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The J. W. McClure School of Information and Telecommunication Systems


The J. Warren McClure School of Information and Telecommunication Systems is one of only a few academic programs in the nation that concentrate on producing business savvy, technologically knowledgeable telecom professionals. McClure graduates harness the technology of networking to solve the problems of today's business enterprises.

The McClure School curriculum focuses on business applications for rapidly evolving technology. Our primary focus is on four sectors:

  • How telecommunication systems technology works
  • How this technology is applied to business operations
  • Operating strategies and economic considerations within markets
  • Social and government regulation of information network technology

In the last two decades of the 20th century, telecom technology changed rapidly during a time when telecom monopolies were being replaced by competitive markets. Companies of all sorts experienced a growing need for telecom expertise to cope with the resulting challenges and opportunities. Responding to this need, Ohio University developed the baccalaureate Communication Systems Management program. This innovative program, one of the first in the United States, officially launched in 1981. Distinguished Ohio University graduate J. Warren McClure—a former newspaper publisher, Gannet executive, entrepreneur, and philanthropist—enthusiastically supported the program. The school was named in his honor in 1988, to acknowledge his foresight, his original contributions, and active encouragement. In 2003, the Master in Communication Technology and Policy program was created. In 2006, CSM was renamed Information and Telecommunication Systems to reflect its industry roots more accurately.

The ITS faculty remains in close contact with business and industry professionals who understand the importance of a university-based education. As a result, the curriculum is continuously updated to encompass new technologies, new applications, and new approaches to problems. ITS graduates acquire the skills needed to achieve strategic and tactical objectives in a corporate environment.