Why Study Computer and Information Technology at Purdue?
With an advanced degree from Purdue University, you will be poised to make high-impact contributions in the field of computer and information technology. Whether you are pursuing a master's degree or PhD, your research-oriented coursework will prepare you for leadership positions in industry, academia, and government in applied research, solution development, entrepreneurial ventures, and management.
Information technology professionals must be flexible as they solve a wide variety of problems. From specialized coursework to cutting-edge research projects, you will work with your faculty mentors to create an individualized academic plan of study that will help you meet your career goals.
Organization and Enrollment
The Master of Science in Computer and Information Technology is offered through the Purdue University Graduate School and the Purdue Polytechnic. The Polytechnic is one of the ten colleges in Purdue University.
As of the Fall 2016 census, 133 students are enrolled in our graduate program. This includes:
- 68 enrolled in the on-campus M.S. in CIT program
- 26 enrolled in on-line professional M.S. programs (currently either project management or business analysis)
- 39 enrolled in the TECH Ph.D. program with an area of concentration in Computer and Information Technology
Purdue University ranks third among U.S. public universities in enrollment of international students (see report).
Areas of Study and Specialization
The Department of Computer and Information Technology offers multiple areas of study, each with specializations that represent the future of applied computing and information technology in the United States and around the world. These are areas in which the faculty have active research activities. The list is always expanding as faculty engage in new interests. You will have the opportunity to explore topics that address the grand challenges of society, and the advanced requirements of business and industry in the information age, and become a future leader within your chosen field of specialization. Current areas of specialization include
- Autonomy, intelligence, and robotics
- Big data and data analytics
- Bioinformatics and healthcare computing
- Cyber infrastructure and high performance computing
- Cyber learning and computational thinking
- Emerging and advanced applications of IT
- Information security, cyberforensics, and homeland security
- Systems, project and process management
Rankings and Recognition
- We are pleased to announce that our Online M.S. in Information Technology Project Management program for full-time working IT professionals has been ranked #6 in the Top 25 Online Masters Degrees in Project Management.
- We are also pleased to announce that our Cyberforenics specialization has been recognized as one of the 12 best programs of its type. For more information, see the Ponemon Institute's 2014 Best Schools for Cybersecurity education.
- Our cyberforensics program was named one of the top five programs of its type in the United States. For more information, see this GlobalPost news article.
The Graduate Faculty
Our graduate faculty have broad industry and educational backgrounds that are complemented with professional credentials. They are leaders in their respective fields and are involved in active research and industry partnership programs. Additionally, several of our faculty have an entrepreneurial spirit, having turned their research into products that have helped a variety of industries solve problems and improve their productivity and accuracy.
Computing Resources and Research Laboratories
Purdue is proud to offer students access to world-class computing resources in support of graduate education and research. In addition to Purdue University's many campus-wide computing resources, the Department of Computer and Information Technology has developed its own world-class laboratories supporting distinct research objectives. To learn more about our technology services and research laboratories, see Computing Resources and Laboratories.
For qualified students, graduate research and teaching assistantships may be available to help financially fund your graduate education. Assistantships provide you with a stipend, tuition waiver, and eligibility for healthcare benefits during your graduate studies. For more information about assistantships and other forms of financial support, click on the Funding tab or menu item.
Your Future Begins TODAY!
When you pursue your advanced degree in computer and information technology, your studies and research will represent the intersection of new technologies, enterprise-scale computing, and solving the challenges of society and industry. You will be at the forefront of emerging areas such as information security, healthcare, infrastructure, computing application, and data management.
Explore these web pages to learn more about how a Purdue University graduate degree in computer and information technology can empower your future! Your next steps may include the following:
- Follow the FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS link to discover answers to common questions asked about our program.
- Follow the DEGREE REQUIREMENTS link to verify our curriculum flexibility.
- Visit the PLAN OF STUDY link to view a representative, semester-by-semester plan of study.
- Visit the ADMISSIONS link to learn about our admissions requirements, process, and deadlines.
- Follow the APPLY NOW link to start your electronic admission application.