Degree Overview

Bachelor of Science Information Technology

The B.S. in Information Technology will give you a foundation of IT skills and knowledge as well as seven recognized industry certifications that will boost your career’s long-term health. You will become a better IT professional with the knowledge and skills to get ahead.

Who the Program Is For:

  • Established IT professionals who need a bachelor’s degree and additional certifications to advance their careers.
  • Experienced professionals with real-world experience who seek a broad foundation of IT skills and the IT certifications to get ahead.
  • Individuals who have completed some college coursework or have applicable work experience.
  • Individuals who can typically spend 15 or more hours per week on their studies.

This program will be flexible and adaptable to your schedule. Click here to learn how your program works.

What You'll Learn

Essential Knowledge and Skills

You’ll become an expert in all areas of study required to earn your Bachelor of Science in Information Technology.

The program requires a total of 120 Competency Units (CUs), which are WGU credit equivalents. Many students who begin their program have some IT experience, and students who have taken college courses or received a degree from another university may be able to transfer credits, significantly shortening the time to graduation. A personal evaluation of your transcripts from prior colleges will be needed to determine whether you will be able to clear any degree requirements.

Key Subject Areas

These Courses Add to Your Credentials

  • Information Technology Fundamentals
  • Web Development
  • Network and Security
  • Leadership and Management
  • Scripting and Programming
  • Business of IT
  • Data Management
  • Operating Systems
  • Technical Writing

Core Subject Areas

Some of these course requirements may be cleared through transfer credit:

  • General Education
  • Information Technology Fundamentals
  • Web Development
  • Network and Security
  • Leadership and Management
  • Scripting and Programming
  • Business of IT
  • Data Management
  • Operating Systems
  • Technical Writing

What You'll Earn

IT Certifications

This program incorporates several industry recognized IT certifications as part of your degree program. You will study for and complete the following certification exams (which are all included in your tuition—a huge cost savings for you):

  • CompTIA A+
  • CompTIA Network+
  • CompTIA Security+
  • CompTIA Project+
  • CompTIA Linux+
  • CIW Web Design Specialist
  • CIW JavaScript Specialist

Note: Your IT certifications may waive some degree requirements. Click here to see which IT certifications may transfer to WGU.

Capstone Project:

The Bachelor of Science in Information Technology program also requires the successful completion of a capstone project. Your capstone project is something to be proud of – it's the culmination of all your hard work. Your final project allows you to take what you've learned and apply it to a real-world situation, proposing a solution to an actual issue you face in your place of business. Go ahead; show everyone what you can do!

Take Your Career to the Next Level

As an IT professional, you’re already committed to a cutting-edge career. Take your aspirations further by earning your Bachelor of Science degree. Our degree program will prepare you with the skills that employers demand as well as several recognized industry certifications. The knowledge you gain will help you become a confident, marketable IT graduate.

How It Works

A Degree Program That Fits Your Schedule

WGU is designed to let you go to school on your time, not according to a class schedule. Our online degree program is flexible and puts you at the center of your education: you choose when and where to complete your coursework. Once you demonstrate your competency in a subject area, you can move on to your next course.

Online learning is not easy.

You should expect to work hard and spend 20 hours or more per week on your studies. Still, your program will be flexible enough to fit into your schedule, not the other way around

How Long Will It Take?

It Depends On You

The average time it takes to complete the online degree program at WGU is just over two years, significantly less than at other online schools. For students with little or no prior college, it takes longer. That said, the amount of time it takes to complete your degree is truly up to you!

What’s more, if you possess an associate’s degree (A.A. or A.S.) in Information Technology from a regionally accredited school, you should be able to clear your liberal arts requirements as well as the lower-level information technology assessment requirements. Combine that with WGU’s competency-based method, which allows you to advance with the skills and knowledge you already have, and you may be able to finish in even less time.

The expected time to complete the B.S. Information Technology degree is one year or less for students with an associate’s degree in IT.

If you've taken courses or received a degree from another college or university, you may be able to clear some of these requirements through transfer credit.

Ultimately, the pace at which you complete your online B.S. —Information Technology degree program depends on how rapidly you pass assessments.

It’s your program. It’s up to you. Create your own schedule, choose your pace and achieve your personal goals.

"Employers in the information technology field increasingly are looking for students that not only have a degree but certain certifications in the technologies that are really driving the industry forward." Brad Smith,
Executive Vice President for Legal and Corporate Affairs at Microsoft

How Competency-Based Education Benefits You

Put Your Existing Knowledge to Work

Western Governors University was the first university in the country to employ a cutting edge, competency-based learning model that lets you use skills and knowledge you already have to accelerate your degree program.

In WGU’s online degree programs, students advance by demonstrating their competence in each subject area. You’ll be able to move quickly through material you already know so you can spend your time focusing on what you still need to learn.

  • You’ll work with your assigned Faculty Mentor on a personalized Degree Plan that establishes the pace at which you move through the program.
  • With few exceptions, you’ll be able to choose when and where you study.
  • You’ll complete as much work as YOU choose during each six-month term.
  • You’ll collaborate with your Faculty Mentor to determine the learning resources that will help you develop and demonstrate your competency in each subject area.
  • You’ll be required to complete at least 12 CUs per term for bachelor's degree programs and 8 CUs per term for graduate degree programs in order to make On Time Progress. If you choose to and are able, you can add courses and move more quickly through your program.

How Much Will It Cost?

Less Than You Think

We're committed to keeping tuition low and making sure our online education degree programs remain the very best value for hardworking students. WGU doesn't spend money on classrooms, research facilities, or football stadiums. Instead, we focus on keeping costs low. In fact, we haven’t increased tuition since 2008. And because we charge tuition at a flat rate each term, if you complete coursework ahead of schedule, you can save yourself money as well as time.

Cost of Earning a Degree

You’ll pay the same low tuition each 6-month term, regardless of how many courses you complete. If you accelerate your degree program, you’ll pay less for your degree.

Tuition and Fees

For this program, a full course load is 12 competency units (credit hours) per term – each course generally represents three or four competency units.

  • $2,890: Tuition per 6-Month Term
  • $145: Resource Fee per 6-Month Term
  • $65: One-Time Application Fee

The Information Technology online degree program at WGU is designed to be affordable for hard-working adults with bills to pay.

Learn more about tuition and fees.

WGU Is Half The Cost

WGU’s Information Technology degree program is typically about half the cost of other equally reputable IT programs. Other schools charge as much as $400 per credit, which can ultimately cost between $30,000 and $60,000 for your degree. WGU is different. You’ll save thousands with our affordable, flat-rate tuition and an online learning model that won’t require you to buy expensive textbooks. In fact, you can earn your bachelor’s degree from WGU for as little as $11,560.

The Faster You Go, The More You Save

WGU's competency-based approach makes it possible to finish your degree in less time and with less financial strain: the faster you go, the more you save. Tuition is charged at a flat rate every six months and covers all coursework attempted in that time. If you complete your program in less time, you'll save both time and money. Our students are able to graduate with little or no new student debt, which allows them to graduate with professional confidence and financial stability. At WGU, you’ll earn a degree and a better return on your investment compared to other online universities.

As a tech-savvy individual and IT professional, you likely have skills and knowledge that will let you complete the program in even less time. We encourage you to apply your existing knowledge to save money and succeed!

Tuition Comparison: B.S. in Information Technology degree

WGU University of Phoenix
$2,890 per six month term.
If it takes four years = $23,120
120 credits x $490* per credit = $58,800

*$490/credit cost based on an average of $395 per credit for lower-division courses and $585 for upper-division courses.
*Note: This chart is for illustration only and reflects the tuition information made public by other institutions and WGU’s standard tuition of $2,890 per term as of February 1, 2015. Tuition for the MBA and nursing programs is higher at $3,250 per term. Actual rates will vary depending on the number of terms needed to complete the program. Check the website for the most current tuition information.

You pay for time—not credits

  • No matter how many courses you complete each term, your tuition stays the same.
  • The more courses you complete each term, the fewer terms you have until graduation.
  • Our competency-based model gives you the opportunity to accelerate your progress.
  • If you complete your program ahead of schedule, you'll save both time and money.

Financial Aid

You Can Afford to Earn a Degree

WGU’s financial aid experts are on hand to help you finance your education in the smartest way possible. 76% of WGU students receive some type of financial aid.

Federal Financial Aid is available to most students.

Respected, Recognized, and Accredited

Northwest Commission Accredited

Western Governors University is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. The Northwest Commission is also responsible for the accreditation of other major universities in the West, including the University of Washington, the University of Oregon, Gonzaga University, and the University of Utah, among many others. Learn more about accreditation here.

An online IT degree from WGU tells employers that you're serious about success.

Take the next step into a prosperous future.

WGU is a Microsoft IT Academy Member

As a Microsoft IT Academy program member, WGU is able to offer students a world-class technology curriculum and courseware provided by Microsoft. Many (but not all) of your Microsoft courses will use this rich online learning resource which includes virtual labs that provide hands-on experience with Microsoft software to supplement your learning. The cost of certification exams is included in WGU tuition.

The demand for talented, competent IT professionals is tremendous. WGU’s online IT degrees ideally fit today’s challenging IT world. By incorporating the latest industry recognized certifications (including CIW, CCNA, MCSA, OCP, and CompTIA), you’re assured of an education that will give you the credentials you need to get ahead.

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WGU Graduates Succeed

Become a Success Story

Our latest survey of leading employers speaks volumes about our ability to prepare grads to work in many industries:

99%of employers agreed that WGU graduates meet or exceed their expectations.

92%

of employers said WGU grads exceed expectations.

94%

of employers rated WGU graduates’ job performance as good as or better than the job performance of graduates from other institutions.

96%

of employers consider WGU graduates prepared for their jobs.

93%

of employers rate the "soft skills" of WGU grads as equal to or better than graduates from other institutions.

Note: 2014 Survey of 300 Employers by Harris Poll

You can learn more about how employers view WGU grads by exploring our Student Success and Performance Data.

"The big draw was the fact that it was online. I could work at my own pace." James Dye, WGU Alumnus

How a Course Works

Prove What You Know and Move Forward

You set your own pace by demonstrating your skills. In the online degree programs at WGU, you'll advance through each course by first mastering the course content, then completing and passing challenging assessments that measure your knowledge and skills in each subject area.

These rigorous assessments (tests, papers, assignments, and projects) let you demonstrate your competence in each subject area in order to pass the course and earn Competency Units (CUs), or credit equivalents.

WGU sets a high standard, and we want our students to succeed. You'll be given ample opportunity to master subject matter and re-take assessments as needed in order to graduate.

Get Started

Enrollment is easy. View our Enrollment Checklist for the seven easy steps to getting started.

To be admitted into this online IT degree, you must:

  • Possess a high school diploma or its equivalent.
  • Demonstrate IT experience through at least one of the following four methods:
    • Have earned an associate’s degree in IT or equivalent (A.S. or A.A.S. acceptable).
    • Have completed the following high-level IT coursework 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 course; OR
      • One or more upper-level Information Security and Assurance course.
    • 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.

You may also be required to take and pass the WGU Readiness Assessment — a short, multi-part online admissions test that helps determine the likelihood of success in a WGU program. Applicants who possess one of the IT certifications that WGU recognizes for competency credit will have this requirement waived.

See more about College of Information Technology admission requirements

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You'll be on your way to a successful career. A world of opportunity awaits.

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Should I consider financial aid?

Using financial aid is a personal decision. When making this decision, you should know that a degree is a great investment in yourself that will pay for itself many times over. Individuals with a bachelor’s degree earn on average almost a million dollars more over the course their careers compared to those without one. A master’s degree typically has a similar impact on your wallet. You should definitely consider federal financial aid if it means the difference between getting your degree or not. Speak to an Enrollment Counselor to learn more.

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