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Purdue University Global | MS in Information Technology

Students of Purdue University Global's Master of Science in Information Technology program have the opportunity to gain advanced knowledge of networking, databases, programming, and information security. Find more details about this online graduate degree here.

Official Program Name:

Master of Science in Information Technology

School Offering Program:

Purdue University Global

Degree Level:


Program Prerequisites:

Students seeking to enter this program should have taken undergraduate courses in computer science or a related area. Applicants to Purdue University Global should have a high school diploma or equivalent; some programs may have additional requirements.

Program Description:

Master the skills and competencies that employers require of IT leaders. Develop expertise in IT, communications, and business to gain the technical, creative, and managerial expertise to advance your career. Complete your degree 100% online, on your schedule.

● Program Highlights: Study how to evaluate the theory, principles, and practices of information systems, employ project management skills, and analyze data to solve complex problems.

● Career Opportunities: Network and computer systems administrator, computer and information systems manager, information security analyst/manager/specialist, data warehousing specialist, computer network architect/manager, database administrator/manager

● Choose How You Learn: The ExcelTrack™ option offers a faster and more affordable way to earn your degree.*

● Concentrations: Specialize your degree to acquire advanced knowledge to support your career goals with a focus in:

○ Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud Technologies

○ Business Intelligence

○ Cybersecurity

○ Data Analytics

○ Project Management

○ Secure Software Development and Quality Assurance

Purdue Global cannot guarantee employment or career advancement. Prior experience may be necessary for leadership positions.

*ExcelTrack™ is designed to advance your progress based on existing knowledge; however, degree pace and time and cost savings will vary by individual. Students must enroll in a minimum number of credits per term to remain eligible for financial aid. Refer to the Financial Information section of the University Catalog for additional information.

Learning Format:


Program Length:

60 credits.

Financial Aid Available:

Eligible students could be able to receive financial aid in the forms of grants, loans, and scholarships. Contact Purdue University Global's financial aid office for more information.

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Required Courses for a Master of Science in Information Technology:

In this graduate program, students will be required to complete 40 credits of core courses, which includes the choice of a capstone or two-part internship, as well as 20 credits in a chosen area of concentration. Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Purdue University Global to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Core Courses (40 credits)

  • Managing Information Technology in a Business Environment
  • System Analysis and Design
  • Information Systems Project Management
  • Writing and Critical Thinking for the IT Professional
  • Database Design and Data Modeling
  • SQL Query Design
  • Computer Networks
  • Management of Information Security
  • Legal and Ethical Issues in IT
  • Choose one of the following:
  • Master's-Level Information Technology Internship I & II
  • Master's Capstone in Information Technology

Elective Courses (20 credits)

  • Electives in one of the following concentrations:
    • Business Intelligence and Analytics
    • Information Security and Assurance
    • Project Management

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Career Paths:

Following graduation from the Master of Science in Information Technology program, students could apply what they have learned about database management, information security tools, and networking configurations and systems covered in their studies to mid- or upper-management positions in IT departments. They could seek work in small or large corporations, government agencies, or nonprofit organizations.

Positions graduates could pursue include:

  • Database administrator
  • Computer and information systems manager
  • Information security analyst
  • Data warehousing specialist
  • Computer network manager

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