Program Description

This master’s program in Applied Information Technology (AIT) is designed to prepare individuals of competence and character who can lead multidisciplinary teams in the design, justification, development, management, and sustainment of mega-systems from data to decision in the private and federal sectors. The MS in AIT provides a high quality curriculum for students seeking to pursue their careers in the leading IT areas including:

  • Cyber Security
  • Big Data Analytics
  • Knowledge Mining
  • Data Analytics in Social Media
  • Cyber-Human Interaction

What it costs

The cost is $695.00 per credit hour for VA state residents or $1,516.00 per credit hour for out of state students, plus a $35 per credit hour Distance Education fee. Education Resource, New Student, and other mandatory university and course fees may apply.

Application Deadline

This program has an application deadline of March 19 for Fall and October 19 for Spring.

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Program Summary

100 Percent Online

Program: Applied Information Technology

Concentration: Cyber Security

Degree: MS

College/School: Volgenau School of Engineering

Credits: 30-36 total

Who should apply?

The comprehensive education and developmental experience earned in this program is essential for aspiring senior leaders. The ideal applicant will have 5 to 12 years of professional experience after earning a BS degree, strong work performance, a working knowledge of information technology, an increasing leadership role and responsibilities with the potential for even broader and higher level assignments, and an unwavering commitment to his or her technical, analytical, and management skill sets.

Why choose George Mason?

  • The MS in Applied Information Technology provides the very best graduate education in IT for high-potential leaders, especially those working on IT solutions that affect the federal government, industry or non-profit.
  • In addition to student demand for the program, regional and national employers seek out MS AIT graduates.
  • Highly credentialed and preeminent MS AIT faculty members will take students beyond theory and expose them to practical day-to-day IT issues.
  • Along with the BS IT, this program assembles a curriculum based on the needs of the region, with a specific focus on the federal sector. In fact, as a board of advisors, leading area employers provide guidance in curriculum development and continue to engage with the program as reviewers of students’ capstone projects.
  • Student support services including online and face-to-face advising consultations, web resources, and social resources are available to help you stay connected with the university and keep you on track to graduate.
  • This entire degree is offered in an online format and can be successfully completed on a part-time basis to fit your schedule.
  • In 2016, this program was ranked #38 as a Top Online Master’s in Computer Science by GoGrad.

Program requirements may change; please refer to the Mason Course Catalog for the most up-to-date requirements.

Requirements: 30-36 credits total

  • 12 credits core courses
  • 18 credits concentration courses

Sufficient courses are offered to complete the entire degree online. Most online courses are delivered asynchronously and offerings vary by semester. Each semester, contact an MS AIT advisor to discuss your course completion plan.

Core Courses

  • AIT 512 Algorithms and Data Structures Essentials
  • AIT 524 Database Management Systems
  • AIT 542 Fundamentals of Computing Platforms
  • AIT 664 Information: Representation, Processing and Visualization

Concentration Courses

Cyber Security (CYBR)
Foundation
  • AIT 660 Cyber Security Fundamentals | 3 credits
  • AIT 681 Secure Software Development | 3 credits
  • AIT 682 Network and Systems Security | 3 credits
  • AIT 702 Incident Handling and Penetration Testing | 3 credits

Electives
Choose two of the following:

  • AIT 670 Cloud Computing Security | 3 credits
  • AIT 672 Identity and Access Management | 3 credits
  • AIT 699 Research Project | 3 credits
  • AIT 701 Cyber Security: Emerging Threats and Countermeasures | 3 credits
  • AIT 799 Master’s Thesis | 3 credits

Other concentrations are available through a mix of online and face-to-face courses. See the catalog or contact Daniel Garrison (dgarriso@gmu.edu) for more information.

 

Tuition (2017-2018)

TUITION CLASSIFICATIONCOST PER CREDIT HOUR
Virginia Resident$695.00 plus fees
Non-Virginia Resident$1,516.00 plus fees
Distance Education Fee$35
Education Resource Fee $60 - $100 (per semester)

Please refer to the Students Accounts Office website for more information on tuition and fees.

Financial Aid

For information on loans and scholarships, visit the Office of Student Financial Aid. For information regarding grants, tuition waivers and other merit aid, please inquire with your graduate department.

Career Descriptions

The MS in Applied Information Technology is the very best graduate education in IT for high-potential leaders, especially those working on IT solutions that affect the federal government, industry or non-profit. The program leverages scholarship, academic research, and industry best practices, processes, and methodologies in the areas of information technology (IT), including Cyber Security, Big Data Analytics and Intelligence Methods, and Cyber-Human Systems.

Graduates of this program find jobs that focus on the application of IT, including:

  • Cyber Security Consultant (Analyst, Engineer, Architect)
  • Intelligence Analyst
  • Senior Systems Administrator
  • Senior IT Consultant
  • Vice President of Operations
  • Chief Information Officer

As a Mason student, you may contact Mason Career Services for more career information and counseling.

USEFUL RESOURCES 
Online Education AdvisorDaniel Garrison
Director, Online Education
Information Sciences and Technology (IST)
Email: dgarriso@gmu.edu
Academic Program OfficeIoulia Rytikova
Associate Chair, Graduate Studies
Information Sciences and Technology (IST)
Phone: 703-993-6869
Email: irytikov@gmu.edu
Department Website http://ist.gmu.edu/
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All applicants should review Office of Graduate Admissions steps for How to Apply. For international applicants, see guidelines for International Graduate Requirements and English Proficiency Exams.

Prerequisites

  • Hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited school
  • A GPA of at least 3.00 in the 60 highest-level credits
  • Experienced in the fundamentals of IT and quantitative methods
  • International students must have a TOEFL score of 230 (575 if paper-based). A minimum score of 250 (600 if paper-based) is required for international applicants seeking Graduate Assistantships.

Application Materials

  • Graduate application
  • Application fee
  • Two official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Goals statement
  • Resume

If you have any questions during the application process, please contact the IST Department at msait@gmu.edu or 703-993-3565.