Information Technology, B.S.

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Our IT degree gives you a rock-solid foundation for the IT job market.

Almost every industry needs information technology (IT) professionals. You’ll be equipped to explore the full range of IT careers with an information technology degree from Oakland University. Our IT degree provides you with exceptionally versatile skills, along with hands-on experience that helps you stand out in the IT job market. You’ll tackle real-world information technology challenges on campus and in professional workplaces, working directly with corporate and government partners on industry-sponsored projects. Graduates of our IT degree program have an excellent hiring record, and employers make a point of recruiting Oakland University graduates for IT jobs. You’ll graduate with an ABET-accredited information technology degree, professional experience and contacts, and well-rounded expertise that qualifies you for a broad array of IT careers.

Information Technology Degree: The Oakland University Advantage

IT jobs are growing by leaps and bounds in the automobile, medical technology, and wireless communication industries. Global leaders from all three sectors have active partnerships with Oakland University, giving our IT majors unique opportunities to gain relevant, high-impact information technology experience.

Our IT degree also stands out for its emphasis on:

  • Next-generation technology. Oakland University’s cutting-edge IT labs and research facilities are collaborating with government and corporate partners on significant innovations in information technology. We’re helping to push the boundaries in cyber security, wireless embedded systems, autonomous cars, biomedical technology, and other appealing IT career sectors.
  • Practical experience. Our IT degree emphasizes applied, results-oriented work. You’ll acquire top-notch problem-solving skills that demonstrate your ingenuity, creativity, and persistence—traits that IT employers place high priority on. The IT degree culminates in either a workplace internship or industry-sponsored design project, enabling you to showcase your ability.
  • Personal attention from faculty. You’ll get plenty of direct interaction with faculty, building one-on-one relationships with nationally renowned information technology researchers. Our faculty combine academic achievement with industry experience, sharing professional wisdom and contacts that can boost your IT career.
  • World-class facilities. Our Engineering Center opened in 2014 and is outfitted with state-of-the-art IT labs and technology. You’ll work with the most current hardware and software, using the same tools and techniques you’ll use in your IT career.

IT Jobs and IT Careers

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects IT jobs to grow nearly twice as fast as the general work force over the next five to seven years. The BLS estimates the median IT salary at about $80,000 per year, well above the national norm.

Graduates of our IT degree program have an excellent hiring record, with many receiving IT job offers before they complete the IT degree. Common IT career pathways include:

  • System administration
  • Information security
  • Network administration
  • Web development
  • Programming
  • Database administration

IT Degree: What You’ll Study

Oakland University’s IT degree is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET. The program includes optional tracks in systems and administration and bioinformatics, and concludes with a professional internship or industry-sponsored project.

The degree includes core information technology courses in subjects such as:

  • Programming
  • Object-oriented computing
  • Interactive Web systems
  • Networks
  • Software engineering
  • Database design
  • Systems analysis and administration
  • Information security
  • Human-computer interaction
  • My future career:

    Database Administrators

  • My future career:

    Information Retrieval Specialist

  • My future career:

    Interactive System Designer

  • My future career:

    Multimedia Specialist

  • My future career:

    Systems Analyst

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    * Median salary for the state of Michigan

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    Additional Considerations

    Some careers may require additional education. See your academic adviser for more information.

    • Network Administrator
    • Network Engineer
    • Systems Administrator
    • Systems Analyst
    • Web Developer