Applied Information Technology, MS

The MS in applied information technology is the very best graduate education in IT for high-potential leaders, especially those working on IT solutions that affect the federal government. Its objective is to graduate men and women of competence and character who can lead multidisciplinary teams in the design, justification, development, management, and sustainment of mega-systems from data to decision in the private and federal sectors. Faculty include professors from the Volgenau School, the School of Business, and the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, plus industry leaders with unique reputations in the subject area as adjunct professors and guest lecturers. The faculty expose students to the pragmatic issues of IT, not just the theory.

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Admissions Requirements

Applicants must have completed a baccalaureate degree from an accredited program with a reputation for high academic standards and an earned GPA of 3.00 or better in their 60 highest-level credits. They must be experienced in the fundamentals of IT and quantitative methods. In addition, applicants must:

  • Provide two letters of recommendation, preferably from academic references or references in industry or government who are familiar with the applicant’s professional accomplishments.
  • Provide a detailed statement of career goals and professional aspirations.
  • If their native language is not English, students must earn a minimum TOEFL score of 575 for the paper-based exam or 230 for the computer-based exam (a minimum score of 600 for the paper-based exam or 250 for the computer-based exam is required for applicants who wish to be considered for a graduate teaching assistantship).


Graduates of master’s in applied information technology have the education and skills to become managers poised to address challenges and lead implementation of solutions for mission success.

Students learn from experienced faculty, who are drawn from the region’s high-tech industry and government organizations. These faculty bring real-world experience and practical realism to the classroom.

Professors from the Volgenau School of Engineering, the School of Business, and the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, as well as industry leaders with unique reputations in the subject area, serve as adjunct professors and guest lecturers.

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