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Information Technology (B.S.)

Marymount's information technology (IT) program offers a solid foundation of knowledge across the system life cycle — defining requirements, developing software, administering and securing a computer network, and successfully managing IT projects. The curriculum addresses hardware, software, databases, networks, security, quality assurance, and project management.

Students are also prepared for industrywide certification, such as Net+ from CompTia, and Certified Software Tester (CSTE) from the QA Global Institute. Students who specialize in forensic computing study the field using topics required for the International Society of Forensic Computer Examiner’s Certified Computer Examiner certification. Students who specialize in networking and cybersecurity are prepared for the Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician (CCENT) and the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) certifications for Cisco Systems and the Security+ certification from CompTia.

The computer science specialty provides the preparatory work necessary to enter Marymount’s M.S. in information technology’s software engineering track and prepares students for the IEEE Certified Software Development Professional (CSDP). Students in the Cloud Computing specialty are prepared to take the AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner certification. Students who have passed one of these certifications within the past three years and can show evidence to the program director will be able to substitute a higher-level course, approved by the program director, for the required course.

In addition, to learning the fundamentals of the information technology discipline, students also choose a specialty area of study, including:

Applied Cybersecurity
This specialization is primarily for transfer students who have transferred three or more specific cybersecurity courses from a community college or four-year program. It can also be selected by students who wish to enter the many parts of the cybersecurity field that do not need a strong computer networking focus.

Applied IT
This specialization is for students who do not want to specialize in one of the other specialties or who are transferring in IT classes that do not correlate to classes in any one specialty.

Cloud Computing
This specialization is for students who wish to specialize in architecting, developing, and managing systems in the cloud computing environment. 

Computer Science
This specialization is for students who would like to design and build software products or design and build complex, secure networks.

Data Science
This specialization is for students who wish to develop knowledge, skills, and abilities to collect, store, find, and interpret "big data."

Forensic Computing
This specialization is for students who wish to investigate computer incidents and prepare evidence for use in a court of law.

Game Design and Development
This specialization is for students who wish to develop high-quality games for a variety of media in the gaming industry and beyond.

Information Systems
This specialization is for students who wish to provide technical support to system users and design and manage websites, usually in a business context.

Interactive Media
This specialization is for students who would like to design websites using audio and video components.

Networking and Cybersecurity
This specialization is for students who wish to specialize in network administration and the protection of today's computer systems.


Marymount's information technology undergraduate and graduate programs are coordinated through The Cyber Center in the Ballston Center, fourth floor. A Canvas site provides information on the various programs, events, resources, jobs, and internships. 

Marymount undergraduates who wish to accelerate their progress toward completion of a master's degree (Business Administration, Cybersecurity, or Information Technology) can apply for the pre-M.S./pre-MBA option. Students accepted into these competitive programs begin their studies toward their master's degree while completing their bachelor’s degree. Students accepted into these programs can supplement their undergraduate graduation requirements with up to 12 credits of specified graduate coursework during their senior year.

Program Options

Minors

Highly qualified female students may be eligible for the Clare Boothe Luce Scholarship for Women in Science and Mathematics, providing full tuition and room and board. 

The Cyber Center

Visit the Cyber Center's Canvas site for details of the cybersecurity programs and events at Marymount University.
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