School and Ranking Information
Three of the five institutions offering educational programs related to information technology within a 30-mile radius of Des Moines, Iowa, are 4-year private schools. According to school type, program offerings and school rankings, the following is regarded as a top school in the Des Moines area for programs in information technology:
- Winner: Iowa State University is the lone 4-year public school offering programs in this discipline within 50 miles of Des Moines. The university offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in management information systems and information technology.
School Info Chart
|Category||Iowa State University|
|Rankings||Tied at #106 among National Universities (2015)*|
|School Type||4-year, public|
|Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2013-2014)||$7,726 (in-state), $20,278 (out-of-state)**|
|Information Technology Degrees Offered||Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate|
|Information Technology Degrees Awarded (all levels) in 2012-2013||92**|
|Most Popular Information Technology Degree Level in 2012-2013||Bachelor's (85 awarded)**|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2007 Entering Class||68%**|
|Noteworthy||Iowa State offers an MIS Club for students in the field to join***|
Sources: *U.S. News & World Report, **NCES College Navigator, ***Iowa State University
Iowa State University
- The business college is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business
- Iowa State's state-of-the-art business building covers more than 100,000 square feet and features advanced labs
- The College of Business has numerous scholarships to offer, including ones for studying overseas
Iowa State University has around 100 different academic programs and enrolls more than 33,000 students. This college has in excess of 800 different student groups and a student-to-faculty ratio of 19-to-1. IT-related programs are found in its College of Business , which offers an undergraduate program in management information systems, a Master of Science in Information Systems and a PhD with an available focus on information architecture.
The bachelor's program includes courses in project management and programming, with election options in areas like business analytics and infrastructure. Students in the MS program take courses in telecommunications and software development, along with data mining, strategic planning and the development of tools for process analysis. A research project is required, and the program is offered in both thesis and non-thesis options. The PhD program includes courses in three core topics: strategic management of technology and innovation, philosophy of science and organizational theory. Research projects and a dissertation are required.