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Rensselaer was among the first universities to offer advanced master’s degrees and doctoral study in the highly creative, interdisciplinary field of Information Technology.

We define IT@Rensselaer as the combined use of the power of computing with the study of social issues and managerial know-how to strategically solve current real-world problems and to creatively research future IT solutions. Today, IT is one of Rensselaer’s two highest research priorities, along with Biotechnology. IT graduates enjoy excellent employment opportunities, many choosing from among multiple offers.

Ph.D. Opportunities in IT

Ph.D. programs in Architecture, Engineering, Humanities and Social Sciences, Management, and Science offer a wealth of opportunities for doctoral study with focused IT research.

In addition, for highly interdisciplinary research, an IT Track is available in the Multidisciplinary Science Ph.D. program. The IT Track is designed to allow a student to work with faculty from multiple Rensselaer departments and schools.

Master’s Opportunities in IT

Rensselaer’s Master of Science in Information Technology balances the study of management strategies and technology leadership with advanced course work in an IT concentration.

Eleven concentrations are currently available, ranging from Data Science and Analytics to Financial Engineering. Programs are individually tailored to accommodate a variety of entering backgrounds and career goals. Both a professional and research track are offered.

Opportunities Upon Graduation from the IT Program

The M.S. in Information Technology program prepares students for leadership roles in the IT industry. For MS in IT graduates, the top starting salary to date was $114,000. The average starting salary in 2013 was $99,000. In addition, student interaction with Rensselaer faculty who are working on leading edge IT research has encouraged a significant number of master's students to seek an IT-related Ph.D. at Rensselaer.

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