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Information Technology, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
University rank #31 (QS) , IL,
The Information Technology program of Northwestern University is uniquely designed for information technology professionals who want to improve and broaden their technical skills, while learning the application of business principles.


The Information Technology program of Northwestern University is designed for IT professionals with experience in the workplace, the program's unique blend of technology and business courses, a diverse student body, and coursework taught by academic professors and business executives prepares its graduates to strategically plan, implement, and manage information technology systems in a broad range of industries.

Each year, Northwestern MSIT welcomes a diverse group of talented students into this competitive cohort-style program, forming a creative and collaborative environment. Students vary in age, experience, nationality, education, industry, and position. The diversity of perspective, experience, and knowledge helps broaden students' outlook on the IT world and helps influence the education they receive both inside and outside the classroom.

The MSIT program is housed within the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department in Northwestern’s McCormick School of Engineering. Nationally, the engineering school is ranked 20th, the Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering graduate programs are ranked 23rd and 18th, respectively. MSIT professors are pulled from these selective programs as well as other highly ranked programs at Northwestern.

Career paths

Graduates of the MSIT program are well-prepared for immediate employment in a variety of professional industries. Graduates from the part-time program, having been employed while pursuing their degree, are often promoted during the program or upon graduation. Full-time students have enjoyed a 90%+ employment rate before program completion. Graduates have received offers to work for data-savvy organizations such as Microsoft, General Motors, Goldman Sachs, Price Waterhouse Coopers LLP, and Abbott Laboratories, among others.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Fundamentals of Communication Systems
  • Computer Systems: Architecture, Organization & Software
  • Data Science for Business Intelligence
  • Introduction to Statistics & Data Analysis
  • Networks: Applications, Principles & Protocols
  • IT Risk Management

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 12 months
    • Average part-time duration 24 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Part-time variant
  • Credits
    60 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


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    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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Academic Requirements

  • This programme accepts GRE® scores. However, it does not provide a recommended score range.

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    The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. The GRE® General Test contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.

General Requirements

  • Online application form
  • Two recommendation letters
  • Educational Background
  • Test Scores
  • Work Experience

Work Experience

At least 2 year(s) of work experience are required.

A minimum of two years of work experience in an IT-related position, in any industry and at any level.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    52101 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 52101 USD per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    52101 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 52101 USD per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • In-State

    52101 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 52101 USD per year and a duration of 12 months.
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  • per year: $52,101 (full-time students)
  • per course: $6,284 (part-time students)

Living costs for Evanston

  • 1100 - 1500 USD/month
    Living Costs

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