Online Information Technology Master’s Degree


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Computers and information technology are an integral part of modern life in the developed world, fueling a constant demand for qualified workers who understand the ins and outs of information technology.

“There’s been super-high demand for IT workers over the past seven years,” Katie Bardaro, the lead economist for PayScale, an online salary database, said in an interview with CNNMoney.

In an online information technology master’s degree program, professionals learn technical skills such as object-oriented programming, cloud computing and Web analytics. The program can also enhance job prospects for those already in the field who would like to advance to IT leadership roles.

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Course Work

Example courses
Operating systems
Telecommunications and networking
Advanced information technology
Cloud computing
Principles of database design
Computer simulation and modeling
Object-oriented programming with Java

Students in an online master’s in information technology program will learn technical, leadership and business skills. Core course work includes object-oriented programming, software engineering, fundamentals of computer systems, information security and strategic management.

Some programs may allow students to specialize their course work in concentrations such as information security, health care informatics, database design, software development, and networking and telecommunications, among others.

There are programs designed for students with no academic background in IT or computer science, and others created for students who have an undergraduate degree or equivalent work experience in IT, computer science, engineering or a related field.

Job Outlook

Median salaries*
Network and computer systems administrator $69,000
Database administrator $73,500
Information security analyst, Web developer or computer network architect $76,000
Computer systems analyst $78,000
Computer and information systems manager $116,000

*per the BLS Occupational Outlook Handbook

Students with a master’s in information technology can be prepared to take on various IT and technology management roles. Some jobs in information technology may only require a bachelor’s degree in a computer-related field. But a master’s degree is typically required for other roles, including a database administrator and a computer and information systems manager, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Jobs in information technology are also among the top five occupations with the largest raises, according to CNNMoney. Jobs in the field have an average one-year pay increase of 5.1 percent.

Professionals who work in information technology can make a median salary of $69,000 as a network and computer systems administrator and about $78,000 as a computer systems analyst. Those who reach management positions can make a median salary of about $116,000 as a computer and information system manager, according to the BLS.

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