Southern Polytechnic State University

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Distinguishing Characteristics

Graduate program(s)
Name: Department:
MS Information Technology Information Technology
MS Software Engineering Computer Science and Software Engineering
Distinguishing characteristics of online program (as submitted by school)

All online courses can be completed asynchronously, and are identical to f2f sections. Students who do not have a first degree in computing will be asked to complete transition courses to bring them to a comparable level of knowledge and skill as those who have completed an undergraduate degree in computing and to prepare them for success in the master level courses Our graduate programs use the same continuous improvement processes as our undergraduate programs.

School type Public
Terms Courses are offered both in 15 week semesters, and in a concentrated format in 7.5 week periods.

Program Offerings

Online master's in computer information technology programs 2
Concentrations offered
Computer Programming Computer Science
Data Processing Computer Software and Media Applications
Information Science/Studies Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications
Computer Systems Analysis Computer Information Technology Administration and Management
More specialized departments/concentrations offered
Cybersecurity Human Computer Interaction
Game Design/Development Internet Technology
Systems Development/Management Business/Government Applications

Course Offerings

Credit-granting courses 43


Instructional faculty that teach courses accessible online 21 full-time; 4 part-time
Instructional faculty with Ph.D. or terminal degree 100% full-time; 50% part-time
Tenured or tenure-track faculty 21
Average experience teaching online courses 4 years
Program fully finances faculty training Yes
Tech staff supporting faculty 12 full-time; 20 part-time

Class Size

Average class size N/A
Maximum class size 25

Integration With Campus

Can earn degree entirely online Depends
Can earn degree entirely abroad Yes
Possible in-person attendance requirements
Orientations No
Group projects/simulations No
Exams Yes
Classes include campus-based students No
Collaboration among online and campus-based students No face-to-face students
Students enroll as online students Online and on-campus students are in separate courses
Credits earned online equal earned on-campus Yes
Faculty who teach online also teach on campus All
Same curricula for online and campus students All


One-year retention rates
One-year retention rates


Graduation rates
Graduation rates
Most frequent duration of time for new students to graduate 3.0 years
Program target time to graduate 2 years
Required time to earn degree N/A

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