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Is MSIT Right For Me?

Many of our students must balance their studies with other obligations, such as careers or families. The #1 thing on their mind is viability: Can I do this? How long will it take, what will it cost, and what will I get out of it? You can do this. We're here to help.

The Master of Science in Information Technology (MSIT) is a part-time, distance learning program ideal for current IT professionals seeking to add business acumen, management, and targeted problem-solving skills to their portfolios. MSIT can also be a great fit for professionals from less technical areas, such as finance and health care, who wish to pivot toward technology-intensive roles and improve their analytical skills.

All admitted MSIT students will have at least three years of relevant professional experience. Many incoming students, however, have eight or more years. The MSIT program is designed with working professionals in mind, delivered mostly via an asynchronous "Anytime, Anywhere" distance learning model for maximum flexibility. This approach allows MSIT students to customize their degree and complete the program on a schedule that fits into their lives. Many faculty members incorporate live instruction to foster a sense of community and collaboration among students.

Students living in or near the greater Pittsburgh area may choose to complete the MSIT program in a hybrid format, combining online and on-campus classes.

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What I learned in the class, I could actually use it in my day-to-day job. That’s what I like about Heinz College. It was not a lot of theoretical study. It was more practical work, and I was able to use some things right away. Reema Troiana, Program Manager, PNC and MSIT alumna
  • Average time to complete program: Six to eight semesters
  • Average time commitment: 12 hours per week per class
  • Most students take one to two courses per semester

Curriculum & Class Profile

Core curriculum differs by program, as listed below.

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