Defense Information Systems Technology (DIST)

Offered Fully Online!

Who Should Apply?

If you have completed an Associate’s degree in Applied Science (AAS) in a technology-related field, this degree is designed for you!

Why This Degree Now?

The Defense Information Systems Technology concentration is ideal for students who have real life experience with systems networking, communications technology, to include digitally aided defense information management systems, and desire to gain the theoretical knowledge and practical technical skills needed by professionals working with today’s emerging information technologies.

There is a growing demand for information systems specialists in numerous industries including defense, telecommunications, education and training, finance, and health services. Analysts at the Virginia Workforce Connection predict that by the year 2018, the Commonwealth of Virginia will have added more than 60,000 new jobs for information technology related fields. Because of this need for tech-savvy workers, Mason has designed the DIST concentration to meet the need for technically trained and experienced IT professionals. Completing a Bachelor’s degree with a DIST concentration allows students to “hit-the-ground-running” in the competitive IT industry.

The DIST concentration provides the knowledge to successfully apply information technology theory and principles to solve real-world information technology challenges. The program covers fundamental and advanced concepts in core technologies such as network architecture, information and cyber security, networking and telecommunications as well as systems integration. Read more: (link to program requirements here)

Why Choose Mason?

  • The DIST concentration will build on the skills you have learned in your career to ensure you have the knowledge and skills to be more competitive in the growing market for IT professionals.
  • Courses are taught by outstanding Mason faculty and offered entirely online so you can fit your coursework into your busy schedules.
  • Mason provides services to allow you to maximize the credit you receive for your accumulated educational and experiential ‘life credits.”
  • The Office of Military Services and program advisers actively assist active duty and former military professionals to navigate the academic environment.
  • Mason student support services are available by phone and email to help you stay connected with the university, aid in course selection and registration, and keep you on track to graduate.
  • Rolling admissions allows you to submit your application and start your courses during whatever term is most convenient for you.


Please refer to the University Catalog to view the curriculum for this concentration.