110+
Courses approved for our minor and certificate programs
2500+
Students have graduated with an IT Program
minor or certificate
35+
Academic departments contribute to our program
IT Minor

Information Technology Minor

The undergraduate Minor in Information Technology offers a dynamic interdisciplinary experience where students study information and communication technology, its applications, and its social and other effects. Our program focuses on equipping students with the skills and knowledge needed to confidently navigate technology and harness its power for innovation. Whether you're majoring in business, arts, or any other field, our minor provides you with a solid intellectual foundation to leverage information and communication technology effectively within your chosen field. 

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Computer Competency Certification

Looking to get an initial overview of information technology? The Computer Competency Certification is the perfect place to start. This 2-credit online course enables UMass Amherst and non-UMass students to boost their computer skills and thrive in today's digital world. Specifically designed to teach and assess a student's understanding of computer structure, implementation, and culture, this certification provides a solid foundation for using computers effectively in both personal and professional settings.

Student Group

Public Interest Technology Certificate

Are you passionate about making a positive impact in society through technological innovations? Or are you concerned about how technology might be affecting society and want to help make positive change? Then the UMass Amherst Public Interest Technology Certificate is for you! Available to all undergraduate students, regardless of major, this certificate equips students with the essential skills and knowledge in Public Interest Technology, providing the opportunity to develop social literacy, pragmatic strategies for promoting the public interest, and technological literacy.

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Drone Piloting (and Data Analysis) Graduate Certificate

Are you a professional or graduate student interested in mastering the art of drone flying and aerial image analysis? Look no further than our unique certificate program! Taught by expert pilots and data analytics professionals, this program is designed to equip you with the essential skills and knowledge to safely operate drones and process aerial images for analysis (photogrammetry). In just one year, you'll complete a comprehensive curriculum consisting of online and in-person courses at either UMass Amherst or our Mount Ida location in Newton, MA.

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UMass Amherst's IT Program Launches New Website
The UMass Amherst Information Technology Program is pleased to announce the launch of its new website! Designed to be a user-friendly resource for students, faculty, and staff, the website offers a streamlined and informative experience. "We're excited to unveil our new website," said Ben Conrick
July 8, 2024
IT Program Steering Committee Member Fran Berman Wins Pioneer in Tech Award
PIT@UMass Director and IT Program Steering Committee member Fran Berman was celebrated as she received NCWIT’s Pioneer in Tech Award during NCWIT’s Summit in Kansas City, Missouri on May 20th. The NCWIT Pioneer in Tech Award recognizes women whose lifetime contributions have significantly impacted
May 21, 2024
April 2 Event: Opening Reception for Public Interest Technology Research Exhibit

Please join us for an opening reception of the PIT x UMass Research Exhibit.

March 20, 2024

Note from the Director

"We are committed to creating learning environments that are inclusive, welcoming, supportive, and empowering for all students who are interested in learning more about information technology through our minor, certificate options, or certification."

Charles M Schweik
Director and Professor, Department: Environmental Conservation, School of Public Policy
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