MS in Computer and Information Technology

MS in Computer and Information Technology

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. 

Current Enrollment

As of the Fall 2014 semester census, 146 students are enrolled in the M.S. in CIT programs, and 32 students are enrolled in the TECH/CIT Ph.D. program.

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.

  • big data analytics
  • bioinformatics and health informatics
  • bio-inspired computing
  • business analyst and analysts
  • cloud computing
  • complex networks
  • cyber forensics
  • cyber learning and computational thinking
  • data warehousing and data mining applications
  • distributed systems
  • emerging technologies
  • game studies
  • high-performance computing and parallel computing systems
  • homeland security
  • information security and privacy
  • information systems
  • information technology leadership
  • intelligent systems
  • internet of things
  • mobile technology
  • multi-agent systems
  • natural language processing
  • network forensics
  • organizational change caused by IT
  • programming education
  • project, process and portfolio management
  • quality management in IT
  • robotics and machine-to-machine interaction
  • self-organized systems
  • simulation
  • social networks
  • systems analysis and design methods
  • systems engineering
  • telecommunications and wireless networking

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.

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, many 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 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. Examples include:

Financial Support Opportunities

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 at the top of this page. 

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 validate our curriculum flexibility.
  • Visit the PLAN OF STUDY link 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.