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"IIT School of Applied Technology programs apply a hands-on, reality-based approach to education that allows students to apply what they learn in class to solve real-life problems. The degree and certificate programs provide an innovative experience where students work on cutting-edge, industry-sponsored projects. This teaching philosophy prepares students to become innovators, entrepreneurs, and leaders of the future. "

C. ROBERT CARLSON, Ph.D.
Dean, IIT School of Applied Technology
Chair, Department of Information Technology and Management

About the School of Applied Technology

IIT School of Applied Technology offers degree, non-degree, certificates, English language programs, international programs, and employee and professional development. The School of Applied Technology includes the following educational programs:

Food Science and Nutrition
Industrial Technology and Management
Information Technology and Management
Office of Professional Development

Programs and courses at the School of Applied Technology provide a blend of theoretical content and practical application that utilizes a hands-on, reality-based approach to education. This allows students to apply what they learn in class to solve real-life problems. Students learn about new and emerging technologies and the application, integration, and administrative practices used in the effective management of these technologies.

In addition, IIT School of Applied Technology, through its Office of Professional Development, combines university-wide resources to establish a common administration and support structure for non-degree technology-oriented training and certificates, employee and professional development, short courses and seminars ranging from a few hours to several days in length.

Food Science and Nutrition

The Food Science and Nutrition (FdSN) program provides students and working professionals with skills they need to succeed in food science and management positions in both the private and public sector. The FdSN program operates in conjunction with the Institute for Food Safety and Health (IFSH). Founded over 20 years ago, IFSH is a unique consortium among IIT, Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the food industry, and home to FDA CFSAN Division of Food Processing Science and Technology. This highly successful collaborative research model has provided an environment where IIT students work alongside scientists from industry, academia, and government to ensure the production of safe, wholesome foods.

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Industrial Technology and Management

The Industrial Technology and Management (INTM) program provides students with a broad knowledge of industrial technologies and how they are applied, as well as the managerial and communication skills required to effectively manage operations, personnel, and resources. Emphasis is on the breadth of the educational experience within an industrial sector rather than in-depth expertise in narrow subject areas. Success in industry requires a broad flexible knowledge base that can be applied to provide practical solutions to complex situations.

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Information Technology and Management

The Information Technology and Management (ITM) program is designed to broaden and deepen students’ knowledge of new and emerging information technologies, the application and integration of these technologies, and the administrative practices used in the effective management of these technologies. Courses are taught using a hands-on, reality-based approach to education, in which students apply what they learn in class to solve real-life problems. The ITM curriculum is a blend of theoretical content and practical application with projects and laboratory-based instruction in which students will learn it and do it.

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Office of Professional Development

The Office of Professional Development (OPD), combines university-wide resources to establish a common administration and support structure for non-degree technology-oriented training and certificates, employee and professional development, short courses and seminars ranging from a few hours to several days in length. OPD also provides English Language Programs (ELP), courses in English as a Second Language (ESL), Study Abroad, and Professional Engineer and Fundamental of Engineering exam prep courses. Continuing Education Units (CEU) are awarded for many courses through IACET .

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IIT Online

IIT Online offers students the convenience of anytime, anywhere access to a select group of Illinois Institute of Technology courses. Online courses are especially helpful for working professionals, people who travel, parents, and others who need to make education fit their busy schedule. IIT Online enables access to a wide array of programs and courses from almost every college, center, and institute at the university.

Most IIT Online programs are designed for graduate students, but all students – degree seeking or non-degree seeking, credit or non-credit – will discover a distance learning option to meet their educational needs or career goals.

IIT Online students are IIT students. There is no distinction between the online or distance learning student and the on-campus student – both take the same courses from the same world-class faculty and earn the same well-respected degrees. Most online and distance learning courses follow the same syllabus and academic calendar as the university and typically meet for a 16-week semester. Exams follow the same schedule and are typically administered at local testing centers for students in the United States.

Courses are accessible via Blackboard, IIT's current learning management system.

Many IIT courses and some degree and certificate programs are available online. IIT School of Applied Technology online courses and programs include: Food Science and Nutrition, Industrial Technology and Management, Information Technology and Management, Employee Development, and the Professional Engineering and Fundamentals of Engineering exam prep courses.

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