Online Master’s in Information Technology
Advance your career with UMass Lowell’s 10-course online Master’s in Information Technology, offered through UMass Lowell’s Richard A. Miner School of Computer & Information Sciences. You’ll gain advanced knowledge and skills in areas such as systems and network infrastructure and software management. Courses focus on emerging technologies and trends in the field, as well as how to apply them to real-world business problems. Graduates of our Master’s in IT are well-equipped to pursue senior-level careers in the field.
One Success Leads to Another
Apply credits from lower credentials to higher ones. Our programs are designed to build upon themselves:
- 10 courses total
To be recommended for a University of Massachusetts Lowell master's degree, candidates must satisfy all of the general requirements below, plus any additional requirements that may be required by the department through which the program is offered. Any additional requirements for this program are either listed below or may be found in the University's Graduate Program Catalog.
- Students must complete the program of study designed by the Department in which they are enrolled and approved by the University.
- Satisfactory grades in all subjects offered for the degree must be earned. See Academic Standing.
- All financial obligations, including tuition, fees and expenses, must be satisfied as evidenced by completion.
- Upon completion of all their courses, graduate degree candidates must submit a signed Declaration of Intent to Graduate (DIG) form to their coordinator. The coordinator will apply them in SIS, Graduation Tracking.
Graduate Program Policies
In applying for a degree program or registering for courses, each student assumes full responsibility for knowledge of and compliance with the definitions, regulations and procedures of UMass Lowell as set forth on our website. For additional information, please refer to the Graduate Program Policies found within the UMass Lowell Graduate Catalog.
Tuition & Fees
Tuition at UMass Lowell is typically half the cost of private colleges, and our online tuition is among the lowest in the nation. Tuition for online programs offered through the Division of Graduate, Online & Professional Studies is the same whether you live in-state, out-of-state or outside of the U.S.
Spring 2024 Tuition
|Cost Per Credit||Cost Per 3-Credit Course*|
|Online IT and Engineering***||$600||$1,800|
|Online Education for Ed.D. and Ph.D.||$500||$1,500|
|On Campus||View Here||View Here|
|Term Registration Fee||$30|
|Graduate Degree and Certificate Application||$50|
Please note: Tuition and fees are subject to change.
Frequently Asked Questions
- You must complete all 10 courses (30 credits) of the M.S. in Information Technology degree curriculum and maintain an academic standing of a 3.000 GPA or above to earn your diploma. Also, all financial obligations, including tuition, must be satisfied. Please see Master's Degree Requirements for more information.
A Master's in Information Technology will provide you with specialized knowledge and skills that are highly valued in today's job market. You'll gain a deep understanding of complex IT concepts and technologies, as well as hands-on experience with cutting-edge tools and software.
Consequently, earning a master's can open a world of career advancement opportunities. With a deeper understanding of IT concepts and technologies, you'll become eligible for higher-level positions such as chief information officer, computer and information systems manager and IT consultant.
Additionally, a master's degree can give you a competitive edge when applying for promotions. Many master's degree holders will see an increase in salary. According to data analytics firm Lightcast, the median salary earnings for IT bachelor's degree holders was $93,600 per year in 2022. However, those with a Master's in IT working in New England report median earnings of $122,800 per year.
Flexible scheduling options also make earning a Master's in IT achievable for full-time working professionals. The online program at UMass Lowell is designed to accommodate students with busy schedules. The flexibility and affordability of our program will allow you to save time and money while you continue working and earning your degree.
There are a variety of job opportunities available for those with an advanced degree in IT. Here are five potential career paths to consider.IT Manager
An IT manager is responsible for overseeing the technology infrastructure of an organization. They manage an IT team and ensure that all technology systems are running smoothly and efficiently. They also work closely with other departments to identify technology needs and implement solutions to improve business operations.IT Consultant
An IT consultant works with organizations to identify their technology needs and develop solutions to improve operations. Consultants must have strong communication and problem-solving skills, as well as a deep understanding of technology and its applications in various industries. This career path offers the opportunity to work with a variety of clients and industries and can be highly lucrative for those with the right skills and experience.Systems Analyst
A systems analyst is a crucial member of any organization's IT team, responsible for analyzing and improving computer systems and processes. To succeed as a systems analyst, you'll need a combination of technical and soft skills. Technical skills include knowledge of programming languages, database management and software development methodologies. Soft skills include communication, problem-solving, and critical thinking. You will also need to be able to work well in a team environment and be able to multitask. Systems analysts should stay updated with new technologies and industry trends.Network Manager
A network manager is responsible for overseeing the design, implementation and maintenance of an organization's computer network. This includes managing hardware and software, ensuring network security, and troubleshooting any issues that arise. They work closely with other IT professionals to ensure that the network is running smoothly and efficiently, and they are responsible for ensuring that the network meets the needs of the organization. A network manager must have a strong understanding of networking technologies and protocols, as well as excellent communication and problem-solving skills. Additionally, they may be responsible for developing and implementing network policies and procedures, as well as staying up to date with the latest networking technologies and protocols.Software Developer
Many information technology majors move on to positions as software developers. Software developers design, develop, and maintain software applications for a variety of industries and purposes. They may work on anything from mobile apps to enterprise-level software systems.
This career path requires strong programming skills, as well as the ability to work collaboratively with other developers and stakeholders. Software developers work for software companies, tech startups and in-house IT departments for larger organizations. The demand for skilled software developers is high, making this a lucrative and rewarding career path for those with a passion for technology and programming.
Master of Science in Information Technology Admission Requirements
- Completion of an undergraduate BS or BA degree from an accredited institution
- No GRE required
- Mathematical Maturity: Students should have completed a minimum of one semester of precalculus mathematics, one semester of discrete mathematics and one semester of statistics as part of their undergraduate studies, or possess the equivalent experience
- C Programming proficiency, to include a minimum of one semester of C Programming and one semester of Data Structures, or the equivalent experience.
- F1 student visas are not issued for this program since it is offered exclusively online.
Note: Students who do not meet the requirements above may need to take additional undergraduate courses in order to meet the requirements.
Applying into a Graduate Degree ProgramAll applicants must submit:
- An application
- An application fee
- A statement of purpose
- Two letters of recommendation
- Official transcripts
- Resume Required for certain programs such as the Master's in Business Administration and the Master of Science in Health Informatics and Management
Graduate Program Admissions Requirements
Admission to all graduate programs at UMass Lowell is contingent upon successful completion of a bachelor's degree. In many cases, applicants may register for a course before formally applying to the program; however, students requiring financial aid may want to wait until they have been formally accepted into the program to ensure that their course(s) will be covered. Contact UMass Lowell's Office of Graduate Admissions if you have questions about the application process.
Questions Regarding Your Graduate Application?
Email Graduate_Admissions@uml.edu or call 800-656-4723 (for U.S. students) or 978-934-2390 (for international students).
For General Assistance:
For general questions about registering for courses or to find out who the advisor is for your graduate program, call 800-480-3190. Our admissions and advising teams are here to help!