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Information Technology

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

M State offers two Information Technology program options:

  • 60-credit AAS degree is available on the Detroit Lakes campus and through eCampus
  • 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

  • Current technical practices in core informationtechnologies
  • 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


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 Associate in Applied Science (AAS)
Locations: Detroit Lakes, eCampus

Information Technology Associate in Science (AS)
Locations: Moorhead

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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
Computer & Network Technology Instructor
Detroit Lakes, eCampus
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Deb Flaskerud
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Joanna Jesser
Detroit Lakes
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Tim Preuss
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Eric Wilkens
Information Technology Instructor
Detroit Lakes, eCampus
Contact Eric


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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.

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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

Learn more

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Last modified: July 27th, 2015 at 02:59pm