Information Technology (B.S.)

Technology plays a role in all aspects of today’s world- in business, in government, in industry, in society, and in our personal lives. A degree in Information Technology  includes real-world IT experience in defining requirements, developing software applications, building and administering complex secure computer infrastructure on the premises and in the cloud, and successfully managing IT projects. Marymount offers small classes, which provides personalized attention from our highly qualified faculty. Our IT major is for students who want to:

  • Be ready for the everchanging technology workforce of the future
  • Specialize in fields, such as cybersecurity, cloud computing, data science, and more
  • Learn in one of the largest tech regions of the country
  • Experience global opportunities in IT

B.S. Information Technology Degree Requirements & Course Descriptions

Specialize your IT degree

Marymount’s approach allows you to develop proficiency in a specific aspect of information technology with five upper level courses. Add a minor in a specialty area, including:

Business Analysis


If you want to analyze business processes and improve them through digital transformation, the Business Analysis minor is for you.

Course topics include Web Development, Managing Big Data, and Data Analytics.

Cloud Computing


Cloud computing is one of the fastest growing areas of information technology. The cloud computing minor focuses on support technology implementation on cloud infrastructures, including architecting, developing, and managing systems.

Course topics include Data in the Cloud and Cloud Security and DevSecOps.

Computer Science


The computer science minor is for students who plan to become software developers and design and build modern software products.

Course topics include Java Programming, Calculus, and Data Structures and Algorithms.



The expanding field of cybersecurity needs more professionals prepared for keeping our information secure. The cybersecurity minor is for students who wish to examine how and why cyberattacks are happening with increased volume and impact and how to protect against them. The cybersecurity program at Marymount University is a National Security Agency (NSA)/Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Center for Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education (CAE/CDE).

Course topics include Cybersecurity Principles, Corporate Cybersecurity, Cloud Security and DevSecOps, and Cybersecurity: Attack and Defend.

Data Science


Data is everywhere, and businesses need more data scientists to manage large amounts of data. The data science minor is for students who want to be future data scientists collecting data from many sources, transforming it into a usable format, solving business-related problems using data-driven analysis techniques, and working with a variety of programming languages, including R and Python.

Course topics include Database Technology, Managing Big Data, Data Visualization, and Machine Learning Technologies.

Digital Forensics


The digital forensics minor is for students who wish to investigate digital incidents, both corporate and criminal, and prepare digital evidence, increasingly used in courts of law.

Course topics include Cybercrime and Digital Terrorism, Cybersecurity Principles, and Digital Forensics.

Game Design and Development


The game design and development minor is for students who wish to develop high-quality games for a variety of media in the gaming industry and increasingly in business.

Course topics include Mobile App Development, Game Design, 3-D Modeling and Animation, and Game Development and Production.

Network Security


The network security minor prepares future network security professionals to manage computer networks and to ensure the security of information systems from an operational perspective. Students are prepared for industry certifications such as those from CompTIA (Network+, Security+) and from Cisco (CCENT and CCNA).

Course topics include Computer Networking, Cisco Networking, and Cybersecurity: Attack and Defend.

The world is right here at Marymount

Marymount diverse students When you apply to Marymount’s Information Technology (B.S.) program, you’ll be joining students from all ethnicities, countries, industries, and experience levels, providing you with an invaluable global perspective and openings doors within the DC technology and business community and beyond.

Global information technology experience

Each spring semester includes a study away course with a required one-week structured study abroad with the Center for Global Engagement during spring break. These Global Classroom study abroad opportunities include destinations in Estonia, Finland, Romania, and here in the U.S. in Silicon Valley.

Marymount IT students study abroad in Estonia Marymount IT students study abroad in Finland

Prepare for your career

Internships & careers

The D.C. metro area is the third largest metro area for technology jobs (CompTIA Cyberstates 2021). There are many jobs in government and business, and the field is growing rapidly. An Information Technology (B.S.) degree will prepare you for your future career.

  • Hands on experience with tools for the workplace, including: Java, Python, SQL, AWS EC2.
  • Completion of a capstone project with a research based project option
  • Student chapters of professional organizations
  • Completion of an internship

Marymount’s location in the Washington, D.C. metro area provides opportunities for internships. Recent internship placements include:

  • Amazon Web Services
  • Freddie Mac
  • F.B.I.

Research in IT opportunities

Undergraduate students are encouraged to conduct an original scholarly endeavor in the information technology field and present their work to the academic community, both at Marymount and at computer-related conferences.

Students enroll in IT 433 Research and can work directly with any member of the full-time faculty who supervises the project. The full-time faculty currently conduct research in information security, virtual reality, data management, open source software, technology for health care, and other areas. Marymount students computer information technology cybersecurity research

Examples of student work and research include:

  • Configuring an Internet Firewall for a Typical Small Business
  • Testing Intrusion Detection Systems
  • Creating a Second Life Presence for Marymount University
  • Creating Classroom Exercises for Computer Security Courses
  • Establishing a local Computer Help Desk for the School of Business Administration
  • File-sharing among College Students: The Student Perspective
  • Establishing a Departmental Web site for the Information Technology Program

Get the support you need

Marymount University offers many services and resources for students across campus, including our Student Academic Hub, Student Access Services, International Student Services, and many more.

Marymount students in Ballston Not sure which computer to buy? Visit our Technology Purchases guidance for more information about technology specifics. Marymount students also have access to reduced-cost and free software, including Microsoft Office.

Financial aid & scholarships

Information Technology (B.S.) students qualify for many STEM scholarships. The Pablo Enriquez Scholarship is for Hispanic identifying students studying Information Technology. Highly qualified female students may be eligible for the Clare Boothe Luce Scholarship for Women in STEM, providing full tuition. Contact and watch your Marymount email for additional scholarships at Marymount and from business and not-for-profits.

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