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Masters (MS) in Information Communication Technology

Become an expert in bridging the gap between business and technology. This online program will equip you with the necessary training for executive roles. You will gain leadership and management skills to apply them in this high-demand industry.

This programs offers three tracks/focus areas for students to customize their education:

  • Health
  • Technology and Analytics
  • Policy and Regulation
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At a Glance

Fall 2024

Application Due Date:
07/01/2024
Start Date:
08/26/2024

Spring 2024

Application Due Date:
11/15/2024
Start Date:
01/13/2025

Credits and Tuition Cost (2023-2024)

Credits Required: 36
Cost Per Credit: $737.00

Format

Fully Online

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Masters in Information Communication Technology overview

Program format
Format
Fully Online
Total credits
Total Credits
36
Degree awarded
Degree Awarded
MS

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What You'll Learn

Overview

ICT students gain knowledge and skills needed to effectively apply, use and manage technology when solving problems specifically related to information and communication. Classes provide a human and organizational focus on technology–teaching students how to be effective users of technology. Students who major in ICT can expect to work in positions where they are the communication link between people, organizations and the  technologies used to support those organizations’ information infrastructures.

Required Internship

All information communication technology majors are required to complete a credit-bearing internship before graduation. An ICT 399 internship aims to provide students an opportunity to participate in services that are part of a professional ICT program. This is accomplished through supervised work-and-learning experience in a professional environment under the direction of a University faculty member and an employee of a participating firm. We are here to help you apply for internships and we want to help you succeed in whatever endeavors you choose to pursue!

Course Examples

  • ICT 600 ICT in Society
  • ICT 610 Research Methods for ICT
  • ICT 650 Introduction to Leadership in Information Professions
  • Either ICT 662 Data Analysis & Visualization -OR- ICT 661 Intro to Data Science (Data Science core requirement)
  • ICT 696 Practicum
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How to Apply

Application Requirements

Standard graduate application requirements apply.

  1. A 200-300 word personal statement explaining:
    • Why you are seeking admission to the ICT master's program at the University of Kentucky
    • Why you are interested in a career as an ICT professional.
  2. Resume or CV
  3. Three (3) letters of recommendation (Only an email address is required. Our system will ask them to upload their letter.)

 

Admissions Criteria

Standard graduate admission requirements apply.

While an undergraduate degree in ICT or a related field is preferred, it is not required for admission.

Program Contact

Sarah Tamme
Admissions Coordinator

Deadlines

Fall 2024

Application Due Date:
07/01/2024
Start Date:
08/26/2024

Spring 2024

Application Due Date:
11/15/2024
Start Date:
01/13/2025

Frequently Asked Questions

About The Program

What is the focus of the ICT program?

Our graduate program in Information Communication and Technology is for anyone who helps make technology work for people. Our students have experience working with technology, and often are responsible for troubleshooting, maintaining, securing data, and developing software and technological infrastructure. But they are also responsible for communicating about these technologies in ways that everyone can understand. This graduate program is ideal for those who lead these efforts for their organization. 

What is the practicum requirement and will the program help me find a placement site?

All ICT graduate students are required to take three (3) credit hours with the ICT 696 practicum course that will allow them to put into practice the skills they’ve learned in the program. This is done near the end of the students' time in the program, and many students utilize their current employment to meet this need. The program can assist students in finding a practicum, though this is ultimately the student’s responsibility. 

Should I enroll as a full-time student?

This depends on each student and their ability to manage the heavy course load of enrolling full-time, which is 9 credit hours (or 3 classes) per semester. Students who enroll full-time may find it difficult to keep even a part-time job. Students who are able to manage a full-time courseload can take advantage of our Graduate Tuition Cap and save on tuition, which offers a flat tuition rate per semester when enrolled in 9 or more credit hours.

Learning Online

Will I have to attend class at a specific time?

No, all classes are asynchronous. This means that students complete the course requirements according to the syllabus and deadlines, but they have flexibility within their own schedule to complete coursework at times that work best for their schedule. We recommend students log in everyday to ensure they are staying on top of communication and assignments.

What should I expect in online classes?

It's important to know how to approach learning in an online degree program. Online classes are not harder nor easier than in-person classes, but they are different due to their asynchronous modality. This means students going into an online master's program should expect to:

  • Develop a routine: Login to your online class routinely (we recommend at least once daily) to receive updates and contribute meaningfully to any ongoing discussion boards.
  • Be good time managers: Determine when you have time to work on coursework throughout the week so you don't fall behind or put off assignments until the last minute.
  • Communicate: If you are having any trouble, message your peers and/or your instructor right away to ask for help or clarification. Never be afraid to reach out to your instructors or Student Affairs if you need assistance--we have many resources to help you, but we need to know your situation to act accordingly on your behalf.

If you need additional support in navigating the online classroom, Canvas (our learning management system) has a number of helpful tools, including a module for new students that walks through everything you need to know about navigating information in your online class.

Will my degree say “online”?

No, you are awarded the same diploma from UK as students who take classes in-person. There is no denotation of “online” on your diploma or your transcripts.

Can I meet with faculty even though the program is online?

Yes. Our faculty are happy to meet with our students by phone call, email, or an online meeting. You are also welcome to set up an in-person appointment if you ever find yourself in Lexington.

Admissions

Does it matter what undergraduate degree I received?

No. As long as you have a four-year degree from an accredited university, with a 3.0 GPA, you are a candidate for our program. We have students with degrees in a wide variety of areas in our program.

What are the admissions criteria for the ICT master’s degree?

Admission requirements include an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0, a graduate GPA of at least 3.0 (if applicable), 3 recommendations, a resume/CV, and a personal statement. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.

Tuition & Financial Aid

How much does the program cost?

Your cost may vary based on how long it takes you to progress through the program. Part-time students (less than 9 credit hours) are charged an hourly rate. Full-time students are charged a flat tuition fee for all hours 9 or higher. The cost per credit hour is listed near the top of this page. To see the full-time rate, please visit https://www.uky.edu/studentaccount/tuition and look for “Graduate Students Enrolled Exclusively in Distance Education Courses – full time”.

Is there a tuition cap?

Yes! As an incentive to be enrolled full-time (more than 9 credit hours) exclusively in a distance education program, students receive a capped tuition rate.  To see the current term’s capped tuition rate, please visit https://www.uky.edu/studentaccount/tuition and look for “Graduate Students Enrolled Exclusively in Distance Education Courses -- full-time.” This is the per semester rate you will pay when enrolled for more than 9 credit hours.

I'm not in Kentucky. What's my tuition rate?

For our fully-online programs, it does not matter what state you live in. The rate is the same no matter where you live. 

Does the program offer any graduate assistantships?

While the School of Information Science does offer graduate assistantship positions and ICT students may apply to them, they are heavily Library-Science focused. You can see more information and apply for assistantships on the following webpage: https://ci.uky.edu/sis/students/scholarships/graduate-fellowships-and-assistantships

Distance Learning

Licensure & Authorization

Where you live matters when completing distance education activities. If you will live outside of Kentucky while completing your program, please check the Distance Learning Authorization & Licensure page to confirm that the program can be offered in your state or country, and if relevant, that it meets professional licensure requirements in your state. Please note: Admission and enrollment in a fully-online program can NOT lead to the issuance of a J-1 or F-1 student visa. 

AUTHORIZATION & LICENSURE INFO
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Student Support

Once you become a student, you will have access to a wide variety of academic support services to maximize your success. These services are available completely online to meet the needs of our online students.

Why UK Online

No GRE

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No test scores required.

Grad tuition cap

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Save money by paying for only 9 standard credit hours per semester, even if you take more.

Flexible schedule

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Fit learning into your busy schedule with no prescribed class times.

Tuition Assistance

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