Rensselaer Named an “IT School To Watch”
The success of Rensselaer’s master’s program in information technology (IT) and its graduates has drawn the attention of one of the top IT publications, Computerworld magazine. The publication recently named the Rensselaer master’s program in IT as one of its “IT Schools to Watch.”
The first publication to nationally recognize academic IT programs, Computerworld recognized Rensselaer for having “professors with industry experience, guest speakers from companies such as Morgan Stanley and the Reserve Bank of India, classes that emphasize skills like developing business cases, and a highly regarded capstone program, in which small teams of students complete an actual IT project for a client company.”
The universities were chosen based on statistical information and interviews with faculty, program administrators, and program alumni.
Created in 2000, the interdisciplinary master’s program in IT was among the first graduate-level IT programs in the world. A small and select group of students travel through the program together developing a well-rounded background in science, engineering, management, and social science.
And the graduates’ success speaks for itself. Last year, 100 percent of the students seeking internships secured them with top companies and 100 percent of the program graduates were placed in jobs immediately following Commencement. The average starting salary of that successful class was $74,800, making it one of the most lucrative master’s degrees that Rensselaer offers.
The founders of the program, which includes the now-Vice President for Information Services and Technology, John Kolb ’79, and one of the program’s most important professors, Greg Hughes ’67, set out to create graduates that can do both hands-on programming and strategic business management.
“The Rensselaer IT program requires more computer science knowledge than many other IT programs at other universities,” says Gail Gere, director of program development. “Because the program was designed with this technology and science component, our graduates are able to do as well as talk about IT.”