Our Information Communication Technology program strives to educate students to assume roles where the application of information technology (IT) is concerned with the ultimate goal of connecting people, organizations, and communities to enhance their ability to succeed. This master’s program focuses on providing students with the knowledge and skills to assume leadership positions charged with effectively applying, using, and managing technology when solving problems specifically related to information and communication. While the ICT undergraduate curriculum is designed to prepare students to assume positions that require basic knowledge and skills commensurate with bachelor’s level preparation, the master’s curriculum is designed to prepare students to assume positions that require more in-depth knowledge of the field. The curricula reflect the knowledge and skill sets students need to successfully compete in the ICT job market. Students in the ICT master’s program will begin to focus on a certain area or aspect of Information Communication Technology. Students admitted to the master’s program may concentrate their studies into one of three tracks: health, technology and analytics, or policy and regulation. Or, students may choose to work with their adviser to create a program of ICT that best suits their educational and professional goals.
Information communication technology is an emerging field with career opportunities in job categories across the private and public sectors.
Computer systems analysts: 20.9% projected job growth*
Information security analysts: 17.9% projected job growth*
Medical and health services managers: 16.9% projected job growth*
...just to name few. The U.S. Dept of Labor employment projections reflect double-digit percentage increases in most ICT job sector categories over the next decade.*Based on employment outlook for 2012-22 from the US Dept of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics at http:/bls.gov.
Students are admitted for fall and spring semesters. Application deadlines are July 15 for fall admission and November 15 for spring admission. Students pursuing the degree will apply to the Graduate School for admission to the ICT MS degree program. There is no preferred undergraduate degree program.
Admission to the ICT MS degree program requires 1) a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution; 2) a grade point average of 3.0 or higher on any prior undergraduate or graduate work, in both cases on a scale with A = 4.0; and 3) Graduate Record Exam scores, verbal: new exam 150 or higher OR old exam 400 or higher, quantitative: new exam 140 or higher OR old exam 450 or higher, and analytical writing 4.0 or higher.
For the quantitative and analytical scores, applicants should meet at least one of the minimum scores. Applicants for whom English is not the native language must achieve a TOEFL score of 550 for the paper-based test (213 for computer-based test or 79 for the internet-based test). Students may take 500-level undergraduate courses, with the advice of faculty or staff, to remedy any deficiencies.
While an undergraduate degree in ICT or a related field is preferred, it is not required for admission.
Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher
Graduate Record Examination (GRE) GRE scores (may be self-reported—official scores will be required upon admission; please use the institution code for the UK Graduate School, R1837: do not enter a department code)*
Note: students must meet the verbal requirement and either the quantitative OR the analytical requirement.
Personal Statement should--in 200-300 words--explain (i) why you are seeking admission to the ICT master's program at the University of Kentucky, and (ii) why you are interested in a career as an ICT professional.
A resume or CV must be uploaded
We require three letters of recommendation. When you apply through the application portal, you will be asked to fill out an online form to submit the contact information of the three people who will be recommending you. The system will contact each person identified and their recommendations will be submitted directly to us. You can check back into your application at any time to see who has submitted a recommendation.
Fall: July 1st
Spring: November 15th
Applications are not accepted during the summer session.