Top 10 Masters Programs in IT

The schools appearing on this Top 10 Masters Programs in IT all offer students a challenging curriculum which will help prepare them for the next phase in their respective careers. Some of them recognize that adults learners may not want to take time away from work to study on a full-time basis and offer flexible schedules to meet their needs.

Featured Programs

#1 Carnegie Mellon University

Executive Summary

Carnegie Mellon’s Heinz College holds the No. 1 rank for Information Technology and Management by U.S. News & World Report.

Tuition

Students who choose the MSIT program at Carnegie Mellon will pay $20,226 for each of the three terms required to complete their degree.

Unique Features

The school offers a challenging, part-time Master’s program designed for working adults. Students can apply the concepts they are learning on the job right away.

Concentrations

Information Technology Management
Information Security and Assurance
Software Design and Management

#2 Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Executive Summary

Established in 1861, MIT is a private research university. Its Sloan School of Management was ranked as the best school in the country for information systems programs by U.S. News & World Report for 2011.

Tuition

Students who choose to attend MIT will pay $52,900 in tuition costs.

Unique Features

The Master’s degree program at MIT was developed to meet the learning needs of mid-career professionals. Students accepted to this school can expect to be working with a rigorous curriculum which will allow them to improve on their critical thinking skills and leadership abilities.

Concentrations

Management and Technology
System Design and Management

#3 Strayer University

Executive Summary

Strayer University has developed programs with working adults in mind. Most students at Strayer are also working full-time. They reflect the school’s motto: “Only the Driven.”

Tuition

Graduate school students at Strayer pay $2,250 per course.

Unique Features

Students can study part time and at their own rate. Most of them complete their Master’s degree in 4.5 years.

Concentrations

Computer Security Management
Decision Support System Management
Enterprise Resource Management
Network Management
Software Engineering Management
Systems Development Management

#4 Harvard University

Executive Summary

The No. 1 ranked school in the nation offers a Master’s degree programs in Information Technology through its Extension School. Only 260 degree candidates are admitted each year.

Tuition

The cost of each graduate credit course is $1,950.

Unique Features

Courses are taught by an expert faculty and students can choose to take some of the ones required for a degree online if they wish.

Concentrations

Software Engineering
Information Management Systems
Mathematics and Computation
Digital Media Arts and Instructional Design

#5 Rochester Institute of Technology

Executive Summary

RIT is a school which wants to attract students who are excited about getting an education and who want to be well prepared for future career opportunities. It has been named as one of America’s “Most Connected Campuses” by the Princeton Review.

Tuition

The cost of an academic year (three quarters) is $34,659.

Unique Features

The curriculum for the Masters program is flexible enough to allow students a great deal of leeway in choosing courses which fit their interests and career goals.

Concentrations

Technology Management
Information Systems
e-Commerce
Telecommunications Technology
Automated Manufacturing
Health Systems Administration
Computer Graphics

#6 Bentley University

Executive Summary

Bentley is rated as one of the best graduate schools in New England and the nation by U.S. News & World Report.

Tuition

This school charges $3,528 per three-credit course.

Unique Features

MSIT students get a good foundation in software development using JSP, J2EE and Java, as well as project and database management.

#7 Virginia Tech

Executive Summary

Virginia Tech is a nationally-recognized university offering a Master’s program designed for working adults who are interested in studying on a part-time basis.

Tuition

Virginia residents pay $558.25 per credit hour for graduate school programs. Non-Virginia residents are charged $1,083.25 per credit hour.

Unique Features

The VTMIT program can be completed in less than three years. Students can study online, but must adhere to a specific schedule which includes being available for discussions on different topics.

Concentrations

Information Security
Networking
Software Development
Business Information Systems
Telecommunications

#8 University of Phoenix

Executive Summary

The University of Phoenix is the largest private university in North America. Its programs were developed specifically for working adults.

Tuition

The school charges $715 per credit. The cost of a two-year Master’s program is $30,030.

Unique Features

The curriculum for this program was developed by the Association of Information Systems and the Association of Computing Machinery. All students enrolled in this program must have at least three years of work experience.

#9 Duquesne University

Executive Summary

Duquesne appears on multiple lists of the best schools in the country for different areas of study. It has been named as one of the top 10 Catholic Universities in the U.S.

Tuition

The cost of a three-credit course is $2,076 ($692 per credit).

Unique Features

This university offers a Master’s of Science in Leadership with a concentration in Information Technology. The curriculum is evenly split between organizational management and IT courses.

#10 University of Texas El Paso

Executive Summary

UTEP has grown considerably since its humble beginnings as a mining school in 1914. This Tier One school is known for being a respected research university.

Tuition

Tuition at UTEP is $400.93 per credit hour for resident students and $738.93 per credit hour for non-resident learners.

Unique Features

Students have the option of choosing a coursework or thesis option. Emergency tuition loans are available to help students pay for the cost of their education.

Featured Programs

1. American InterContinenal University - Master's (MIT) - Information Assurance and Security
2. Colorado Technical University - MS - Information Technology
3. Walden University - MS - Information Systems