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Plan Your Study

To earn a Master of Information Technology degree at Virginia Tech, students must complete 11 courses — four core courses and seven elective courses — for a total of 33 credit hours. 

VT-MIT degree students begin by taking four of six core course options for a total of 12 credit hours. The core courses are often prerequisites for elective courses.

After completing the core courses, degree students take seven elective courses for an additional 21 credit hours.   

Before enrolling in electives, degree and certificate students must check that they have taken the appropriate core course and any other elective course designated as a prerequisite.

By choosing the appropriate courses, master's students can also earn a graduate certificate in one of ten IT specialities as part of their degree program.

Students also have the option of earning a stand-alone graduate certificate. Graduate certificates require the completion of three or four specified VT-MIT courses.  Certificates can be completed in under a year.

Detailed descriptions of all courses can be found on our Course Descriptions page.

DESIGN YOUR DEGREE

Develop your own personalized plan of study with the PDF documents below.

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INTERACTIVE WORKSHEET

An all-in-one document that includes a blank plan of study, core courses, and electives grouped by optional areas of specialization.

PLAN OF STUDY WORKSHEET

An expanded blank plan of study that can be used in conjuction with the course listing and areas of specialization documents. This is the file that you will eventually submit to your VT-MIT academic advisor.

COURSE LISTING

A list of all courses offered, organized into core courses and elective courses.

AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION

A list of the elective courses offered, organized by area of specialization.

ALL DOCUMENTS

One PDF document that includes all of the above four documents.

SUGGESTED PLANS OF STUDY

The below plans of study are samples of common plans of study, but you are able to design your own degree.

PLAN 1

Students entering in the Fall Term who wish to complete their degree in two years can take two courses per term and follow this sequence:

 

Course 1

Course 2

1st Fall BIT 5594: Web-Based Applications and E- Commerce ACIS 5504: Info Sys/Database Concepts
1st Spring MGT 5804: Strategic Leadership in Tech-Based Organizations ACIS 5524: Advanced Database Management Systems
1st Summer BIT 5564: Health Information Technology ACIS 5574: Healthcare Data Management
2nd Fall BIT 5524: Business Intelligence & Analytics BIT 5474: Computer Based Decision Support Systems
2nd Spring BIT 5534: Applied Business Intelligence & Analytics BIT 5484 Cognitive Computing for Smart Service Systems
2nd Summer  CS 5044: Object-Oriented Programming with Java  

PLAN 2

Students entering in the Fall Term who wish to complete the requirements over 2½ years can follow the below sequence, which allows for a short summer break each year (during either the Summer I or Summer II sessions).

 

Course 1

Course 2

1st Fall BIT 5594: Web-Based Applications and E- Commerce ACIS 5504: Info Sys/Database Concepts
1st Spring MGT 5804: Strategic Leadership in Tech-Based Organizations ACIS 5524: Advanced Database Management Systems
1st Summer BIT 5564: Health Information Technology  
2nd Fall BIT 5524: Business Intelligence & Analytics BIT 5474: Computer Based Decision Support Systems
2nd Spring BIT 5534: Applied Business Intelligence & Analytics BIT 5484 Cognitive Computing for Smart Service Systems
2nd Summer ACIS 5574: Healthcare Data Management  
3rd Fall CS 5044: Object-Oriented Programming with Java  

PLAN 3

Sequence of coursework for students entering in Spring Term and following the two-year cycle:

 

Course 1

Course 2

1st Spring BIT 5594: Web-Based Applications and E- Commerce ACIS 5504: Info Sys/Database Concepts
1st Summer BIT 5564: Health Information Technology ACIS 5574: Healthcare Data Management
1st Fall BIT 5524: Business Intelligence & Analytics BIT 5474: Computer Based Decision Support Systems
2nd Spring BIT 5534: Applied Business Inelligence & Analytics ACIS 5524: Advanced Database Management Systems
2nd Summer CS 5044: Object-Oriented Programming with Java  
2nd Fall MGT 5804: Strategic Leadership in Tech-Based Organizations BIT 5484 Cognitive Computing for Smart Service Systems

PLAN 4

Sequence of coursework for students entering in Spring Term and following the 2½-year cycle:

 

Course 1

Course 2

1st Spring BIT 5594: Web-Based Applications and E- Commerce ACIS 5504: Info Sys/Database Concepts
1st Summer BIT 5564: Health Information Technology  
1st Fall BIT 5524: Business Intelligence & Analytics BIT 5474: Computer Based Decision Support Systems
2nd Spring BIT 5534: Applied Business Inelligence & Analytics ACIS 5524: Advanced Database Management Systems
2nd Summer ACIS 5574: Healthcare Data Management  
2nd Fall MGT 5804: Strategic Leadership in Tech-Based Organizations CS 5044: Object-Oriented Programming with Java
3rd Spring BIT 5484 Cognitive Computing for Smart Service Systems