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Minimum Admissions Requirements

  • A bachelor’s degree in information technology, computer science, computer engineering, or a similar field from a regionally accredited institution, or a bachelor’s degree in any field from a regionally accredited institution plus 3 years of information technology work experience. If the applicant wishes to have work experience considered for admission, they should submit a resume, statement of purpose, and letters of recommendation detailing this experience. The student’s background will be evaluated by the Graduate Committee.
  • ‘B’ average or better in all coursework attempted while registered as an upper-division student in the bachelor’s program (3.0 on a 4.0 scale).
  • For applicants whose native language is not English, English proficiency exam scores of at least 550 (paper-based) or 80 (internet-based) on the TOEFL, 6.5 on the IELTS or 110 on the Duolingo. English proficiency exam exemptions are based on the country in which the applicant completed their undergraduate degree, not on nationality or language of instruction. See the list of exempt countries here:


Required Documents

  • Online graduate application/application fee.
  • Beginning January 15th, 2023, official courses-by-course evaluation is required from a NACES member credential evaluation service for all international post-secondary (college or university) course work. The evaluation must come directly from the evaluation service to FIU certified as an official document. FIU only accepts secure transcripts of post-secondary school records and these must be received via official channels of mail or authorized electronic transmission. All credentials and documents submitted to the Office of Admissions become the property of FIU. FIU will not return original documents to the applicant or forward to other institutions. You are not required to use the agencies below; you can use any of your choice that is a NACES member credentialed.
    • Josef Silny & Associates
      7101 SW 102 Avenue
      Miami, FL 33171
      (t) 305.273.1616 |
    • World Education Services
      PO Box 745
      New York, NY 10113-0745
      (t) 212.966.6311 |
    • Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc.
      PO Box 514070
      Milwaukee, WI 53203-3470
      (t) 414.289.3400
  • If applicable, Official TOEFL and Duolingo scores must be reported by the testing agency.
    • The ETS school code for the TOEFL exam is 5206.
    • IELTS can be verified directly by admissions. Plesae be sure to upload or email a copy of your official IELTS score card.
  • If admitted, All foreign educated students are required to provide proof of Degree / Diploma. This can be submitted upon arrival at FIU.


Supporting Documents (Recommended)

  • Statement of purpose
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Resume


Immigration Documents

These forms are required for international students only.
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  • Bank and Sponsor Letter
  • Declaration and Certification of Finances
  • F-1 Transfer Form (if currently in the U.S.)


Step One: Apply Online

All applications and associated fees, with the exception of those for combined BS/MS programs, are submitted online at

Through the website, applicants will have the opportunity to upload supporting documents, such as a statement of purpose, resume, residency documents for tuition purposes, immigration documents, and the like. They can also provide contact information for recommenders who are then prompted to submit the letters of recommendation through the online portal.

Once submitted, Graduate Admissions will promptly acknowledge receipt of the application via email and will provide a Panther ID as well as further instructions on how to access the MyFIU portal. On MyFIU, students can view the status of their application, including any missing documents. Missing documents are listed under the “To Do List” on the top right-hand corner of the screen.

Once the applicant has been issued a Panther ID, they should include the Panther ID in all communications to the unit representatives, Graduate Admissions, International Student and Scholar Services, and Student Health services.

Step Two: Submit Official Documents

Mailing address for regular U.S. mail:

Office of Admissions
Florida International University
P.O. Box 659004
Miami, FL 33265-9004

Mailing address for couriers (typically used for delivering documents from outside the United States):

Office of Admissions
11200 SW 8th St
BT 201
Miami, FL 33199

FIU requires official documents, even for the initial review of the applications. Required official documents include transcripts, course by course evaluation, translations, and test scores (if applicable).

Transcripts must be official. Foreign students must provide a course by course evaluation from a NACES approved agency.

Official test scores must be reported to the University by the testing agency. The University’s ETS code is 5206. IELTS scores may be verified directly by the admissions officer if the applicant provides FIU with a copy of the score report.

Please note that applications are not referred to the unit for review until required documents have been received and the application evaluation can be completed. Uploaded copies of any of these documents are considered unofficial and will not be used in evaluating the application.

Once admitted, international students will also be required to show an official proof of degree, typically a diploma, but can do so upon their arrival to FIU.

For any and all questions regarding admission required documents you must contact the office of international admissions directly at


This program admits for the fall, spring, and summer terms.

All international applicants must abide the international applicant deadline. This includes international applicants residing in the United States and/or international applicants who do not require student visas.

Fall Spring Summer
Domestic Applicants June 1st October 1st March 1st
International Applicants June 1st October 1st February 1st

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Required Courses: 9 credits

  • CEN 5087 Software and Data Modeling
  • CIS 5372 Fundamentals of Computer Security
  • CIS 5027 Computer Systems Fundamentals

Track Courses: 6 credits

Students must complete 6 credits in a single track of their choosing from the following options: software, security, and system administration. 

Software Track

The software track prepares students with fundamental methods and cutting-edge technologies for developing and maintaining software systems. Students graduating from  the software engineering specialization will have a thorough knowledge of the process and major techniques for modeling, designing, and analyzing software systems. The graduates of this track will be well-prepared to undertake major software systems development projects from major software corporations such as Motorola, Siemens, and IBM.

Students must choose three courses from the following list:

  • CEN 5011 Advanced Software Engineering
  • CEN 5064 Software Design
  • CEN 6075 Software Specification
  • CEN 6070 Software Verification
  • CEN 5076 Software Testing
  • CIS 6612 Advanced Topics in Software Engineering
  • COP 5725 Principles of Database Management Systems

System Administration Track

The System Administration track prepares the student to be able to install, support, and maintain servers or other computer systems, and planning for and responding to service outages and other problems. Other duties may include scripting and basic programming, setting up custom operating system environments, project management for systems-related projects, supervising or training computer operators, and being the consultant for computer problems beyond the knowledge of technical support staff.

Students must choose three courses from the following list:

  • CIS 5346 Storage Systems
  • CIS 5432 Advanced IT Automation
  • CEN 5011 Advanced Software Engineering
  • COP 5614 Operating Systems
  • COP 6611 Advanced Operating Systems
  • TCN 5030 Computer Communications and Networking Technology
  • TCN 6260 Internetworking
  • TCN 6270 Mobile and Wireless Networks
  • TCN 6430 Network Management and Control Standards

Security Track

The security track will equip students with fundamental knowledge and skills in information security and privacy, system security, and network security to they become highly qualified workforce in information technology fields.

Students must choose three courses from the following list:

  • CIS 5373 Systems Security
  • CIS 5374 Information Security and Privacy
  • EEL 6787 Network Security
  • TCN 5080 Secure Telecommunications Transactions

Elective Courses: 15 credits

Elective courses may be selected from SCIS’s graduate course offerings (Section 7.1 of the Graduate Program Booklet) with the exception of courses marked not applicable to SCIS degrees. 

A maximum of 6 credits can be chosen from courses other than those listed in Section 7.1. Of these 6 credits, a maximum of 3 credits can be taken as either a 3-credit Independent Study or a 3-credit co-op course, but not both.

Students who are interested in relevant courses outside of SCIS that are not on the pre-approved list found in Section 7.2 or on the student’s degree audit should submit a request to the Graduate Program Advisor with the course details and a strong justification. The Graduate Program Director has final discretion over the inclusion of courses in a program of study.

Up-to-date information on tuition and fees is available at

Currently, the cost per credit hour for a graduate-level course is $455.64 for Florida residents and $1001.69 for non-Florida residents. The estimated cost of a full-time spring or fall semester (9 credits) is $4,295.15 for Florida residents and $9,209.60 for non-Florida residents. The M.S. in Information Technology consists of 30 credits. The estimated total cost for a full-time student is $14,446.76 for Florida residents and $30,828.26 for non-Florida residents. These estimates do not include online course fees. Tuition and fees are paid on a semester basis.

Tuition, fees, and the above estimates are subject to change. Estimated costs may not reflect costs paid. 


For inquiries related to the M.S. in Information Technology, including admissions and academic issues, please contact Rebeca Arocha, the Graduate Program Advisor. Email is preferred.

For information on the M.S. in Information Technology, please email