MS Information Technology and MS Cybersecurity Admissions

Thank you for your interest in the Department of Software & Information Systems Master’s programs
at UNC Charlotte!

Students entering the MSIT or MS Cybersecurity programs are required to have a completed baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution of higher learning and have practical experience in information and computing technology. Such experience may be developed by completing an undergraduate major in a discipline related to information technology, management of information systems, cybersecurity, computer science, software engineering, or similar domains.

For applicants who have an undergraduate major not directly related to computing, the experience may be acquired through relevant work experience, professional training/certification, or further education. The Department of Software & Information Systems offers this training through Fundamentals of Programming, two graduate-level online courses for those who are seeking to obtain requisite experience in object-oriented programming, algorithms, and web application design and development. Learn more about this opportunity by visiting

Applications for Master’s programs are handled centrally by Graduate Admissions. Admission decisions are made on a competitive basis and all applications are evaluated in their entirety (See also Frequently Asked Questions.)

Department Admissions Criteria

  • Resume/CV
  • Completed undergraduate or equivalent course work in the below topics with a GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale*

MS Cybersecurity

  • data structures
  • object-oriented programming in C++, C#, or java
  • computer networks
  • web application development

MS Information Technology

  • data structures
  • object-oriented programming in C++, C#, or java

*Applicants who pass and complete the Fundamentals of Programming courses ITIS 5101 Foundations of Programming and ITIS 5135 Web-based Application Design and Development are considered having met the equivalent coursework requirement.

*Applicants who demonstrate relevant work experience in applying or developing computing and information technology may be able to substitute their relevant work experience for the specific requirements, subject to review by the Graduate Program Director.

Graduate Admissions Requirements​

  • Unofficial transcript(s) demonstrating a cumulative undergraduate degree GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Statement of purpose
  • Three recommendations from academic and/or professional references
  • International applicants:

For admission, applicants must meet both University Graduate School requirements as well as program specific requirements. Full details on University Graduate School requirements can be found in the most recent version of the University Graduate Catalog. Additional helpful information on University requirements is available in the Graduate School Frequently Asked Admissions Questions.

NOTE: GRE/GMAT standardized exam requirement is waived for all Spring and Fall 2024 applicants and will not be a requirement for consideration to join our MS programs. Please contact our Graduate Program Coordinator if you have any further questions about this update.

Please review our application timelines for Fall and Spring admission terms and start your application today!