Top Schools for Information Technology

Find out which top schools offer degree programs in information technology. Read about the academic options and training topics at four leading institutions, and use the list at the end of the resource to get an idea of which other schools in the U.S. offer programs in this specialized field.

Degree programs in information technology teach students how to design, develop and troubleshoot systems and networks. Programs explore topics in database design, programming, networking and system administration. Depending on the individual school, the awards range from an associate's to a master's degree.

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Top schools offering programs in information technology include the Rochester Institute of Technology, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Illinois Institute of Technology and Carnegie Mellon University. Each of these schools was ranked nationally by U.S. News & World Report for 2017.

Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York

School Highlight: Associate's, bachelor's and master's degrees are offered in information technology.

The Rochester Institute of Technology is a private university that was ranked tied at #107 by U.S. News & World Report among the best national universities for 2017. The university offers its students an associate's, bachelor's and master's degree in information technology. The curriculum includes topics in application and interactive multimedia development, e-learning technologies, software project management and website design. Students learn the basics behind computer networking, as well as take courses in computer animation, business and other related fields.

New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark, New Jersey

School Highlight: A master's degree program is offered in IT administration and security.

The New Jersey Institute of Technology is a public institution that provides graduate and undergraduate education to over 8,800 students annually. This university was tied as the 64th best public school in the nation by U.S. News & World Report in 2017.

The Bachelor of Science in Information Technology program trains learners in computing and telecommunications principles and applications. Students complete practical experience in the design and management of computer systems and networks. The importance of information technology and its influence on the current economy and e-commerce will be taught. In addition to the bachelor's program, students can complete a Master of Science in Information Technology with a concentration in administration and security.

Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, Illinois

School Highlight: A master's degree program is available alongside computer and network technologies certificate.

The Illinois Institute of Technology is a private institution that ranked tied at 103rd among best national universities, as designated by U.S. News & World Report in 2017. The School of Applied Technology offers a Master of Information Technology and Management program, as well as a certificate for students pursuing careers in computer and networking technologies. Areas of research include data management, information technology entrepreneurship, systems security and administration. In-classroom instruction and job training help students improve their computer networking skills.

Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

School Highlight: The school has a School of Information Systems and Management.

Through the school's School of Information Systems and Management, students at Carnegie Mellon can earn a Master of Science in Information Technology. This program is intended for experienced professionals in the field who want to advance their careers. To meet the needs of working students, there are both evening and online course options. Topics of study include information security, data analytics and software design. For 2017, Carnegie Mellon was tied at #24 among national universities, and its graduate information systems program was ranked #2 by U.S. News & World Report.

Schools with Information Technology Degree Programs

Here are some more colleges and universities with strong information technology programs:

  • At City University of Seattle in Bellevue, WA, the School of Management offers a bachelor's degree in information systems and a master's degree in information security.
  • Cornell University in Ithaca, NY, offers a degree in information science, systems and technology.
  • Georgia Southwestern State University in Americus, GA, has an online Bachelor of Science in Information Technology program.
  • At Harrisburg University of Science and Technology in Harrisburg, PA, the Management and eBusiness Department offers information technology program.
  • At Lawrence Technological University in Southfield, MI, the Bachelor of Science in Information Technology is available in online and evening formats.
  • At Oregon Institute of Technology in Klamath, OR, the information technology program offers four concentrations.

Well-regarded information technology programs are commonly available at institutes of technology, as well as private and public universities. Some are offered in online formats.

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