Bachelor of Science Information Technology

earn this degree onlineThe BS in Information Technology focuses on preparing graduates to configure software that meets the needs of organizations. Students acquire skills related to the selection, creation, application, integration and administration of computing technologies. This degree prepares students to become skilled in problem solving and programming, networks and communications systems, databases, Internet and Web technologies, security and project management, and to have a strong grasp of business concepts and technical communications.

For international students: this is a STEM-designated program.

Common Career Areas

  • Consulting
  • Database administration
  • Database programming
  • Network security
  • Programming
  • Project management
  • Software development
  • Web development

91%of reporting program graduates were employed, continuing education, or not seeking employment within six months of graduation



Students in the Standard Concentration study the technologies that are essential for the modern information age: networking, databases, applied programming, user experience design, content management systems, and agile programming. Coursework emphasizes hands on development. The capstone class provides the opportunity to develop software for nonprofit companies.

Standard curriculum and requirements

Media Engineering

The Media Engineering Concentration draws upon coursework in information technology to support media development, particularly in the context of film making. In addition to studying networking and applied programming, students in this concentration study cinema production with a focus on the design, management and delivery of media. They work with all stages of film making from development, through production, post-production, and distribution.

Media Engineering curriculum and requirements

Web Development

Students in the Web Development Concentration study front-end programming, back-end web programming, and related technologies, such as databases, computer and network security, and mobile development. Course work includes modern web development frameworks. As in the Standard Concentration, the capstone class provides the opportunity to develop software for nonprofit companies.

Web Development curriculum and requirements

Capstone Project: Padüfus Films

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IT 394 and 395 is a two-quarter community-based service learning sequence where a team of students assist a community organization in solving a technology problem. One recent project was an updated website for Padüfus Films, a Chicago-based film company that produces short films and documentaries. The student team consulted with the client to get feedback on the current website and where improvements and updates could be made. They were able to give Padüfus a brand new site theme, updated equipment rental page, and completely overhauled the site’s search engine optimization (SEO). With a team of ten, all group members were able to hone their area of expertise.

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What’s The Difference? Between IT, CS, And IS

IT Bridges the gap between computer science and information systems. Learn more about these distinctions.


iD Lab

CDM’s Innovation Development Lab (iD-Lab) serves as a model for university and corporate partnerships in the area of technology innovation. Current work in the lab focuses on three primary areas: development of technology innovation projects with member companies; education through training, workshops, and practical experiences; and research on technology innovation. Current partners include companies such as Abbott, Allstate, Bosch, CareerBuilder, CDW, and Digital Mint.

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Community-Based Learning

Service learning is an important component of DePaul's Vincentian identity. IT students take three community-based service courses where they are tasked with solving technology problems--typically through a website or application--for actual companies. These courses allow students to work with employers across all phases of software development, providing an excellent opportunity for students to put the skills they've learned to use in the real world.

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Online Learning

Many courses for this program are available for review and playback online. One hundred percent of the lectures in the CDM courses—from audio and video to whiteboard writing and supplemental materials—are captured and available online. Transfer students may complete this degree online.

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Faculty Research

CDM treats research as integral to its delivery of first-class instruction to students. School of Computing faculty are engaged in innovative research and offer collaborative research opportunities with students and partners across several areas including artificial intelligence, computational finance, data mining, database systems, human-computer interaction, programming languages and systems, security, and visual computing.

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Learn from Working Professionals

Instructors in the IT program bring their expertise from many years of experience working in industry and consulting. They have worked for companies that include Accenture, Microsoft, and United Airlines. Some of these instructors are also active consultants in content management systems, mobile computing, application security, network infrastructure, website performance analysis and predictive analytics programming.

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