial aid?

Graduate students who are enrolled in a degree program at least half time (5 or more credits per semester) and are a U.S citizen or eligible non-citizen may be considered for Federal Financial Aid. Graduate students are reviewed for loans and work study. There are no Federal or University grants or scholarships awarded to graduate students by the UNH Financial Aid Office.
 
Do I qualify for financial aid as an eligible non-citizen?

Generally, you are an eligible non-citizen if you are (1) a permanent U.S. resident with a Permanent Resident Card (I-551); (2) a conditional permanent resident (I-551-C); (3) the holder of an Arrival-Departure Record (I-94) from the Department of Homeland Security showing any one of the following designations: “Refugee”, “Asylum Granted”, “Parolee” (I-94 confirms that you were paroled for a minimum of one year and status has not expired), T-Visa holder (T-1, T-2, T-3, etc.) or “Cuban-Haitian Entrant”; or (4) the holder of a valid certification or eligibility letter from the Department of Health and Human Services showing a designation of “Victim of human trafficking”.
 
Are grants and scholarships awarded to UNH graduate students?

There are no Federal or University grants or scholarships awarded to graduate students by the UNH Financial Aid Office. Students who have been enrolled for a semester are eligible for graduate student appointments based on outstanding academic performance and strong recommendation letters from program faculty and graduate coordinator. These appointments are highly competitive, so please do not count on this as a way to fund your expenses.

Where can I find more information about student loans?

Financial Aid for graduate students is available in the form of Federal student loans. For more information and to fill out an application visit: http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/.

 

Transfer Credits

How many courses can I transfer from another institution?

A maximum of two courses for up to eight semester credit hours are approved for transfer. Courses must be at the graduate level; cannot have been used or in the process of being used in earning another graduate degree; cannot have been taken while completing a bachelor's degree. A grade of B or better must be earned.

What do I do to get the courses transferred? 

You have to provide an official transcript showing the credits and grades earned along with a Transfer Credit (External UNH) Request Form.

I have a master's degree from UNH and would like to do a second masters. Can I transfer graduate credits from my first master's into this program?

You may apply up to 12 credits earned in the first master's degree with approval of the Graduate Coordinator. Thesis or research credits from the first program may not be counted towards the requirements of the second program.

Course Information

What is the deadline to register for classes?

If you register for fall courses, start the registration process as early as April prior to the fall semester. If you register for spring courses, start in October. This way you allow yourself time to consult with your advisor, who needs to approve your course registration. It also avoids the situation of not being able to register because the class is full. Student must meet with their faculty advisor prior to registering for their first semester of courses. This will be arranged at orientation. 

When are the classes scheduled and what is their duration?

Classes are scheduled during the day or in the evening, weekdays, once a week per course. Class meetings start at 5:30 or 6:00 and take between 2 to 3 hours.

Are the classes online?

The learning model for the program's classes blends face-to-face time and interactions during the scheduled class meetings with online interactions facilitated by a variety of communication and collaboration tools. There are no exclusively online classes offered in the program at this time.

Where can I find course descriptions?

The Graduate School Online Catalog is the resource for course descriptions. Select Level- Graduate, Degree/Program- Master’s then search and click on the program link.

 

Internships

Are international students eligible for internships during the course of study? 

Yes, international students are eligible for internships. The program requires that students enroll in at least 1-credit internship upon completion of 9 graduate credits in the program of study. For more information please contact Professor Karen Jin, Internship coordinator in the department. The Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS) is the best source to find answers to any question that international students have. We highly recommend that you contact the office with your questions.

How many internships can an international student do?

International students can participate in more than one internship as long as it meets institutional and immigration requirements. The Internship Coordinator will work with you to determine the appropriate credit hours for your specific internship opportunity. Curricular Practical Training (CPT) employment authorization is required for all off campus internships that international students participate in.  An Immigration Advisor will guide you on the use of CPT shortly after you begin your degree program.

When am I eligible for an internship?

The program academic rule states that students are required to
1. Enroll in at least one credit of their internship by enrolling in either COMP 890, COMP 891 or COMP 892 after successful completion of 9 credits in their program of study.
2. Complete a minimum of three credits in COMP 890 Internship as a graduation requirement.
It is important to note that the summer semester is not considered an official semester, therefore students who began the program in January are not required to register for an internship until the fall semester.  However, they would be allowed to enroll in an internship during the summer semester and request CPT if offered an off-campus internship.

Visit this website for CPT requirements https://www.unh.edu/global/curricular-practical-training. For further details contact Christine.Rousseau@unh.edu.

Where can I go for help in finding an internship? 

Career and Professional Success has several resources that can help in your internship search. You can meet individually with a career advisor to put together your customized internship searching plan; these appointments can be scheduled through our online system called Handshake. Handshake can also be used to find and apply for internship positions, learn about career fairs and events with employers, and track your internships. You should start your internship preparation as soon as possible; it takes 1-2 semesters of searching and networking before obtaining a position. Stop by Career and Professional Success in Suite 430 to begin your internship search! 

 

Change of Degree

I'm currently enrolled in another master’s program at UNH and would like to enroll in this program. What's the procedure to change my degree to your department?
Instructions about how to change a degree to a different department at UNH are at: Change of Degree Form with Instructions . In a nutshell, you need to fill out a new application and submit two new letters of recommendation from faculty at UNH (one of which should be from your current advisor).

What is the deadline for changing my degree to your department?

Fall: July 1
Spring: December 1
Summer: April 1

 

If you have any questions, please contact the UNH Graduate School Manchester Campus at 603-641-4313 or unhm.gradcenter@unh.edu.