Facts and Figures
Rensselaer currently offers two degree programs in Information Technology and Web Science, a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology and Web Science; and a Master of Science in Information Technology. Both are highly interdisciplinary, drawing courses from four of the five academic schools at Rensselaer. In addition, all of Rensselaer’s schools offer Ph.D. programs that can be focused in ITWS-related areas. A research Track in ITWS is also under development as part of the Ph.D. in Multidisplinary Science.
The B.S. in IT was created in 1998 and graduated its first full class of students in May 2002. Currently, there are more approximately 100 students enrolled. In May 2012, the average starting salary for graduates was $64,000. Nearly all graduates found rewarding employment opportunities or continued on to graduate school. A minor in Information Technology and Web Science is also available.
The M.S. in IT was created in 2000 and graduated its first students a year later. Currently, there are approximately 60 graduate students in the program. In the Fall of 2012, thirty-five new graduates students enrolled. In December 2012, the average starting salary for graduates was $84,000.
Doctoral Study in ITWS
Ph.D. opportunities in ITWS exist across the Rensselaer campus. From engineering and science to management, the humanities and social sciences, and architecture, ITWS research is one of the two highest research priorities of Rensselaer along with Biotechnology.
The Faculty of ITWS
The ITWS degree programs are the responsibility of the Faculty of Information Technology and Web Science and the Assistant Dean of Information Technology and Web Science. The ITWS faculty come from the five academic schools at Rensselaer and have joint appointments in ITWS.