Master of Science in Information Technology Leadership

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The online Master of Science in Information Technology Leadership degree program is intended for IT professionals who aspire to advance their careers by becoming accomplished leaders of organizations, teams and projects. Ideal candidates will possess a strong foundation in information technology or related skills, complemented by previous leadership experience.

The following elements are the standard admissions expectations for applicants:

If you are interested in applying but do not fulfill all of the admissions criteria, please contact an enrollment advisor at (888) 832-0239 or fill in the form at the top of this page and an enrollment advisor will contact you. Our application review process always includes a comprehensive examination of your experience and background. USD recognizes that a low undergraduate GPA or an absence of professional experience does not always reflect your potential for success in our program.

For further details and guidance on preparing your application, visit our “Starting Your Application” page.

Should you have questions regarding any part of the application process, please do not hesitate to contact an Enrollment Advisor for assistance.

General Admission Information and Requirements

Students are accepted year-round for admission into one of three semesters (spring, summer, and fall) in the Master of Science in Information Technology Leadership program. Each semester, the program offers two courses, enabling students to focus intensively on one class at a time – with each course lasting seven weeks. Students can complete this degree program in five semesters (20 months).

USD accepts admission application packets on a rolling basis. The Review Committee typically provides a decision within a few weeks after submission.

View the academic calendar below:

At a Glance

Earn your master’s degree in just 20 months. MSITL is a 30-unit project-based program designed

to be completed in five semesters. Students can focus on one 7-week course at a time.

20 Months
30 Units
September 3
August 2

are you an international applicant?

International applicants must meet additional requirements for admission, including:


Our borders are open to international students of all regions.

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The University of San Diego (USD) offers support services from your initial inquiry through graduation and job placement. USD is a nationally ranked institution with a top priority of promoting academic excellence. We aim to help you develop into the leader you envision yourself to be!

Enrollment Advising

Upon your initial inquiry about our graduate degree programs, we will assign you a personal Enrollment Advisor. Your Enrollment Advisor is available to address your questions, assist in evaluating your eligibility for admission and guide you through the application process. From expressing interest in a program to completing the application process, your advisor will be with you every step of the way. Our team of advisors can even help order your undergraduate transcripts, guide you through writing your admission essay and ensure you meet all deadlines.

Program Advising

As you enroll in the Master of Science in Information Technology Leadership program and formally register for classes, a Program Advisor will serve as your primary point of contact for support. Upon enrollment, your Program Advisor will schedule a 15-minute introductory call to review technology/equipment requirements, connect you with financial aid resources (GI Bill/VA funding, payment plans, etc.) and assist you in signing up for the online orientation. Throughout your program, you’ll collaborate with your Program Advisor to add/drop classes, coordinate credit transfers and address any technical challenges. For most university-related questions, feel free to consult your Program Advisor, who will direct you to the appropriate resource if they don’t have the answer.

Academic Advising

An Academic Advisor is assigned to each of our graduate degree programs and is responsible for evaluating applications, admitting new students, monitoring your academic progress and offering guidance as needed. Academic Advisors also serve as instructors within their respective programs.

Additional Support

  • Instructor Support – Instructors will facilitate your studies throughout the course, responding to your questions and coursework via the online course platform.
  • Library Support – Access to Copley Library’s online digital databases and other resources, including reference services by phone or email, will be at your disposal.
  • Technical Support – In case of any difficulties with the online learning environment, you can rely on USD’s help desk technical support for responsive and helpful assistance.

Graduate Placement

Career Services at the University of San Diego serves as a centralized resource for USD students, alumni and employers. Career Services provides access to online career tools and other resources designed to assist you in your job search. As a graduate of the Master of Science in Information Technology Leadership program, you can leverage these resources to help you transition smoothly into your desired career path or further advance in your current role.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are there any restrictions to attend the online program?

Due to regulations from the Department of Education, the University of San Diego is unable to enroll students in its online degree programs who reside in Alabama, Arkansas, District of Columbia, Georgia, Iowa, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Wisconsin. This restriction does not apply to applicants interested in a campus-based program.

Is a GRE required for admission?

Candidates who have a GPA above 2.75 are not required to take a GRE; however, a standardized test such as GRE is recommended for applicants with a GPA under 2.75.

Do I need an undergraduate degree in IT or a related field?

MS-ITL applicants don’t need an IT degree, but they must have a bachelor’s degree (BS or BA) from an accredited institution. It is preferable to have at least two years of work experience in the information technology field.

How many units is the MS-ITL program?

The online MS-ITL program is a total of 30 units. Students will enroll in two prescribed courses each semester for a total of six (6) semester units

Does the program have to be completed within 20 months?

No. Students have a total of five (5) years to finish the full course of study. The curriculum schedule functions on a rotational system, meaning that if a student skips a course, they will have to wait for the rotation to complete before jumping back in. We encourage individuals who are interested in the program to speak with an enrollment advisor or to work with their program coordinator, who is available to help every step of the way.

Does USD offer career development/advising support?

The University of San Diego is committed to steering you on a path toward educational and professional success. Right from the start, you’ll receive support and guidance from experienced University of San Diego advisors who are invested in helping you achieve your education goals!

What kind of IT experience do you need to have for this program?

Applicants should have at least two years of experience in an IT-related field, such as network and systems support, server operations, DevOps, etc. Examples of relevant experience can include computer user support specialists, database administrators and architects, computer systems analysts, and network and computer systems administrators.

For further admissions and financial aid information, please refer to the University of San Diego’s main FAQ page.