The schools on this list comprise the top 11 schools offering master’s degrees in information technology. Overall, student reviewers seemed to value knowledgeable instructors and relevant program curriculums and gave high ratings based on these factors. Three schools on the list scored student ratings about 90 percent. The University of California at Los Angeles tops the list with a student rating of 97.39. Carnegie Mellon had a score of 91.75 and the University of Texas at Austin scored 90.43. The University of Florida falls in the middle of the list with a score of 83.91.
A UCLA student who gave the university a five-star review commented on the high quality of instruction. “The faculty in this program is amazing--leaders in the field who are not only prolific researchers, but also engaged and engaging teachers and mentors.” A Carnegie Mellon student who left a five-star rating also gave high marks for the professors and the curriculum. “The professors have in-depth knowledge of the job market they are preparing the students for. The professors are happy to answer questions and enjoy interacting with students. The curriculum is designed and constantly updated to give the students the latest relevant stuff.” A student at UT-Austin wrote, “Great classes taught by world-class faculty, great support, great funding, great flexibility to study exactly what you want. I recommend it highly.” One University of Florida student expressed satisfaction with their curriculum’s emphasis on business and career training. “There are lots of job opportunities available. The syllabus is [a] mixture of computer and finance.”
Our goal in presenting this school data is to create a standardized and trustworthy method to assess institutions based on reliable statistics. In order for a school to be eligible to be featured on a 2018 Top Programs List, at least five students from that particular degree program must have submitted feedback on their institution. Graduate Programs only considers regionally or nationally accredited, non-profit institutions for our rankings. Aggregated student rating values were multiplied by 20 to create a Student Score out of 100; in the event of a tie, schools were awarded the same rank value.
Together with our internal recommend rate data, which is calculated based on tens of thousands of student reviews submitted to our site, the data used in the school listings were gathered in 2016-2017 from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). This site is the primary governmental entity for gathering and presenting data related to education. NCES data is updated annually. However, in many cases the most recently available data will not be for the current academic year. Additionally, tuition rates may vary by program, so prospective students should contact a representative from their institution of choice for more details.