School and Ranking Information
Half of the schools with information technology programs in the Torrance area are 2-year, public colleges, while the other half are 4-year schools. Based on available programs and rankings, the following school is the top choice to study information technology in Torrance:
- Winner : California State University, Los Angeles (CSULA) is a 4-year, public university. It was recently recognized as the top 12 public school in the West by US News & World Report in 2020. The university offers a bachelor's and master's degree program in information systems (IT) for aspiring IT professionals.
School Info Chart
|Category||California State University, Los Angeles|
|Rankings||Tied for #31 in Regional Universities (West)*|
|Location||Los Angeles, CA|
|School Type||4-year, Public|
|Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2019-2020)||$6,768 (in-state), $18,648 (out-of-state)*|
|Information Technology Degrees Offered||Bachelor's, Master's|
|Information Technology Degrees Awarded (all levels) in 2018-2019||174**|
|Most Popular Information Technology Degree Level in 2018-2019||Bachelor's|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2013 Entering Class||52%**|
|Noteworthy||The information technology program offers a business-heavy dual major option***|
Sources: *US News & World Report, **NCES College Navigator, ***CSULA
California State University, Los Angeles
- Program helps students earn industry standard certificates
- A flexible major allows students to minor in an information technology related field or in other areas of personal interest
- Provides senior students with paid work experience at businesses and organizations around Los Angeles
CSULA, located approximately 20 miles from Torrance, serves 28,000 students annually. The Department of Information Systems at CSULA administers programs in IT and computer information systems. The department awards a Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems with an option in information technology or information systems, a Master of Science in Information Systems, and a certificate in advanced information systems.
Bachelor of Science in Information Systems is a 186-unit program with options in information technology (IT) and business systems. The IT option trains students in software, hardware, networking, and Web design. Programming electives include advanced application programming, Visual Basic .NET Web applications, and Internet security.
The Master of Science in Information Systems program consists of 45-48 units and is designed to teach managerial and technical skills in the IT field. There are two options for master's degree students: an executive option for individuals not currently employed in the information systems field, and a professional option for those already working in the IT field. Core courses for both options include communication and information services, information systems/information technology policy, and strategy and information systems.