ExcelTrack® Online Master's Degree in Information Technology
Program at a Glance
- Earn the same high-quality master’s degree in IT—only faster and for less money.
- Move quickly past the topics you know and spend time on the things you don’t.
- Work directly with faculty to ensure you’ve learned all the material.
- Take as many one-credit courses as you want in a term and pay one flat tuition rate.
- Customize your degree to your career goals with a concentration in cybersecurity or business intelligence.
We offer multiple start dates to give you flexibility in your education, life, and work schedules.
ExcelTrack® Master's in IT Overview
Demand for computer and information systems managers is expected to grow as organizations increasingly adopt digital platforms and seek qualified people to lead their teams.* Prepare to meet this need with our online master’s in information technology.
The online master’s in information technology helps working professionals make the connection between IT, communications, and business to develop marketable technical, creative, and managerial skills.
Designed for highly disciplined, self-motivated learners with strong professional knowledge, ExcelTrack® is centered on real-world career experiences and builds on the skills and knowledge you’ve already mastered.†
Once enrolled, you take a series of assessments to demonstrate what you already know and move quickly past those topics. That way, you’ll focus on developing the skills that are immediately applicable to challenges in the tech world. A faculty member will work with you to ensure you’re on track to successfully complete each course.
The ExcelTrack® MSIT offers optional concentrations in business intelligence or cybersecurity, which allows students to focus their electives in these highly valued, in-demand areas if they align with their desired IT career path.
With our ExcelTrack® online master’s in IT, you can speed up or slow down as much as you want, based on your schedule and personal learning path. You are evaluated by how well you demonstrate competencies, not by how long it takes to learn them.
Each ExcelTrack® course is a single credit, covering a particular skill or piece of knowledge. You advance based on what you already know, and spend time only on what you need to learn.
You can take as many one-credit classes as you want every term for a flat rate, excluding fees. Taking more credits per term lowers the average cost per credit.
See the University Catalog for policy and degree plan information specific to this program.
- You are a self-motivated, driven student with strong time management skills.
- You have 3 years of experience working in a setting relevant to your program of study.
- You possess a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.
If you decide to enroll, you must complete orientation before you start classes.LEARN MORE ABOUT ExcelTrack®
Purdue Global Is Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission
The HLC (HLCommission.org) is an institutional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
A bachelor’s degree is required to enroll in a master’s degree program. You will need to provide an official transcript that shows completion of your bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, though an unofficial copy may be provided during the application process. Refer to the University Catalog or speak to an Advisor to learn more.
Ways to Save
Earn credit for prior coursework completed at eligible institutions, including community colleges.
Title IV federal financial aid is available for many of our degree programs.
Learn about federal financial grants and loan programs that may be available.
Prior Military Experience
We offer credit for ACE-evaluated training and CLEP and DANTES examinations.
Tuition does not include University fees and associated program fees. View tuition and fee information or contact an Admissions Advisor for more information.
Earn Credit for Prior Certification
If you’ve already completed certification exams, you may be eligible for credit toward your degree.‡ Learn more about eligible IT certification exams.
Courses Taught by Highly Respected Faculty
Learn from practicing professionals with extensive experience in IT and education. Purdue Global's curriculum is regularly reviewed by experienced industry experts, ensuring our graduates are well-prepared for today's challenges.
This degree is available to anyone who wants to expand their knowledge and career opportunities in the field of information technology. Career-changers or individuals with a background in an IT-related field are eligible to enroll.
What Courses Will I Take?
The ExcelTrack® competency-based MSIT, just like Purdue Global’s standard MSIT program, includes courses that focus on the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to make sound business and management decisions.See All ExcelTrack® Courses
- 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
- Core Credits40
- Elective Credits20
- Total Credits60
It’s expected that America will add more than 667,000 IT jobs from 2020 to 2030.§ Our ExcelTrack® Master of Science in Information Technology helps you develop the relevant skills for sustainable career success in this fast-changing field.
Top 5 Skills Employers Are Looking for:
- IT Leadership
- Systems Analysis and Design
- Information System Security
- Critical Thinking
- Collaboration Skills
Top Jobs With This Degree
Labor market, salary, and projected growth information are supplied by Emsi. Average salary range is based on national data. Projected growth represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2018–2030) at the state level and is based on your geographic location. Actual outcomes vary by geographic area, previous work experience, and opportunities for employment. Additional certification or licensing may be required to work in certain fields. Purdue Global cannot guarantee employment placement, salary level, or career advancement.
Get to Know Our Faculty
Purdue Global faculty members are real-world practitioners who bring knowledge gained through the powerful combination of higher learning and industry experience.View Information Technology Faculty Directory
Publications and Development Hours: Statistics include all Purdue Global faculty members and are not school- or program-specific calculations. Source: Purdue Global Office of Reporting and Analysis, July 2022. 2021–2022 academic year.
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*Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Computer and Information Systems Managers, on the Internet www.bls.gov/ooh/Management/Computer-and-information-systems-managers.htm. National long-term projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, and do not guarantee actual job growth.
†ExcelTrack&174; 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. Enrollees will pay a per-session resource fee and associated program fees. Program includes a traditional 6-credit capstone course; however, tuition is charged at the ExcelTrack® rate.
‡Credit for Prior Learning: Purdue Global does not guarantee transferability of credit. See the University Catalog for the Prior Learning policy.
§Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Computer and Information Technology Occupations, www.bls.gov/ooh/computer-and-information-technology/home.htm. National long-term projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth.