Best Online Master’s in Information Technology

Find top-ranked online master’s in information technology for students wanting to qualify for jobs as information security managers, chief information officers, and information technology directors.

Best Online Master’s in Information Technology

Frequently Asked Questions About Information Technology Degrees

Pursuing a master’s degree in information technology can be a great way to qualify for leadership roles and update your technical skills.

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Students typically complete this 30- to 45-credit degree in about two to three years and can take classes online or in person.

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Many programs also allow students to choose a concentration, like cybersecurity or cloud computing, letting students tailor their learning goals to their professional needs. Although programs will vary, core courses typically cover advanced topics in business intelligence, software design, and network administration. Students will also build their leadership and management skills.

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Upon graduation, individuals will qualify for jobs as information security managers, chief information officers, and information technology directors.

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Learn more about what you can do with a master’s in computer science.

Best Online Master's in Information Technology Degree Programs

How do we determine the best online information technology master's degree programs?

Methodology

Pursing your degree online doesn’t mean you need to settle for a inferior school. Today, most universities and colleges offer online degrees, and many respected schools are seeing significant growth in their numbers of online students.

The people affiliated with a school are ultimately what make it great. This is why influence — i.e., the academic impact of faculty and alumni associated with a school — gets at the heart of what is truly best in education. The combined influence score of a college or university’s top academic influencers is the best indicator of academic excellence. For our online degree rankings, we focus on the academic influence of faculty and alumni in the specific disciplines we’re ranking.

If you are serious about finding the best online colleges, you should be asking where the most influential professors are teaching, and whether their graduates themselves are advancing the school’s reputation for academic excellence. Most ranking sites rely on an opaque combination of reputation surveys and arbitrary performance metrics. Influence, as measured by our InfluenceRanking engine, provides a ranking that is free from bias, insulated from manipulation, and reflective of real-world educational outcomes.

Best Online Master’s in Information Technology Degree Programs

  1. #1

    University of Cincinnati

    #170 institution's historical influence
    #1179 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $11K

    Acceptance

    76%

    Graduation

    73%

    Student body

    33K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1235/26

    Cincinnati, OH

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    Online Degrees

    MS in Information Technology
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion time: less than 2 years
    • Format: Online
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  2. #2

    Florida State University

    #156 institution's historical influence
    #174 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $7K

    Acceptance

    32%

    Graduation

    84%

    Student body

    40K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1270/28

    Tallahassee, FL

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    Online Degrees

    MS in Information Technology
    • Required Credits: 32
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  3. #3

    University of Texas at Dallas

    #611 institution's historical influence
    #222 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $14K

    Acceptance

    79%

    Graduation

    69%

    Student body

    26K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1350/29

    Richardson, TX

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    Online Degrees

    MS in Management Science

    Concentrations

    • Information Technology Management
    • Required Credits: 36
    • Completion time: 2-3 years
    • Format: Online
    MS in Information Technology and Management

    Concentrations

    • Enterprise Systems
    • Business Intelligence and Analytics
    • Cyber Security Management
    • IT Consulting and Services Management
    • Healthcare Systems
    • Required Credits: 36
    • Completion time: 2-3 years
    • Format: Online
  4. #4

    Florida Atlantic University

    #682 institution's historical influence
    #1363 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $5K

    Acceptance

    75%

    Graduation

    56%

    Student body

    26K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1160/24

    Boca Raton, FL

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    Online Degrees

    MS in Information Technology and Management
    • Required Credits: 33
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
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  5. #5

    DePaul University

    #483 institution's historical influence
    #308 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $41K

    Acceptance

    70%

    Graduation

    71%

    Student body

    19K

    Chicago, IL

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    Online Degrees

    MS in Business Information Technology
    • Required Credits: 52
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
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  6. #6

    Worcester Polytechnic Institute

    #511 institution's historical influence
    #826 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $54K

    Acceptance

    59%

    Graduation

    89%

    Student body

    7K

    Worcester, MA

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    Online Degrees

    MS in Information Technology
    • Required Credits: None Reported
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  7. #7

    Lawrence Technological University

    #1673 institution's historical influence
    #1026 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $37K

    Acceptance

    82%

    Graduation

    60%

    Student body

    2K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1145/24

    Southfield, MI

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    Online Degrees

    MS in Information Technology
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion time: 2 years
    • Format: Online
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  8. #8

    University of Massachusetts Lowell

    #973 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $16K

    Acceptance

    75%

    Graduation

    69%

    Student body

    15K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1235/26

    Lowell, MA

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    Online Degrees

    MS in Information Technology
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  9. #9

    Northern Arizona University

    #1104 institution's historical influence
    #303 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $11K

    Acceptance

    82%

    Graduation

    57%

    Student body

    27K

    Flagstaff, AZ

    View profile

    Online Degrees

    MS in Computer Information Technology

    Concentrations

    • Data Analytics
    • Mobile and Web Application Development
    • Project Management
    • Information Security & Assurance
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  10. #10

    Towson University

    #1074 institution's historical influence
    #1075 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $10K

    Acceptance

    79%

    Graduation

    73%

    Student body

    20K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1140/22

    Towson, MD

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    Online Degrees

    MS in Applied Information Technology
    • Required Credits: 42
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  11. #11

    California State University, Fullerton

    #801 institution's historical influence
    #1441 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $7K

    Acceptance

    68%

    Graduation

    69%

    Student body

    34K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1115/21

    Fullerton, CA

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    Online Degrees

    MS in Information Technology
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion time: 2-3 years
    • Format: Online
  12. #12

    Loyola University Chicago

    #352 institution's historical influence
    #254 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $46K

    Acceptance

    71%

    Graduation

    76%

    Student body

    15K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1225/27

    Chicago, IL

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    Online Degrees

    MS in Information Technology
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
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  13. #13

    Montclair State University

    #1069 institution's historical influence
    #1365 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $13K

    Acceptance

    83%

    Graduation

    68%

    Student body

    19K

    Montclair, NJ

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    Online Degrees

    MS in Information Technology
    • Required Credits: 33
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  14. #14

    University of Alabama in Huntsville

    #1057 institution's historical influence
    #1326 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $11K

    Acceptance

    77%

    Graduation

    57%

    Student body

    8K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1363/28

    Huntsville, AL

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    Online Degrees

    MS in Information Technology
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion time: 12-22 months
    • Format: Online
  15. #15

    Regis University

    #1838 institution's historical influence
    #491 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $39K

    Acceptance

    78%

    Graduation

    67%

    Student body

    5K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1135/24

    Denver, CO

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    Online Degrees

    MS in Information Technology Management
    • Required Credits: 36
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
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  16. #16

    Southern New Hampshire University

    #1468 institution's historical influence
    #1034 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $10K

    Acceptance

    94%

    Graduation

    37%

    Student body

    84K

    Manchester, NH

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    Online Degrees

    MBA in Business Administration

    Concentrations

    • Information Technology Management
    • Required Credits: 36
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
    MS in Information Technology

    Concentrations

    • Data Analytics
    • Database Design
    • Information Security
    • Software Application Development
    • Web Design
    • IT Management
    • Healthcare Informatics
    • Required Credits: 36
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
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  17. #17

    Nova Southeastern University

    #983 institution's historical influence
    #678 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $33K

    Acceptance

    76%

    Graduation

    62%

    Student body

    14K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1175/24

    Fort Lauderdale, FL

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    Online Degrees

    MS in Information Technology
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  18. #18

    University of West Florida

    #2019 institution's historical influence
    #156 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $6K

    Acceptance

    58%

    Graduation

    48%

    Student body

    10K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1170/25

    Pensacola, FL

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    Online Degrees

    MS in Information Technology
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  19. #19

    Middle Georgia State University

    #5712 institution's historical influence
    #1417 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $4K

    Acceptance

    99%

    Graduation

    23%

    Student body

    7K

    Median SAT/ACT

    985/18

    Macon, GA

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    Online Degrees

    MS in Technology

    Concentrations

    • Information Technology
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion time: 12-18 months
    • Format: Online
  20. #20

    Golden Gate University

    #1171 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $13K

    Student body

    1K

    San Francisco, CA

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    Online Degrees

    MS in Information Technology Management

    Concentrations

    • General
    • Business Analytics
    • Project Management
    • Required Credits: 36
    • Completion time: 2-3 years
    • Format: Online
  21. #21

    Missouri State University

    #1436 institution's historical influence
    #1219 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $8K

    Acceptance

    87%

    Graduation

    58%

    Student body

    17K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1140/24

    Springfield, MO

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    Online Degrees

    MS in Information Technology
    • Required Credits: None Reported
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  22. #22

    Maryville University

    #3588 institution's historical influence
    #991 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $27K

    Acceptance

    95%

    Graduation

    75%

    Student body

    8K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1145/22

    Saint Louis, MO

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    Online Degrees

    MBA in Business Administration

    Concentrations

    • Accounting
    • Information Technology
    • Business Data Analytics
    • Management
    • Cybersecurity
    • Emerging and Digital Media
    • Financial Services
    • Health Administration
    • Human Resources Management
    • Marketing
    • Project Management
    • Software Development
    • Required Credits: None Reported
    • Completion time: 1 year
    • Format: Online
    MA in Management and Leadership

    Concentrations

    • Cybersecurity
    • Health Administration
    • Human Resource Management
    • Information Technology
    • Marketing
    • Project Management
    • Software Development
    • Business Data Analytics
    • Required Credits: 36-39
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
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  23. #23

    University of North Carolina at Greensboro

    #944 institution's historical influence
    #1364 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $7K

    Acceptance

    88%

    Graduation

    59%

    Student body

    18K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1095/22

    Greensboro, NC

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    Online Degrees

    MS in Information Technology and Management
    • Required Credits: 30-36
    • Completion time: 24 months
    • Format: Online
  24. #24

    Lake Erie College

    #2530 institution's historical influence
    #757 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $33K

    Acceptance

    64%

    Graduation

    48%

    Student body

    1K

    Painesville, OH

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    Online Degrees

    MBA in Business Administration

    Concentrations

    • Information Technology Management
    • Required Credits: None Reported
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online
  25. #25

    University of Central Arkansas

    #1628 institution's historical influence
    #1029 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $9K

    Acceptance

    94%

    Graduation

    46%

    Student body

    9K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1060/24

    Conway, AR

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    Online Degrees

    MS in Library Media and Information Technologies
    • Required Credits: 30
    • Completion time: None Reported
    • Format: Online

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Online Degree Frequently Asked Questions

If this is your first time taking an online course, the experience may require some adjustment. While you’ll generally learn the same content and take the same exams as your on-campus peers, the medium will likely require you to manage much of this experience independently. You’ll be accountable for your own time management, your ability to harness the technology at your fingertips, and your ability to focus on the lectures, lessons, and assignments at hand. This means you’ll need to create a suitable workspace for yourself, maintain a realistic schedule, and take it upon yourself to build relationships with your instructors and classmates. With online college, your goal is to find a balance between independence and engagement.

No. The only part of online education that’s easier is actually getting there. Taking the commute out of the equation means getting to class should be a lot more manageable. But that’s where it ends. In general, your online courses will incorporate the very same materials, concepts, and testing methods as would a traditional classroom.

And in many cases, you’ll even have the same instructors as your on-campus counterparts. In fact, if you are adjusting to the experience of independent learning or working with remote learning technology for the first time, online college may even be a little more challenging for you. For a few insights on how to manage this new experience, check out our 10 Tips for Adjusting to School Online.

Accreditation is especially important when it comes to online college. This is because the online education landscape is a mix of highly-reputable institutions and less-than-reputable for-profit schools. Accreditation gives you the power to differentiate between the two. Accreditation is a stamp of approval from an independent accrediting agency which indicates that a college or university is meeting standards of quality, credibility, and currency. School-wide accreditation falls into two major categories: regional and national accreditation. Regional accreditors generally hold jurisdiction only over schools in the states comprising their region, whereas national accreditors hold jurisdiction over schools in all states. Regional accreditation is widely regarded as a more rigorous standard of quality and credibility than national accreditation.

Attending a college or university which is not regionally accredited could limit your opportunities. When seeking an online education, we strongly recommend that students opt for regionally accredited schools. Regional accreditation ensures eligibility for federal loans and grants, ensures your college credits can be transferred between schools, and ensures that your degree credits can be accepted if you wish to earn an advanced degree.

As long as your online college degree is regionally accredited, you should have little difficulty transferring most of your credits or credentials to another regionally accredited undergraduate school. Every school carries its own standards and procedures for granting a transfer. In many cases, you will be required to navigate a bureaucracy in which some of your credits will be transferred and others will be jettisoned. However, provided that you have attended an online school with the proper regional accreditation, you should have plenty of options for transfer.

In most cases, as long you graduate from a well-regarded, regionally-accredited online college, prospective employers won’t look sideways at your degree. In fact, unless you attend an exclusively online college or university, there will likely be no specific indicator on your degree, transcript or resume differentiating your school from its brick-and-mortar counterpart. This means that your employer will likely only differentiate between an online and in-person degree if you mention this distinction.

While some employers may express concern about making the adjustment from online education to in-person workplace collaboration, many other employers will view your online degree as evidence of valuable 21st Century professional skills such as independence, self-motivation, time management, and tech savvy.

If you are a student who thrives on the dynamic energy of in-person discussion, who requires the physical surroundings of a classroom to feel engaged, or who considers the social aspects of education to be of equal importance to the actual content of your courses, online education will require some adjustment.

While there is much that can be supplanted or simulated through the online medium, some students may find that there is nothing which can replace the conversation, collaboration, and motivation that occur in an actual classroom setting. As you make the adjustment to online education, one of the biggest challenges you will likely face is overcoming this difference in order to the get the most out of your classes. Fortunately, we’ve got some great Tips for Online Education Beginners.

The advantages of online classes are many. First and foremost, online courses give you the freedom and flexibility to attend class from anywhere that works for you, whether you’re at home, in a coffee shop, or in a quiet conference room at work. In many cases, you’ll also enjoy the convenience of asynchronous learning opportunities—educational experiences that you can complete on your own schedule. This may include pre-taped lectures, ongoing chat-board discussions, and 24/7 access to digital materials. And of course, just as there are some learners who prefer the energy of a live classroom, there are those who learn best when working in their own personal space, free from distractions. If this sounds like you, you might find the solitude of online learning to be a major advantage.

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