Virginia Tech’s Master of Information Technology (VT-MIT) program, recently named the 3rd best online program in the nation by US News & World Report, has launched a new initiative – the MIT Scholars Program – which will award scholarships to students starting this fall.
The MIT Scholars program aims to broaden the educational pathways of student populations traditionally underrepresented in technology. The program will provide an average of $2,000 per term for tuition and fees to help support candidates pursuing a master’s degree in information technology online. Up to 10 scholarships will be awarded starting in the Fall 2022 semester.
“Throughout my career, I’ve seen the benefits of diverse and inclusive teams in solving tough problems,” said Alison Garrett, associate director of the Masters in Information Technology program. “MIT Scholars will encourage aspiring and experienced IT professionals to pursue their master’s degrees in information technology, thereby building the skilled workforce in high-tech fields.”
“This scholarship opportunity for students in the Masters of Information Technology program will go a long way to increasing the diversity of our student body, allowing more students to be able to afford a graduate degree in this very important field. in demand,” added Parviz Ghandforoush. , executive director of the master’s program in information technology.
Commissioned more than 20 years ago by the Commonwealth of Virginia, the Master of Information Technology program is designed as an integrative program within the Pamplin College of Business and the College of Engineering to provide IT professionals working computing the interdisciplinary knowledge they need to succeed in critical areas. and emerging technology areas. Alumni, students, and faculty are engaged at the forefront of engineering, computing, and business to confront and meet the technological challenges of the 21st century.
As the IT field continues to grow, there is an opportunity to offer graduate programs to train talented IT professionals for leadership positions.
“The online MSc in Computer Science program consistently offers courses delivered in a flexible learning environment by our expert faculty. By creating scholarship opportunities, we increase our competitiveness to recruit learners into our program,” said Glenda Scales, Associate Dean of Global Engagement and Chief Technology Officer. Officer of the Faculty of Engineering.
“Improving the diverse representation of our student population expands learning capabilities and student success, and we have made this a strategic priority,” said Janice Branch Hall, Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity , inclusion and belonging to Pamplin. “Investing in the MIT Scholars program is also a critical step toward diversifying the information technology field. We want our efforts to not only have a positive impact on Virginia Tech, but we want to be agents of societal change working to uplift the human condition.