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Volgenau School of Engineering
The B.S. in Information Technology degree program is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET,

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

Cloud Computing Concentration

We announced, in our fall 2020 registration reminder emails, that we are introducing a new concentration in fall 2020: Cloud Computing (CCG).
We are excited and hope you are, too! Be sure to review the below and let us know if you have any questions.

  • The Cloud Computing (CCG) concentration focuses on the fundamentals of building IT infrastructure on a cloud platform, cloud services management for building, deploying, and maintaining various cloud models, techniques for developing applications to take advantage of availability, security, performance, and scalability of the cloud, creating and using big data analytical environments, building security into cloud platforms, and securely managing and accessing cloud environments. Students will also be able to optimize different services by understanding cloud-based solutions; explore best practicesfor designing patterns for architecting optimal IT solutions on cloud, deal with cloud architecture challenges such as load balancing, auto scaling, configuration management, caching, adaptive virtualization, on-demand resources provisioning, monitoring, and access control; use the serverless framework, deploy and test serverless application on a cloud platform;designbig data cloud environments for performance, security, and cost effectiveness; assign roles to users and groups, audit actions taken, and operations of commonly utilized security services, and apply virtual firewall rules and network access control lists. Employment opportunities for CCG graduates tend to be as Cloud Security Architect (designing and integrating security into cloud build outs)and Cloud Risk Assessment Professional (preforming risk assessment with cloud environment build outs), Operational support engineer, Cloud software engineer, System integrator-cloud, Cloud developer, DevOps engineer, Cloudsolutions architect, Cloud SysOps Admin.
  • Students interested in declaring the Cloud Computing (CCG) concentration
    • Will need to earn a B or higher, or grade of XS, in IT 341.
    • Once IT 341 has been graded, students will need to fill out, sign, and send to us the Change/Declaration of Academic Program form (
    • An advisor will review, update your catalog year to 2020-2021, sign, and send the declaration form forward for processing. You will then be required to satisfy all degree requirements for the 2020-2021 catalog.
  • Cloud Computing Courses offered this fall: IT 442, IT 451, IT 461, IT 481. Course descriptions are available in the 2020-2021 University catalog,
    • Students who have completed IT 441 in Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 are absolutely eligible to take IT 451. Unfortunately, IT 441 is not a coded prerequisite, so if you’d like to register for it, you will need to submit an override request form at to register for IT 451.
    • Students who have completed (CS 112 or IT 196) instead of (IT 106 or IT 109) are absolutely eligible to take IT 461; however, you will need to submit an override request form at to register for it.
    • Students who have completed (IT 106 or IT 196 or CS 112) and (IT 441 in Fall 2019 and Spring 2020) are absolutely eligible to take IT 471 (not available in fall 2020); however, you will need to submit an override request form at to register for it.

If you do not wish to declare CCG, but you wish to take a CCG course, it will satisfy the INFS/CYBR, HIT, ITE, WDM/WDEV, NTEL, DTP concentration elective. Register for the course and then send an email to us letting us know your name, G#, declared concentration, and the CCG course subject/number for which you have registered, so we can submit the substitution/waiver form. Once the Registrar’s office processes this sub/waiver, DegreeWorks will accurately populate the CCG course in your degree evaluation.