Master's Degree

Information Technology (M.S.) - concentration in Information Assurance

Basic Degree Information/Description

This concentration is designed to offer the opportunity for qualified graduate students to study information technology while developing the special expertise in information assurance. To achieve this end, students can focus their elective courses on developing the specialized knowledge requirements for the computer and information security area while at the same time completing the requirements for the Master of Science (M.S.) degree.

Why pursue an ­­­­­M.S. in Information Technology at UTSA?

The Master of Science in Information Technology program is designed to provide information system and computer science professionals with essential management skill and knowledge about creating, planning, and organizing, leading and controlling information technology.  The program strives to meet the growing global demand for managers who can draw upon a unique combination of technical and managerial skills to assess, manage, and bring advances in information technology in the form of innovative products and services.

In today’s rapidly changing technological environment, information technology managers require a different education than that offered by a general MBA program.  In addition to an in-depth scientific or engineering knowledge and on-the-job experience, they must have substantial managerial knowledge about planning and leading technical and scientific projects, directing information technology system design, developing professional and technical employees and integrating the various functions of the organization.

The program allows students who work full-time in the information industry to obtain further education and training that relates directly to their work.  Employers benefit from the retention of valuable, skilled employees with additional management of technology skills, and working professionals benefit from the opportunity to advance their careers with minimal impact of their personal lives.

Degree Requirements

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Admission Requirements and Deadlines

Admission pre-requisites: Please contact the department for more information.

Graduate Studies Application: Yes

Department Application: No

Transcripts: Official transcripts from all institutions attended.  All international transcripts must be recorded in English or officially translated to English.

Test Scores: GMAT or GRE tests scores are required.

Resume: Optional, but recommended.

Letters of Recommendation: Optional, but recommended.

Statement of Purpose: Yes

Minimum TOEFL Score (for International Applicants): 550 paper/79 internet

Minimum IELTS Score(for International Applicants): 6.5

Additional Requirements: International students and those with international degrees may be required to submit additional documents per our admissions policies and procedures. The Graduate School reserves the right to request any additional documents needed to fairly and consistently evaluate applicant credentials.


Application Deadline Dates

Domestic Applicants (Citizens and Permanent Residents):

  • Spring: November 1
  • Summer: May 1
  • Fall: July 1

International Applicants:

  • Spring: September 1
  • Summer: March 1
  • Fall: April 1

Contact Information

Degree Website:

Degree Catalog Link:

College of Business Master's Programs Brochure

Graduate Advisor of Record: Jim Aviles, M.A.
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Telephone: (210) 458-7315

Contact the Graduate School: Contact now for more information

Course Scheduling and Offerings

The majority of UTSA’s MSIT students are employed full-time while pursuing their graduate degrees.  To meet the needs of these busy professionals, classes are offered in an evening format.  Also, when school is in session our Advising Office is open Monday through Thursday until 7:00 p.m. to meet the needs of our current and prospective students.  We are located in the Business Building, room 4.01.18. Please contact the Graduate Advising Office to make an appointment for advising.

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