MSIT Program / Program Policies


The MSIT degree program requires the successful completion of at least 39* credit hours of Computer Science graduate courses

CSC 501/801 Introduction to Informatics
CSC 505/805 Foundations of Information Technology
CSC 510/810 Vocation and Ethical Computing
CSC 520/820 Human Computer Interaction
CSC 530/830 Database and Information Management
CSC 535/835 Systems Development: Theory and Practice
CSC 565/865 Integrative Capstone

In addition, the student selects a minimum of 18 credits from among the following electives:

CSC 515/815 Applied Artificial Intelligence
CSC 525/825 Data Security & Information Assurance
CSC 532/832 Advanced Database Topics
CSC 533/833 Big Data & Data Analytics

CSC 537/837 Programming Practice II
CSC 540/840 Networking
CSC 545/845 System Design and Configuration
CSC 550/850 System Administration and Maintenance
CSC 555/855 Project Management
CSC 560/860 Web Systems and Technologies
CSC 570/870 Readings in IT
CSC 580/880 Internship in IT

* Students admitted with an undergraduate degree in Computer Science or Information Technology from a regionally accredited US university may have the 501/801 (Introduction to Informatics) course requirement waived. For these students the MSIT degree program is a minimum of 36 credit hours

The successful completion of a course requires a grade of “B-” or better. Earning a grade of less than “B-” indicates insufficient mastery of the material for the MS IT program. Students earning a grade of C+ or below in a course are required to retake that course. A cumulative GPA of 3.0 of higher is required for graduation.

Many MSIT courses have one or more course prerequisites. The student must successfully complete the course prerequisite(s) with a grade of “B-” or higher before beginning the course.

A maximum of six credits may be transferred in to CUW’s MSIT program from graduate-level coursework completed at a regionally accredited US university. The program director will consider course content, learning activities, and grade earned when making a determination of the equivalency of the transfer course. Credit transfer requests must be initiated and approved during the admission process before the student begins the MSIT program.

Attendance at all on-campus class sessions is expected and necessary to be successful in the course. Because emergencies do arise, students may be excused from a maximum of one on-campus class session during a course. To be considered present for a class session, the student must be present the entire time.

A student who has earned a B or better in each class is making successful progress in the program and is in Good standing. A student who earns a B- in any course will still be considered to be in Good standing as long as their cumulative GPA is 3.0 or above. A student who earns less than a B- in a course is in Course Deficient standing. The course needs to be repeated and a satisfactory grade earned within the next semester in order to return to Good standing. Students with a cumulative GPA below 3.0 are in Probationary standing. The cumulative GPA must be raised to at least 3.0 within the next 9 credits attempted or the student will be subject to dismissal.

Assignments must be submitted online by the due date. Late assignments are not accepted.

CSC 501/801 (unless it is waived) and 505/805 must be completed as the first two courses in the program. These courses may be taken concurrently.

Students must register for an on-campus course before the date of the first class meeting. A class may not be added once the course has begun.

The MSIT course grading scale is as follows:

A 93% and above: outstanding mastery and creative thought
A- 90-92%: excellent mastery and creative thought
B+ 88-89%: excellent mastery and insight
B 83-87%: good understanding, knowledge, and skills
B- 80-82%: acceptable understanding with good knowledge
– – – –
C+ 78-79%: acceptable understanding
C 73-77%: general competence
C- 70-72%

Grades below “B-” demonstrate a need for improvement. A student who earns less than a B- in a course is in Course Deficient standing. The course needs to be repeated and a satisfactory grade earned within the next semester in order to return to Good standing

Students are expected to be active participants in on-campus courses. This includes arriving for the beginning of class on time, returning from breaks on time, staying for the entire class session, and remaining engaged with the course content, fellow students, and the instructor.

Cheating takes many forms and is unacceptable academic conduct. Plagiarism is taking the words or ideas of another and presenting them as your own. In CUW’s MSIT program, cheating and plagiarism are unacceptable. Both are cause for dismissal from the program.

See the general graduate school policies for additional information on academic misconduct, including cheating and plagiarism.

All instances of academic dishonesty are reported by the faculty member to the program director and institution administration. The following outcomes are recommended:

1) First instance: The faculty member determines the penalty. This may include any of the following: an opportunity to redo the assignment or test, a reduced grade on the assignment or test, a failing grade on the assignment or test, a lower grade in the course, a failing grade in the course, or removal of the student from the course.

2) Second instance: The faculty member determines the penalty, and the campus-specific Chief Academic Officer (CAO) or designee connects with the student at which time additional sanctions may be imposed.

3) Third instance: The faculty member determines the penalty, and the Academic Conduct Board (ACB) meets with the student at which time additional sanctions may be imposed, including suspension or expulsion. On the Mequon campus the ACB consists of the CAO at Mequon, AVP of Academics for Student Success, and the Dean of the School in which the student resides. On the Ann Arbor campus the ACB consists of the CAO at Ann Arbor, the Dean of Students, the campus Dean of the School in which the student resides, and the appropriate Program Director. The decision of the ACB is final.

Under certain circumstances, students may appeal decisions made by the faculty member. The student may use the appeals procedure to present extenuating circumstances which may lead to readmission as a graduate student. He or she will also need to present a plan for successful continuation in the program.

On the Mequon campus students may appeal a faculty-issued academic dishonesty decision or penalty in writing to the Dean of the School in which the course was offered within 15 working days of receiving the report. The Dean (in consultation with the Department Chair or Program Director or Center Director) will consider the appeal and render a decision within 10 working days of receiving the appeal and issue a written response to the student.

On the Ann Arbor campus, this appeal should be directed to the appropriate campus Dean.