Master of Science in Information Technology


UMass Lowell's Master of Science in Information Technology consists of 10 graduate courses that focus on operating systems management, large-scale application deployment, network and systems administration, and managing virtual systems. Offered through the Computer Science Department in collaboration with the Division of Online and Continuing Education, this program focuses on application-specific details, case studies and operational frameworks required by today's IT professionals.

Designed to provide both a principled and applied exposure to designing, managing and deploying networked systems of computers, this program places emphasis on practical skills based on Linux/UNIX, Windows and Apple platforms while also teaching general principles along with their technical and ethical foundations. Individuals interested in advancing their knowledge of contemporary operating systems deployment, network and systems administration, virtualization and cloud computing, network threats, wireless network security, data recovery, and forensics will benefit from this program.

Students may count courses from UMass Lowell's two graduate IT certificate programs in Systems Models and Management and Cyber Security towards the Master’s Degree in Information Technology.

Intended Audience:
The program is particularly appropriate for Systems Administrators, Network Managers, and other IT professionals who have an undergraduate degree in Information Technology, Computer Science, Information Systems or related majors. Applicants should be familiar with C Programming and have a math background that includes at least Pre-Calculus, Statistics and a first course in Discrete Structures.

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To receive more information on this program, please click on Inquire Now to the right.

Sample a Course

Visit UMass Lowell's Master of Science in Information Technology webpage for more information.


New students register for courses using UMass Lowell's New Student Registration Form. Current students register for their courses online by logging in to the secure Student Information System (SIS).

Please see Fee Schedule below.

Type of Fee Amount
Fee Per Credit $590
Registration Fee Per Semester $30
Returned Check Fee Per Semester* $30
Graduate Degree Application Fee $50
Total for Course** $1,800 ($590 x 3 credits = $1,770 + $30 registration fee per semester)

*Applicable when checks are returned unpaid.

**Courses can vary from one to six credits; this total represents a standard three-credit course.

For additional registration information, visit UMass Lowell's Division of Online and Continuing Education website.


The University of Massachusetts Lowell is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE).

Did you know?

The University of Massachusetts has earned many awards for its distance learning programs, faculty and technology including:

  • 21st Century Best Practices Award, United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA)
  • Excellence in Faculty Development, Sloan-C Excellence Awards
  • Excellence in Online Programming, Sloan-C Excellence Awards
  • Excellence in Online Teaching, Sloan-C Excellence Awards
  • Excellence in Distance Teaching Education, United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA)

Admission Requirements:

  • A transcript showing proof of completion of an undergraduate BS or BA degree from an accredited institution

  • Mathematical experience to include a minimum of one semester of Pre-Calculus, one semester of Discrete Mathematics and one semester of Statistics, or equivalent experience
  • C Programming proficiency to include a minimum of one class of C Programming and one class of Data Structures, or equivalent experience

Note: You do not have to be enrolled in the program to begin taking courses. As long as you have your bachelor's degree plus programming and math proficiency (see above), you can enroll in one of the courses before you apply. Visit UMass Lowell's Master's Degree in Information Technology web page for course availability and registration information. Once you're established in your first course, you can apply to the master's degree program online.

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Select Information Technology (MS) as the intended major. Applicants must submit:

1. A statement of purpose.

2. Letters of recommendation.

3. A non-waivable/non-refundable application fee.

4. Official transcripts.

5. No GRE required.

6. International applicants must also provide an official TOEFL test score report. A waiver may be given to candidates who have completed at least two semesters of full-time college/university work in the United States by the date of submission of this application.

For additional information on the application process, visit UMass Lowell's Graduate Admissions website at

Financial Aid: 

Availability of financial aid varies depending on matriculation and course status. Please check with UMass Lowell's Financial Aid Office to determine eligibility.
For more information or if you have additional questions, please contact the Financial Aid Office at 978-934-4220 or

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