What is InformationTechnology?
Today, every business and enterprise
(IT) in order to function productively, efficiently and competitively
in the global economy. Succinctly, IT is the engine powering current
information systems (computers of all types, peripheral hardware,
software, and communications).
As a discipline, Information Technology (IT) is an offspring of
Computer Science. Whereas a computer scientist is able to create
complex software and hardware systems, an information technologist is
able to manage, configure and support computer systems used in
enterprise computing and information processing.
Effective IT doesn't just happen; it requires the effort of intelligent
people. Clark once quipped, "any sufficiently advanced technology is
indistinguishable from magic." However, effective IT doesn't result
from magic, but through the efforts of educated practitioners! Our MS
IT program provides the foundational knowledge and practical skills to
equip IT professionals to produce some "magic" for their organization.
What are the Differences between CS,
IS, and IT?
While Computer Science, Information
Systems, and Information
deal with common concepts, themes, and issues, there are distinguishing
characteristics of each degree field.
1. CS - Computer Science focuses on creating computing applications in
a variety of problem domains. A computer scientist investigates
real-world problems and creates automated, computerized solutions for
them. CS solves problems by creating software "tools" for people.
Currently CUW offers an undergraduate major and minor in CS.
2. IS - Information Systems focuses on information aspects of computing
within the context of business and personnel management. IS solves
problems by integrating computing within business processes to provide
information for decision making. IS programs are usually found within
business schools in a university setting. Currently CUW offers a
graduate degree in MIS within its MBA program.
3. IT - Information Technology focuses on the technology aspects of
computing. Thus IT is the complement of IS. IT solves problems by
responding to the practical, on-going needs of an organization for
computing resources. All organizations are dependent upon computing for
efficient and productive operation. Organizations need computing
systems which work properly (installed, configured, secured) and are
properly maintained (updated, patched, customized). IT solves problems
by supporting employees in the use of computing resources. Currently
CUW offers a graduate MS program in IT.
Is the MS IT for me?
Our program is designed to meet the
needs of current IT
and new graduates interested in IT. The program is designed for those
with either vocational experience or undergraduate education in
IT-related fields. If you work in the IT industry, our program provides
you the intellectual tools to perform better and keep current with
rapidly changing IT. If you have a strong interest in IT, our program
provides you with the foundational knowledge and skills to understand
systems and their relationship to business problems.
The MS IT program is not just for "geeks." If you enjoy technology and
work with it for fun, you may do well in our program. On the other
hand, success in our program requires good communication and
problem-solving skills also. Therefore the MS IT appeals to a wide
range of people with diverse backgrounds. Their common thread: a desire
to understand, master and apply IT to help other people solve problems.
Unlike a Computer Science masters program, there is no "hard core"
theory in the MS IT program. While there is a small amount of
programming required, it is not over-emphasized. Our program does focus
on foundational concepts and practical skills within a framework of
"ethical computing." Technology advances swiftly. The CUW MS IT program
allows you to see the big picture and develop a road map for
understanding current and new technology.
What are the vocations (jobs) in IT?
Almost every business needs qualified
IT practitioners. While
technology oriented firms certainly employ IT graduates, so too do
service, heath care, finance, retail, marketing, manufacturing and a
host of other companies. CUW graduates work for a broad spectrum of
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, computer scientists and
information technologists are expected to be among the fastest growing
occupations through 2014. Employment of information and computer
specialists is expected to grow much faster than the average for all
occupations as companies continue to adopt and integrate increasingly
Students list "career advancement" as one reason to pursue the MS IT
degree. Perhaps an even more important reason is the satisfaction they
receive when they are able to effectively solve a difficult problem for
Why choose CUW for the MS IT?
As the premier Lutheran university in
North America, CUW
vocation of information technologist within the curriculum. A vocation
is not just a job producing a paycheck, but it is a heartfelt calling
to serve others. The goal of IT is to serve other people by solving
real problems. Every course in the curriculum discusses more than the
technology as we integrate aspects of ethical computing into the
CUW has state-of-the-art computing resources to aid your education. In
addition, all courses are taught by full-time CUW faculty or qualified
adjunct professors. You will not find other students (teaching
assistants) providing instruction in the MS IT program.
What are the admission requirements?
For immediate admission to the MS IT
program you must either
undergraduate degree in an IT-related discipline, or you must currently
work in an IT-related field (regardless of your undergraduate degree).
Without either of these requirements, you may still apply to the
program. Your transcript and background will be evaluated and you may
need to complete prerequisite courses as part of your admission to the
A masters degree is ideal for a rapidly changing technological
environment. Because new technology and systems require new and
increasing skill levels, continuing education is vital for IT
practitioners. Businesses desire workers with both a broad background
in technology and diverse interpersonal, communication and managerial
skills. CUW offers a technology education within a broad-based liberal
What is the MS IT curriculum?
The CUW MS IT degree program requires
the student to complete
credits of course work (12 classes).
Required courses include:
Elective courses include:
What are the program formats and
The MS IT program is available in a
distance format via
is also available in an accelerated on-campus classroom environment.
Students from anywhere in the world can complete the MS IT program via
web-based eLearning. The only residency requirement is to come to
campus in order to present the final capstone project. Students close
to the Mequon campus can complete the MS IT program via either
eLearning or on-campus instruction (or a combination to suit their
Selected courses are offered in an accelerated on-campus environment.
These courses typically meet one evening a week for two months. Usually
two courses are offered (back-to-back) each semester.
Distance students must (and all students should) have access to
suitable computing resources. At a minimum this includes a fairly
recent "wintel" architecture PC along with suitable internet
connectivity. The student must have access to standard productivity
software (eg, an Office suite). Students in the MS IT program will be
provided with specific software in order to complete certain course
requirements (eg, a programming language environment).
Who serves on the faculty?
- Prof. Richard Boenisch
- Prof. Greg Dietsche
- Prof. Jacob Hoppe
- Dr. Mike Litman
- Dr. Gary Locklair
- Dr. Angus Menuge
- Prof. Michael Patch
- Dr. Charlie Shao
- Prof. Bob Wahl
What is E-Learning?
E-Learning appeals to students who
seek specific learning not
available in traditional programs, who may not be located near an
institution, or who, for a variety of reasons, may wish to complete
their degree by an alternative delivery system. This delivery system is
not appropriate for everyone. Students who are self-motivated,
independent learners will thrive in this environment. Read more
How much is tuition?
Please view the tuition
page on the CUW Graduate department for the current tuition
cost per credit.
Who do I contact for more info?
Director, MSIT Program
Email Dr. Gary Locklair
Assistant Director, MSIT Program
Email Prof. Michael Patch
Assistant Director, MSIT Program
Email Prof. Jacob Hoppe
Graduate Admission Counselor
Email Sheryl Guse
International Graduate Admission
Email Cherise Beardsley
eLearning Graduate Admission Counselor
Email Meghan Beverung