Graduate Course Catalog 2016-2017
This program is offered in Manchester through GSMC.
Associate Professors: Michael Jonas, Mihaela Sabin
Assistant Professor: Karen Jin
Degree Offered: M.S.
The Computing Technology program in the Division of Science and Technology at UNH Manchester offers a master of science in information technology (M.S. IT). The program prepares students for a professional IT or computing-related career and for advanced studies in a computing discipline.
The program is designed for a broad and diverse audience of
- computing professionals determined to advance their careers
- working adults seeking a career change
- qualified candidates with strong interest in the IT field.
The learning environment of the M.S. IT program uses a blended learning model, which combines in-class and online educational activities, emphasizes collaboration and communication among peers, and integrates practice with computing technologies and authentic project experiences.
The M.S. IT program has 33 credits (11 courses). All courses are offered in the evening, in fall, spring, and summer terms. There are also options for taking some of the courses during the day. If enrolled part-time and taking, on average, two courses per term, students can complete the program’s coursework in two years.
The program’s educational objectives for graduating students are:
- Proficiency in applying knowledge and skills in core and advanced information technologies to help organizations achieve their goals.
- Proficiency in identifying, analyzing, and making plans to meet the IT needs of a large spectrum of users, from end users of information systems to managers of enterprise applications and developers of IT solutions.
- Proficiency in developing, applying, integrating, administering, and evaluating IT systems and services.
Applicants must meet the admission standards of the UNH Graduate School and have a bachelor’s degree in a computing discipline: computer science, information technology, computer information systems, information sciences, computer engineering, or software engineering.
Students with undergraduate degrees in other fields are invited to apply and required to schedule an interview with the program coordinator. The minimal formal coursework required of students without a B.S. degree in computing includes: introduction to programming, operating systems, networking, databases, and college mathematics above college algebra (such as finite mathematics, discrete mathematics, or statistics).
Students are able to satisfy the program’s prerequisites by taking the following undergraduate courses at UNH Manchester and getting a minimum grade of B:
- COMP 425, Introduction to Programming
- COMP 520, Database Design and Development
- COMP 542, Operating Systems Applications
- COMP 550, Networking Concepts
- MA 418, Precalculus, or MA420, Finite Mathematics
The selection of prerequisite courses depends on the student academic and professional experience.
The M.S. IT program has two options: thesis and project.
Both options require completion of 33 credits (11 courses), including:
- Five core information technology courses (18 credits) and
- Two IT integration courses (6 credits).
- M.S. Thesis option requires
- Two elective course (6 credits) and
- Thesis (6 credits) to be completed under the supervision of a thesis adviser and a thesis committee of at least three members.
- M.S. Project option requires
- Three elective courses (9 credits) and
- Project (3 credits) to be completed under the supervision of a faculty adviser.
Core IT Courses
COMP 805, Web Application Development
COMP 815, Information Security
COMP 820, Database Systems and Technologies
COMP 830, Object-Oriented Software Development
COMP 835, Networking Technologies
IT Integration Courses
COMP 851, System Integration and Architecture
COMP 852, Computing Infrastructures
Two or more elective courses can be selected from other graduate computing courses offered in the program. Because of the applied and professional nature of this program, students are encouraged to consider electives in application domains of IT, such as analytics, business, education, engineering, management, public health, software development, and more. For students seeking a career change or with an interest in a particular domain of IT, we recommend the COMP 890 Internship course.
COMP 898, Master’s Project
The project course typically deals with an authentic project or problem to solve, which is integrative in nature and requires IT research.
COMP 899, Master’s Thesis (6 credits)