Online Master of Science in Information Technology (IT)

Earning a Master of Science in information technology online will equip you to become a technology leader who drives business strategy, defines investment priorities and leads successful teams.  As a graduate, you’ll be skilled in topics ranging from data science to cybersecurity, preparing you to advance your information technology career.

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Quick facts

Next start date:

Next start date: 08/22/2024


Total classes:

Total classes: 10

Weeks per class:

Weeks per class: 7.5-15

Total credit hours:

Total credit hours: 30

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What you’ll learn in this online IT master’s program

In this program, you’ll gain the technical competencies needed to design and develop information systems that connect people, processes and technology. You’ll gain a greater technical depth in areas such as data science, cloud computing, cybersecurity and more. Built for customization, you will select from two interest areas to direct your learning. This ensures your coursework is relevant to your information technology career goals. Available focus areas include:

  • Information systems management
    • In this focus area, you’ll learn concepts and technical skills that emphasize data science and cover topics such as big data, data visualization, data analytics and natural language processing. Courses you’ll take include: IFT 511 Analyzing Big Data, IFT 512 Advanced Analytics for Big Data/AI, IFT 533 Data Visualization and Reporting, and IFT 536 Natural Language Processing.
  • Information technology security
    • In this focus area, you’ll learn concepts and technical skills that emphasize cybersecurity, covering topics such as information assurance, database security, security analysis and network forensics. Courses you’ll take include: IFT 523 Network Forensics, IFT 543 Security Compliance, IFT 560 Cloud Architecture, and IFT 562 Cloud Security and Operations.

Who’s a good candidate for this program?

Ideal candidates for this IT master’s program include those who are interested in cloud computing, cybersecurity, data science, natural language processing, software development and computer architecture. Previous experience working in IT roles is preferred, such as full-stack developer, network administrator, systems administrator, security administrator and network architect.

Additionally, prior experience with programming languages is essential for success. Some of the languages you’ll need to apply include Java, JavaScript, Python and Linux. You must be able to demonstrate your understanding of foundational principles of programming, networking, security and databases. Other qualities that support succeeding in this program include problem-solving capabilities, critical thinking, inquisitiveness and self-motivation.

Information technology: A in-demand and well-paid career path

Information technology experts are needed across a wide range of industries, with the field expected to continue expanding. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), employment in roles related to computer and information technology are expected to grow 15% from 2022 to 2023, which is much faster than average for all occupations.

The BLS reported that the median annual pay in this group of occupations was $100,530 in May 2022. That’s more than double the median earnings of all occupations, which was $46,310 in the same time period. Additionally, earning a master’s in information technology will provide you with an in-depth understanding of your area of specialty. You’ll graduate with enhanced expertise and credibility in information technology, allowing you more flexibility in selecting your next career opportunity.

Will my diploma say 'online'?

No, Arizona State University’s diplomas don’t specify whether you earn your degree online or in person. All diplomas and transcripts simply say “Arizona State University.”

IT master’s courses

The curriculum for this master’s in information technology includes a variety of technology-focused disciplines, including data science, cybersecurity, cloud computing, natural language processing, and agile system development. Alongside your nine credit hours of core education, you’ll choose elective courses that align with your focus area.


Core

Advanced Database Management Systems


Core

Advanced Information Systems Security


Core

Information Systems Development


Core

Principles of Computer and Information Technology Architecture


Elective

Analyzing Big Data


Elective

Data Visualization & Reporting


Elective

Security Compliance


Elective

Middleware Programming and Database Security


The jobs you can get with a master’s in information technology

This program can equip you for leadership positions across many disciplines in information technology. Upon graduating, you’ll feel confident contributing to business strategies, protecting an organization's workforce and developing investments. Popular career paths in the IT field include, but aren’t limited to:

Data analyst

Database architect

Data engineer

DevOps engineer

Full stack developer

Network/cloud engineer

Network forensics engineer

Security engineer

Software engineer

Learn from internationally recognized engineering faculty

Of the 350+ faculty members in Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, the majority have been honored with the highest awards in their fields. Faculty milestones include:

  • More than 42 NSF CAREER Awards for early career faculty in the last five years.
  • National Academy of Engineering members.
  • National Academy of Sciences member.
  • National Academy of Inventors members.
  • National Academy of Construction members.

Learn from internationally recognized engineering faculty

Of the 350+ faculty members in Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, the majority have been honored with the highest awards in their fields. Faculty milestones include:

  • More than 42 NSF CAREER Awards for early career faculty in the last five years.
  • National Academy of Engineering members.
  • National Academy of Sciences member.
  • National Academy of Inventors members.
  • National Academy of Construction members.

How to apply

Applicants to the Master of Science in information technology program must fulfill the requirements of both the Graduate College and the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering.

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Use our calculator to estimate your full-time or part-time tuition fees for this program prior to any financial aid. Keep in mind that most of our students receive financial aid, which can reduce out-of-pocket costs. Learn more.

Tuition calculator

Use our calculator to estimate your full-time or part-time tuition fees for this program prior to any financial aid. Keep in mind that most of our students receive financial aid, which can reduce out-of-pocket costs. Learn more.

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