Carl Robert Carlson

Welcome to the Department of Information Technology and Management (ITM)!

Information technology, cybersecurity, and computing are exciting and growing fields with numerous career opportunities. Nearly every company has some sort of IT infrastructure and therefore, there is an abundant need to have workers who are well educated in computing technology. To accommodate the multitude of IT job needs, ITM offers seven undergraduate specializations, nine graduate specializations, and three cybersecurity programs that allow you to hone your IT skills to particular career opportunities.

We are very proud of our program, and have earned high rankings and honors. ITM is one of only 38 IT programs in the nation accredited by ABET, we have earned National Security Agency Center for Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense certification, ranked #5 as the best bachelor’s degree in IT degree programs for 2019 according to Bachelor's Degree Center, ranked in the top four of the 2017 U.S. News and World Report list of “master's degree" programs according to STUDY.COM, ranked first out of 10 for the “best cybersecurity degrees in Illinois for 2018” by, and a ranking of #11 in the nation for the “best accredited information technology degrees for 2018” according to ACCREDITEDSCHOOLSONLINE.ORG.

The ITM program applies a hands-on, reality-based approach to education that allows students to apply what they learn in courses to solve real-life problems. The program provides an innovative experience where students work on cutting-edge, industry-sponsored projects. This teaching philosophy and project-based learning and knowledge retention process prepares students to become innovators, entrepreneurs, and leaders of the future.

According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of IT and computer occupations is projected to grow 12 percent from 2018 to 2028, which is much faster than the average for all occupations. The median annual wage for computer and IT occupations was $88,240 in May 2019, which was higher than the median annual wage for all occupations of $39,810. Occupations in IT are projected to add around 546,200 new jobs. Demand for these workers will stem from greater emphasis on cloud computing, the collection and storage of big data, and information security. According to CompTIA, the U.S. is the largest tech market in the world and is $1.7 trillion industry in 2020.

The ITM program includes exciting topics like digital forensics, cybersecurity, internet of things, cloud computing, information security, data management, IT entrepreneurship and management, networking and communications, software development, system administration, application development, and web design. All of these specializations help prepare you for a variety of IT positions. The curriculum integrates IT disciplines of management, development, technology and theory, operations, and security, and will prepare you for complex, professional roles in a variety of organizations and industries.

I’m honored to serve as chair of ITM. The department has a strong foundation of innovative educational programs, interdisciplinary research collaborations across the university, and diverse partnerships with industry, nonprofits, and government. We’re looking forward to building on these efforts as we grow and advance our collective mission to benefit society through innovation and excellence.

C. Robert “Bob” Carlson
Chair, Department of Information Technology and Management