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

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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Stay home except for essential needs - Coronavirus COVID-19 Response

SSU Students, Faculty & Staff
In full compliance with California Governor Gavin Newsom’s order just announced this evening requiring all California residents to stay home except for essential needs, Southern States University will immediately convert all administrative offices to operate remotely. This is consistent with classroom instruction already moved to online only effective with the spring quarter as authorized by our accreditor (ACICS), and in the case of international students studying on F-1 visas, by the Department of Homeland Security/Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP).
Please know that even under these unusual and unpredictable circumstances, we are here to support our students, both educationally and personally. SSU faculty and administration can continue to be reached electronically via email, phone or Moodle.
Thank you for joining the State of California and SSU Administration in doing everything possible to keep us safe, while enabling our students to pursue and complete their educational goals.

John Tucker
Southern States University


SSU Classroom Instruction Moving Online Effective Spring Quarter

SSU Students, Faculty & Staff

Consistent with other accredited universities in California, Nevada and throughout the US, Southern States University will be converting all classroom instruction to online modality only effective with the start of Spring Quarter on April 6, 2020 (returning students in April 13, 2020). The current quarter will conclude as planned next week on March 21, 2020.

This action is being taken in response to the coronavirus pandemic in an effort to help contain the spread of the virus. For those students studying on F-1 visas, rest assured that the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) has issued guidance enabling a full course of study to be delivered entirely online in response to this international health crisis. Your F-1 status will remain active with all classes delivered online.

Should any currently enrolled students need or wish to make arrangements to complete the current quarter remotely, please contact your instructors to make the necessary arrangements.

All SSU offices and services will remain open to serve our students. Our staff can be contacted as usual during business hours, including remotely, to address whatever needs you may have.

Lastly, please observe the precautions we are all being advised to take by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention. Those include frequent hand washing (at least 20 seconds); limit physical contact with others such as handshakes or hugs and avoiding large crowds (including during spring break). For up-to-date information on the coronavirus, please see the C.D.C. website at this link:

Thank you all for doing your part in addressing this international health crisis.

John Tucker
Southern States University

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