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

Program Overview

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, and the design and implementation of databases, telecommunications and computer networks. They also explore current trends and issues and in the process gain 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, students can complete the 30-credit program in three years. Or as full-time students, they 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.

Program Contact

Ahmed Salem

Program Director

Vanessa Solis

Assistant Director of Graduate Admission


Degrees Offered

  • MS
Omar Aboul-Enein

Graduate Student Spotlight | Omar Aboul-Enein

Omar Aboul-Enein, M.S. Computer Science Graduate School Graduate Student

"I chose to pursue my Master’s in Computer Science at Hood College because I appreciated the welcoming staff and supportive student environment. Additionally, I appreciated the program providing a good balance of flexibility and structure well-suited to working professionals"

  • Academics
  • Student Engagement
Daniel Sierra-Sosa

Graduate Faculty Focus | Daniel Sierra-Sosa

Daniel Sierra-Sosa, Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Information Technology Faculty Graduate School Graduate Student

Daniel Sierra-Sosa is an assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science and Information Technology at Hood College.

He has been involved in multiple activities related to industry research and other partner academics. Dr. Sierra-Sosa engages in industrial initiatives with Kindred-Healthcare, which works on research projects in the development of mobile applications, virtual reality, medical images and predictive analysis.

He is the co-author and lead author of several manuscripts that have been published in recognized journals. Prof. Sierra-Sosa is also a Qiskit Advocate and instructor at IBM Skills Academy in Quantum Computing, Data Science and Artificial Intelligence.

  • Academics
  • Partnerships
  • Research
  • Math & Computer Sciences
Hood Cyber Blazer Team

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Hood Cyber Blazer Team Graduate School Graduate Student

While 2020 may have been an eventful year for everyone, it didn’t stop the Cyber Blazers, Hood College’s ethical hacking student team, from dominating in the National Cyber League (NCL).

  • Academics
  • Student Engagement
  • Math & Computer Sciences

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.

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 Systems


CSIT 512Elements of Computer Programming


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

Core Requirements

IT 514Contemporary Issues in Information Technology


ITMG 516Introduction to Data Analytics and Business Data Mining


IT 518Systems Engineering and Integration


IT 530Applied Database Systems


IT 548Telecommunications and Networking


CSIT 555Information Systems Security



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. 

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.

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

  • Associate Professor of Computer Science
  • Center for Computer Security and Information Assurance (CCSIA)
Carol Jim

Carol Jim

  • Assistant Professor of Computer Science

Xinlian Liu

  • Associate Professor of Computer Science
  • Program Director, Master's in Computer Science
Bill Pierce

Bill Pierce

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

Ahmed Salem

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