Program Description

This bachelor’s degree program prepares students to apply IT to support business processes by producing graduates with strong problem-solving, writing, and communication skills who successfully compete for technical employment and are prepared for advanced study. Graduates are expected to achieve improved organizational objectives; progress through increasing levels of responsibility in the workplace; demonstrate ethical, social, and professional responsibility consistent with professional societies; work effectively in teams; and grow through self-study, continuing education, and professional development.

What it costs

The cost is $488.50 per credit hour for VA state residents or $1,423.75 per credit hour for out of state students, plus a $35 per credit hour Distance Education fee. Education Resource, New Student, and other mandatory university and course fees may apply.

Application Deadline

This program has an application deadline of January 15 for Fall and April 1 for Spring.

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Program Summary

90 Percent Online

Program: Information Technology

Degree: BS

College/School: Volgenau School of Engineering

Credits: 120 total

Accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET

Who should apply?

This program is designed for individuals who desire to become knowledgeable in the technical aspects of IT and to focus their career on the use and management of IT resources. In this program, you will learn to apply information technology to support business processes, gain strong problem solving abilities, and develop your communication skills.

Why choose George Mason?

  • You will follow an industry-validated curriculum at Mason with a focus on current principles and practices in information technology and its applications. Upon completion of the program, you will be able to confidently meet the existing and emerging needs of the IT industry.
  • Mason’s program will prepare you for graduate studies in topics such as information security, information systems, telecommunications, and other related IT fields.
  • Coursework will help you gain an appreciation for the global influence of IT on society and an understanding of the ethical and social responsibilities of IT professionals.
  • Student support services, including phone consultations, are available to help you stay connected with the university and keep you on track to graduate.
  • Most courses are offered in an online format. With guidance from the online program coordinator, you will be able to complete the majority of courses from anywhere.
  • This program is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET.
  • In 2016, this program was ranked #3 among the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs in Information Technology by Best Colleges and HigherEducation.com.

Program requirements may change; please refer to the Mason Course Catalog for the most up-to-date requirements.

Requirements: 120 credits total

  • 21 credits foundation courses
  • 33 credits core courses
  • 7 credits capstone sequence courses
  • 15 credits concentration courses
  • 14-15 credits other required courses
  • 21 credits additional Mason Core courses
  • 8-9 credits elective courses

Sufficient courses are offered to complete most course requirements online. Online courses offerings vary by semester and are usually delivered asynchronously.

A minimum of 45 credits must be upper-level courses (300-level or above). Each semester, please contact Daniel Garrison (dgarriso@gmu.edu) to discuss your course completion plan.

Foundation Courses (21 credits)

  • IT 102 Discrete Structures | 3 credits or MATH 125 Discrete Mathematics | 3 credits
  • IT 104 Introduction to Computing | 3 credits
  • IT 105 IT Architecture Fundamentals | 3 credits
  • IT 106 Introduction to IT Problem Solving Using Computer Programming | 3 credits
  • IT 206 Object Oriented Techniques for IT Problem Solving | 3 credits
  • IT 216 Systems Analysis and Design | 3 credits (future online offering)
  • STAT 250 Introductory Statistics I | 3 credits

Core Courses (33 credits)

  • IT 207 Applied IT Programming | 3 credits
  • IT 213 Multimedia and Web Design | 3 credits
  • IT 214 Database Fundamentals | 3 credits
  • IT 223 Information Security Fundamentals | 3 credits
  • IT 300 Modern Telecommunications | 3 credits
  • IT 304 IT in the Global Economy | 3 credits
  • IT 341 Data Communications and Networking Principles | 3 credits
  • IT 342 Operating Systems Fundamentals | 3 credits (future online offering)
  • IT 343 IT Project Management | 3 credits
  • MBUS 300 Managing Financial Resources | 3 credits
  • SYST 469 Human Computer Interaction | 3 credits

Two-Semester Capstone Sequence (7 credits)

  • IT 492 Senior Design Project I | 3 credits (hybrid online course)
  • IT 493 Senior Design Project II | 4 credits (hybrid online course)

Concentration Courses (15 credits)

Complete four courses from your chosen concentration and a fifth course from any concentration. Five of the six IT concentrations can be completed fully online.

Database Technology and Programming (DTP)

  • IT 306 Program Design and Data Structures | 3 credits
  • IT 308 Event-Driven Programming | 3 credits
  • IT 314 Database Management | 3 credits
  • IT 322 Healthcare Data Challenges | 3 credits
  • IT 344 Information Storage and Management Technologies | 3 credits
  • IT 410 Java Web Programming | 3 credits
  • IT 414 Database Administration | 3 credits
  • IT 499 Scalable Web Applications | 3 credits

Health Information Technology (HIT)

  • HAP 360 Intro to Health Information Systems | 3 credits
  • IT 322 Healthcare Data Challenges | 3 credits
  • IT 324 Electronic Health Records | 3 credits
  • STAT 362 Intro to Computer Statistical Packages | 3 credits

Information Security (INFS)

  • IT 357 Computer Crime, Forensics, and Auditing | 3 credits
  • IT 366 Network Security I | 3 credits
  • IT 462 Information Security Principles | 3 credits
  • IT 466 Network Security II | 3 credits

Network and Telecommunications (NTEL)

  • IT 366 Network Security I | 3 credits
  • IT 441 Network Servers and Infrastructures | 3 credits
  • IT 445 Networking Principles II | 3 credits
  • IT 455 Wireless Communications and Networking | 3 credits
  • IT 488 Fundamentals of Satellite Communications | 3 credits

Web Development and Multimedia (WDM)

  • IT 331 Web I: Web Development | 3 credits
  • IT 332 Web Site Administration | 3 credits
  • IT 335 Web Development Using Content Management Systems | 3 credits
  • IT 415 Information Visualization | 3 credits
  • IT 431 Web II: Advanced Web Development | 3 credits

Other Major Requirements (14-15 credits)

  • Students must take 7 credits of Natural Science for Mason Core (including at least one 4-credit lab course)
  • COMM 100 Public Speaking | 3 credits
  • IT 293 Applied IT: Junior Transition | 1 credit
  • MATH 108 Introductory Calculus with Business Applications | 3 credits or MATH 113 | Analytic Geometry and Calculus | 4 credits

Additional Mason Core (21 credits)

Students must complete all Mason Core (general education) requirements not fulfilled by major requirements. Not all Mason Core courses are offered online. Requirements for Quantitative Reasoning, Information Technology, Natural Science, Synthesis, and Oral Communication are often satisfied by completion of major requirements.

Electives (8-9 credits)

Students must complete additional coursework to reach a total number of 120 credits.

Tuition (2017-2018)

TUITION CLASSIFICATIONCOST PER CREDIT HOUR
Virginia Resident$488.50 plus fees
Non-Virginia Resident$1,423.75 plus fees
Distance Education Fee$35
Education Resource Fee$60 - $100 (per semester)

Please refer to the Students Accounts Office website for more information on tuition and fees.

Financial Aid

Scholarships currently available for Information Technology students include:

  • Armed Forces Communications Electronics Association Scholarship
  • Harbitter Family Endowed Scholarship
  • Nortel PEC Solutions Inc. Scholarship
  • Steven M. Scholrling Ph.D. Endowed Scholarship
  • IMC Inc. Suneeth Nayak Scholarship

For information on other loans, scholarships, and other types of financial aid, visit the Office of Student Financial Aid.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of this program find jobs that focus on the application of IT in an increasing number of emerging sub disciplines, including network administration, information security, information systems, telecommunications, web development, and computer graphics.

As a Mason student, you may also contact University Career Services for more career information and counseling.

Further Studies

Graduates of this program may also consider Mason’s fully online MS in Applied Information Technology with a concentration in Cyber Security.

USEFUL RESOURCES 
Online Program ContactDaniel Garrison
Director, Online Education
Information Sciences and Technology
Email: dgarriso@gmu.edu
Academic Program OfficeKhondkar Islam
Associate Chair, Undergraduate Studies
Information Sciences and Technology
Phone: (703) 993-8557
Email: kislam2@gmu.edu
Program Website http://ist.gmu.edu/
Follow IST on Twitter @GMUIST

Prerequisites

  • Receive undergraduate student admission to Mason
  • Preference is given to students who have four years of high school mathematics courses, including pre-calculus

Application Materials

Undergraduate application

  • Application fee
  • High school transcripts SAT or ACT scores (students who graduated from high school more than five years prior to enrollment at Mason are not required to submit SAT or ACT scores)
  • TOEFL scores (for non-native English-speaking applicants)
  • Optional “Personal Statement”

Declaration of major form