Database Management (MSIT)

The Master of Science in Information Technology, specialization in Database Management, prepares the next generation of IT professionals for leadership roles in database fields in public, non-profit, and private organizations by broadening and deepening their knowledge of new and emerging technologies in the area of databases.

Program Description

Most applications today have to be built around databases, hence knowledge of Database technology is crucial to the success of any application, business or organization. This specialization focuses on designing, implementing, maintaining, and managing databases. The primary focus is of course on relational databases, and students become proficient in database programming and SQL (in Oracle and SQL Server).

Students of this specialization will also be able to identify and utilize tools to be able to work with the vast amounts of data (covered in data mining). The required course-work will give students an opportunity to study data warehousing, database administration, database security, and Information Security Management. New courses, for example a course on Big Data, are developed and offered from time to time. Hands-on experiences, providing practical experience are a major part of all courses. The culminating experience of this program is the capstone project, which has a practical orientation.

This program can be completed completely online, although local students can take some of the classes in a traditional face-to- face format.

Department Contact

Dr. Thomas Reichherzer
Chair, Department of Computer Science
Building 4, Room 228

 Phone: (850) 474-3241

Catalog Description

MSIT Core (12 sh)

MAN 6156 Management and Organizational Behavior 3
COP 5007 Software Engineering Foundations: Java Programming 3
COP 5725 Database Systems 3
CIS 6379 Applied Information Security 3
Total Hours 12

Database Management Specialization (18 sh)

CAP 5771 Data Mining 3
COP 5775 Database Administration 3
COP 6727 Advanced Database Systems 3
Advisor Approved Elective 3
COT 6931 Computer Science Project 6
Total Hours 18

Admissions Requirements

In addition to the University graduate admission requirements, the department bases decisions for regular admission on a holistic review of credentials in which the criteria listed below are used to assess the potential success of each applicant.

University Requirements*

  • Submission of Graduate Application and Processing Fee
  • Submission of official transcripts
    *International students may have additional requirements.

Departmental Requirements

  • Submission of graduate admission tests: GRE (145 quantitative and 150 verbal) or MAT (370)
  • Undergraduate cumulative GPA/major GPA
  • Submission of letter of intent describing work experience and reasons for pursuing the degree program, including how the degree relates to career goals
  • Submission of three signed recommendation letters

Applicants may check the receipt/status of their materials in MyUWF.

Application Deadlines
June 1 October 1 March 1

Certain graduate programs have earlier application deadlines. Check with the graduate department for departmental specific deadlines.