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Information Technology, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 60 months
University rank #601 (QS) Cincinnati, OH, United States
The bachelor of science in Information Technology at the University of Cincinnati is a broad program of study encompassing all aspects of computing technology. Information technology, as an academic discipline, focuses on meeting the needs of users within organizational and societal contexts through the selection, creation, application, integration and administration of computing technologies.
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The Information Technology program at the University of Cincinnati provides broad foundation in the areas of software application development (Web, mobile, enterprise and desktop), networking and systems administration (including technologies for data centers and storage), database management (design and administration) and digital media (development of digital images, audio and video to support IT solutions) and cybersecurity. The students' experience is culminated by the senior design experience - a two-semester exploration developing a real-life IT solution. Students present their senior projects to the community in an IT technology expo at the end of the spring semester of every year. 

In addition to the broad foundation, each student gains in-depth knowledge and skills in one of four areas: networking and systems, software application development, cybersecurity and coming in fall 2017 game development and simulation . 

The Networking/Systems concentration combines courses in the complementary areas of computer networking and systems administration, both of which support the smooth operation, administration, integration, and security of computing resources. The computer networking area involves designing, implementing, securing and administering the pathways by which information flows between computing devices by configuring the devices, routers, switches, firewalls, intrusion prevention systems, wireless access points, etc. Systems administration, on the other hand, is managing the operating systems of the many different computing devices, such as servers (Linux, Windows, etc), desktops (Windows, Mac OS, Linux, etc), smart phones and tablets (Android, iOS, etc). This includes administering and securing users' access to applications and data in the complex connected world of the enterprise.

The Software Application Development concentration equips students with skills to develop software solutions for users and organizations. It covers the complementary areas of desktop applications, Web applications and mobile applications. Students learn how to develop software solutions and gain skills in some of the most commonly used development platforms (Windows, Android, Java and Mac). The software application track cover broad array of software applications such as personal productivity, entertainment, games, business productivity, enterprise integration, platform development and integration among others. Courses in the desktop areas cover technologies such as Java and C# (.NET) that enables users to develop complex software running different operating systems. The Web application courses cover technologies for the client side (the Web pages), business logic (modules that implement different users and organizational rules and regulations) as well as infrastructure (modules that connect the Web application with database systems, security among others). Technologies such as Java Enterprise Edition and Microsoft .NET framework (C# and Active Server Pages) are covered. The mobile applications courses focus on developing software applications that runs on smart phones, tablets and other handheld devices. Students learn about the major operating systems for mobile devices such as Apple iOS, Google Android among others. In addition, students learn to use different integrated development environments (IDEs) and different tools for software design (Unified Modeling Language or UML) and software testing. 

The Cybersecurity concentration will prepare graduates for one of the fastest growing and most rewarding careers in IT.  Students will learn both theories and hands-on skills of software and hardware security tools to design secure systems and protect enterprise information and network assets. They will gain expertise in investigating computer related crimes and identifying the resources exploited by cyber-criminals and terrorists. They will also learn how to apply standards, models, and best practices to solve real world issues and draft security policies to mitigate risks and threats of today’s IT infrastructure. The Cybersecurity track focuses on practical skills that are required by IT security professional positions, including but not limited to vulnerability analyst, incident response specialist, penetration tester, intrusion detection specialist, and secure code auditor.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 60 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Computer Programming 
  • Fundamentals of Information Technology
  • Computer Networking
  • English Composition
  • Professional Development for BSIT

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

General Requirements

  • The Common Application (online)
  • Essay
  • Personal Statement
  • Transcripts 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    9322 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4661 USD per semester and a duration of 60 months.
  • National

    9322 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4661 USD per semester and a duration of 60 months.
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Living costs for Cincinnati

  • 1000 - 1650 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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