Master of Science in Information Technology (eligible for OPT STEM Program)

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MSIT is now available for International F1 students and it’s eligible for OPT STEM Program

Southern States University’s Master of Science in Information Technology is a two-year program eligible for the OPT STEM program that prepares students in the field of information technology. With its emphasis on providing a solid academic and theoretical foundation combined with modern IT skills, the program is structured to ensure its students acquire an in-depth understanding of the IT field, as well as the technical skills required to cope with the ever-increasing complexity of IT issues in the modern world.  In consideration of students’ tight schedules and responsibilities, SSU’s IT courses are offered on weekday evenings and Saturday mornings and afternoons.

Upon completion of the program, Master of Science in Information Technology Graduates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a good understanding of the role of IT in organizations and the various technologies comprising the broader area of information technology, and their inter-working.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the information systems life–cycle.
  • Design a web information system using client–side and server–side scripting.
  • Explain the technologies and issues in an e–commerce system.
  • Describe the technologies and various models in cloud computing.
  • Demonstrate a good understanding of big–data and data analytics techniques.
  • Describe security vulnerabilities, and measures and technologies to secure an information system.
  • Explain the technologies and procedures in carrying out computer forensics.
  • Describe the ethical issues in information systems and measures to address them.
  • Exhibit information systems project management skills.
  • Design a complete IT system with database, networking, and other technologies and tools comprising IT.
  • Have the skills necessary to obtain at least a mid-level job in an IT-related position within one year of graduation from the program.
  • International Students are eligible for the OPT STEM program.

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The Trump administration abandons a plan to strip visas from international students taking only virtual courses.

 July 14, 2020

From the New York Times.

For your information while we await official word from SEVP.

The Trump administration has walked back a policy that would have stripped international college students of their U.S. visas if their coursework was entirely online, ending a proposed plan that had thrown the higher education world into turmoil.

The policy, announced on July 6, prompted an immediate lawsuit from Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and on Tuesday, the government and the universities reached a resolution, according to the judge overseeing the case.

The agreement reinstates a policy implemented in March amid the pandemic that gave international students flexibility to take all their classes online and remain legally in the country with student visas.

“Both the policy directive and the frequently asked questions would not be enforced anyplace” under the resolution, Judge Allison Burroughs said, adding that the agreement applied nationwide.

The initial guidance, issued by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, would have required foreign students to take at least one in-person class or leave the country. Students who returned to their home countries when schools closed in March would not have been allowed back into the United States if their fall classes were solely online.

The higher education world was thrown into disarray, with most colleges already well into planning for the return to campus in the fall. Two days after it was announced, Harvard and M.I.T. filed the first of several lawsuits seeking to stop it.

The attorneys general of at least 18 states, including Massachusetts and California, also sued, charging that the policy was reckless, cruel and senseless. Scores of universities threw their support behind the litigation, along with organizations representing international students.

On Tuesday, more than a dozen technology companies, including Google, Facebook and Twitter, also came out in support of the Harvard and M.I.T. lawsuit, arguing the policy would harm their businesses.

“America’s future competitiveness depends on attracting and retaining talented international students,” the companies said in court papers.

John Tucker
Chancellor
Southern States University

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