About this Program

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

  • 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.

Degree Level
Degree Earned
Master of Science
Information & Communications Technology
Delivery Modes


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

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.

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.

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.

Alumni Careers

Dominion Enterprise
Naval Surface Warfare Center
British Petroleum (BP)
General Electric


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.


Estimated rates for the 2023-24 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
Cost Per-Credit $599
Technology Delivered Courses Outside Virginia and/or the United States
Cost Per-Credit $623
Cost Per-Credit $1,439

Ways to Save

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Graduate Program Director

NORFOLK, 23529

Graduate Program Director

NORFOLK, 23529