Gain a Unique Skill Set in Programming, Software, Big Data and Entrepreneurship
Our Bachelor of Science information technology degree program — enrolling new students for fall 2015 — will prepare you for an industry that changes every minute. With a strong focus on entrepreneurship and technological business solutions, we will give you the tool building skills you'll need to work for a large organization — or start your own company.
You will learn programming and other technical skills in our program while having hands-on opportunities and access to the latest tools in the field. Our program also has a strong emphasis on big data, in which you will learn how to generate and interpret a wide variety of business metrics in order to provide valuable information and insight for organizational leaders to make key business decisions.
Not only will you be prepared to effectively think about problems but you will also be equipped with the knowledge and skill set to implement business solutions and commercialize them. Learn more about our re-launched IT program.
A Career Field in High Demand
Information technology is consistently ranked as a career field in high demand. A CNN Money article titled "5 jobs with the biggest pay hikes" reported that pay raise rates for IT workers outpaced all other professions.
Additionally, the latest information from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates job growth rates for software developers to be "much faster than the average for all occupations" due to a large increase in demand for computer software, especially within the mobile technology and health care industries.
Flexible Schedules, Small Class Sizes
With flexible class schedules, our IT program serves both traditional and working adult students. And with our small class sizes, you'll receive plenty of one-on-one attention from faculty with real-world work experience in the IT field.
You can choose to concentrate your information technology degree in one of the following areas:
- Data analytics;
- Mobile development;
- Software development; or
- Design your own concentration based on your desired career path.
Information Technology Degree Course Offerings
Our business-based curriculum offers courses with a strong focus on programming and other technical skills that can immediately be used in the current job market. You will receive a well-rounded education through Point Park's core curriculum and classes in the information technology major such as:
- Advanced programming
- Big data applications
- Business analytics
- Data mining
- Entrepreneurship for software developers
- NoSQL databases
- Software development for e-commerce
- Web application development
Recommended Laptop Equipment
We recommend students in this program to have the following laptop equipment:
- Mac is preferred but a Windows laptop is acceptable;
- A quad core processor;
- Eight GB of memory; and
- A solid state drive with at least 100GB of free space.
Point Park University students are eligible to receive education discounts on Apple and Lenovo products through our custom online stores. Visit the computer purchasing program page for more information.
We will work with you to obtain internship opportunities in Downtown Pittsburgh and beyond, enabling you to lay the ground work for job offers upon graduation.
In addition, you will frequently gain hands-on experience in our IT labs, allowing you to build your portfolio and gain a competitive edge in the field.
Information Technology Internships
Students in our IT program have interned at various organizations including:
- Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
- Ninja Electronics
- Concurrent Technologies Corporation
- CSG Interactive
- Mt. Washington Community Development Corporation
- The Crons Brand
- Lupus Foundation of Pennsylvania
Careers in the IT Field
With a bachelor's degree in information technology, you will have the option to pursue various career opportunities such as:
- Computer systems analyst
- Database administrator
- Network administrator
- Application developer
- Interface design expert
- Computer software engineer
- IT security manager
- IT project manager
- Systems programmer
- Web page designer
- IT consultant
- Website administrator
Our Information Technology Alumni
Here are some examples of employers who have hired our information technology alumni:
- Izea iPhone Applications
- Department of Veterans Affairs
- U.S. Forest Service
- Dick's Sporting Goods
- Innovations Tech
- K & L Gates
- Westinghouse Electric Company
- Bank of America
- AAA & W Corporation