Best Online Master’s in Information Technology: Students Before Profits Award 2015

Best Online Master's in Information Technology: Students Before Profits Award 2015Our Students Before Profits Award was created to promote nonprofit colleges and universities offering online degree programs that put students before profits and education before the bottom line.

For our 2015 Online Master’s in Information Technology award winners, we selected online programs from accredited, nonprofit colleges and universities with objectively lower than average tuition cost and have ranked the programs according to their affordability.

The dawning of the information age – the age of internet, media, globalization, and the digital revolution – transformed our society in nearly every imaginable way, and with this explosion came not only vast opportunities in the professional workforce, but also an acute need for quality education capable of training future leaders in the development and maintenance of competent information systems. The intersecting fields of information technology, information security, computer science, and technology management are essential to the operations of the majority of modern businesses and organizations. Graduates of master’s-level information technology programs are highly-valued in today’s job climate, and many of them are working in managerial and leadership positions in all manner of corporations and businesses, in non-profits, and in the government sector. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that jobs in information technology will grow by about 25% over the next decade.

Affordability, accreditation and nonprofit status are our primary criteria when it comes to ranking these programs, but many of these programs are consistently ranked among the top by other national publications and we believe they deserve to be considered among the best online master’s in information technology programs available.

Note that tuition rates listed below are based on total program costs for out-of-state, full-time students. In-state rates are often less expensive, and part-time cost per credit hour is often more expensive.

#1. Western Governors University

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Founded in 1997, Western Governors University is a private online university with the intention to “expand access to higher education through online, competency-based degree programs.” Students communicate frequently with faculty through phone and internet sessions, and their coursework and testing activities are monitored online. Headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah, Western Governors University has been recognized by the United States Distance Learning Association.

Online Master’s of Science in Information Security and Assurance, Master’s of Science in Information Technology Management, and Master’s of Business in Information Technology Management Overview

The Information Technology graduate degree programs from Western Governors University are offered from the College of Information Technology – save for the Master’s of Business in Information Technology Management which is offered from the College of Business. The M.S. in Information Security and Assurance, the M.S. in Information Technology Management, and the M.B.A. in Information Technology Management require thirty-credit hours for graduation, and most students will graduate within two years. All three of WGU’s postgraduate IT programs were developed for adults with real-life experience in the field and who are currently working and need specific credentials to be eligible for management and supervisory roles. All degrees culminate in a capstone project which requires that students demonstrate the experiential skills they have obtained while participating in the program and their ability to apply those skills realistically. Tuition for programs at WGU are charged at a flat rate; students pay the same amount each semester regardless of hours taken, and those who take a full load will save both time and money.

Accreditation

Western Governors University is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.

Tuition: $11,560

#2. Mississippi State University

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The Mississippi State University of Agriculture and Applied Science was established in 1878 in Oktibbeeha County; the school is partially located in the town of Starkville and also in an unincorporated area. Known as Mississippi State University, the land-grant university is classified by the Carnegie Foundation as a “comprehensive doctoral research university with very high research activity.” Mississippi State has been recognized by Forbes, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, and PayScale.com, and has produced Barry M. Goldwater Scholars, Morris Udall Scholars, Ronald Reagan Scholars, George Mitchell Scholars, and Truman Scholars. The school is one of 38 universities recognized by the Truman Foundation as an honor institution.

Online Master’s of Science in Information Systems Overview

Mississippi State University offers an online M.S. in Information Systems from their College of Business. The 30-credit hour degree includes required courses such as Managing Information Technology Systems, Advanced Systems Analysis and Design, Business Telecommunications, and more. Department electives include Advanced Languages, Design Support Systems, BIS Security Management, and Microcomputers/Networks. Prerequisites emphasize standard business topics like accounting, finance, marketing, and statistics. Prospective students who have an undergraduate degree in business or a related discipline will have already satisfied most of the aforementioned prerequisite requirements.

Accreditation

Mississippi State University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition: $12,323

#3. University of Illinois Springfield

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Founded in 1969 as Sangamon State University, The University of Illinois at Springfield was originally an “upper-division university” and therefore only offered courses for those in the last two years of their undergraduate program or in graduate school. This changed in 2001, when UIS began accepted freshman as part of a university-wide honors program, and also in 2006, when freshmen were able to be admitted under the general education curriculum. The public liberal arts university is the newest campus in the University of Illinois system and is part of the American Council of Education, the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, and the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges.

Online Master’s of Science in Management Information Systems Overview

The University of Illinois at Springfield’s M.S. in Management Information Systems degree is a 36-hour online degree program. Students will take courses including Technical Foundations of Information Systems, Telecommunications, Enterprise Models, and will choose from electives in Business Uses of the Internet and Marketing on the Internet. Students who choose to take an MIS elective will not be required to write a thesis, and vice versa. Graduates of Springfield’s MIS program will leave with the business management and computer skills needed to perform successfully in the fields of information technology and computer science.

Accreditation

The University of Illinois at Springfield is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition: $13,041

#4. Dakota State University

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Located in Madison, South Dakota and originally founded in 1881 as the first teacher institution in the Dakota Territory, Dakota State University is governed by the South Dakota Board of Regents. The university is technology-centric, and requires all full-time undergraduate students to use tablet computers and take an introductory computer usage and programming course as part of the mandatory core curriculum. 25 of their on-campus degree programs are available via distance education.

Online Master’s of Science in Information Assurance and Master’s of Science in Information Systems Overview

Dakota State University’s online M.S. in Information Assurance prepares students to work in data privacy to prevent information hacking and intrusion. This 30-hour degree program is offered on a full-time or part-time basis for students newly-graduated from a related bachelor’s program and working professionals ready to advance their careers. Alumni have gone on to work in penetration testing, incident response, and cybersecurity. The M.S. in Information Systems enables graduates to work as IT managers, database administrators, systems analysts, application developers, network administrators, and more. Students may choose from specializations including Data Management, Application Development, Network Administration and Security, Healthcare Management, and a General combination specialization. Dakota State’s M.S. in Information Systems resides at the intersection of computer science and business strategy, and functions as an M.B.A. like program with a large technical component.

Accreditation

Dakota State University is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition: $13,500

#5. Kennesaw State University

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Kennesaw State University, part of the University System of Georgia, was founded in 1963 as Kennesaw Junior College. In 1976, the school became a four-year college and subsequently appointed its second president, Betty Siegel – the first female president in the University System of Georgia. Located on 240 acres in Kennesaw, Georgia, Kennesaw State University enrolls over 30,000 students and was recently recognized by U.S. News for its propitious academic changes and successful efforts to help freshman adapt to college life.

Online Master’s of Science in Information Technology Overview

Kennesaw State University offers an online M.S. in Information Technology with emphasis areas including IT Security, Health Information Technology, Databases, and Networking. The program will require approximately 36-48 credit hours to graduate, depending on prior academic history regarding IT coursework. Required courses include IT Strategy and Policy; Software Design and Development; IT Design Studio; IT Service Delivery; Computer Architecture, Operating Systems, and Networks; and IT Systems Acquisition and Integration, among many more, including a wide variety of beneficial electives.

Accreditation

Kennesaw State University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition: $14,664

#6. California State University, Fullerton

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California State University, Fullerton is the largest university in the 23-university California State University system. CSUF was founded in 1957 on 236 acres of prior citrus groves and was originally named Orange County State College. Designated a Hispanic-serving institution and also an Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution, California State University, Fullerton has been recognized by the U.S. News & World Report, the Princeton Review, and Forbes.

Online Master’s of Science in Information Technology Overview

The online M.S. in Information Technology at California State University, Fullerton, is offered by the Department of Information Systems and Decisions Sciences, part of the Mihaylo College of Business and Economics. Typical course offerings include Issues in Business Information Technology, Data Warehousing and Foundations of Business Intelligence, Telecommunications and Business Networks, Privacy and Security, and more. Graduates of the program leave capable of efficiently managing and analyzing data and systems and are more than eligibile for management positions at the corporate level.

Accreditation

California State University, Fullerton is regionally accredited by the Western Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition: $15,414

#7. Sam Houston State University

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Sam Houston State University is the third oldest public institution of higher learning in Texas. Founded in 1879, SHSU is located an hour north of downtown Houston in Huntsville. The campus consists of 316 acres, as well as a 1,600 acre research farm and rodeo arena, and was originally home to Austin College until 1876. SHSU is part of the Texas State University System, and has been celebrated for its unique Texas Studies courses that explore the state’s folklore and history.

Online Master’s of Science in Information Assurance and Security Overview

Graduates of Sam Houston State University’s M.S. in Information Assurance and Security will be prepared to work in industrial, commercial, and governmental data assurance. The program is offered by the Department of Computer Science and requires between 30 and 36 hours to graduate, relative to prior academic experience. Most incoming students hold an accredited undergraduate degree in computer science, information systems, or a related technical field. Specified courses cover such topics as risk assessment, operating systems and database security, data recovery, and directed management. Examples of elective courses include Malware, File System Forensics, Cyber Warfare and Terrorism, and Cryptography and Steganography. Students must choose from an internship or non-internship option; those who go the non-internship route will select a concentration in Computer Science, Digital Forensics, or Information Assurance.

Accreditation

Sam Houston State University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition: $15,552

#8. Arizona State University

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Founded in 1885 and located on several campuses across Phoenix, Arizona, Arizona State University is a national space-grant institution and the largest public university in the country by enrollment. Arizona State University’s online campus was ranked #1 in online Student Services and Technology by U.S. News & World Report and offers more than 50 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

Online Master’s of Science in Information Management Overview

Arizona State University’s W.P. Carey School of Business offers a sixteen-month, AACSB-accredited lock-step M.S. in Information Management. The online program mirrors the on-campus, evening program, and only one campus visit is required. Courses are presented in five-week increments and are taken singularly. Students may begin in either January or August.

Accreditation

Arizona State University is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Schools.

Tuition: $15,906

#9. UMass Lowell

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The University of Massachusetts Lowell, also known as UMass Lowell, was founded in 1972 as the product of the merging of two institutions charted in the late 1890’s: Lowell State College and Lowell Technical Institute. The university is renowned for its science and engineering programs, and in 2013 the online campus was ranked sixth in the nation in the “Guide to Online Schools.”

Online Master’s of Science in Information Technology Overview

UMass Lowell offers an M.S. in Information Technology through the Division of Online and Continuing Education. This 10-course master’s degree program relies somewhat on prior work experience in the field and/or a related undergraduate degree. Students will focus on Linux/Unix, Window and Apple platforms, general system administration, virtualization technologies, cloud computing, core networking, large scale application deployment, regulatory compliance, security analysis, and more. After graduation, working professionals will be capable of filling senior management and consulting positions in their places of business.

Accreditation

The University of Massachusetts Lowell is regionally accredited by the New England Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition: $17,100

#10. Liberty University

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Located in Lynchburg, Virginia, Liberty University was founded as Lynchburg Baptist College in 1971 by the Reverend Jerry Falwell. It has long been considered a Christian academic community, the institution’s stated intention being the development of both the intellectual and spiritual nature. When including the number of online matriculated students (90,000 as of May 2013), Liberty University is the nation’s largest private nonprofit university and the world’s largest Evangelical Christian university.

Online Master’s of Science in Information Systems and Master’s of Science in Cyber Security Overview

Liberty University’s online M.S. in Information Systems is a 36-credit degree program preparing students for careers in information assurance, information systems management, project management, systems integration, data administration, data networking, and software development. Students must choose from one of two tracks: Information Assurance or Technology Management. The online 36-credit M.S. in Cyber Security trains students to act in defense of computer and network security; potential professional positions include that of an information security specialist, security engineer, penetration tester/ethical hacker, digital forensics analysts, security researcher, and more. Both programs teach from a Biblical worldview – essential technological skills are imbibed with lessons in ethics, character, and virtue.

Accreditation

Liberty University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition: $18,720

#11. Southern New Hampshire University

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Founded in 1933 as the New Hampshire School of Accounting and Secretarial Service, Southern New Hampshire University is a private, nonprofit university located between Manchester and Hookset, New Hampshire. The state granted the college its charter in 1963, and the first baccalaureate degrees were awarded in 1966. Its online campus boasts over 200 regionally accredited undergraduate and graduate degree and certificate programs, and also has specialized accreditation for some of its degrees and programs.

Online Master’s of Science in Information Technology Overview

Southern New Hampshire University’s online M.S. in Information Technology is offered with the option of one of seven concentrations: Web Design, IT Management, Information Security, Healthcare Informatics, Game Design and Development, Database Design, and Data Analytics. Students will be prepared to think beyond the basics of technology and computer programming, working at the intersection of business management, communications, and the whole of the information technology field. 36 credits are required for graduation, and coursework includes Operating Systems, Principles of Database Design, Object Oriented Application Development, Cyberlaw and Ethics, Interface Design for Websites, Human Factors in Security, and many more.

Accreditation

Southern New Hampshire University is regionally accredited by the New England Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition: $22,572

#12. Towson University

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A public university located in Baltimore County, Maryland, Towson University was founded in 1866 as a teachers’ training school. The four-year institution is now part of the University System of Maryland, enrolls over 20,000 students, and still graduates more teachers than any other university in the state. Towson has recently been recognized by Forbes, the U.S. News & World Report, and Kiplinger’s Personal Finance for its academic quality and affordable tuition.

Online Master’s of Science in Applied Information Technology Overview

The Jess and Mildred Fisher College of Science and Mathematics at Towson University offers an online M.S. in Applied Information Technology preparing students to design, develop, and implement appropriate, current, and innovate information systems to tackle the technological issues of today’s workplace. Concentrations are offered in the form of certificates, and include Database Management Systems, Information Security and Assurance, Information Systems Management, Internet Application Development, Networking Technologies, and Software Engineering. Students will finish the certificate of their choosing in approximately one year – significantly increasing their employment marketability – and will later complete six graduate-level IT courses prior to graduation from the program. Coursework includes Fundamentals of Computer Programming and Data Structures, Information Technology Infrastructure, Information Systems Vulnerability and Risk Analysis, and Business Data Communications, among others.

Accreditation

Towson University is regionally accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition: $23,100

#13. University of Maryland University College

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University of Maryland University College is a development of the University of Maryland’s evening program for adults that began in the 1920’s. UMUC is an open university and one of the largest distance learning institutions in the world. The school serves over 90,000 students worldwide in a combination of on-campus courses and online courses and has campuses located all over the world. UMUC offers face-to-face courses to deployed military at bases in Afghanistan and Djibouti, Africa.

Online Master’s of Science in Information Technology Overview

The University of Maryland University College offers an online Master’s of Science in Information Technology with eight emphases: Database Systems Technology, Homeland Security Management, Informatics, Information Assurance, Project Management, Software Engineering, Systems Engineering, and Telecommunications Management. 36-credit hours are required for degree completion, and graduates will leave able to apply learned IT practices for maximum productivity in their place of business and will have a competitive edge in the field.

Accreditation

The University of Maryland University College is regionally accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition: $23,724

#14. North Carolina State University

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Officially North Carolina State University at Raleigh, North Carolina State University is a public land, sea, and space grant institution. Part of the University of North Carolina system, NC State represents one of the corners of the Research Triangle along with Duke University and The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. NC State was founded in 1887 as an agricultural and mechanical college, and currently offers 106 bachelor’s degrees, 104 master’s degrees, 61 doctoral degrees, and enrolls almost 35,000 students. North Carolina State University is the largest university in both North and South Carolina.

Online Master’s of Science in Computer Networking Overview

NC State offers an online M.S. in Computer Networking appropriate for U.S. residents and those serving in the military overseas. The GRE is required for admission, and after graduation students may pursue further graduate study or employment in industrial research, design, and development. 31-credit hours are required for graduation, and students must choose one of four concentration areas – Networking Design, Network Hardware, Network Software, or Networking Services. Core coursework includes Internet Protocols; Introduction to Wireless Networking; Networking Services: QoS, Signaling, Processes; and Computer Networks.

Accreditation

North Carolina State University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition: $23,995

#15. Boston University

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Boston University is a private, nonsectarian research university founded in 1839 as the Newbury Bible Institute in Newbury, Vermont. The school went through a number of changes before relocating to Boston in 1847. The university boasts many notable alumni and academics including Helen Magill White, the first woman to receive a Ph.D. from an American university; Alexander Graham Bell, inventor of the telephone; American Civil Rights Movement Leader Martin Luther King, Jr.; poets Robert Lowell and Robert Pinsky; Elie Wiesel, winner of the 1986 Nobel Peace Prize, Holocaust survivor, activist, and Jewish-American professor; and Pulitzer Prize winner and author Jhumpa Lahiri. Seven Nobel Laureates and 35 Pulitzer Prize winners are among BU’s faculty and graduates.

Online Master’s of Science in Computer Information Systems Overview

Boston University offers a postgraduate distance program in Computer Information Systems for working professionals. Students may choose from concentrations in Computer Networks, Data Analytics, Database Management and Business Intelligence, Health Informatics, IT Project Management, Security, and Web Application Development. Boston University’s MSCIS will prepare students to work in managerial positions in the field, and can be completed in less than two years. Potential students must have a bachelor’s degree in a related field, or must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the basics of information technology. Courses include Quantitative Methods for Information Systems, Strategy and Management, Information Systems Analysis and Design, Data Mining and Business Intelligence, Java, Python, and more.

Accreditation

Boston University is regionally accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

Tuition: $24,000

#16. Auburn University

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Auburn University was established in 1856 as the East Alabama Male College and was affiliated with the Methodist Episcopal Church South. The university is now public and operates as a land-grant, sea-grant, and space-grant research center. Currently enrolling over 25,000 students, Auburn has been recognized by Forbes, Washington Monthly, and US News and World Report.

Online Master’s of Science in Information Systems Overview

Auburn University’s ten-course online M.S.I.S. is identical to its on-campus counterpart. Students take courses in predictive modeling, data management, information management, advanced programming, social media, emerging technologies, business analytics, and information risk and security. Several combinations of mini-concentrations are available through this particular program due to the array of related elective courses.

Accreditation

Auburn University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition: $24,150

#17. Franklin Pierce University

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Franklin Pierce University is a private rural university located in Rindge, New Hampshire, near Mount Monadnock. Founded in 1962 by Frank S. DiPietro and namesake of fourteenth U.S. President Franklin Pierce, the university currently enrolls almost 5,000 students on its 1,200 acre campus. Franklin Pierce University aims to equip students to contribute significantly to the local and global communities, and enhances its liberal arts curriculum with preparation for the professional world.

Online Master’s of Business Administration in Information Technology Overview

Franklin Pierce University’s online M.B.A. was designed as an 18-24 month course of study, but can be completed in one year on the program’s accelerated track. The curriculum blends the necessary skills and tenets of both the business and IT fields to prepare future leaders in the technological industry. The Business Core includes coursework in leadership, company ethics, finance, marketing, and management, while the Information Technology courses emphasize network technologies, data communications, and systems analysis and design. 39-credit hours are required for program completion.

Accreditation

Franklin Pierce University is regionally accredited by the New England Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition: $25,155

#18. Regis University

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Formerly known as Regis College, Regis University is a private Jesuit university located in Denver, Colorado. Founded in Las Vegas in 1877 by a group of exiled Italian Jesuits, the school adopted the name Regis in 1921 in honor of John Francis Regis, a 17th-century Jesuit who worked with the poor in Southern France. Regis has a long history of charity and community service and has hosted Bill Clinton, Pope John Paul II, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Nobel Peace Prize winner Betty Williams, and His Holiness, the Dalai Lama of Tibet.

Online Master’s of Science in Database Technologies and Master’s of Science in Information Technology Management Overview

Regis University’s online M.S. in Database Technologies and M.S. in Information Technology Management are both 36-credit programs found within the College of Computer and Information Sciences. The M.S. in Database Technologies emphasizes competency of the structure and architecture of database systems and prepares students to manage and develop database applications. Required courses include Database Architecture and Concepts, Information Technology Concepts, IT Research Methods, and more. Students may choose from a variety of electives including PL/SQL Programming, Database Backup and Recovery, and Database Performance Tuning, among others. The degree program will culminate in either a capstone project, a written thesis, or an advanced database practicum. The online M.S. in Information Technology Management was developed for prospective leaders in the technical and business fields. Students will choose one emphasis area to focus their program according to their professional goals. Emphasis areas include Agile Technologies, Cybersecurity, Data Science, Database Administration, Database Design, Enterprise Resource Planning, Healthcare Informatics, Information Assurance Policy Management, Software Engineering, and Systems Engineering. Required coursework includes classes such as Emerging Technologies, Ethics in Information Technology, and Enterprise Architecture. This degree program also culminates in either a capstone project, written thesis, or advanced information technology management practicum.

Accreditation

Regis University is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition: $25,200

#19. Colorado State University

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Colorado State University is a public research university located in Fort Collins, Colorado. Founded in 1870 as an agricultural college, the main campus sits on 583 acres at the base of the Rocky Mountains. CSU alumni include astronauts, Pulitzer Prize winners, and two former governors of the state. 92% of previous students at Colorado State University’s online campus say that completion of their degree program contributed to their financial goals, and 89% would recommend the online campus to a friend or family member.

Online Master’s of Science in Computer Information Systems Overview

Colorado State University’s M.C.I.S. is offered completely online for working professionals. This program boasts excellent job placement – almost 100% of recent graduates were placed in the IT field. A minimum of 33-credits must be completed to complete the degree, and requisite courses include Information Technology and Project Management, Enterprise Commuting and Systems Integration, IT Communications Infrastructure, Business Database Systems, and more. Students may complete the program in as few as 1.5 years, or may attend part-time and take as long as five years to finish.

Accreditation

Colorado State University is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition: $25,410

#20. Florida Institute of Technology

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Located in Melbourne, Florida and founded in 1958, the Florida Institute of Technology is a private doctoral-research university well-known for its programs in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The schools serves approximately 5,000 students on-campus almost equally divided between undergraduate and graduate programs. Ranked among the best national doctoral-granting universities in the United States, Florida Tech has more than 60,000 alumni. These include a director of a NASA center, five astronauts and several candidates, a National Teacher of the Year recipient, the first female four-star general, and other professionals that work as pilots, scientists, engineers, and managers in many high-technology enterprises.

Online Master’s of Science in Information Technology and Master’s of Science in Information Assurance and Cybersecurity Overview

FIT offers an online M.S. in Information Technology and an M.S. in Information Assurance and Cybersecurity from the College of Engineering and the Department of Computer Sciences. The M.S. in Information Technology will enable professionals who desire to move into a leadership role to do so; possible positions include Director of Information Technology, IT Architect and Systems Manager, Data Processing Manager, Systems Software Manager, and Chief Information Officer. Students will take, as requisite courses, Financial Accounting, Corporate Finance, Organizational Behavior, Information Systems, Global Information Technology Management, and more. Electives include Database Systems Management, Computer Systems Administration, and Management of Software Systems. Graduates of FIT’s M.S. in Information Assurance and Cybersecurity Overview will be capable of working as Computer Security Specialists, Computer Forensic Investigators, Threat Intelligence Analysts, Security Operations Managers, Cybercrime Technology Directors, and other positions in the field of data security. Required courses include Computer and Information Security, Host and Application Security, Secure Data Communications, and more. Directed elective courses include Data Mining for Cybersecurity, Biometric Authentication Technologies, Secure Web Services, Secure Software Development, and Cryptography and Information Hiding. Both IT programs require 33-credit hours for program completion.

Accreditation

Florida Institute of Technology is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition: $25,641

#21. The University of Georgia

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Established in 1785, The University of Georgia is a public research university located on 759 acres in Athens, Georgia and is considered a public Ivy. Athens is home to the bands R.E.M. and Widespread Panic, and for the past twenty years has hosted the annual AthFest, a music and arts festival held downtown. UGA enrolls over 35,000 students and has more than 275,000 living alumni – among these 275,000 are nine Pulitzer Prize winners, eighteen presidents or provosts of colleges and universities, and 25 governors of Georgia, Olympic athletes, renowned professors, CEO’s, actors, artists, and scientists.

Online Master’s of Science in Internet Technology Overview

A business management and IT hybrid degree from UGA’s Terry College of Business, the online M.S. in Internet Technology is aimed at working professionals who are ready to take on leadership and management positions in the field. The program is AACSB-accredited, and required coursework includes Digital Business Technology, Database Management, Internet Programming, Project Management, User Experience Strategy, and more. Most students will complete the partially self-paced program in two years. Before beginning their course of study, students must have an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution, including an introductory course in Java syntax and programming concepts.

Accreditation

The University of Georgia is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition: $26,400

#22. Marist College

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Marist College is situated on the east bank of the Hudson River in Poughkeepsie, New York. Established in 1905 as a Catholic school, the college is no longer affiliated with the Catholic Church, though Catholicism plays an integral part in the lives of many students and instructors. Marist is quite selective, with an acceptance rate of new freshman at only 30%.

Online Master’s of Science in Information Systems Overview

Marist College’s online M.S. in Information Systems is identical to the on-campus program, and is likewise available with the option of two tracks: Information Systems Management and Information Technology Management. Within these two tracks, Marist emphasizes specific topics related to the overall field of Information Systems – these include the review and analysis of client requirements, designing and developing information systems, and implementing information systems applications. Examples of required coursework includes Information Analysis, Systems Design, and Information Systems Policy. Students must complete approximately 36-credit hours to graduate.

Accreditation

Marist College is regionally accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition: $27,000

#23. University of North Carolina at Greensboro

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The University of North Carolina at Greensboro is a public liberal arts university located in North Carolina and is part of the University of North Carolina system. UNC Greensboro is home to the Weatherspoon Art Museum, one of the largest collections of modern American art in the nation. Founded in 1891 by Charles Duncan McIver – campaigner for women’s education – the university was originally an all-female institution and in 1949, the largest in the country. Men were first admitted in 1963, when the school – no longer the Women’s College of the University of North Carolina – received its current moniker. UNC Greensboro has been recognized by The Princeton Review, Forbes, Kiplinger’s, and the U.S. News & World Report for its value and excellence.

Online Master’s of Science in Information Technology and Management Overview

UNCG’s Bryan School offers an online M.S. in Information Technology and Management designed to give students the skills to deal with complex business problems in the workplace. The curriculum emphasizes the intersection between business and technology, and students are taught managerial skills and human resources, enabling graduates to contribute to the work in solving holistic problems within a workplace, rather than only technological issues.

Accreditation

The University of North Carolina at Greensboro is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition: $27,606

#24. Robert Morris University

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Robert Morris University was founded in 1921 and is a private school located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The namesake of Robert Morris, one of the men who signed the Declaration of Independence, the university offers approximately 10 bachelor’s degrees and 15 master’s degrees in a fully online format, along with over 80 degrees offered on campus.

Online Master’s of Science in Data Analytics, Master’s of Science in Information Technology Project Management, Master’s of Science in Internet Information Systems, and Master’s of Science in Information Security and Assurance Overview

Robert Morris University offers four distinct distance degrees in the IT field. The M.S. in Data Analytics extends the concepts in information systems management to the tools, concepts and processes used to collect, store, and support organizational decisions from external information sources. The M.S. in Information Technology Project Management prepares students to become leaders in the fast-paced and quickly changing modern IT world. The M.S. in Internet Information Systems prepares IT professionals to develop and maintain effective information systems for modern businesses. Finally, RMU’s M.S. in Information Security and Assurance prepares graduates to recognize potential threats and vulnerabilities in operating systems, and to design and implement systems that are consistent and reliable.

Accreditation

Robert Morris University is regionally accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition: $27,885

#25. Champlain College

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Founded in 1878, Champlain College is a private undergraduate college located in Burlington, Vermont. Along with its on-campus programs, the school offers non-traditional distance-learning degrees. Champlain College has been distinguished by the U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review and was recently named the number one “Up-and-Comer” regional college in the North.

Online Master’s of Science in Computer Forensics Overview

Champlain College offers a completely online M.S. in Computer Forensics to develop innovative methodology and use existing tools to employ digital evidence in criminal investigations. This program was recently ranked first nationally by SC Magazine, and its curriculum was written and developed by top experts and veterans in the field; the school’s faculty represents a range of professionals in the intersecting fields of IT and law enforcement, including FBI agents, police officers, attorneys, and corporate consultants. Requisite coursework includes Research Methodology, The Strategic Language of Business, Scripting for Digital Forensics, Incident Response and Network Forensics, and more. Students choose from electives including Malware Analysis, Mobile Device Analysis, and Digital Forensic for Civil Litigation. 36-credit hours are required for graduation.

Accreditation

Champlain College is regionally accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

Tuition: $28,152

#26. University of Denver

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Founded in 1864, the University of Denver is the oldest private university in the Rocky Mountain Region. The former Governor of the Colorado Territory, John Evans, established DU as a Methodist seminary when Denver was only a mining camp, but by 1880 the seminary had evolved into the University of Denver. The 125-acre campus houses many historic buildings that were built in the late 1800’s, including University Hall and the Chamberlin Observatory. The University of Denver has been lauded by the U.S. News & World Report, BusinessWeek, Poets & Writers magazine, Aspen Institute’s Beyond Grey Pinstripes, and Foreign Policy Magazine.

Online Master’s of Science in Telecommunications Technology, Master’s of Science in Technology Management, Master’s of Science in Information Systems Security, and Master’s of Science in Database Design and Administration Overview

The University of Denver offers four distinct online postgraduate degree programs related to the study of information technology: an M.S. in Telecommunications Technology, an M.S. in Technology Management, an M.S. in Information Systems Security, and an M.S. in Database Design and Administration. Classes are offered in ten-week increments, and all programs culminate in either a capstone project or seminar. All programs are offered from the Department of Information and Communications Technology and require that 48 quarter hours be completed prior to graduation.

Accreditation

The University of Denver is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition: $28,752

#27. Penn State World Campus

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Established in 1855, Pennsylvania State University is a state-related research university with 24 statewide campuses. In 2010, the university’s enrollment, including online learners, totaled 94,300 students. Pennsylvania State University World Campus is often referred to as “Penn State Online” and is the virtual campus of Pennsylvania State University. The World Campus was founded in 1998, but Pennsylvania State University has been offering distance education courses since 1892, when it developed one of the nation’s pioneer correspondence study programs for statewide farmers.

Online Master’s of Professional Studies in Information Sciences Overview

Pennsylvania State’s Master’s of Professional Studies in Information Sciences is available as an 33-credit online degree with an emphasis in Cybersecurity and Information Assurance. The curriculum centers around modern information sharing, data protection and retrieval, and information analysis. Courses include Web and Internet Information Retrieval, Computer and Cyber Forensics, Information Security Management, Network Security, and more. Alumni have gone on to work as intel analysts, enterprise architects, catastrophe risk analysts, cyber network security engineers, and IT consulting managers.

Accreditation

Pennsylvania State University is regionally accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition: $29,436

#28. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

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Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University is a public research university located in Blacksburg, Virginia on approximately 2,600 acres. Approximately 31,000 students are enrolled in over 225 undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Virginia Tech was founded in 1872 as an agricultural and mechanical college, and has since evolved into the third-largest university in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Repeatedly granted accolades by the U.S. News & World Report, Virginia Tech’s internationally-renowned disciplines include engineering, agricultural and life sciences, business, architecture and urban studies, wildlife and fisheries, public administration and policy, and education.

Online Master’s of Science in Information Technology Overview

Virginia Tech’s College of Engineering and Pamplin College of Business offer an online M.S. in Information Technology that combines coursework in seven related IT subtypes: Health Information Systems, Software Development, Information Security, Decision Support Systems, Business Information Systems, Networking, and Telecommunications. Core courses include Computer System Architecture, Leadership in Tech-based Organizations, Object-Oriented Analysis and Design, Software Engineering, and more. Concentration areas that correspond with the aforementioned subtypes, referred to as modules, are offered as elective courses.

Accreditation

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University is regionally accredited by he Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition: $29,700

#29. Nova Southeastern University

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Nova Southeastern University’s main campus is situated in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. A nonsectarian research university, NSU is the nation’s eighth-largest not-for-profit private university. Founded in the 1960s, the land occupied by the university was formerly a naval training airfield built during World War II. The campus also hosts the “University School of Nova Southeastern University”, a college preparatory school that serves grades Pre-Kindergarten through 12. NSU’s online programs are in full compliance with the Southern Regional Education Board’s set of Principles of Good Practice for electronic campuses.

Online Master’s of Science in Information Technology and Master’s of Science in Information Security Overview

Nova Southeastern University offers an online M.S. in Information Technology emphasizing organizational information systems, application technologies, systems infrastructure, and software methods and technologies. The 36-hour program can be completed in one year by full-time students, and in less than two years by part-time students. Alumni have gone on to work as business intelligence analysts, network administrators, IT analysts, software developers, and more. Nova’s M.S. in Information Security – also a 36-credit degree program – is aimed at prospective students who wish to design, program, and implement cyber security technologies that protect information systems. Recognized by the U.S. National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security, the M.S.I.S. program turns out graduates who not only work in the corporate sector as security officers, compliance managers, and security administrators, but also as military personnel.

Accreditation

Nova Southeastern University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition: $29,952

#30. University of Bridgeport

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Located in the South End neighborhood of Bridgeport, Connecticut, the racially-diverse, picturesque University of Bridgeport was established in 1927. The school experienced rapid growth after the Vietnam War due to the G.I. Bill, and in 1969, enrollment peaked at almost 10,000 students. The school currently enrolls approximately 5,000 undergraduate and graduate students and boasts thirteen distinct schools, institutes, and colleges. Both The Washington Monthly and the U.S. News & World Report have ranked Bridgeport according to research, social mobility, program quality, and incoming students prior academic performance.

Online Master’s of Science in Technology Management Overview

The online M.S. in Technology Management at the University of Bridgeport combines technical and engineering skills with business fundamentals and leadership-oriented, team-building practices. In this way, the program is quite interdisciplinary in nature and was developed for students with a technical background. Courses are offered asynchronously, and these include Project Management, Statistical Quality Control Techniques, Leadership in Technical Enterprises, and Strategic Sourcing and Vendor Management, among others. The program culminates in a technology capstone and encourages students to demonstrate what they have learned over the course of the program from a multidisciplinary perspective.

Accreditation

The University of Bridgeport is regionally accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

Tuition: $30,000

#31. Lawrence Technological University

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Lawrence Technological University is a private urban university located in Southfield, Michigan. Over 3,000 students are enrolled in engineering, science, mathematics, architecture, graphic design, and business. The tech school was founded in 1922 as a college of engineering, and from the beginning, in theory and in practice, students were not barred from entering the program on the basis of race, religion, or national origin. Lawrence Tech has been favoranly recognized by The Princeton Review, Bloomberg-Businessweek, Architectural Record, and the U.S. News & World Report.

Online Master’s of Science in Information Technology Overview

Lawrence Technological University offers an online Master’s of Science in Information Technology from their College of Management. Students will complete coursework in application programming, information systems, network implementation and management, database and enterprise models, infrastructure, project management, and global leadership development. Students will choose one concentration from three offered: Business Analytics, Information Assurance, and Project Management.

Accreditation

Lawrence Technological University is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition: $31,500

#32. Brandeis University

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Named for Louis Brandeis, the first Jewish Justice of the Supreme Court, Brandeis University is a nonsectarian Jewish university located in Waltham, Massachusetts, just outside of Boston. The school was founded in 1948, and has been favorable recognized by Forbes and the U.S. News & World Report. During its inception, Brandeis University was associated with Albert Einstein and Eleanor Roosevelt.

Online Master’s of Science in Information Technology Management and Master’s of Science in Information Security Overview

Brandeis University’s 30-credit IT Management program consists of five integral courses and five electives; these include Professional Communications, Perspectives on Information Technology, Organizational Leadership and Decision Making, Legal and Ethical Practices in IT, and Procurement and Contract Management. Students may further customize their degree by choosing one of five specialization tracks: Managing Health Information, Securing IT Assets, Enterprise Technology Management, Software Design and Development, and Virtual Management. Graduates are prepared to work as system specialists, network engineers, business system analysts, project managers, general managers, help desk supervisors, and more. The online M.S. in Information Security is also a 30-credit program – six required courses and four electives are needed to graduate. Requisite courses include Leading Security in Complex Organizations, IT Security and Compliance, and Principles of Risk Management in IT Security. Electives include Software Security Testing and Code Assessment, and Information Technology Forensics and Investigations. Graduates work as software engineers, test engineers, cybersecurity engineers, systems support specialists, and more.

Accreditation

Brandeis University is regionally accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

Tuition: $32,250

#33. New Jersey Institute of Technology

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A public research university located in Newark, New Jersey, the New Jersey Institute of Technology was founded in 1881 by Newark’s inventors and industrialists. The school gradually evolved into a classic engineering college, grew to include an architecture school in the early 1970’s, and now functions as a technological university with one school and five colleges. NJIT currently enrolls over 10,000 students, and is recognized for attracting underrepresented students – often low-income, first-generation students – into STEM fields.

Online Master’s of Science in Business and Information Systems and Master’s of Science in Information Systems Overview

NJIT – pioneer of distance learning and the university that coined the term “virtual classroom” – offers two related information technology degrees. The distance M.S. in Business and Information Systems prepares students to work in computing and information systems in the business, government, and non-profit sectors. This particular degree combines the standard topics of information technology – databases, web design, and, software use – with business topics including accounting, finance, and business management. Students must choose from one of four specializations: Data Management, Business Decision Making, Security and Network Management, and Systems Analysis and Design. NJIT’s M.S. in Information Systems prepares students to work in any organization as the critical link between information technology and business operations. Specializations are available in Business Decision Making, Security and Network Management, User Experience Design, and Systems Analysis and Design. Graduates will have taken coursework in systems analysis, software engineering, management of information systems, and information and communication technologies. All prospective students must have a minimum G.P.A. of 2.8, or must present significant, related work experience completed since finishing an undergraduate degree. Applications are considered on an individual basis.

Accreditation

The New Jersey Institute of Technology is regionally accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition: $32,610

#34. Pace University

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Pace University is a hundred-year-old private, not-for-profit institution located in the New York metropolitan area. The institution was founded in lower Manhattan by the brothers Pace as a school of accountancy and business; the first class consisted of just thirteen men and women. Notable alumni include actress Stephanie Andujar, poets Rosario Ferre and Olga Nolla, Richard Grasso of the New York Stock Exchange, and TV cook Rachel Ray.

Online Master’s of Science in Internet Technology Overview

Pace University offers an interdisciplinary thirty-credit M.S. in Internet Technology emphasizing global business and the growing need for professionals with the ability to develop internet technology. The degree is offered from the Seidenberg School of CSIS, and coursework is offered in Java Enterprise Edition technology, Web server technology, e-commerce technology, cyber/Web security, and more. Three concentration tracks are available for further specialization of the degree, these include Cybersecurity, E-Commerce, and Internet Technology. Thirty-credit hours are required for graduation, and students need not have an academic or professional background in information technology or computer science.

Accreditation

Pace University is regionally accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition: $35,100

#35. Missouri University of Science and Technology

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Located in Rolla, Missouri, and part of the University of Missouri System, the Missouri University of Science and Technology was founded in 1870 as a technological school focused primarily on metallurgy and mining. The school was recently recognized by Popular Science for its Experimental Mine, and ranks much higher than both the state and national averages when comparing freshman’s ACT scores. In 2014, USA Today ranked the university #3 among the top engineering schools nationwide. Missouri S&T’s century-old elaborate celebrations of St. Patrick’s Day and notably successful all-college Mine Rescue Team – regularly competing in simulated mine disasters – are among the school’s more interesting factoids.

Online Master’s of Science in Information Science and Technology Overview

Missouri S&T offers a 30-credit distance M.S. in Information Science and Technology with only four required core courses. This allows students to actively participate in the personalization of their degree, leading to more invested students and better professional outcomes. Eleven concentration areas are offered in the form of graduate certificates – prospective students may begin taking coursework for one of the certificates without being officially accepted into the M.S.I.S.T. proper, and in doing so, qualify out of having to take the GRE by maintaining a grade of B or higher throughout that process. Graduate certificates include Business Analytics and Data Science, Business Intelligence, Digital Media, Digital Supply Chain Management, Electronic and Social Commerce, Enterprise Resource Planning, Human-Computer Interaction, Human Systems Integration, Management and Leadership, Mobile Business and Technology, and Project Management.

Accreditation

The Missouri University of Science and Technology is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition: $35,835

#36. The University of Wisconsin-Stout

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The University of Wisconsin-Stout was founded in 1891 in Menomonie, Wisconsin by lumber magnate James Huff Stout. Part of the larger University of Wisconsin System, the university currently enrolls almost 10,000 on-campus students. Approximately 30 of the University of Wisconsin-Stout’s on-campus degrees are also available through their distance-learning program.

Online Master’s of Science in Information and Communication Technologies Overview

Wisconsin’s Polytechnic University, UW-Stout, offers a completely online M.S. in Information and Communication Technologies. Thirty-credit hours are required for graduation, and offers five specialization tracks including Computer Networking, Digital Marketing Technology, Enterprise Technology, Learning Technologies, and Visual Communications. Students will leave the program with competency in conducting and interpreting research, analyzing and even predicting certain issues and trends in ICT, and understanding how ICT affects global transformation.

Accreditation

The University of Wisconsin-Stout is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition: $37,368

#37. Florida State University

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A space-grant, land-grant and public research university, Florida State University was founded in 1851 and is located in Tallahassee, the state’s capital. FSU is renowned for its prestigious faculty which includes recipients of the Nobel Prize, the Pulitzer Prize, Guggenheim Fellowships, and Academy Awards. A diverse conglomeration of Florida State’s academic programs are nationally ranked – the school has received accolades in the sciences, social policy, engineering, film, theatre, dance, business, political science, psychology, social work, medicine, and law. Florida State University is considered a “Budget Ivy,” and has been recently recognized by USA Today, the Princeton eeview, The Academic Ranking of World Universities, and U.S. News & World Report. Most of FSU’s degree programs rank nationally among the top 25 public universities.

Online Master’s of Science in Information Technology and Master’s of Science in Management Information Systems Overview

Florida State University’s College of Communication and Information offers a distance postgraduate degree in Information Technology. 32-credit hours are required for graduation, and specializations are offered in Technology and Networking, Large-Scale Data Management, User-Centered Design, Web Design, and Leadership and Management. Personalize specializations can be developed along with a program mentor to suit an individual’s professional needs. A Master’s of Science in Management Information Systems is offered from FSU’s College of Business with an emphasis on developing management, analytical, and technical skills in working professionals who have no less than three years related professional experience. Both degree programs will take students an average of 24 months to complete.

Accreditation

Florida State University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition: $39,986

#38. University of Southern California

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The University of Southern California is a private research university in Los Angeles. Originally founded in 1880 in affiliation with the Methodist Church, USC has had no official religious association since the early 1950’s. The school currently enrolls 19,000 undergraduates and 24,000 posts graduates, and counts 181 Fulbright Scholars, eight Rhodes Scholars, three MacArthur Fellows, five Nobel Laureates, one Turing Award winner, 78 Academy Award winners, 119 Emmy Award winners, one winner of the National Humanities Medal, three winners of the National Medal of Science, three winners of the National Medal of Arts, and two winners of the National Medal of Technology and Innovation among its alumni and teaching faculty.

Online Master’s of Cyber Security Overview

The USC Viterbi School of Engineering offers a Master’s of Cyber Security for graduate students interested in working in networking operations or pursuing a PhD in information security. Alumni have gone on to work in homeland security, computer engineering, computer software engineering, information security, computer systems, software development, computer architecture, network administration, and intelligence analysis. Coursework includes Foundations of Information Security, Applications of Cryptography and Cryptanalysis, Security Systems, Secure Systems Engineering, Computer and Network Forensics, and more. Most students will complete the program in eighteen months to three years.

Accreditation

The University of Southern California is regionally accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

Tuition: $47,898

#39. Drexel University

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Drexel University was founded in 1891 as the Drexel Institute of Art, Science, and Industry and has three campuses in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and one in Sacramento, California. In 1970 the school obtained university status. Drexel University has offered online courses since 1996 and is recognized as one of the nation’s pioneers in distance learning.

Online Master’s of Science in Information Systems Overview

Drexel University’s online 45-credit Master’s of Science in Information Systems emphasizes design, analysis, implementation, and assessment of information systems. Required courses include Software Development, Database Management, Distributed Computing and Networking, and Information Systems Management, among others. Students will choose four electives from courses including XML and Databases, Introduction to System Dynamics, Social and Collaborative Computing, Information Retrieval Systems, Digital Libraries, Data Mining, Intro to Web Programming, Issues in Informatics, and many more. Upon program completion, graduates will be prepared to work in senior-level positions in the information systems field.

Accreditation

Drexel University is regionally accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition: $52,067

#40. Carnegie Mellon University, Heinz College

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Founded by Andrew Carnegie in 1900 as Carnegie Technical Schools, the institution merged with the Mellon Institute of Industrial Research in 1967 and thereby gained university status. The 140-acre urban campus is located just a few miles outside of downtown Pittsburgh in a neighborhood boasting the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, the Carnegie Music Hall, and the main branch of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh. Carnegie Mellon has long been considered the best research facility in the nation – in 2006 alone the university spent $315 million on such funding. A relatively small institution, approximately 14,000 students are currently attending Carnegie Mellon, including postgraduates. There are over 92,000 living alumni, and total alumni includes 19 Nobel Laureates, 98 Emmy Award recipients, 7 Academy Award recipients, 39 Tony Awards recipients, 50 members of NAE, and 13 members of NAS. Prominent alumni include Andy Warhol, astronauts Judith Resnik (of the Challenger disaster) and Edgar Mitchell (of Apollo 14), and John Forbes Nash, winner of the 1948 Nobel Prize in Economics and subject of book and film A Beautiful Mind.

Online Master’s of Science in Information Technology Management and Master’s of Science in Information Security and Assurance Overview

Heinz College at Carnegie Mellon University offers two relevant distance track master’s degrees in information technology. Both master’s of science degrees are only available on a part-time basis, and twelve semester-long courses are required for graduation. Carnegie Mellon University’s MSIT combines a traditional graduate-level IT curriculum with a management and administration focus; classes include Enterprise Architecture, Data Warehousing, Defensive Hacking, Global IT Management, and more. The online Master’s in Information Security and Assurance prepares students to become professionals in the field of data privacy and risk management. Mandatory classes include – to name just a few – Cybersecurity in Critical Infrastructure, Privacy in the Digital Age, and Internet Security, and available electives include Decision making Under Uncertainty, Tech Startup, and Digital Transformation, among others.

Accreditation

Carnegie Mellon University is regionally accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.

Tuition: $68,680