Information Sciences and Technology

About the College

Andrew Sears, Dean, Information Sciences and Technology

In the College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) graduate programs, we are committed to research and applications that focus on real-world technology-related problems that impact people’s everyday lives. Our students are challenged to think critically and to recruit interdisciplinary perspectives and skills to tackle the greatest research challenges of the 21st century. Our internationally distinguished faculty bring formal training and research expertise from business, computer science, education, information science, psychology, engineering, sociology, mathematics, law, and other fields. Our masters and doctoral graduates bring their research and problem-solving skills to both cutting-edge information technology companies and traditional academic careers. In the graduate programs of IST, we identify and pursue problems that are a novel combination of human, information and computer science, investigating difficult and inter-connected problems. Our goal is to generate scientifically-grounded solutions that will improve the way people live, work, and play.


Mission and Goals

Our mission is to educate students who can meet the challenges of the 21st century information age; to conduct leading-edge research by integrating people and information and technology; and to carry out service activities that address global problems and challenges.



Career Solutions

The Office of Career Solutions and Corporate Engagement assists students with pursuing their career-related goals. They offer a variety of programs, services, and resources to help students pursue professional opportunities such as resume reviews, career fairs, networking events, and job and internship postings.


Inclusion and Diversity Engagement

The Office of Inclusion and Diversity Engagement works to support a welcoming and inclusive community in the College of IST. They aim to create and maintain an equitable climate by developing strategies that engage and retain students, faculty, and staff from underrepresented groups, including women.



Jeffrey Bardzell
Associate Dean for Undergraduate and Graduate Studies
College of Information Sciences and Technology
E397 Westgate Building
University Park, PA 16802