School and Ranking Information
There are no schools located in or within 50 miles of Grand Rapids, MI, that provide programs in information technology. A few institutions with these programs are found beyond 50 miles from the city's limits. Based on ranking, student population and number of degrees conferred in the field of study, the following university is considered a top school in the Grand Rapids area for information technology degree programs:
- Winner: Central Michigan University is the largest school in terms of student enrollment within 75 miles of Grand Rapids that offers degrees in information technology. It also awards more degrees in information technology than any other school in the Grand Rapids area. Students can earn a bachelor's or master's degree in this subject.
School Info Chart
|Category||Central Michigan University|
|Ranking||#194 (tie) Best National Universities (2015)*|
|Location||Mount Pleasant, Michigan|
|School Type||4-year, public|
|Tuition & Fees (2013-2014)||Undergrad: $11,220 (in-state); $23,670 (out-of-state)**|
|Information Technology Degrees Offered||Bachelor's and master's|
|Information Technology Degrees Awarded (all levels) in 2012-2013||96**|
|Most Popular Information Technology Degree in 2012-2013||Bachelor's (55 awarded)**|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2007 Entering Class||59%**|
|Noteworthy||Master of Science in Information Systems program accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business-International|
Sources: *U.S. News and World Report; **NCES College Navigator; ***Central Michigan University
Central Michigan University
- Internship opportunities available
- Distance learning option offered in the master's degree program in information technology
- Department of Computer Science offers advanced special-purpose labs
- Students can join the student chapter of the Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP)
Central Michigan University offers over 200 undergraduate and graduate degree programs to more than 21,000 students each year. The university's Department of Computer Science offers a bachelor's degree in information technology. Students seeking an advanced degree in this field will find a master's degree in information systems offered in the College of Business Administration.
Students of the Bachelor of Science in Information Technology program choose from two groups of three courses that have to do with programming. Other required courses include multimedia design, computer networks, data communications and applications of databases, as well as installing, configuring and supporting both hardware and software. These are followed by either an internship or independent study. Additionally, students must choose a specialization in networking and data communication, designing games and multimedia applications, developing Web applications or a custom track.
Intended for students with no background in information technology or computer science, the Master of Science in Information Systems program contains a core curriculum offering study in systems analysis, application development, database management and business systems. Areas of concentration are offered in business informatics, enterprise systems or accounting information systems. Concentration coursework could address such topics as business intelligence, global systems and accounting software management.