information technology

Information Technology (M.S.)

  • 4PLUS (bachelor's + master's)
  • Online
  • Master's

About this Program

This program prepares technical professionals—and those aspiring to a computer technology career—to implement smart information system solutions in the 21st century business environment.

Program Overview

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Explore Current IT Issues

The curriculum deepens knowledge of the procedures, tools and standards used in systems engineering and integration. Students learn object-oriented design and methodology, as well as the design and implementation of databases, telecommunications and computer networks. They also explore current trends and issues, gaining valuable insights into IT’s role in day-to-day business operations.

Boost Professional Marketability

Grounded in a thorough understanding of the management aspects of IT engineering, graduates leave Hood ready to tackle complex IT-based challenges in business, industry, government, education, medicine and other fields. Along the way toward the master’s degree, many also obtain a certificate in Cybersecurity, the first step toward a career as an information security specialist or manager.

Part-time or Full-time

By taking one or two courses a semester, part-time students can complete the 30-credit program in three years. Full-time students can take combination of hybrid and on-campus classes and graduate in 15 months. Both formats provide instruction from highly qualified faculty and adjunct instructors with proven IT experience.

Students come from around the globe to Hood College specifically for the IT program. In fact, one fifth of our enrollment hails from foreign countries, including Armenia, Cameroon, India, Saudi Arabia and others.

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Degrees Offered

  • MS

Program Requirements and Course Listings

Students applying to the M.S. in information technology program must submit the following to the Graduate School:

  • One copy of official transcripts from each institution attended.
  • A résumé of work experience.
  • An essay of background experience and future goals.

Students entering the program must exempt or complete two foundation courses designed to provide the appropriate prerequisite background for the cross-disciplined major. The program director determines the required foundation courses or exemptions based on a thorough evaluation of transcripts and other supporting documents. The objective is to ensure the student is well prepared and ready to succeed in the program.

Transfer credit policy for admitted students

Students may transfer a maximum of 6 graduate credits from an external, accredited institution, or another Hood graduate program prior to the first semester of study in the current program. Please review the full graduate transfer credit policy in the College catalog.

Foundation Courses

The Master of Science in Information Technology requires completion of foundation courses designed to provide the appropriate background knowledge. Students with undergraduate degrees in computer science or a related field may apply for exemptions from some or all of these prerequisite courses. Any foundation courses required are in addition to the 30 credits required for program completion. The foundation courses are:

IT 510Computing Hardware and Software Systems3.0
CSIT 512Elements of Computer Programming3.0

Information on exemption from the prerequisite courses may be obtained from the Department of Computer Science.

Core Requirements

IT 514Info Tech and Cloud Business Intelligence3.0
ITMG 516Introduction to Data Analytics and Business Data Mining3.0
IT 518Systems Engineering and Integration3.0
IT 530Applied Database Systems3.0
IT 548Telecommunications and Networking3.0
CSIT 555Information Systems Security3.0


Students in this program should use this Program Planning Guide (PDF) to plan and track their progress.


The remaining courses used to complete the student’s program are elective courses that are selected in consultation with the adviser. At least two courses must be selected from courses with an IT prefix. Other elective courses are selected freely from the department’s computer science and information technology offerings.

There are two options for the program. The first requires that the student complete 30 credits of graduate coursework beyond the prerequisite courses. The second requires that the student complete at least 24 credits of graduate coursework beyond the prerequisite courses, plus complete 6 credits of one of the following: thesis or fieldwork project. Students must get permission from the department and their adviser before enrolling in any of these 6-credit options.

IT 580Master's Thesis Preparation


IT 585Master's Field Work Project


With careful selection of electives, students in the information technology program may concurrently complete, or make significant progress toward the Certificate in Cybersecurity. This certificate is the first step in developing a trained cadre of information security specialists and information security managers. Please contact the program director for further details on this option.

Knowledge of data analytics is mandatory for success in the current work climate across industries and disciplines. Hood College is offering an online accelerated training course this January to meet this need.

Who is eligible:

  • All fields and industries.
  • All education backgrounds.
  • All employment levels (entry to leader).
  • Must possess a bachelor's degree.

By the end of this accelerated training, participants will:

  • Understand the opportunities and challenges in data analytics.
  • Apply different approaches to real-world data sets.
  • Be prepared to earn IBM Skills Academy Certification.

Training opens January 3, 2022 and must be completed by January 21, 2022.

Training discount available for Ft. Detrick Alliance, military and NeighborHOOD members.

Register for the IBM Applied Data Analytics Training Course | ITMG 599A

For questions about the IBM Data Analytics training course, email

The 4PLUS program is designed for highly motivated students who have the desire to build career options into their undergraduate curriculum and earn a master's degree in information technology.

Hood College students from all majors are eligible to participate in a 4PLUS program that allows for a combined, and in some cases accelerated, master’s degree in information technology after the completion of their undergraduate program. The program is especially relevant to computer science majors, but it is also available to students from other disciplines.

Program Contact

Ahmed Salem

Program Director


Assistant Director of Graduate Admission

Office: 301-696-3601 Cell/WhatsApp: 240-65-4015

Fast Fact

Employment of computer and information technology occupations is projected to grow 13 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations. 

All Faculty
George Dimitoglou

George Dimitoglou

  • Professor of Computer Science
  • Program Director, Master's in Cybersecurity and Director of the Center for Computer Science and Information Assurance

Aijuan Dong

  • Department Chair of Computer Science & Information Technology
  • Professor of Computer Science
Carol Jim

Carol Jim

  • Associate Professor of Computer Science
Bill Pierce

Bill Pierce

  • Assistant Professor of Computer Science
  • Coordinator, Computer Science Minor
Ahmed Salem

Ahmed Salem

  • Associate Professor of Computer Science and Information Technology
  • Program Director, Master's in Information Technology and Cybersecurity Certificate

Graduate Student Spotlight | Prashanthi Akuthota

Prashanthi Akuthota, M.S. Information Technology Graduate School Graduate Student

"One of my colleagues recommended Hood College to me, and when I contacted the program director, I immediately liked the way they responded. The course curriculum is good, as are its diverse academic programs and supportive community."

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Naha Prasaath Ganesan

Graduate Student Focus | Naha Prasaath Ganesan

Naha Prasaath Ganesan, M.S. Information Technology Graduate School Graduate Student

“I like how Hood is a smaller college with fewer students. The Graduate School helped me adjust after I arrived post-orientation. Hood’s professors have been very helpful and friendly.”

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