The only online Ivy League master’s degree in Computer Science designed for students without a Computer Science background.

The Online Master of Computer and Information Technology (MCIT) is an online masters degree in Computer Science tailored for non-Computer Science majors Offered by the University of Pennsylvania, this new program brings the long-running, established on-campus MCIT degree online. The MCIT program empowers students without computer science backgrounds to succeed in computing and technology fields. MCIT students come from diverse academic backgrounds ranging from business and history to chemistry and medicine.

Computer science might not be in your past, but it will be in your future. Technology has an immense impact on our lives, and is creating fields and positions that didn’t exist five years ago. Equipped with a competitive computer science degree, MCIT graduates will be uniquely positioned to fill roles in finance, healthcare, education, and government, as well as in the core software development industry. Exposure to real-world projects throughout the program will prepare students to utilize skills that positively impact society.

This program fosters a rich and inclusive community for students, granting access to core university services that support their well-being and future career goals. This support, combined with a strong alumni network and career services, prepares students to succeed even if they are new to the tech industry. Upon completion of the degree, on-campus MCIT alumni have gone on to earn jobs with competitive salaries at leading technology companies such as Amazon, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Oracle and Bloomberg.

What makes this degree unique?

  • Ivy League Quality It’s a first-of-its-kind program that offers an Ivy League master’s degree in Computer Science designed for non-CS majors.
  • Built Around Your Schedule The coursework is 100 percent online. You’ll benefit from the same high-quality instruction as on-campus students and graduate with the same degree. The diploma does not indicate whether the degree was earned online or on-campus.
  • Accessible Pricing At $26,300 for tuition and fees, the cost of the MCIT online degree is significantly less than on-campus alternatives and most online master’s degrees in Computer Science.
  • Faculty Access You’ll get frequent access to world-renowned instructors through discussion forums and live office hours.
  • Try before you apply Penn Engineering offers an online Computational Thinking for Problem Solving course on Coursera to help you decide whether the program is the right fit before you apply.
  • Real-world, project-based learning Core courses and electives blend computer science theory and applied, project-based learning. You’ll have the chance to use real-world tools and environments such as TensorFlow and Amazon Cloud.
  • Money
    $25,000 (tuition) + $1,300 (fees)

  • Clock
    16-40 months

  • Graph
    10 courses
  • Globe
    Completely online

Applications for the Fall 2020 cohort open on January 2nd.

The early application deadline is March 1st.

The final application deadline is May 1st.

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Admissions

Admissions

The Online Master of Computer and Information Technology (MCIT) program is a rigorous graduate-level program that offers talented students with no prior experience in computer science an opportunity to embark on a highly successful career in technology. The program accepts applications for fall and spring semesters.

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Academics

Academics

The accelerated MCIT Online curriculum is designed for students to build the strong foundation needed to pursue the graduate-level electives taken by students in traditional computer science Masters programs.

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Careers

Careers

Computer science and technology have the power to reshape your career and your life. Graduates of MCIT have gone on to pursue careers in diverse industries including finance, healthcare, education, and government, as well as in the core software development industry.

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Student Experience

Student Experience

MCIT Online is about more than just the curriculum. Students in this program will have access to core services across the university to support their well-being and future career goals. Although MCIT Online students do not study on Penn’s campus, they are considered members of the Penn community.

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About University of Pennsylvania

About University of Pennsylvania

The University of Pennsylvania is a private, research-intensive university located in West Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Penn traces its origin to 1740 and continues to pursue the principles of its founder, Benjamin Franklin: invention, outreach, entrepreneurship, innovation, and the pragmatic unity of theory and practice. Penn’s educational offerings balance the arts and sciences with the professions.

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