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Information & Communications Technology (Computer Science, M.S.)

ICT (Information and Communications Technology) is the infrastructure and components that enable contemporary business computing. This MS program in Computer Science offers a unique combination of computer science technical knowledge and business IT skills that prepares graduate students for success in the business world of the 21st century. The program emphasizes cutting-edge ICT skills, which can provide a basis for job entry, career development and flexibility amid the rapid changes in Information Technology.

Information & Communications Technology (Computer Science, M.S.)


Description


What is Information & Communications Technology at ODU like?

ICT (Information and Communications Technology) is the infrastructure and components that enable contemporary business computing. This MS program in Computer Science offers a unique combination of computer science technical knowledge and business IT skills that prepares graduate students for success in the business world of the 21st century. The program emphasizes cutting-edge ICT skills, which can provide a basis for job entry, career development and flexibility amid the rapid changes in Information Technology.

Program Highlights


What makes Information & Communications Technology at ODU unique?

  • Course-only option: 18 credits (6 courses) must be CS graduate courses, and 15 credits (5 courses) must be IT graduate courses.

  • Project option: 15 credits (5 courses) must be CS graduate courses, and 15 credits (5 courses) must be IT graduate courses.

  • Typically, 3-4 semesters are required to complete degree requirements

  • Prepare students for IT careers with knowledge or skills in business transaction systems, database, business intelligence, enterprise computing, AI (artificial intelligence), big data, IoT, enterprise architecture, and others.

Careers


What are some careers in this field?

Check out these ideas from ODU Career Development Services and the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). A median salary is the midpoint of what people typically earn—half of those surveyed earned above the median salary, and half earned below.

Business Intelligence Analysts

$91,080

MEDIAN SALARY


Produce financial and market intelligence by querying data repositories and generating periodic reports. Devise methods for identifying data patterns and trends in available information sources.

Database Administrators

$89,050

MEDIAN SALARY


Administer, test, and implement computer databases, applying knowledge of database management systems. Coordinate changes to computer databases. May plan, coordinate, and implement security measures to safeguard computer databases.

Database Architects

$91,080

MEDIAN SALARY


Design strategies for enterprise database systems and set standards for operations, programming, and security. Design and construct large relational databases. Integrate new systems with existing warehouse structure and refine system performance and functionality.

Computer and Information Systems Managers

$149,730

MEDIAN SALARY


Plan, direct, or coordinate activities in such fields as electronic data processing, information systems, systems analysis, and computer programming.

Employers


Graduates from this major have gone to work at

Dominion Enterprise, Apex, Naval Surface Warfare Center, BP (British Petroleum), General Electric, IBM, SAP, Oracle, and NASA.  

Courses


What are some courses offered in Information & Communications Technology at ODU?

IT 650:
Database Management Systems


Introduction to database management systems. The topics addressed include system architecture, data models, database analysis, design and implementation, query processing, business transaction processing, and database security. Prerequisites: IT 620 or equivalent; or permission of the department.

IT 660:
Enterprise Information Systems


This course introduces enterprise systems as large-scale software systems for the seamless integration of material and information flows within an organization. Topics include enterprise integration, engineering integration, customer integration, and enterprise systems applications in various industrial sectors. Prerequisites: IT 650 or permission of the instructor or department.

IT 652:
Information and Communications Technology for Big Data


Introduction to emerging ICT techniques for big data analytics and big data science. Topics cover WSN, cloud computing and IoT. Prerequisite: IT 650 or permission of the instructor or department.

Requirements


What are the requirements to apply for Information & Communications Technology at ODU?

Students entering the Master of Science program in Information & Communications Technology should meet the minimum university admission requirements (Graduate Admission)

  • In addition, an applicant must have a strong background in computer science. Students who do not have a sufficient background in computer science may enter the graduate program as provisional students and make up for their deficiencies by taking appropriate courses. 

  • Applicants are required to take the GRE general test or the GMAT aptitude test may be used. 

  • Two letters of recommendation from faculty members of academic institutions are required in addition to all transcripts at the postsecondary level. 

  • For students whose native language is not English, either a TOEFL score of 550 (paper-based) and 79 (internet-based) or IELTS score of 6.5 is also required.

Cost

Tuition and Fees

Estimated rates for the 2021-22 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

Virginia Resident


Per Credit:

$ 551

Non-Resident


Per Credit:

$ 1,387

Technology Delivered Courses Outside Virginia and/or the United States


Per Credit:

$ 595

Ways to Save

Financial aid is available to graduate students at Old Dominion University. Financial aid may be available in the form of University fellowships, tuition grants, and research assistantships. In addition to the financial aid offered by the University, graduate students may be eligible for aid and student loans administered by other agencies. For information about part-time employment, scholarships, and student loans, contact the Office of Student Financial Aid.

Next Steps


I like this program. What are the next steps?

Contact


Need help applying?

Meet Your Enrollment Team

Our enrollment coordinators are ready to help you through the admissions process.

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Graduate Program Director


Name:

Li Xu


Location:

2076 CONSTANT HALL, NORFOLK, VA, 23529



Office:

757-683-6138


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Graduate Program Director


Name:

Yaohang Li


Location:

3212 ENGR & COMP SCI BLDG, NORFOLK, VA, 23529



Office:

757-683-7721


Graduate Admissions


Location:

1000 Rollins Hall, Norfolk, VA 23529


Phone Office:

757-683-3685


Fax:

757-683-6512


Email:

gradadmit@odu.edu


International Admissions


Location:

2101 Dragas Hall, Norfolk, VA 23529


Phone Office:

757-683-3701


Fax:

757-683-3651


Email:

intladm@odu.edu

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