Admission to Our Online IT Degree Programs

Degrees from the College of Information Technology incorporate up to seven respected industry certifications. Below are admissions requirements specific to College of Information Technology programs that are in addition to WGU’s general admissions requirements.

Special Requirements for WGU’s B.S. IT Programs

  • Possess a high school diploma or its equivalent.
  • Demonstrate IT experience through at least one of the following:
    • An associate’s degree in IT or equivalent (A.S. or A.A.S. acceptable).
    • A completed Udacity nanodegree in Data Analytics (applicable to the B.S. in Data Management/Data Analytics degree only).
    • High-level IT coursework completed within the last five years:
      • Two or more upper-level networking courses; OR
      • Two or more upper-level object-oriented programming courses (Java, C#, etc.); OR
      • One or more upper-level operating systems courses; OR
      • One or more upper-level information security and assurance courses.
    • Hold high-level IT certification in network, security, programming, data management, operating systems, or hardware management earned within the last five years.
    • Submit a resume showing three-plus years of IT work experience.

We require these prerequisites because our research has determined that students entering these programs need to have demonstrated strong IT abilities in order to handle the rigors of a difficult IT curriculum.

Special Requirements for WGU’s IT Master’s Degree Programs

To qualify for the M.S. Cybersecurity and Information Assurance program, applicants must:

  • Apply for admission.
  • Possess a bachelor’s degree from a regionally or nationally accredited institution.
  • Demonstrate IT security experience through at least one of the following three methods:
    • Have earned a bachelor’s degree in IT security or IT networking that covers at least two CISSP CBK domains. (You can find the domains listed here.)
    • Hold a CISSP, CCIE, CCNP, CCNA, CCNA Security, CEH, CHFI, GIAC 2700 or GCWN certification that is valid and earned within the last five years.
    • Submit a resume for review showing recent significant IT security experience, of at least three years, which demonstrates at least two CISSP CBK domains.

To qualify for the M.S. IT Management program, applicants must:

  • Apply for admission.
  • Possess a bachelor’s degree from a regionally or nationally accredited institution.
  • Demonstrate IT experience through at least one of the following methods:
    • A bachelor’s degree in information systems or information technology.
    • Submit a resume for review showing at least 3 years of significant and recent IT experience.
    • Verification of a current high-level certification such as: CCNA, MCSA, CEH or CISSP that has been earned within the last 5 years.

To qualify for the M.S. Data Analytics program, applicants must:

  • Apply for admission.
  • Possess a bachelor’s degree from a regionally or nationally accredited institution.
  • Demonstrate experience with data analysis through at least one of the following methods:
    • A bachelor’s degree in information systems, systems engineering, data management, data analysis, CS, software, statistics, accounting/finance.
    • Hold an Udacity nanodegree in data analytics.
    • Submit a resume for review showing at least 3 years of significant and recent experience in data analysis.
    • Verification of a current Oracle SQL, Oracle BI, or SAS certification that has been earned in the past five years.

To qualify for the MBA Information Technology Management Program, applicants must:

Applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally or nationally accredited college or university. Applicants must also submit a resume showing at least three years of significant professional experience.

Steps and Deadlines for Enrollment into an IT Program

Below is the list of steps and their respective deadlines required for enrollment into an online IT degree program. Click here for a printer-friendly version of the IT enrollment checklist. Please note that at the present time, WGU is accepting applications only from individuals living in the United States and select geographical areas of Canada.

Apply for Admission and Pay the Application Fee

You may apply for admission at any time. The application fee is $65. You can pay online using a credit card or electronic debit or by mailing a check or money order. You must pay the application fee for your application to be fully processed.

Send in Your Official Transcripts

Transcripts of your prior college experience are required if you are seeking transfer credit or if you are looking to enroll into a graduate program. You should submit official copies of your transcripts by the 1st of the month prior to your intended start date for evaluation (or confirmation of receipt of a bachelor’s degree).

Please make arrangements for the official copies to be sent to:

Western Governors University
ATTN: Transcripts Department
4001 South 700 East, Suite 700
Salt Lake City, UT 84107-2533

Click here to learn more about transferring credits

Complete the Readiness Assessment

The WGU Readiness Assessment is a multi-part online test designed to determine your likelihood of success at WGU. This assessment is not required for admission to graduate degree programs or for applicants who possess a bachelor's degree or one of the IT certifications that WGU recognizes for competency credit. (See more about transferrable IT certifications.) Your Enrollment Counselor can answer questions regarding this assessment.

Complete the Financial Aid application process (if necessary)

If you intend to use federal financial aid to cover your tuition expenses, you will need to complete WGU’s financial aid application process and be certified as eligible to receive aid no later than the 22nd of the month prior to your intended start date. An Enrollment Counselor can answer any questions you may have about the financial aid process.

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Complete your Intake Interview

The Intake Interview is a 20- to 30-minute phone-based interview that finalizes your enrollment and officially sets your program start date. This call is conducted by your Enrollment Counselor to ensure that you’ve developed accurate and appropriate expectations of WGU and of your program. This step must be completed by the enrollment deadline (generally the 15th of the month prior to your start date).

Make Tuition Payment Arrangements

Tuition payment arrangements must be made by the 22nd of the month prior to your start date.

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