M.S. in Information Technology

Application Deadlines

August 1 Spring semester (January)
March 1 Fall semester (August)

These are priority deadlines. Applications received after this date may still be considered but are not guaranteed to be evaluated for the semester of application.

Students applying to attend online have a later application deadline.

Program Contact

Graduate Advising: [email protected] or 480-727-1874

This program is available through ASU Online and at the Polytechnic campus.

Students who select the M.S. in information technology obtain advanced technology skills that prepare them for careers in industry, education or government.

Why Information Technology?

Through the curriculum, graduates design and implement information technology solutions, develop and implement enterprise databases, perform technical analysis of systems and networks, design and create technical graphic and geographic technology solutions, and serve as information technology and communications security experts. The program focuses on developing the ability to conceptualize, organize and realize information technology projects that meet the needs of users within an organizational or societal context. Program course work encompasses core technologies and a specialization area with a culminating project experience.

Graduates of the information technology program are well-qualified for careers in the management of IT departments and functions. This degree couples technical skills with the business skills needed to manage technical functions. Some graduates may pursue careers as technical support staff based on the focus area and secondary skills they achieve.

Graduates will have the ability to manage technical professionals in these focus areas. The focus area in information technology security provides the graduate with the concepts underlying information assurance, securing computer applications, and secure communication of information. These skills are combined with knowledge in areas of computer systems and networking design, configuration and administration.

The focus area in information systems management focuses on database technologies including; big data, natural language processing, and deep learning.

Attend Online

We offer this program in an online format with multiple enrollment sessions throughout the year. Interested students can request more information here.

IT program recommends the following specifications in laptop computer

  • CPU: Any modern (2015+) x64 capable quad core cpu or better
  • RAM: 16GB RAM or more
  • Disk Size: 512GB of available fast storage (eg. ssd) or more
  • MacBook is not recommended
Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

Applicants must meet the following admission requirements:

  • Minimum of a bachelor’s degree in information technology, computer science, applied computing, computer engineering, or a closely related field, from a regionally accredited college or university.
  • Minimum of 3.00 cumulative GPA (scale is 4.00=A) in their first bachelor’s degree program, or in the last 60 hours of a student’s first bachelor’s degree program.
  • Minimum of 3.00 cumulative GPA (scale is 4.00=A) in a minimum of nine semester hours of graduate work from a U.S institution; or a cumulative GPA of 3.00 (scale is 4.00=A) from an applicable conferred master’s degree program in a regionally accredited college or university, if applicable.
  • An online Graduate Admission application.
  • Submit a professional resume and personal statement as part of the online admissions application.
  • Official transcript from each college or university attended. Applicants may upload legible unofficial transcripts as part of the online application; if admitted official transcripts are then required.
  • No GRE requirement.
  • International applicants must also meet the English proficiency requirements, as defined by Graduate Admissions. Please be sure to review the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE score requirements, as your application will not be processed without valid proof of English proficiency.
Degree Requirements

Degree Requirements

The M.S. in Information Technology requires a minimum of 30 credit hours. These credit hours must include the following:

  • 12 credit hours of core courses
  • 12 credit hours of focus area courses
  • 3-6 credit hours of elective courses
  • 0-3 credit hours culminating experience
    • IFT 593 Applied Project (3 credits) OR Portfolio (0 credits)

Students currently enrolled in the BS Information Technology degree program can select the Accelerated Master’s Degree option.


STEM designation makes students within the program at ASU eligible for STEM specific Scholarships, OPT extension for International Students, and expanded GI benefits for Student Veterans.