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Best Online Graduate Computer Information Technology Programs

These are the best online master's in computer information technology programs, based on factors such as admissions selectivity, faculty credentials and academic and career support services offered to students.


The online undergraduate and graduate programs from the College of IST offer a convenient and flexible delivery method for students to obtain an IST degree independent of location, age or work situation.

Online IST degree programs are targeted to adult learners who are working full-time. We offer a full, industry-focused and practitioner-informed portfolio of degree programs through online course work, including:

“Penn State World Campus has been the best educational experience that I have encountered in all of my experiences in education. I look forward to obtaining the Information Systems Security Certificate and driving on to obtain my MPS in Information Sciences from Penn State.”
-Gary Albrecht, military veteran and senior field engineer for ManTech International Corporation (Korea); MPS degree student in Information Sciences, Cybersecurity and Information Assurance option



“Online programs allow our college to have a truly global reach and enrich our own resident instruction by creation of course materials for use by all students.  We’ve made these efforts because we recognize that our student population is evolving – going beyond the traditional full-time resident student to working professionals around the world who want to continue their education in the information sciences."

-- David Hall, Dean, College of IST, teaches IST 885: Introduction to Multisensor Data Fusion in the online MPS in Information Sciences program.




Penn State has been designated by the Committee on Networked Systems Security (CNSS) – a parent organization of the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security – as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance/Cyber Defense Education for academic years 2014-21.