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Computer Science & Information Technology

Welcome to UNK Computer Science and IT

There are several reasons to choose a Computer Science or Information Technology career

  • It is a fun, creative, exciting and fast-growing field. You get to learn all of your life!
  • CS/IT professionals make positive contributions to society.
  • It is intellectual stimulating work.; It’s not boring or routine. For the second year in a row, both Forbes Magazine and US News and World Report both rated Software Developer as the best job for 2014 and identified two other IT jobs in their list of the ten best jobs. Other jobs include IT Consultant, Database Administrator, Web Developer, Quality Assurance Expert (also called Test software Development Engineer), IS Security Engineer, Software Engineer, Programmer Analyst, Applications Engineer, and more.
  • There is a huge demand for more IT professionals – and new jobs are created every day.
  • The earning potential is the highest for any BS degree. Starting salaries range from $45K-$60K in the local area.

Our Computer Science program is for people who want to creatively solve problems. It has a solid theoretical foundation along with mobile app development, gaming, robotics, and software development team projects.

Our Information Technology is the only Information Technology BS degree program of its kind in Nebraska. It is for people interested in working with technology and helping people. It has web development, system administration and security, and general IT degree options.

Our Master of Science in Education Degree is a fully online IT degree through the MSEd Instructional Technology program with a Concentration in Information Technology that meets the State of Nebraska IT supplemental endorsement for teacher certification.

100% Job Placement

We have 100% placement for dedicated students - with average starting salaries in the $50-60K range in Nebraska. Our programs follow the ACM international standard curricula -- the widely accepted standards for CS & IT degree programs.

Scholarship Information

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Recent News:

President Obama announces TechHire Initiative: Creating Pathways to Better, High-Paying Tech Jobs and Meeting Urgent Employer Demand Across the U.S.

In March 2015, President Obama announced the TechHire Initiative, a campaign that encourages businesses and communities to quickly train people for high-paying technology jobs (www.whitehouse.gov/issues/technology/techhire). Kearney, NE is among 20 communities involved in the campaign. Dan Hoffman, the COO of the nonprofit venture development organization Invest Nebraska, said that Kearney is a good fit for the program because of the area’s “entrepreneurial ecosystem. It has a great university, and I think that it is positioned right at a crossroads in Nebraska for developing more of a technology-based economy.” In collaboration with the State of Nebraska, Buffalo County, and Kearney, Xpanxion and Invest Nebraska have worked to build partnerships with local training institutions to ensure that individuals who successfully complete their programs are connected with IT jobs – like software development and quality assurance work for clients such as The Weather Company, Sony, Red Hat, and Intercontinental Hotel Group. Through this initiative, Kearney will launch a technology incubator that will support high-growth software startups in a rural environment, bringing ideas to a low cost area with access to reasonably priced talent in rural Nebraska.

Cyber security students draw attention of U.S. Department of Defense

Congratulations to the UNK CyberDefense students, especially CSIT students Oliver Avande, Doug Perez, Devin McIntyre, and Michale Odell.


Congratulations to the UNK team that won the Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (CCDC), for the North Center region http://ia.dsu.edu/ccdc/, held at Dakota State University last weekend. They will go to nationals in San Antonio later this year. 
The team (pictured, from left to right) includes Information Networking and Telecommunications (INT) faculty Dr. Angela Hollman, CSIT student Devin McIntyreCSIT student Mahugnon Oliver Avande,  INT student Nery Cabrera, INT student Jesus Moreno, CSIT student Doug Perez, and CSIT student Michael Odell.