School and Ranking Information
Students seeking an information technology education in and near Denver can choose from 2- and 4-year colleges and universities, technical schools and for-profit institutions. Based on rankings, graduation rates and number of degrees awarded, the following schools are considered the top three for information technology studies in Denver:
- Winner: Its high national rankings place the University of Denver at the top of the list. In addition to bachelor's and master's degree programs in information technology, the university offers certificates in the field of study.
- Runner Up #1: Though it is unranked, Emily Griffith Technical College earns the first runner up spot because it has the highest graduation rate and the lowest tuition among the three schools. The college has a relevant certificate program for those interested in a career as a computer support technician.
- Runner Up #2: Regis University is named the third best option because it has the lowest graduation rate. It does grant the highest number of degrees in information technology and is a regionally ranked school. Students can earn a bachelor's degree, master's degree or graduate certificate in information technology.
School Comparison Chart
|Category||University of Denver||Emily Griffith Technical College||Regis University|
|Rankings|| #91 among the best national universities in 2014*
#10 among the top up-and-coming schools, nationally, in 2014*
|N/A||#27 among the best regional universities in the West in 2014*|
|Location||Denver, CO||Denver, CO||Denver, CO|
|School Type||4-year, private not for profit||<2-year, public||4-year, private not-for-profit|
|Tuition & Fees (2012-13)|| $39,177 (undergraduate),
|$4,074 (annual tuition and fees for the computer program)**||$31,800 (undergraduate)**|
|Information Technology or Related Program Levels Offered||Certificates; bachelor's and master's degrees||Certificates||Certificates; Bachelor's and master's degrees|
|Information Technology or Related Degrees Awarded (All Levels) in (2011)||72**||10**||296**|
|Most Popular Information Technology or Related Program (2011-12)||Master's degree in information technology (63 awarded)**||Computer Support Technician Certificate (10 awarded)**||Master's degree in information technology management (189 awarded)**|
|Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time)||76% (2006 entering class)**||90% (2009 entering class)**||59% (2006 entering class)**|
Sources: *U.S. News and World Report, **NCES College Navigator.
Winner: University of Denver
- 11-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio as of 2012, according to the NCES
- University was building a new 110,000-square-foot engineering and computer science building as of 2013
- 78% of all undergraduates received some form of financial aid from 2011-12, according to the NCES
The University of Denver offers information technology programs through its Daniels College of Business and its University College of Professional and Continuing Studies. The business programs lead to a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Information Technology and Electronic Commerce or a minor in the same area of study. Course topics for the BSBA program include data analysis, database development, information systems design, using programming to aid in decision-making and project management, along with a core of business subjects.
The Bachelor of Arts in Information Technology program offered through the University College is a degree-completion program, and coursework is offered in the evenings or online. Areas of study include network fundamentals, programming, Web basics, databases and systems analysis. Graduate students can also pursue an information technology degree through the University College; areas of study include technology management, which is offered in both a master's degree format and a certificate format. The 48-credit master's-level program leads to a Master of Applied Science in Information and Communications Technology with a technology management concentration. Students explore IT topics such as information and communications technology trends, innovation management, information technology service assurance, Internet law and strategic technology management.
Runner-Up #1: Emily Griffith Technical College
- Student-to-faculty ratio of 12-to-1 as of 2012, according to the NCES
- Offers the lowest cost-per-credit in the area, according to the college
- Committed to educating all aspiring students; no high school transcripts or ACT/SAT scores are required for admission
At Emily Griffith Technical College, students interested in information technology can pursue a Computer Support Technician Certificate. The program covers computer hardware, Internet technologies, operating systems, networking, PC applications and customer service skills. At the end of the program, students will be ready to sit for the CompTIA A+ certification exam. Students can take courses on a flexible schedule, and individual courses may be taken without having to enroll in the entire program.
Runner-Up #2: Regis University
- 14-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio as of 2012, according to the NCES
- Among 28 universities nationwide that exemplify the Jesuit tradition of education, according to the university
- 99% of all undergraduates received financial aid in 2011-2012, according to the NCES
- Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET accredits the bachelor's degree program
At the undergraduate level, students at Regis University can pursue an information technology degree program leading to a Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems. This ABET-accredited program includes courses in information technology ethics, data structures, information technology project management, computer science basics and management information systems. The program is 128 credits long.
Students can further their management skills through the Master of Science in Information Technology Management program at Regis. The program examines technology development and teaches students to apply IT solutions to business problems. Courses are available in a traditional classroom or online format. Areas of study include enterprise architecture, global e-business, emerging technologies, information technology research methods and knowledge management. The capstone of the program is a real-world case study of an organization's information technology needs. A thesis is required.
Additionally, students might consider the Executive Information Technology Graduate Certificate program. Requiring 12 credit-hours of study, this online/on-campus program prepares students to help lead their organizations in new information technology initiatives. Course topics include many of the same subjects as in the master's degree program.