Online Master of Science in Information Technology

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Program at a Glance

  • 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.
  • Select one of eight concentrations that align with your professional goals:
How Do I Get Started?

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

Course Effort
20 Hours per Week
Course Length
6-Week Sessions
Average Completion
2 years
Of Full-Time Study
Credits Required
60
(40 Semester Credits)
Cost per Credit
$420
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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. Choose from eight concentrations to focus your degree.

Coursework is focused on preparing you to:

  • Analyze information technology opportunities to determine the necessary scope, schedule, resources, and stakeholders to produce the optimal solution.
  • Develop efficient and effective systems solutions to safely secure digital assets and intellectual property.
  • Apply best practices and recent theories to support implementation, modification, and review.
  • Evaluate information systems' legal, ethical, social, and global implications to justify decisions and optimize social outcomes.
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.

Who Should Take This Program?

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.

Purdue University 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.

Admissions Requirements

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.

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Earn Credit for Prior Certifications

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

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Ways to Save

  • Transfer Credits

    Earn credit for prior coursework completed at eligible institutions, including community colleges.

    Save Time and Money on Your Degree

  • Financial Aid

    Title IV federal financial aid is available for many of our degree programs.

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  • Grants

    Learn about federal financial grants and loan programs that may be available.

    Federal and State Grants

  • Corporate Partner Benefits

    Employees of Purdue Global partner organizations may be eligible for special tuition reductions.

    Employee Savings and Benefits

  • Military Tuition Reduction

    55% reduction per credit for current servicemembers, 38% per credit for veterans for undergraduate programs.

    Tuition Savings for Military

  • Prior Military Experience

    We offer credit for ACE-evaluated training and CLEP and DANTES examinations.

    Credit for Military Training

  • International Tuition Reduction

    International students living outside of the United States are eligible for a 25% tuition reduction.

    International Tuition and Benefits

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What Courses Will I Take?

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

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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

Program Requirements

  • Core Credits
    40
  • Elective Credits
    20
  • Total Credits
    60

Master's in Information Technology Degree Concentrations

Concentrations allow you to personalize your education by focusing your electives on an area of study that best fits your desired IT career path. We offer eight concentrations aligned to current industry demands:
  • Explore cloud computing, architecting, and AWS core services. Examine the fundamentals of AWS infrastructure, service options, and best practices in the AWS Cloud.

  • Study essential blockchain and smart contract technologies that serve as the foundation for Web 3.0, the next generation of internet, and gain the specialized skills you need to develop decentralized applications (dApps).

  • Study the implementation of protective procedures such as firewalls, network detection and response (NDR), and endpoint detection and response (EDR), and learn how to defend critical infrastructure including systems, networks, and assets.

  • 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.

  • Explore statistical methods for data analytics and employ appropriate data analytics concepts and tools. Apply foundational programming concepts in an analytics setting.

  • Study key IT systems relevant to corporate enterprise networks, and develop a deep understanding of the structure and operation of organizations to determine how to effectively achieve current and future objectives.

  • 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.

  • Examine secure software development and design concepts. Apply best practices for coding, software testing, and implementation processes.

Career Opportunities

It’s expected that America will add more than 667,000 IT jobs from 2020 to 2030. Our 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:

  1. IT Leadership
  2. Systems Analysis and Design
  3. Information System Security
  4. Critical Thinking
  5. 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. Purdue Global cannot guarantee employment placement, salary level, or career advancement. Prior experience may be necessary for leadership positions.

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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grad hat icon 100% IT faculty members who have advanced degrees
diploma icon 36% IT faculty members who hold a doctorate
tablet icon 237 Faculty publications in 2020–2021
student at desk icon More Than 36,000 Professional development hours logged by faculty in 2020–2021

Advanced and Doctoral Degrees: Statistics include all Purdue Global IT faculty members. Source: Purdue Global Office of Reporting and Analysis, May 2022.
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, September 2021. 2020–2021 academic year.

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Tuition and Time Savings on a Doctorate Law Degree

Upon graduating, you can apply some of your courses toward an Executive Juris Doctor (EJD) degree at Concord Law School. Save up to $6,180 in tuition and graduate sooner. You could earn an EJD degree with a general or law and technology concentration in as few as 2 years and 4 months. See which courses transfer.

Unlike the JD, which prepares you to sit for the bar exam and practice law, the online EJD is designed to help you build legal expertise to use in your career.

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Program Brochure

Download our brochure to learn more about the Master of Science in Information Technology and the benefits of earning your degree at Purdue Global.

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.

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.

Purdue Global alumni are eligible for a 20% tuition reduction on Concord programs. Tuition savings calculated as 15 credit hours x reduced per credit tuition rate of $412 = $6,180. Savings will vary based on the courses completed in the student’s master’s degree program. Credits apply toward open elective and/or law and technology electives in the EJD program.

Time savings based on a student who applies 15 credit hours toward the 3-year EJD program; remaining 57 credits can be completed in 2 years and 4 months of study.

§Top Public University Rankings: Source: www.timeshighereducation.com/student/best-universities/best-public-universities-united-states. Rankings apply to Purdue University West Lafayette and not to Purdue Global.