information technology

Information Technology (M.S.)

Graduate
  • 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

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.

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.

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

3.0

CSIT 512Elements of Computer Programming

3.0

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

Core Requirements

IT 514Contemporary Issues in Information Technology

3.0

ITMG 516Introduction to Data Analytics and Business Data Mining

3.0

IT 518Systems Engineering and Integration

3.0

IT 530Applied Database Systems

3.0

IT 548Telecommunications and Networking

3.0

CSIT 555Information Systems Security

3.0

 

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

Electives

The remaining courses used to complete the student’s program are elective courses that are selected in consultation with the advisor. 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

6.0

IT 585Master's Field Work Project

6.0

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 gofurther@hood.edu.

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

Phone
301-696-3731
Vanessa Solis

Assistant Director of Graduate Admission

Phone
301-696-3604

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

Graduate Student Spotlight | Reham Eltomy

Reham Eltomy, M.S. Information Technology Graduate School Graduate Student

"I enjoy the community feeling at Hood College. In addition to being a graduate student, I am also a teaching assistant, so I have the opportunity to get to know students and learn from them too."

  • Academics
  • Student Engagement
  • Math & Computer Sciences
Mario Mora

Graduate Student Spotlight | Mario Mora

Mario Mora, M.S. Information Technology Graduate School Graduate Student

"I chose Hood College because this program completes the skills set I have acquired over the years by enabling me to explore and reinforce methodologies that I can use to develop greater quality on the work I do."

  • Academics
  • Student Engagement
  • Math & Computer Sciences
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