Program Software/Supplies

In addition to textbooks and other miscellaneous supplies required in individual courses, students undertaking an Information Technologies plan of study will also need the following.

Storage Media

All Information Technologies students should have a USB-enabled external hard drive with at least 100GB of free storage space. In addition, students must provide their own removable media (e.g., CD-Rs, DVD-Rs and/or USB drives).

PCs or Laptops

Courses offered by the School of Information Technologies do not require students to own their own computers. Nevertheless, many students find owning a personal or laptop computer to be advantageous from the standpoints of convenience and time management.

Students interested in taking advantage of OSU Institute of Technology’s vendor discounts should visit the Computer & Information Services page.


Students in the School of Information Technologies utilize a variety of software packages throughout their coursework, and have access to several software packages through two different sources:

Through MS DreamSpark, OSUIT IT students can receive the most recent Microsoft development tools, operating systems, server software, documentation, and technical references.

To request access to the OSUIT School of IT's MS DreamSpark site, please contact our MS DreamSpark Administrator at  Do note you must be enrolled as an IT student to be eligible to use this service.

While every attempt is made to ensure that the information provided is accurate and complete, this information is subject to change without notice.

Note: all products obtained through the MS DreamSpark partnership are for non-commercial use only, and neither OSU Institute of Technology nor the IT program can provide support for any products acquired through MS DreamSpark.