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School of Information Technology

Master's in Information Technology (Stream B: Carnegie)

Please note: The closing date for applications has been extended to Monday,
17 November 2014.

Applications from Kenya are now also invited, in addition to the other specified countries (see below).

The Department of Information Science at the University of Pretoria, with funding from the Carnegie Corporation of New York, offers a fully funded specialised two year coursework degree at Masters level in Information Technology (M.IT degree) as from January 2011. The fifth intake for 2015 opened on 31 July 2014.

The Funded MIT Stream B programme has been extended with another two intakes. The fifth intake will start in January 2015 whilst the sixth intake will start in January 2016. Applications for the sixth intake will start 31 July 2015. The non-funded programme is continuing as normal.

We received the excellent news from the Carnegie Corporation of New York that the funded programme has been extended only at the end of September. This left too little time for some prospective students to complete the application procedures, and we have received a number of requests that the closing date be extended. We have therefore decided to extend the closing date to Monday, 17 November 2014 for applications for the Fifth Intake.

Please note that the extended grant makes provision for only one further intake, viz.  the Sixth Intake for 2016. Thereafter the programme will be run as a fully self-funded distance education programme and students will be responsible for their own study fees and other expenses.


 


Course and Application Information

For more information on the degree: selection, how to apply, outline of the curriculum, format of the degree, estimated fees and contact details, see: MIT Carnegie Information 2015.pdf.

For Course Application Information, please click here.

NEW INFORMATION HAS BEEN MADE AVAILABLE, SO PLEASE FOLLOW THE "CLICK HERE" LINK ABOVE.

APPLICATIONS FOR 2015 OPENED 31 JULY 2014.



Aim of programme:

  • To empower the next generation of library  and information professionals within sub-Saharan African countries with knowledge and skills to apply modern information and communication technologies (ICTs).

  • To build capacity amongst middle managers involved in managing ICT or working in ICT-intensive environments in academic libraries and faculty members at Library and Information Science schools to support the next generation of academics and researchers in Africa.

 

What do we offer:

Please note that the complete time table will be made available throughout each year.

The programme will consist of coursework as well as a mini-dissertation based on applied research related to the individual’s own institution, each component carrying 50% of the credits of the programme.

The following are compulsory coursework modules:

  • IT Systems in libraries
  • Web Trends in the library
  • Digital repositories
  • Knowledge Management
  • Facilitating information retrieval and information use
  • Network technologies
  • The Knowledge Society and international librarianship
  • Computing in perspective
  • Organisational behaviour and leadership
  • Strategic ICT Management
  • ICT Project Management
  • IT Financial Management

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How will the programme be offered?

  • Face-to-face lectures

Lectures will take place in block periods, consisting of visits over four semesters. These visits will include two block visits to the University of Pretoria, South Africa, one block visit to another leading institution in Africa and one block visit to a leading institution in the United States of America.

  • Technology-mediated distance education

This will consist of real-time video- and/or audio-conferencing from the University of Pretoria and partner institutions, podcasts that can be downloaded, interaction via the University of Pretoria Learning Management System, etc. Reliable Internet access is therefore a prerequisite.
 

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Who will be your lecturers?

Lecturers for the programme will be from the School of Information Technology at the University of Pretoria as well as from selected Carnegie partner institutions in South Africa, sub-Saharan Africa, the United States of America and guest lecturers from industry.

What are the selection criteria?

Selection of candidates for this fully funded programme will be highly competitive and will be based inter alia on the following criteria:

  • Current qualifications – at least an Honours degree in Library and Information Science / a four year degree in Library and Information Science / a Masters degree in Library and Information Science or equivalent degree from a reputable University;
  • Past academic performance;
  • Proficiency in English;
  • Work experience, current job description in a University library and/or University Department teaching Library and Information Science, and responsibilities in the work environment;
  • A recommendation letter from the current employer / line manager; and
  • A commitment from the current employer that they will make time available for the employee to devote to his / her studies, including the visits to the University of Pretoria / abroad every semester.


In addition, prospective students will be required to write an essay explaining why they would like to participate in the programme, what they hope to learn from the programme, why they should be selected for the programme and what they hope to contribute to the programme.


Who will be considered?

  • The programme is aimed at information professionals working in libraries at tertiary academic institutions or in Library and Information Science schools.
  • Candidates must be involved in ICT management, working in ICT-intensive environments or teaching ICT related courses at tertiary level.
  • Preference will be given to applications from Carnegie partner institutions in sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Only students from Anglophone sub-Saharan African countries will be considered for selection purposes.
  • And are you younger than 45 years of age?


Funded/ Non-funded Programme


The Funded MIT Stream B programme has been extended with another two intakes. The fifth intake will start in January 2015 whilst the sixth intake will start in January 2016. Applications for the sixth intake will start 31 July 2015.

Funded: Students from Carnegie partner institutions and countries will be considered for the funded programme. These countries are;

  • South Africa;
  • Kenya;
  • Uganda;
  • Ghana;
  • Tanzania; and
  • Nigeria.



Non-funded: Anyone who do not qualify for the funded programme may apply for the non-funded programme if they meet the above mentioned criteria and provided they, or their  institutions, can pay the full amount of the fees themselves (see link to course and application criteria).


Important dates:

Please note: The closing date for funded applications has been extended to Monday,
17 November 2014.

The non-funded programme is continuing as normal and the closing date of applications for the NON-FUNDED programme is 31 October 2014.


We received the excellent news from the Carnegie Corporation of New York that the funded programme has been extended only at the end of September. This left too little time for some prospective students to complete the application procedures, and we have received a number of requests that the closing date be extended. We have therefore decided to extend the closing date to Monday, 17 November 2014 for applications for the Fifth Intake.

Please note that the extended grant makes provision for only one further intake, viz.  the Sixth Intake for 2016. Thereafter the programme will be run as a fully self-funded distance education programme and students will be responsible for their own study fees and other expenses.


Contact details:

All enquiries must be sent via e-mail to mit-info@up.ac.za.