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Information Technology

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Information Technology

As a student in M State's Information Technology degree program, you'll work with networking, Web and database technologies while learning to use hardware and software systems to solve problems for people and organizations.

M State offers two Information Technology program options:

  • 60-credit AAS degree is available on the Detroit Lakes campus and through eCampus (with some onsite requirements)
  • 60-credit AS degree is offered on the Moorhead campus and is recommended for students who intend to transfer and earn a four-year degree in the field of information technology


Here's what you'll learn

Associate of Applied Science (AAS)

  • Current technical practices in core information technologies
  • Identification of effective solutions for organizations and individuals
  • Identification of the requirements for effective solutions
  • Evaluation of current and emerging technologies
  • Independent problem-solving skills
  • Teamwork and collaboration
  • Implementation of basic information security practices across an organization
  • Effective IT customer service skills
  • Effective use of core networking technologies

Associate of Science (AS)

  • Current technical practices in core information technologies
  • Identification of the requirements to provide effective solutions for organizations and individuals
  • Identification of effective IT-based solutions
  • Evaluation of current and emerging technologies
  • Understanding of the impact of technology on individuals, organizations and society
  • Understanding of best practices and standards
  • Independent problem-solving skills
  • Teamwork and collaboration
  • Effective communication with clients, users and peers


Why M State

  • Exceptional educational value
  • Flexible class scheduling
  • Faculty committed to student success
  • Academic industry partners ensure students are learning skills needed by employers
  • Courses align with vendor certifications
  • Opportunities to participate in collegiate competitions


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Degrees Offered Click on a degree below to view details

Information Technology - Database Administration Associate of Applied Science (AAS)
Locations: Online, Moorhead

Information Technology Associate of Science (AS)
Locations: Moorhead

Information Technology Associate of Applied Science (AAS)
Locations: Online

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M State's Information Technology program has an articulation agreement with Minnesota State University Moorhead. Graduates from M State's program can transfer seamlessly into MSUM's bachelor degree programs in:

  • Information Technology AAS > Operations Management BS
  • Information Technology AS > Information Technology BS
  • Information Technology AS > Operations Management BS
  • Information Technology AS > Project Management BS

Articulation agreements ensure that students completing specified coursework or degree programs at M State will transfer into designated programs at partner universities/colleges per the terms of the agreement. This cooperative effort eliminates or minimizes the questions and confusion that sometimes accompany transfer and allows our students to be confident that their degree from M State will satisfy a substantive portion of the completion requirements for the bachelor's degree at the university/college they will be attending.


Meet the faculty

Marlene Craik

IT instructor
Detroit Lakes, Online
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Deb Flaskerud

Computer Programming Instructor
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Dave Hjalmquist

Computer Programming Instructor
Moorhead, Online
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Joanna Jesser

IT Instructor
Detroit Lakes, Online, Moorhead
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Jason Peterson

IT Faculty
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Tim Preuss

IT Instructor
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M State's IT degree ranked among nation's best

In 2016, the Center for Online Education recognized M State's Information Technology AAS degree as one of the best online associate of information technology degree programs in the nation.

The Center notes that M State's 60-credit program "can prepare students for a career in IT support, network administration, telecommunications or cyber security, among many diverse options within the technology industry."

The Center for Online Education is a collection of online educators and experts committed to providing informed, research-based guides to students pursuing degrees online.

Computer User Support Specialist

Computer User Support Specialist
data source: Career Coach


Career opportunities

Graduates will find career opportunities as: IT support specialist (help desk), application support specialist, customer support specialist, health information technology, network administration, network technician, telecommunications technician, server administration, web administration, web developer, web master, computer programmer, mobile app developer, and cyber security.

Description: Provide technical assistance to computer users. Answer questions or resolve computer problems for clients in person, or via telephone or electronically. May provide assistance concerning the use of computer hardware and software, including printing, installation, word processing, electronic mail, and operating systems.

For more information visit Career Coach.

All career data is set to your current geographical area: up to 100 miles away from Moorhead

data source: Career Coach


Computer User Support Specialist employment

1,282 Employed in your area

56 Estimated annual job openings

133 Approaching retirement age

The average retirement age in the U.S. is 65 years old. Computer User Support Specialists in the 55-64 and the 65+ categories are 1-10 years away from retirement. When older workers retire, there will likely be a demand for new workers.

Age Group # of Workers % of Workers*
under 25 158 12%
25-34 441 34%
35-44 327 26%
45-54 223 17%
55-64 120 9%
65+ 13 1%

* Based on county-level occupational demographics

data source: Career Coach


Required courses

Required IT courses for AAS degree

  • Introduction to Programming and Scripting
  • Microcomputer Databases
  • Cisco I and II
  • IT Essentials I and II
  • Network Essentials
  • Microcomputer Operating Systems
  • Linux I
  • Network Security
  • Network Operating Systems

Required IT courses for AS degree

  • Introduction to Programming and Scripting
  • Microcomputer Databases
  • Cisco I
  • Microcomputer Maintenance
  • Information Systems
  • Microcomputer Operating System
  • Web Engineering I
  • Linux I
  • Network Security
  • Network Operating Systems


Computer Requirements


Operating System

Recommended: Windows 10 Professional or higher. (Home version does not have many of the needed features)

Accepted: MAC with current Macintosh Operating System. Mac must be running Bootcamp or VMware Fusion prior to attending classes. Check with program faculty for details.

Office Suite

Office 365 is available free to students. This includes Word, Excel, Power Point, Publisher and Access. There is also a Mac version which includes Word, Excel and Power Point.

Virus Protection

Symantec End-Point is available to all MState students free of charge.



Intel Core i5/i7 OR AMD FX 8350 processor.

IMPORTANT: The Processor must support virtualization

Hard Drive

750 GB hard drive or larger.


Recommended: 16 Gb or more of RAM

Accepted: 8 Gb RAM

Ethernet Network Interface

100baseT or 1000baseT Ethernet connection

Wireless Network Interface

Wireless capability 802.11n or later


External hard drive of 1 Tb or more


Internal or External CD-RW / DVD Combo Drive

Last modified: November 14th, 2016 at 10:49am