Computer & Information Technology, MCIT

The Master of Computer and Information Technology (MCIT) program is a rigorous graduate-level program that gives talented students who have no prior experience in Computer Science an opportunity to embark on a highly successful career in computing and technology, often in coveted interdisciplinary roles or even in purely technical software development positions. The MCIT program stems from a belief that advanced computer science coursework for people with undergraduate degrees in other diverse fields leads to highly successful career paths. Our graduates and their careers today stand as strong proof to this philosophy. Within the realm of academia, pursuing further advanced study in computer science is also an option open to MCIT graduates.  Due to the goals and nature of the MCIT program, it is strictly for applicants with limited or no past experience in computer science. Candidates with an undergraduate major in Computer Science or closely related fields, should consider applying to the Master of Science in Engineering (MSE) program instead.

For more information: http://www.cis.upenn.edu/prospective-students/graduate/mcit.php

For students interested in learning more about MCIT Online, click here.

Curriculum

A total of 10 course units are required for the MCIT degree.1

Required Courses 1
CIT 5910Introduction to Software Development 21
CIT 5920Mathematical Foundations of Computer Science 21
CIT 5930Introduction to Computer Systems 21
CIT 5940Data Structures and Software Design1
CIT 5950Computer Systems Programming1
CIT 5960Algorithms and Computation1
Electives
Select 4 electives 44
Total Course Units10
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It is expected that full-time MCIT students will take the six required courses during the first two semesters of enrollment and four electives during their second year.

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Offered in the Fall semester only. They are the prerequisites for CIT 5940 Data Structures and Software Design, CIT 5960 Algorithms and Computation, and CIT 5950 Computer Systems Programming, respectively, which are offered in the Spring semester only.

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Courses can be waived or replaced only with the permission of the instructor. As of Fall 2016, students must pass a proficiency exam in order to waive a course. All MCIT courses must be completed (or waivers obtained) during the first semester that the course is offered during the student's time in the program. Students may not waive or replace more than two required MCIT courses. Courses that are waived need to be replaced with a suitable alternative.

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Electives

  • MCIT students must also complete four graduate-level (500 or higher) electives.
  • At least three must be a CIS course; one may be an approved non-CIS course.
  • The following courses are recommended for all MCIT students:
  • Additional suitable electives include:
  • Click here for all CIS graduate course options.

  • One course from the list of pre-approved non CIS graduate courses, found here, may be used as an elective. Graduate courses offered in other departments may count as an elective with the prior approval of the MCIT program director; in general, such courses must have a strong technical component in order to be approved.

Continuing in the Master of Science in Computer & Information Science (CIS/MSE) Program

MCIT students may apply to continue in the Master of Science in Engineering in Computer & Information (CIS/MSE) program. Students pursuing this dual degree route need to satisfy a minimum GPA requirement, have earned a high grade in at least one CIS elective, and have completed the majority of the MCIT requirements at the time of applying.  In addition to the ten courses required for the MCIT program, students continuing in the CIS/MSE program need to take six additional CIS graduate courses for a total of sixteen credits; satisfactory completion results in the awarding of the MCIT and CIS/ MSE degrees. Click here to access the CIS/MSE degree requirements. Click here to access the MCIT-CIS/MSE dual degree application.


The degree and major requirements displayed are intended as a guide for students entering in the Fall of 2022 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.


Computer & Information Technology, MCIT - Online

The online Master of Computer and Information Technology (MCIT Online) graduate-level program enables students from non-computer science backgrounds to participate in a rigorous program in which they gain a foundation in Computer Science and cultivate ways of thinking as an engineer. MCIT Online allows students from around the world to benefit from the research and teaching expertise of Penn’s world-renowned experts. While studying from the comfort of home, students take part in assignments that engage real-world tools and environments. MCIT Online provides a pathway to embark on a highly successful career in computing and technology, often in coveted interdisciplinary roles or even in purely technical software development positions. The MCIT Online program stems from a belief that advanced computer science coursework for people with undergraduate degrees in other diverse fields leads to highly successful career paths and that the opportunity to pursue those paths should be affordable and accessible. Candidates with an undergraduate major in Computer Science or closely related fields, should consider applying to the Master of Science in Engineering (MSE) program instead.

For students interested in learning more about the MCIT on campus program, click here.

 Curriculum

A total of 10 course units are required for the MCIT degree.

Required Courses 1
CIT 5910Introduction to Software Development1
CIT 5920Mathematical Foundations of Computer Science1
CIT 5930Introduction to Computer Systems1
CIT 5940Data Structures and Software Design1
CIT 5950Computer Systems Programming1
CIT 5960Algorithms and Computation1
Select 4 electives4
Total Course Units10
 
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Click here for MCIT Online course descriptions.

 

The degree and major requirements displayed are intended as a guide for students entering in the Fall of 2022 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.