Master of Science in Applied Information Technology (MAIT)

Chair or Program Director: 

Michael D. Mattei, Ph.D., Dean and Program Director
Library A18, Phone 502.272.8441,

Program Overview

The Master of Science in Applied Information Technology (MAIT) is designed to prepare students for a career in Information Technology (IT). The MAIT program consists of a wide range of core courses which emphasize technical, administrative, and communication skills vital to success in the IT professions. 

There are three tracks in the program which prepare students to pursue three unique career options within Information Technology.  The three tracks are:

  • Corporate: this track prepares students for a broad range of careers with an emphasis on project design, planning and implementation.
  • Security: this track builds a solid foundation in the theory and practice of securing the hardware, software and data assets of the modern organization.
  • App and Web Development: this track examines and integrates the specialized multimedia required to plan and create highly effective user apps, web sites and system interfaces.

Within each track there are three principal thematic areas:

1. Information technology foundations and tools (technical emphasis)
2. Systems engineering and project management (administrative emphasis)
3. Individual, group, and organization success factors (communication skills emphasis)

Most organizations, whether for-profit or not-for-profit, use information technology to meet its operational and strategic needs. While the first two themes focus on the design and development of IT projects, the third theme complements the more technical program elements by developing the student’s ability to better understand the needs of the organization and its users. Students gain sensitivity to the human and cultural factors operating within an organization. This knowledge will facilitate the effective and efficient application of information technology. The sensitivity to the non-technology factors are developed through extensive project experiences incorporating oral, written and presentation skills both within the IT department and between the IT department and non-IT departments. Interpersonal skills, both individual and group, are emphasized in order to better prepare the student for a successful career.

In order to provide students with some flexibility in their coursework, the student can select a specialization or track where four courses are specifically designated to provide more detailed study in that specialty area.

A cohort model is employed in which all students within a track take the same courses each semester thereby progressing through the entire program together. The program has a fixed sequence and there are no electives. Since students work collaboratively on a significant IT project, the cohort model enables them to develop stronger interpersonal skills. This is the recommended method for students to get the most out of their studies.

The program is called “accelerated” since two or three courses are taken each semester and the student can complete the program in about 20 months. Some students, however, find the accelerated program challenging and prefer to “unaccelerate”. These students must contact the program director to have a custom schedule approved.

Learning Goals

Upon completion of the MAIT program, graduates will have:

  1. Developed the technical knowledge and skills to prepare for a career in IT
  2. Gained the knowledge to facilitate the effective and efficient application of information technology
  3. Gained sensitivity to the challenges and impacts of globalization on a local organization’s planning and operations
  4. Acquired oral and written communication skills to describe and articulate their position on a wide range of technically oriented issues affecting their employer
  5. Refined their skills to perform in team environments, resolve conflicts, provide motivation to others, establish team goals and provide direction

Requirements for Admission

  1. An undergraduate degree along with official transcripts of all graduate and undergraduate work.
  2. Two letters of recommendation.
  3. An undergraduate GPA of 2.75 (on a 4.0 scale) or significant work experience in information technology.
  4. A composite score on either the GRE or GMAT at or above the 23rd percentile.
  5. Completed graduate application with accompanying $25.00 fee
  6. Official report of TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) scores if appropriate.
  7. If English is not your first language, (regardless of citizenship status) an English test is required. An official score report of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) will need to be submitted (minimum score on iBT, 80). Bellarmine’s TOEFL code is 1056.
  8. Additional information is required from international applicants; see the MAIT admission application form for more information.

For more information contact the Office of Graduate Admission at 1.800.274.4723 x 8258, 502.272.7200, or 

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