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

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: June 1 (final); June 30 (International students residing outside of the US)
  • Spring: Nov. 1; Deadline extended to Dec. 10
  • Summer: April 1
  • Special:

Application fee: $65

Campus: Manchester

New England Regional: No

Accelerated Masters: Yes

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

Prospective international students are strongly encouraged to complete our international pre-application process and are required to submit TOEFL, IELTS, or equivalent examination scores. Please note that 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 2019/2020 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
  • Gunjan Choudhary, Software Development Manager, Autodesk; Adjunct Faculty, UNH Manchester
  • Dan Couture, Fitbit, Senior Data Integration Engineering
  • Jeff DeLangie, Director, Technology Resource Center, Manchester School District
  • Eric Esposito, Director of Technology, SilverTech, Inc.
  • David Hubbs, Professor, Nashua Community College
  • Earl LaBatt, Principal Engineer, OPNET Technologies; Adjunct Faculty, UNH Manchester
  • Ed Nelson, Production Architecture Engineer, Vantiv; Adjunct Faculty, UNH Manchester
  • Suzanne Poirier, Director Software Engineering, Skillsoft
  • Frank Polito, Professor and Program Chair, NHTI
  • Craig Smith, Reliability Engineer, Tapjoy
  • Jason Syversen, CEO & Computer Security Entrepreneur, Siege Technologies, LLC
  • Chris Zalegowski, IT/IS Manager, NH Public Defender