Online Master of Science in Information Technology

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Program at a Glance
  • Select one of three concentrations that align with your professional goals.
  • Earn your degree 100% online, while meeting the demands of your career.
  • Gain tangible experience through learning labs that simulate real-world, on-the-job situations.
COURSE EFFORT 20 Hours per Week
COURSE LENGTH 6 Weeks
CREDITS REQUIRED 60
COST PER CREDIT $420
How Do I Get Started?

We offer multiple start dates to give you flexibility in your education, life, and work schedules.

Master of Science in Information Technology 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.

Coursework is focused on preparing you to:

  • Lead teams and organizations in managing information systems and their business outcomes.
  • Develop efficient, effective, and secure systems solutions.
  • Secure an organization’s digital assets and intellectual property.
  • Manage scope, schedule, and resources to deliver quality information systems projects.
  • Evaluate information systems' legal, ethical, social, and global implications to ground decisions and optimize social outcomes.
  • Create business intelligence for use in evidence-based decision making.

Degree Concentrations

Customize your degree plan to develop specialized expertise in your chosen career path.

  • Business intelligence and analytics: Study the analysis and development of decision support systems, business intelligence, knowledge acquisition and representation models, data mining concepts, algorithms, and applications.
  • Information security and assurance: Explore fundamentals such as viruses, worms, and other malicious software, as well as more high-level aspects of IT security such as network defense, ethical hacking, and computer forensics.
  • Project management: Focus on every phase of the project life cycle using current software to achieve goals and objectives. Learn to control project cost and scheduling, analyze project risk and quality, and consider legal and ethical issues.

See the University Catalog for policy and degree plan information specific to this program.

Who Should Enroll in This Online Master’s Degree in Information Technology?

Individuals with a bachelor’s degree in information technology, computer science, information systems, or management of information systems from an accredited college or university.


Refer to the University Catalog or speak to an Advisor to learn more.

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.

Purdue University Global Is Accredited by The Higher Learning Commission

This accreditation covers all academic programs, all regional locations, and all programs provided via distance education. For more information, please visit HLCommission.org or call 800-621-7440.

Career Opportunities

Our Master of Science in Information Technology helps you develop the relevant skills for sustainable career success in this fast-changing field. Potential career pathways include:

  • Computer and information systems manager
  • Information security analyst/manager/specialist
  • Network and computer systems administrator
  • Computer network architect/manager
  • Data warehousing specialist
  • Database administrator/manager
  • IT project manager
  • Technical director/manager

IT Industry Outlook

It’s expected that America will add more than 550,000 IT jobs from 2016 to 2026.

Earn Credit for Prior Certifications

If you’ve already completed certification exams, you may be eligible for credit toward your degree.

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Our rigorous curriculum prepares you for variety of IT leadership roles.

Sample 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
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Concentrations allow you to personalize your education by focusing your electives on an area of study that best fits your desired career path. We offer three concentrations aligned to current industry demands:

  • Business intelligence and analytics
  • Information security and assurance
  • Project management
Credit Breakdown
  • Major Credits40
  • Elective Credits20
  • Total Credits60

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Maine residents will pay $420.00 per credit for all graduate programs, with the exception of the Doctor of Nursing Practice. Tuition does not include University fees and associated program fees. View tuition and fee information or contact an Admissions Advisor for more information.

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.

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97% Faculty members who have advanced degrees
45% Faculty members who hold a doctorate
218 Faculty publications in 2017–2018
Nearly 87,000 Professional development hours logged by faculty in 2017–2018

Statistics include all Purdue Global faculty members and are not school or program-specific calculations. Purdue Global Office of Reporting and Analysis and Center for Teaching and Learning. 2017–2018 academic year. Note: all figures include data prior to the March 2018 purchase of Kaplan University by Purdue University and subsequent creation of Purdue University Global.

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NOTES AND CONDITIONS

*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.

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

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.