Information technology is the study and application of methods of managing data. It includes data processes and many areas of computing. Professionals in information technology might design computer software or hardware, databases, and information systems. Degrees can be pursued at all undergraduate or graduate levels. The colleges listed here are among the top universities overall in the world and also have information technology course programs consistently rated highly by their peers.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has gained a world-wide reputation as being the best school to go to for any kind of technology specialty. In the 2010 issue of U.S. News & World Report’s college rankings, the MIT Sloan School of Management was rated third among America’s Master of Business Administration programs, just below Harvard and Stanford, which were tied for first. Sloan’s specialty program in information systems was ranked first.

Stanford University

Located in Palo Alto, California, Stanford University is known for its excellent in research and education. In the information technology program, which falls under its engineering department, electrical engineering and computer science are its special strengths.

University of California at Berkeley

Much published research has come out of the University of California at Berkeley, which is also famous for its business school. The University of California Berkeley School of Information offers an interdisciplinary Master of Information Management and Systems professional program. A research-based academic doctoral program is available, as well as a certificate program.

University of Cambridge

Located in the United Kingdom, the University of Cambridge is one of the oldest and most respected universities in the world. The Cambridge School of Technology departments include engineering, chemical engineering and biotechnology, computer laboratory, judge business school. The computer laboratory was originally as a mathematical laboratory in 1937 for work on mechanical calculators and analogue computers.

California Institute of Technology (Caltech)

The Center for the Physics of Information located at California Institute of Technology is devoted to the research and philosophy of both physical science and information science. Its founders believe that the two go hand-in-hand. Research coming out of this center includes a DNA logic circuit, an optical microresonator that detects heavy water, and a new technique called “nonlinearity management” that can precisely control laser pulses.