Information Technology & Computer Science Master's Degrees
Master's Degrees

Online Master's Degrees in IT

Prepare for career advancement with an online information technology master's degree.

UMUC offers a wide range of online graduate information technology programs so you can customize your program to fit your career aspirations.

Master of Science in Data Analytics

In today’s increasingly competitive marketplace, organizations need individuals with the requisite skills to transform the growing amount of industry, product, and customer (behavior) data into actionable information to support strategic and tactical decision making.

The Master of Science (MS) in Data Analytics is designed to meet the rising need for highly skilled professionals who can transform the growing amount of data confronting all organizations into usable information for use by their decision makers.

Master of Science in Information Technology

Gain a broad technical education in current and evolving technologies as you learn the business impacts of IT with the master's in Information Technology. An MBA or Master of Science in Cybersecurity Policy can be added with as few as three additional courses.

Choose from the following specializations:

Database Systems Technology specialization

Earn your IT degree with a database systems technology specialization to learn the design, development, and management of database technology with emphasis is on relational databases and be ready to enter or advance in the database systems technology field.

Courses include relational database systems, distributed database management systems, data mining, database security, and more. This program includes instruction on database warehousing, database administration, emerging tools and methods for the growing amount of structured and unstructured data, Oracle Database 11g, SQL and its application to databases, and more. It can help prepare you for the Oracle DBA, ICCP Certified Data Management Professional, Oracle Certified Professional certifications, and more.

Career Paths

  • Computer and Information Systems Manager
  • Data Warehousing Specialist
  • Database Administrator
  • Database Architect
  • Information Security Analyst
  • More career paths

Homeland Security Management specialization

Earn your IT degree with a homeland security management specialization to to learn to perform security risk assessments; develop strategies to mitigate threats to people, physical facilities, and information-dependent critical infrastructure; and to plan for and manage operational recovery.

Courses include economics and financial analysis for technology managers, critical infrastructure, biosecurity and bioterrorism, energy infrastructure security, and more.

Plus, if you complete a minor in homeland security at UMUC, you can fast-track your master's with up to 6 credits that count toward both degrees.

Career Paths

  • Chief operation officer
  • Facility or plant manager
  • Facility security officer
  • Federal, state, or local government emergency planner or policy maker
  • Law enforcement, emergency, or medical practitioner or administrator
  • More career paths

Informatics specialization

Earn your IT degree with an informatics specialization to learn information theory and best practices for networking, security, software development, databases, web design, and IT acquisitions.

Courses include systems engineering, relational database systems, system and software standards and requirements, Internet multimedia applications, and more.

Career Paths

  • Computer and information systems manager
  • Computer systems analyst
  • Computer user support specialist
  • Document management specialist
  • Software developer,applications
  • Web administrator
  • Web developer
  • More career paths

Information Assurance specialization

Earn your IT degree with an information assurance specialization to learn the principles of data protection, network security, and computer forensics.

This program introduces the ethical, legal, and policy issues associated with information security. Courses include network and internet security, intrusion detection and prevention, computer forensics, cryptology, and data protection.

UMUC has been designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance and Cyber Defense Education by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security.

Career Paths

  • Chief security officer
  • Network administrator
  • Security administrator or architect
  • System administrator
  • More career paths

Project Management specialization

Earn your IT degree with a project management specialization to gain a theoretical and practical foundation in project management; and to acquire, enhance, and certify your knowledge and skills to successfully design, integrate, develop, and manage projects.

This program can help prepare you for certifications, including Certified Associate in Project Management, Project Management Professional, Program Management Professional, PMI Risk Management Professional, PMI Scheduling Professional, and more.

Courses include project risk management, project procurement management, advanced project methods, and more.

UMUC is a Registered Educational Provider for the Project Management Institute (PMI), so you can receive credit toward professional development units for your project management courses. The program is accredited by the Global Accreditation Center of the PMI.

Career Paths

Software Engineering specialization

Earn your IT degree with a software engineering specialization to learn aspect-oriented programming, object-oriented programming, and the principles and techniques to build large complex systems.

Courses include systems engineering, usability engineering, software design and implementation, software verification and validation, and more.

Career Paths

  • Applications developer
  • Senior software developer
  • Software architect
  • Systems software developer
  • More career paths

Systems Engineering specialization

Earn your IT degree with a systems engineering specialization to learn to apply traditional and modern lifecycle models, techniques, and tools in the specification, design, development, and deployment of complex systems.

Courses include requirements engineering, system design and development, system integration and testing, system engineering management, and more.

Career Paths

Telecommunications Management specialization

Earn your IT degree with a telecommunications management specialization to learn the technical knowledge and management skills needed to plan, acquire, operate, and evaluate telecommunication systems. Coursework can help you prepare for Certified Novell Engineer, Cisco Certified Network Professional, Cisco Certified Network Associate, Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert, and Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer certifications.

Courses include telecommunications networks, satellite communication systems, network management and design, wireless telecommunication systems, and more. This program includes instruction on network technologies, network design, satellite communications, wireless telecommunications, mobile cloud, and more.

Career Paths

  • Business intelligence analyst
  • Computer and information research scientist
  • Computer and information systems manager
  • Computer network architect
  • IT project manager
  • Network and computer systems administrator
  • Telecommunications engineering specialist
  • More career paths

Master of Science in Health Informatics Administration

Learn about health care administration and information science as applied to the healthcare industry and be ready to enter or advance in healthcare with an master's in Health Informatics Administration. Coursework can help prepare you for certification exams given by HIMSS and AHIMA.

The Master of Science in Health Informatics Administration is accredited by the Commission for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM), an independent organization that accredits health informatics and health information management degree programs.

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Courses include legal aspects of health care administration, the application of information technology in healthcare administration, information technology project management, IT acquisitions management, and more. This program includes instruction on Electronic Health Record (EHR) systems, health coding schemes such as ICD-10, federal health information technology policies and regulations, and more.

Career Paths

  • Health administration/informatics consultant
  • Health administration informatics product vendor
  • Health care information services provider
  • Health informatics/data analyst
  • More career paths

Related Degrees: Cyber Security and Data Analytics

Cyber Security Graduate Programs

Learn about UMUC Cybersecurity master's degrees, including the Master of Science in Cybersecurity Policy, Master of Science in Cybersecurity Technology, and Master of Science in Digital Forensics and Cyber Investigation.

Data Analytics Graduate Programs

Find out more about UMUC Data Analytics programs, including the Master of Science in Data Analytics and graduate certificates in data analytics and predictive analytics.

1 Source: Based on a Burning Glass International study of U.S. IT and computer science job postings in 2013 that include education requirements.
2 Source: "The Human Factor: The Hard Time Employers Have Finding Soft Skills," Burning Glass Technologies, November 2015

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