College of IT Admissions Requirements

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Admissions to our online IT degree programs

Degrees from the College of Information Technology incorporate up to 18 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 either through:
    • An associate’s degree in IT or equivalent (A.S. or A.A.S. acceptable).
    • 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 transferable IT certifications earned within the last five years. Click here to see what IT certifications may transfer to WGU.
    • 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.

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.

Apply for admission and pay the application fee
You may apply for admission at any time once you’re ready. 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. All of your official transcripts must arrive at WGU no later than the 18th of the month prior to your intended start date for evaluation (or confirmation of receipt of a bachelor’s degree or IT certifications, depending on your program).

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 three-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 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 as soon as possible. An Enrollment Counselor can answer any questions you may have about the financial aid process.

Click here to learn more about financial aid.

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 about one week prior to your start date).

Make tuition payment arrangements
Your first tuition payment will be due prior to your intended start date.

Click here to learn more about paying tuition.

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