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The B.S. in Information Technology degree program is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.

George Mason University is designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance/Cyber Defense Research and Education.

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Letter from the Chair

IST offers one of the most popular degrees at Mason – the BS in IT – and is a unique program not only at Mason but across the Commonwealth of Virginia. In our department we prepare students to address one of the greatest challenges facing the knowledge society – how to derive actionable insights from the vast reservoirs of information and data available to us by using innovative technologies and techniques. We believe that to leverage IT effectively we need to understand the extraordinary complexity of information that surrounds us and discover principles and processes that can help us use available resources effectively. Furthermore, we need to develop an applied understanding of different domains, their associated problems, and possible solutions.

At IST our vision is to expand human capabilities for social good through the application of information sciences and information technology. To accomplish our mission we engage and educate the best and brightest; conduct leading‐edge research that integrates people, information and technology; and, contribute our expertise, both human and technical, to address global problems and challenges.

We offer a suite of programs that prepare graduates for the workforce:

In addition to traditional classroom offerings, we are very proud of our approach to online and distance education and our offerings not only for our Mason degrees but also for professional development through initiatives such as Virtual Academy (VirtAc).

Research opportunities and projects at IST include information security, learning analytics and educational data mining, blending of human and computer‐based cognition, fusion of sensor data with human observations, big data informatics and analytics, and modeling the interplay among the physical, cyber and human landscapes.

We believe that in the future five major trends will create both educational and research opportunities for IST:

  1. New Forms of Risk (Cybersecurity; Information Security and Privacy)
  2. Learning and Education (Analytics, Cyberlearning)
  3. Big Data
  4. The Internet of Things (Cyber-Physical Systems)
  5. Social Impacts of IT (including Health and Behavior)

Andre Manitius, Ph.D.
Acting Chair