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IST BuildingAt IST, we're about creating intelligence. The digital age has made the world smaller, faster, more interactive and increasingly mobile. But no matter how fast and smart machines become, they still rely on the power of human creativity. It’s people that create new ways to look at and evaluate the infinite opportunities of the digital age. IST draws on a variety of knowledge disciplines to help individuals unlock the power of their own creativity and fuel the world’s most powerful problem solving machine—the human mind.

At a Glance

  • Penn State campuses offering IST: 19, along with Penn State Continuing Education at University Park and Penn State World Campus
  • Associate, B.S., M.S., M.P.S., and Ph.D. degrees
  • Online degree programs include: B.S. in Information Sciences and Technology, B.S. in Security and Risk Analysis, M.P.S. in Information Sciences with an option in Cybersecurity and Information Assurance, M.P.S. in Enterprise Architecture, and M.P.S. in Homeland Security with an option in Information Security and Forensics
  • Required internship for all undergraduate students
  • 86% average placement rate for undergraduate students since 2007, with an average starting salary of $63K and $5K signing bonus
  • More than $70 million in total sponsored research funding through grants and contracts
  • 7 Research Centers in the areas of: Big Data Analytics and Discovery Informatics; Cyber-Security, Information Privacy, and Trust; Enterprise Architecture; Human-Computer Interaction; Intelligent Natural Gas Supply Systems; Network-Centric Cognition and Information Fusion; and Online Innovation in Learning

Faculty Awards

  • 9 NSF Young Investigators and CAREER Award recipients
  • 5 Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Fellows
  • 3 Fulbright Award recipients
  • 2 Association of Computing Machinery Fellows
  • 1 Association for Computing Machinery CHI Lifetime Achievement Award recipients
  • 1 American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellow
  • 1 American Association for the Advancement of Science Electorate Nominating Committee member
  • 1 Air Force Young Investigator Research Award recipient

  • 1 Association for Psychological Science Fellow
  • 1 International Society of Intelligent Biological Medicine Fellow
  • 1 Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Fellow
  • 1 Society for Technical Communication Fellow


  • Penn State No. 1 among “Best Online Bachelor’s Programs” in 2015 U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Colleges” rankings
  • Penn State No. 2 among “Best Colleges for Veterans” in 2015 U.S. News & World Report “Best Colleges” rankings
  • IST online programs ranks No. 4 among “Best Online Graduate Computer Information Technology Programs” in 2015 U.S. News & World Report “Best Online Programs” rankings