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Development And Implementation Of A Masters Program In Computer Information Technology

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2010 Annual Conference & Exposition


Louisville, Kentucky

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June 20, 2010

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June 20, 2010

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June 23, 2010



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Methods, Techniques and New Programs in Graduate Education

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Graduate Studies

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15.395.1 - 15.395.14



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Hetal Jasani Northern Kentucky University

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Hetal Jasani is an assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science at Northern Kentucky University. His research interests include mobile and wireless networks, distributed systems and network security. He teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in the area of computer networking including mobile and wireless networks and network security. He received the Ph.D. from Florida International University in 2006.

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Traian Marius Truta Northern Kentucky University

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Traian Marius Truta is an assistant professor of Computer Science at Northern Kentucky University. He is currently the Director of the Master of Science in Computer Information Technology program. He received his Ph.D. in computer science from Wayne State University in 2004. His major areas of expertise are data privacy and anonymity, privacy in statistical databases, and data management. His teaching interests include: database management and administration, operating systems, web server administration, and information technology fundamentals.

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Development and Implementation of a Masters Program in Computer Information Technology


In this paper, we describe the process of developing and implementing the masters program in computer information technology (MSCIT) at Northern Kentucky University (NKU). The major goal of this paper is to present the structure of the curriculum. The curriculum is divided into the following components: bridge courses, intermediate core courses, advanced core courses, elective courses. We incorporate flexibility in our program by including many interdisciplinary elective courses. We also include in this paper how we assessed the need of such a program. For this, we carried out following steps: conduct a survey to analyze the industry demand, conduct a survey that metro area by investigating current job offers, investigate existing graduate IT programs at other universities, and prediction of job market trends as described by department of labor.


In this paper, we describe the process of developing and implementing the Masters of Science of Computer Information Technology (MSCIT) program at Northern Kentucky University (NKU). We discuss the background information about NKU and how MSCIT program fits within NKU. Consequently, we present the need of this kind of program. Then, we elaborate the structure of MSCIT program curriculum. We compare and contrast the similar masters program at other universities. At the end, we summarize our discussion.


Having opened its doors in 1968, Northern Kentucky University is a relatively young, very progressive, comprehensive, public university located seven miles south of Cincinnati, Ohio. NKU provides its students with an outstanding educational experience, preparing them for the job market and for more advanced education. The NKU is a public institution with a student enrollment of approximately 15,000. NKU offers 70 bachelor's degrees, six associate degrees, 20 master programs, one Juris Doctor and one Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership, as well as more than 30 graduate certificates. Currently, the Computer Science and Computer Information Technology programs are located within the College of Informatics while the Business Informatics program is housed in the College of Business.

The College is designed to provide leadership in technology for the Northern Kentucky region. It acts as a catalyst for innovation, a repository of expertise, and an academy that produces

technology workers. A goal of the college is to place the region at the forefront of the nation in

Jasani, H., & Truta, T. M. (2010, June), Development And Implementation Of A Masters Program In Computer Information Technology Paper presented at 2010 Annual Conference & Exposition, Louisville, Kentucky. 10.18260/1-2--16558

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