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2018-2019 University Catalog 
2018-2019 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Department of Computer and Information Technology (Graduate)

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Department/School Head:

Marcus K. Rogers, Department Head
Jeffrey L. Whitten, Graduate Program Chair

Academic Programs:

Master’s and Ph.D. Programs

The Department of Computer and Information Technology offers programs leading to the Master of Science in Computer and Information Technology degree. Students may continue their studies leading to a Doctor of Philosophy in Technology with an area of concentration in Computer and Information Technology.

The research interests of the faculty include autonomy, intelligence, and robotics; big data and data analytics; bioinformatics and healthcare applications; cyber infrastructure and high performance computing; network design and management, emerging and advanced applications of information technology; information security and privacy; homeland security; cyber learning and computational thinking; systems analysis and design; and project and process management. Additionally, several faculty have an entrepreneurial spirit, having turned their research into products that have helped a variety of industries solve problems and improve their productivity and accuracy.

The regular master’s program requires nine three-credit courses plus a six-credit thesis. There are three core courses required of all students. The remaining courses are chosen by the student with the approval of a graduate faculty committee tailored to their research.


The department has access to state-of-the-art UNIX, Linux, and Window NT computing research facilities of Information Technology at Purdue (ITaP), and the Engineering Computing Network (ECN). Additionally, the department is committed to applications research through more than a dozen departmental laboratories.

Financial Support

A limited number of teaching assistantships are available to qualified students entering the department. Additionally, a limited number research assistantships are available for qualified students in conjunction with sponsored research of the faculty.  Finally, The Graduate School offers some fellowships for entering and continuing students.

Concentrations (Areas of Study):

Autonomy, intelligence, and robotics big data and analytics bioinformatics and healthcare computing cyber infrastructure and high performance computing emerging and advanced applications of information technology information security, privacy, and homeland security cyber learning and computational thinking systems, project, and process management

Professional Master’s Programs:

The Department of Computer and Information Technology currently offers two online (only), non-thesis professional programs for working information technology professionals. These professional programs require 33 credits of coursework. Current programs include: Project Management; and Business (systems) Analysis.

Online/Distance Programs:

See Professional Master’s Programs (above)

Regular Graduate Faculty by Rank:


L.D. Bentley, M.S.; G.R. Bertoline, Ph.D.; M.J. Dark, Ph.D.; J.E. Dietz, Ph.D.; T.J. Hacker, Ph.D.; A.R. Harriger, M.S.; G. McCartney, Ph.D.; F. Mili, Ph.D.; M.K. Rogers, Ph.D.; J.L. Whitten, M.S.

Associate Professor

V.M. Barlow, M.B.A.; J.L. Brewer, M.S.; K.C. Dittman, M.S.; D.A. Gusev, Ph.D.; R.L. Homkes, M.S.; M.D. Kane, Ph.D.; A.J. Magana, Ph.D.; J. R. Mariga, M.S.; E.T. Matson, Ph.D..; P.T. Rawles, M.S.; A.H. Smith, M.S.; J.A. Springer, Ph.D.;  J.M. Taylor, Ph.D.;  B. Yang; Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

B. C. Min; K. C. Seigfried-Spellar; D.M. Whittinghill, Ph. D.

Clinical Associate Professor

R.A. Hansen, M.S.; D. Laux, Ph.D

Clinical Assistant Professor

 G. Ravai, M.S.


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      Computer and Information Technology

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