NPA Pillars of Career Growth - Higher Education

The Network Professional Association supports IT/Network professionals through the NPA Pillars of Professionalism, Ethics, and Career Growth. Within the Career Growth Pillar, Higher Education is a major supporting pillar.

Employers are interested in candidates with college degrees that show a breadth of education and understanding in technology and business related areas. Among schools of higher education, there exists a diverse range of degree programs that can showcase your interests, knowledge, and skills for potential employers and business partners.

Business Technology, Computer Science, and Information Systems degrees are a powerful way to call attention to your interests and expertise. Employers look for education as validation that you have a strong foundation and are prepared to develop, even challenged, to meet their expectations for you. The following list of higher education programs have been suggested by your fellow NPA Members.

DeVry University

When you enroll at DeVry University you can prepare for the challenges of the modern workplace and to make an impact in your chosen field. Browse our variety of on-campus and online degree programs, including certificates, associate, and bachelor’s degree programs.

  • Engineering Technology
  • Computer Information Systems
  • Information Technology & Networking
  • Networking & Communications Management
  • Software Development
  • Internet of Things (IoT)
California State University

California State University, (CSU) offers a comprehensive selection of undergraduate and graduate degree programs on its 23 campuses. Browse our variety of on-campus and online degree programs, including certificates, associate, and bachelor’s degree programs.

  • Computer Engineering
  • Computational Science
  • Information Technology
  • Information Systems
  • Information Technology Management
  • Software Engineering
  • Graphic Design
Carnegie Mellon University

Carnegie Mellon University challenges the curious and passionate to imagine and deliver work that matters. A private, global research university, Carnegie Mellon stands among the world's most renowned educational institutions, and sets its own course.

  • Information Systems & Management
  • Information Security Policy & Management
  • Information Technology
  • Computer Science
Cornell University

The Cornell University Experience. You'll interact closely with world-class faculty and a diverse student body, each a collaborator in learning, in research, and in service. They're here to help you push yourself and your ideas further than you could ever push them on your own.

  • Computer Science
  • Information Science
  • Information Science, Systems, and Technology (ISST)
  • Science & Technology Studies
Brigham Young University

A Brigham Young University (BYU) education should be spiritually strengthening, intellectually enlarging, and character building, leading to lifelong learning and service.

  • Computer Science
  • Computer Science Teaching
  • Bioinformatics
  • Data Science
  • Software Engineering
  • Information Systems
  • Information Technology
Marist College

Marist College is a comprehensive, independent institution grounded in the liberal arts. Its mission is to “help students develop the intellect, character, and skills required for enlightened, ethical, and productive lives in the global community of the 21st century.”

  • Computer Science
  • Cybersecurity
  • Data Science & Analytics
  • Information Technology and Systems
  • Information Systems
  • Information Technology
University Michigan

The University of Michigan School of Information (UMSI) delivers innovative, elegant and ethical solutions connecting people, information and technology. The school was one of the first iSchools in the nation and is the premier institution studying and using technology to improve human computer interactions. UMSI offers five degrees: a Bachelor of Science in Information (BSI), a Master of Science in Information (MSI), a Master of Health Informatics (MHI), an online Master of Applied Data Science (MADS) and a doctoral degree (PhD).

  • Bachelor of Science in Information (BSI)
Pennsylvania State University

The Pennsylvania State University is a top-ranked research university and Pennsylvania's sole land-grant institution, founded with a mission of high-quality teaching, expert research, and global service. Discover a community —more than 725,000 strong —driven to make a difference.

  • Computer Science
  • Computer Engineering
  • Cybersecurity Analytics and Operations
  • Enterprise Technology Integration (ETI)
  • Management Information Systems (MIS)
  • Information Sciences and Technology (IST)
  • Software Engineering
  • Data Sciences, Applied Data Sciences
  • Digital Media, Arts, and Technology
  • Enterprise Technology Integration
  • Human-Centered Design and Development
  • Information Systems
  • Security and Risk Analysis
  • Social Data Analytics
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

At MIT - Massachusetts Institute of Technology, we revel in a culture of learning by doing. In 30 departments across five schools and one college, our students combine analytical rigor with curiosity, playful imagination, and an appetite for solving the hardest problems in service to society.

  • Science, Technology, and Society (STS)
  • Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences & Technology (HST)
  • MIT Radius - Exploring Ethics
  • MIT Sloan School of Management
  • MIT Schwarzman College of Computing
Stanford University

What’s it like to be a Stanford University student? Students chart their own paths of discovery, learning and growth, and each journey is as unique as the individual.

  • Computer Science
  • Ethics in Society
  • Management Science and Engineering
  • Science, Technology, and Society


DePaul University

Teaching and learning are our priorities at DePaul University. That might seem obvious, but we're the largest private university whose faculty members' priority is teaching. We're also the nation's largest Catholic university — and we're committed to an educational experience that weaves together mind, place, people and heart.

  • Communication and Technology
  • Computer Science
  • Cyber-Physical Systems Engineering
  • Cybersecurity
  • Data Science
  • Information Systems
  • Information Technology
  • Management Information Systems
  • Network Engineering and Security
Boston University

Oregon State University Ecampus is widely considered one of America's best providers of online education.

  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Information Systems
  • Computer Science
  • Cybercrime Investigation & Cybersecurity
  • Information Technology
  • Information Technology Project Management
  • Program Management
  • Systems Engineering
  • Web Application Development
University of Phoenix

Learning can lead to earning. At the University of Phoenix build the future you want with affordable and accredited online degree programs designed specifically for busy, working adults, like you.

  • Bachelor of Science in Business
  • Bachelor of Science in Information Technology
University of California

The University of California is the world’s leading public research university system. With 10 campuses, UC boasts large numbers of distinguished faculty and researchers in every field. University of California - Santa Cruz is a favorite!

  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Technology and Information Management
Rochester Institute of Technology

Founded in 1829, Rochester Institute of Technology is a diverse and collaborative community of engaged, socially conscious, and intellectually curious minds. Through creativity and innovation, and an intentional blending of technology, the arts and design, we provide exceptional individuals with a wide range of academic opportunities, including a leading research program and an internationally recognized education for deaf and hard-of-hearing students. Beyond our main campus in Rochester, New York, RIT has international campuses in China, Croatia, Dubai, and Kosovo.

  • Computer Science
  • Computing Security
  • Management Information Systems (MIS)
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Engineering Technology
  • Computing Exploration
  • Computing and Information Technologies
Neumont College of Computer Science

Since 2003, Neumont College of Computer Science has been the training ground for modern-day tech heroes to hone their analytical, creative, and coding skills to create the software that will change the world. Our students earn industry-proven degrees focused on computer science, while developing a portfolio of real-world experience through project-based learning.

  • Computer Science
  • Software Engineering
  • Game Development
  • Information Systems
  • Technology Management
  • Web Development
Drexel University

The College of Computing & Informatics is a national leader in information and technology education. Drexel's College of Computing & Informatics prepares you to meet the challenges of an evolving field. Designing information systems, developing networks, managing websites and databases — — information systems are varied and extensive. -BS/BA, Masters, Certificates.

  • Computer Science
  • Computing & Security Technology
  • Data Science
  • Economics and Data Science
  • Information Systems
  • Software Engineering
Michigan Technological University

Michigan Technological University prepares students to create the future. At Michigan Tech, crazy smart students do. They invent, design, code, create, and compete. Their discoveries make humans healthier and technology smarter. Together with researchers, faculty, and industry partners, Huskies create the future through research.

  • Computational Science and Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Network and System Administration
  • Computer Science
  • Cybersecurity
  • Data Science
  • Software Engineering
Texas A&M University

Texas A&M University opened its doors in 1876 as the state's first public institution of higher learning. Today, we stand as a research-intensive flagship university dedicated to sending Aggie leaders out into the world prepared to take on the challenges of tomorrow.

  • Computer Science (CPSC)
  • Computer Engineering (CPEN)
  • Computing (COMP)
  • Management Information Systems (MISY)
  • Technology Management (TCMG)
Champlain College

Founded in 1878, Champlain College is a small, not-for-profit, private college overlooking Lake Champlain and Burlington, Vermont, with additional campuses in Montreal, Canada, and Dublin, Ireland. Our career-driven approach to higher education prepares students for their professional life from their very first semester.

  • Computer Science
  • Cybersecurity and Computer Digital Forensics
  • Information Technology
University Cincinnati

The University Cincinnati offers students a balance of educational excellence and real-world experience. We are committed to excellence and diversity in our students, faculty, staff, and all of our activities. We provide an inclusive environment where innovation and freedom of intellectual inquiry flourish.

  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Cybersecurity
  • Information Systems
  • Information Technology
  • Information Technology - Data Technologies
  • Information Technology - Game Development & Simulation
  • Information Technology - Networking/Systems
  • Information Technology - Online
  • Information Technology - Software App Development
Georgia Institute of Technology

Research at the Georgia Institute of Technology is about finding connections between diverse ideas and disciplines to make breakthrough discoveries that enable humanity to continue growing safer, healthier, and wealthier. Here’s how we’re doing it.

  • Computational Data Analysis
  • Computational Media
  • Computer Science
  • Computing and Business
  • Computing and Devices
  • Computing and Information Internetworks
  • Computing and Intelligence
  • Computing and Media
  • Computing and People
  • Computing and Systems Architecture
  • Computing and Theory
  • Scientific and Engineering Computing
New York University

Since its founding in 1831, New York University has been an innovator in higher education, reaching out to an emerging middle class, embracing an urban identity and professional focus, and promoting a global vision that informs its 19 schools and colleges. Today, that trailblazing spirit makes NYU one of the most prominent and respected research universities in the world, featuring top-ranked academic programs and accepting fewer than one-in-five undergraduates.

  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Computer Science Education
  • Cybersecurity
  • Cybersecurity Risk and Strategy
  • Data Analytics & Business Computing
  • Data Science
  • Global Business
  • Global Business Analytics
  • Global Risk Management
  • Information Systems
  • Information Systems Management
  • Management & Organizations
  • Management & Systems
  • Management of Technology

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