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Information Technology FAQs

Online and Hybrid Master's Degree

  1. For whom is this program designed?
  2. What makes New England Tech’s MSIT program different from others?
  3. What are the admissions requirements to the Master's program?
  4. Do I need a computer science or information technology degree to enter the program?
  5. Do I need to maintain a certain grade point average?
  6. What happens if I earn less than a C in a course?
  7. When do my classes meet?
  8. How large will my classes be?
  9. Where do my classes meet?
  10. Will all or some of my classes be online?
  11. How do online courses work?
  12. I am not so sure about online courses. What do I need to do to be successful?
  13. How long should it take me to complete my program?
  14. How long is each academic term?
  15. Is NEIT accredited?
  16. Can I transfer credits earned at another college to NEIT?
  17. Can I transfer the credits that I earn at NEIT to another college?
  18. How many credits do I need to acquire my Financial Aid? 
  19. What does my program cost?
  20. What kind of employment assistance does NEIT offer?
  21. Where will job opportunities exist?

1. For whom is this program designed?

The New England Tech Master of Science of Information Technology is designed to prepare IT professionals for advancement into management and senior management roles. The program builds essential knowledge of technical themes in enterprise IT, while also providing the core business administration, management, and leadership skills that IT managers need.  [return to top]

2. What makes New England Tech’s MSIT program different from others?

  • A curriculum that balances crucial enterprise IT knowledge with mastery of business and management skills preparing you to be an IT leader in your organization.
  • Our curriculum builds a long-term, adaptable base of leadership skills to fuel your career advancement
  • Our faculty are practitioners from the field: leading experts from top IT employers in the public and the private sectors
  • Ten-week long courses keep you focused and are easier to digest, and enable you to finish your Master's degree in as little as 18 months
  • 24x7 technical support by email, chat or phone helps you work on your schedule 

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3. Do I need a computer science or information technology degree to enter the program?

Yes. A B.S. degree in computer science, information technology or a related field from an accredited institution is required for before beginning this degree program. You may enroll in this program pending the completion of your current BS degree. Significant professional experience may be considered in lieu of an appropriate degree. A transcript and/or a resume should be supplied to satisfy either of these requirements. [return to top]

4. Do I need to maintain a certain grade point average?

Yes. You are required to maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 throughout the program. The minimum passing grade for a course in the MSIT program is a C (73%).  [return to top]

5. What happens if I earn less than a C in a course?

Students who earn less than a C in any course will be required to re-take the course the next time it is offered.  If the student does not earn a C or better in a course after the second attempt, he/she will be dismissed from the MSIT program.  Students will only be allowed to re-take two courses.  [return to top]

6. What are the admissions requirements to the Master's program?

A Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution, with a minimum GPA of 2.5, is required for admission to this degree program.  You may enroll in this program pending the completion of your current Bachelor's degree.  Successful applicants will typically have a B.S. degree in computer science, information technology or a related field, or have considerable professional experience in IT. A transcript and/or a resume should be supplied to satisfy either of these requirements.

You'll also provide a Personal Statement as part of your admission process - a brief essay that details your qualifications and interest in the program and how it will enable you to accomplish your professional goals.  

For more information,  see the Admissions Policy page.  [return to top]

7. When do my classes meet?

If you choose the on-campus course option, your course will meet in the evening, once a week from 6:30-10 p.m. Classes will usually take place at the main campus in East Greenwich, RI.

At the beginning of each term, you will receive a detailed schedule giving the exact time and location of all your classes. The university requires that all students be prepared to take classes and receive services at any of NEIT's locations where the appropriate classes and services are offered.  

Classes canceled by the university for any reason will be rescheduled. ?[return to top]

8. How large will my classes be?

The average size of a class is about 15 to 20 students; however, larger and smaller classes occur from time to time.  [return to top]

9. Where do my classes meet?

On-campus courses meet on the East Greenwich campus. A couple of courses may be offered online.  [return to top]

10. Will all or some of my classes be online?

You will have the opportunity to choose courses that are online or on-campus. You can mix them up any way you like to create a schedule that works for you and fits into your personal and professional life. The entire program can be completed completely online, though on-campus options exist for most courses as well.  [return to top]

11. How do online courses work?

Online courses at New England Tech are crafted by a faculty-led team of learning and technology design experts to be interesting, relevant and engaging, and to have a real impact on students in their lives and on their careers. They are not self-paced courses - you will have coursework to do every week, and it is important to keep up.

You can do your coursework at any time of day. At times there may be synchronous online meetings, but these will not happen often. You will be learning as part of a connected community that provides support, challenges your thinking, and reminds you that you are not alone. Instructors are present in the course and work with students to help them be successful. See Online Learning at NEIT for more information about online courses in the MSIT program.  [return to top]

12. I'm not so sure about online courses. What do I need to do to be successful?

No special equipment is required - just a modern Windows or Mac computer, an office suite such as Microsoft Office, and a broadband Internet connection. A webcam and microphone may be required for some activities.

New England Tech online courses help acclimate you to the technology and build your skills and your confidence as you go. We provide 24x7 support via phone, email or chat to help you with computer or online system issues. Tablet computers can be useful for doing course readings, watching course videos, and catching up on course discussions, but a tablet will not be sufficient for doing all your course work - be sure you have regular access to a laptop or desktop computer.

Most importantly, you'll need to set aside time to do your coursework. This program is challenging. In an online course, you should expect to spend as much time as you'd spend in the classroom for an on-campus course, plus time for reading, projects, group work and other assignments.  [return to top]

13. How long is each academic term?

Courses at New England Tech are 10-weeks long, with four terms  offered per year, starting in January, April, July, and October.  [return to top]

14. How long should it take me to complete my program?

To complete your degree requirements in the shortest possible time, you should take two courses per term, as outlined in the prescribed curriculum. For a typical 6-term curriculum, a student may complete the requirements in as little as 18 months.  [return to top]

15. Is NEIT accredited?

NEIT is accredited by the  New England Commission of Higher Education (formerly the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc.).  Accreditation by NECHE is recognized by the federal government and entitles NEIT to participate in federal financial aid programs. Some academic departments have specialized professional accreditations in addition to accreditation by NECHE. For more information on accreditation, see NEIT’s catalog. [return to top]

16. Can I transfer credits earned at another college to NEIT?

Transfer credit for appropriate courses taken at accredited institutions will be considered for courses in which the student has earned a B or above. An official transcript from the other institution must be received before the end of the first week of the term for transfer credit to be granted for courses to be taken during that term.

Students may transfer no more than 12 credits (three courses).  [return to top]

17. Can I transfer the credits that I earn at NEIT to another college?

The transferability of a course is always up to the institution to which the student is transferring. Students interested in the transferability of their credits should contact the Office of Teaching and Learning for further information.  [return to top]

18. How many credits do I need to acquire my Financial Aid?

Students entering the MSIT program will be eligible for various forms of financial aid, including loans, if they take at least 4 credits per term. You can find tuition and fee information on the program Tuition and Financial Aid page.  [return to top]

19. What does my program cost?

You can find tuition and fee information on the program Tuition and Financial Aid page.  [return to top]

20. What kind of employment assistance does NEIT offer?

The Career Services Office assists NEIT students and graduates in all aspects of the job search, including resume writing, interviewing skills, and developing a job search strategy. Upon completion of their program, graduates may submit a resume to the Career Services Office to be circulated to employers for employment opportunities in their fields. Employers regularly contact us about our graduates. In addition, our Career Services Office contacts employers to develop job leads. A strong relationship with employers exists as a result of our training students to meet the needs of industry for over fifty years. No school can, and NEIT does not guarantee to its graduate's employment or a specific starting salary.  [return to top]

21. Where will job opportunities exist?

Graduates have obtained employment in the local area. However, one of the most exciting aspects of this program is the ability to look nationally for employment opportunities. Graduates will have the depth of confidence and the technical and managerial education to successfully lead in the IT industry, both now and well into the future. Successful graduates may be able to advance their careers by qualifying for positions such as Project Manager, Network Manager, Chief Information officer (CIO), Chief Technical Officer (CTO), Business Analyst or Systems integrator. [return to top]

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