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Undergraduate Degrees

BS in Information Technology

Are you interested in the dissemination of information? Building web, mobile or desktop applications, collecting, protecting & distributing the data needed for them?

A 4 year-degree that explores application development for people. The end user is the primary focus, the ability to present an interface and the accompanying data in a way that is understandable, useable, and helpful to the end user.

BS in Networking & Systems Administration

We build the Internet! And the intranet, and the VoIP infrastructure, and the cloud, and the virtual machines. If it's about moving data, we do it. Networking is the technology of interconnecting computing devices of all types so information can flow between them. This includes activities as simple as topology design to those as complex as the configuration of services and protocols to enable an entire intranet and the support of that environment.

While all that data eventually gets to the user, it spends most of its time on servers, sometimes hundreds of interconnected servers. Systems administration is the design, installation, configuration, operation, and support of these servers. This includes considerations of when to use physical or virtual servers, when to use a public or private cloud, and other key performance, reliability, and security issues.

Graduate Degrees

Master of Science in Information Sciences & Technologies

The Internet has brought a new kind of democracy where all information is created equal. No longer the sole province of experts and the traditional media, it has become grassroots, viral, and global. The sheer volume and lightning speed of information transfer has changed how the world communicates, educates, learns, and ultimately solves problems. As the Web and its related technologies evolve, users will need help in managing these new tools.

Graduate study in a computing discipline that only focuses on traditional computing approaches is not flexible enough to meet the needs of the real world. New hardware and software tools are continually introduced into the market. IT professionals must have a specific area of expertise as well as be adaptable and ready to tackle to the next new thing—or just as often, retrofit available technologies to help their users adapt to the latest trends. The MS in information sciences and technologies provides an opportunity for in-depth study to prepare for today’s high-demand computing careers. Companies are drowning in data—structured, semi-structured, and unstructured. Big data is not just high transaction volumes; it is also data in various formats, with high velocity change, and increasing complexity. Information is gleaned from unstructured sources—such as Web traffic or social networks—as well as traditional ones; and information delivery must be immediate and on demand.

Master of Science in Networking & Systems Administration

Trends in network communications–unifying wired and wireless infrastructures, Cloud computing, scalability, collaboration tools, and security–can only be coalesced into reliable communication services if there are highly educated and technically proficient networking and system administration professionals who understand both traditional and emerging communication technologies as well as how to apply these technologies to organizational needs and opportunities.

The explosion in ubiquitous computing today means an increased need for greater efficiency and for better management oversight in the provision of IT services. Network environments are not only becoming increasingly complex, there is a greater recognition of the power of information technology to be a strategic enabler of corporate growth and adaptation. Companies are moving to the Cloud—but who is going to manage it? Our graduates can!

The master of science program in networking and system administration is designed to provide both the knowledge and the technical skills needed to successfully compete in this environment. It is uniquely focused to address current issues in networking and systems administration through investigation of both the theoretical and the practical aspects of this continually evolving field. Course work examines the organizational and technological issues involved in enterprise scale networking, including emerging network technologies, network processing, high performance computing, network programming, and security.

Master of Science in Human Computer Interaction

Built on foundations of human understanding, students in the Masters HCI program at RIT create innovative solutions to real-world problems.

Our career-oriented program prepares students to solve complex user-focused problems in the ever-changing landscape of technology, enabling global leadership in user experience design. Students are exposed to theoretical and practical themes in user experience (UX), interaction design (IxD), human factors (HF), information architecture (IA), and usability. Students and faculty work collaboratively designing solutions in contemporary contexts. Technology and research skills are acquired and applied to challenges found in business, government, entertainment, health care, education, and academia.