Information Communication Technology



ICT is NMSU’s premier distance education Information Technology (IT) program accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The Information and Communication Technology (ICT) curriculum covers the topics and concepts that are required to design, implement, and manage a variety of computer-based information systems.

The ICT program has three concentrations available: Cyber Defense, Network Technologies, and Software Development.  Students complete a selection of core courses and four courses specific to their area of concentration.

The program is offered as a complete 4 year program Bachelor's degree program but is also has a 2 + 2 track designed to be an online two-year degree completion educational path to a baccalaureate degree. This 2 + 2 path is for graduates of computer and technology-related associate degree programs from community colleges or other two-year institutions. It is also a viable degree path for students who have completed the freshmen and sophomore years of computer or technology-related programs at four-year institutions including New Mexico State University. Students taking the distance ICT courses must have familiarity with and unrestricted access to a computer with a CD drive, a current web browser, a high speed connection to the Internet without restrictions, email capability, a sound card, and Microsoft Office. Technologies used for course delivery include WebCT, Quicktime videos, PDF files, and other commonly used formatting. Some software required for specific courses will be available at student discount. The NMSU Distance Education Homepage has more information on orientation, support, the use of library resources, and the use of the university bookstore for students in distance programs.

IT includes all aspects of managing and processing information on all layers of systems within an organization infrastructure (hardware, operating systems, ​applications, ​databases, ​storage, ​servers, ​telecommunication technologies and more). IT professionals need to stay abreast of new technology, and they must be very familiar with how to use operating systems and server software, including Linux, Docker, Apache, OpenSSL, Windows Server, Oracle, MySQL, Microsoft SQL Server and languages such as HTML, CSS, JavaScript, MySQL, Python and Java.

What You Will Need

  • Windows 10 with 16GB RAM
  • High speed internet
  • Webcam/Microphone
  • Microsoft Office

Students must complete all University degree requirements, which can see be seen with full details on the ICT Catalogs Page and College of Engineering degree requirements, found on the COE Catalog Page.

For the 2 + 2 completion program, entering students  are expected to have completed two years of college-level work and satisfied the following requirements: The  General Education requirements  as well as  Viewing a Wider World courses. Students must complete all university degree requirements, which include: General Education requirements, Viewing a Wider World requirements, and elective credits to total at least 120 credits with 48 credits in courses numbered 300 or above. Developmental coursework will not count towards the degree requirements and/or elective credits, but may be needed in order to take the necessary English and Mathematics coursework. The General Education requirements may be completed with transfer credits from previous institution.


View Areas


See the  General Education section of this catalog for a full list of courses


  • Area I: Communications
  • Area II: Mathematics
  • Area III: Laboratory Sciences
  • Area IV: Social/Behavioral Science
  • Area V: Humanities
  • Area VI: Fine Arts
  • VWW: See the Viewing Wider World section for a full list of courses
  • Elective: Credit may vary based on prerequisites, dual credit, AP credit, double majors, and/or minor coursework. Students should discuss elective requirements with their advisor.


To get individualized reports and reflect on the academic progress toward the degree, use the STAR Audit Report. This tool can be used to show what credits are missing by using a checklist. This can calculate the GPA and show what kind of courses still need to taken.

Career Paths

City, County, State
Consumer Goods
Research & Development

Job Placement Rate is high. The Median Starting Salary is $45,000 with under government and $60,000 under private.

  • Information Specialist
  • Systems Administrator
  • IT business Manager
  • Network Engineer
  • Configuration Manager
  • Technical Consultant
  • Technology Support Specialist
  • Systems Analyst
  • Programmer Analyst
  • Enterprise Databases Administrator