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College of Information Technology Online

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RECOGNIZED and AWARDED

2019 EC-Council Academic Partner of the Year. 2016 CODiE award winner from the Software & Information Industry Association for Best Learning Relationship Management Solution. Named a Best Value School by University Research & Review four years running. Recognized nationally for quality, affordability, and innovation.

90%

Employer-APPROVED in INDUSTRY SKILLS

In a 2020 Harris Poll survey of employers, 90% said their WGU grads' TECHNICAL SKILLS were either EXCELLENT or very good.1

  • Expert-designed programs—certifications included.

    Solving problems and designing solutions is your calling. To advance your career, employers expect you to prove your skills and show what you've got. That's the same way you earn a degree at WGU. And by including certification prep and exams into your coursework (covered by your tuition), our programs offer a smarter bundle, tailored to today's IT industry’s requirements.

    Year after year.

    WGU has been named a "Best Value School" by University Research & Review.

    University Research & Review Best Value School award for WGU

RECOGNIZED and AWARDED

2019 EC-Council Academic Partner of the Year. 2016 CODiE award winner from the Software & Information Industry Association for Best Learning Relationship Management Solution. Named a Best Value School by University Research & Review four years running. Recognized nationally for quality, affordability, and innovation.

90%

Employer-APPROVED in INDUSTRY SKILLS

In a 2020 Harris Poll survey of employers, 90% said their WGU grads' TECHNICAL SKILLS were either EXCELLENT or very good.1

Compare Bachelor's Degrees

Computer Science – B.S.

Problem solvers and math lovers needed! Your task: ...

Problem solvers and math lovers needed! Your...

Problem solvers and math lovers needed! Your task:

Lay the groundwork for the computing breakthroughs that will enable tomorrow's technologies. 

  • Time: 67% of graduates in similar programs finish within 30 months.
  • Tuition and fees: $3,520 per 6-month term.
  • Transfer: Your previous college coursework and existing certifications may waive course requirements, helping you finish even faster.

You'll have the opportunity to earn these certifications:

  • CompTIA Project+
  • Axelos ITIL Foundation

Professionals who need the skills a computer science degree provides include computer systems analysts, computer programmers, artificial intelligence specialists, software engineers, machine learning engineers, and more.

Network Operations and Security – B.S.

For network operations and security professionals:...

For network operations and security professionals:...

For network operations and security professionals:

  • Time: 71% of graduates finish within 36 months.
  • Tuition and fees: $3,520 per 6-month term.
  • Certifications: several Cisco and CompTIA included in this program

Cisco certification included is the Cisco Certified Network Associate. CompTIA certifications included are A+, Network+, Security+, and Project+. This program will help you develop strong skills in network design, network operations, and security management.

Information Technology – B.S.

Award-winning coursework and value-add certifications make this...

Award-winning coursework and value-add...

Award-winning coursework and value-add certifications make this online program a top choice.

  • Time: 71% of graduates finish within 30 months.
  • Tuition and fees: $3,520 per 6-month term.
  • Certifications: Includes CIW, ITIL, LPI and CompTIA.

The CIW User Interface DesignerLPI Linux Essentials and ITIL® Foundation Certification are central to this program. Included CompTIA certifications are A+, Network+, Security+, and Project+.

Cybersecurity and Information Assurance – B.S.

Protect your career and earning potential with this degree....

Protect your career and earning potential with...

Protect your career and earning potential with this degree.

  • Employer approval: 74% of graduates finish within 18 months.
  • Tuition and fees: $3,845 per 6-month term.

Some careers and jobs this degree will prepare you for:

  • Cyber crimes investigator
  • Director of cybersecurity
  • Chief of cyber counterintelligence
  • Cybersecurity engineer
  • Cyber operations planner

Certifications included in this program at no extra cost include:

  • Certified Cloud Security Professional (CCSP) - Associate of (ISC)2 designation
  • Systems Security Certified Practitioner (SSCP) - Associate of (ISC)2 designation
  • ITIL® Foundation Certification
  • CompTIA A+
  • CompTIA Cybersecurity Analyst Certification (CySA+)
  • CompTIA IT Operations Specialist
  • CompTIA Network+
  • CompTIA Network Vulnerability Assessment Professional
  • CompTIA Network Security Professional
  • CompTIA PenTest+
  • CompTIA Project+
  • CompTIA Secure Infrastructure Specialist
  • CompTIA Security+
  • CompTIA Security Analytics Professional

 

Data Management/Data Analytics – B.S.

Lean into data, and walk away with a cutting-edge online degree:...

Lean into data, and walk away with a cutting-edge...

Lean into data, and walk away with a cutting-edge online degree:

  • Employer approval: 69% of graduates finish within 24 months.
  • Tuition and fees: $3,520 per 6-month term.
  • Certifications: CIW and CompTIA certs, all included.

Unique to WGU's program is the incorporation of a Udacity Nanodegree—a highly recognized credential designed to prepare you for a career in data science.

Certified Internet Web certification included:

  • CIW Data Analyst

CompTIA certifications included:

  • CompTIA A+ (Parts 1 and 2)
  • CompTIA Network+
  • CompTIA Project+
  • CompTIA IT Operations Specialist

Health Information Management – B.S.

A program designed for future leaders in HIM:...

A program designed for future leaders in HIM:...

A program designed for future leaders in HIM:

  • Time: 60% of grads earned this degree in 36 months or less.
  • Tuition and fees: $3,545 per 6-month term, plus a Health Professions Student Fee of $350.

Some careers and jobs this degree will prepare you for:

  • Director of informatics
  • HIMS chief
  • Information systems auditor
  • Outpatient coder
  • Health records manager

This CAHIIM-accredited program makes you eligible for the RHIA exam. 

Compare with B.S. Business – Healthcare Management

Cloud Computing – B.S.

A program designed to arm you with the certifications and...

A program designed to arm you with the...

A program designed to arm you with the certifications and credentials you need for a career like systems administrator, computer systems analyst, cloud support specialist, AWS support administrator, and more.

  • Time: 84% of graduates finish within 18 months..
  • Tuition and fees: $3,685 per 6-month term.
  • Transfer: Your previous college coursework and existing certifications may waive course requirements, helping you finish even faster,

Certifications included, at no extra cost:

  • Amazon AWS Cloud Practitioner
  • Amazon AWS SysOps Administration–Associate
  • LPI Linux Essentials
  • CompTIA A+
  • CompTIA Cloud+
  • CompTIA Network+
  • CompTIA Security+
  • CompTIA Project+
  • Axelos ITIL® Foundation

Earning certs on the path to your degree gives you credentials that will boost your résumé right away, even before you complete your online degree program.

Software Development – B.S.

You're a creative and tech genius who wants the bigger...

You're a creative and tech genius who wants the...

You're a creative and tech genius who wants the bigger opportunities.

  • Time: 67% of graduates finish within 30 months.
  • Tuition and fees: $3,520 per 6-month term.
  • Certifications: several CIW and CompTIA included in this program.

Certified Internet Web certification included:

  • CIW User Interface Designer

CompTIA certifications included:

  • CompTIA A+
  • CompTIA Project +

Software development is the second-highest rated specialty within IT. Secure your future with a degree and additional certifications.

IT Management – B.S. Business Administration

IT managers are needed in nearly every organization:...

IT managers are needed in nearly every...

IT managers are needed in nearly every organization:

  • Time: 66% of graduates finish within 36 months.
  • Tuition and fees: $3,370 per 6-month term.

Some careers and jobs this business degree will prepare you for:

  • Vice president of risk management
  • Product security incident manager
  • Vice president of technical services
  • CTO and CIO
  • Director of IT

Key competencies of these online courses align with industry needs: management and leadership, networks and security, and information systems management.


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Cybersecurity and Information Assurance – M.S.

Become the authority on keeping infrastructures and information...

Become the authority on keeping infrastructures...

Become the authority on keeping infrastructures and information safe.

  • Time: 76% of graduates finish within 24 months.
  • Tuition and fees: $4,190 per 6-month term.
  • Certifications: cost of two EC-Council certs, included.

The curriculum is closely aligned with the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) Workforce Framework, plus includes the opportunity to earn these certifications:

  • EC-Council Certified Ethical Hacker
  • EC-Council Computer Hacking Forensic Investigator (CHFI)

This program was designed in collaboration with national intelligence organizations and IT industry leaders, ensuring you'll learn emerging technologies and best practices in security governance.

MBA Information Technology Management

Earn the online college degree that can move your career into IT...

Earn the online college degree that can move your...

Earn the online college degree that can move your career into IT upper management:

  • Time: 68% of graduates finish within 24 months.
  • Tuition and fees: $4,325 per 6-month term.

Sample careers and jobs this business degree will prepare you for:

  • Chief technology officer
  • Director of IT services
  • Senior systems administrator
  • Management information systems director
  • Computer and information systems manager

Learn to navigate emergencies, execute strategies, and optimize systems with the competencies within this specialty MBA.

Compare with M.S. IT Management

Information Technology Management – M.S.

A degree for experienced IT professionals ready to lead:...

A degree for experienced IT professionals ready...

A degree for experienced IT professionals ready to lead:

  • Time: 89% of graduates finish within 24 months.
  • Tuition and fees: $3,835 per 6-month term.

Included in your program—at no extra cost—is the opportunity to earn the valuable PMI Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) certification.

Maximize the opportunities that your IT career path has afforded you—earn your master's and keep moving up. 

Compare with MBA IT Management

Compare with MBA IT Management

Data Analytics – M.S.

Lead businesses with strong analysis skills:...

Lead businesses with strong analysis skills:...

Lead businesses with strong analysis skills:

  • Time: 72% of graduates finish within 18 months.
  • Tuition and fees: $3,835 per 6-month term.

Master data mining, visualization, and SQL—and lead analytics at the business of your choice.

IT graduates found success at WGU.

Hear from WGU IT College graduates and see how their educational experience benefited their lives.

Franklin Calderon
May 7, 2021

Best university ever!

Best university ever!

Ryan D
April 30, 2021

An amazing university

An amazing university! Their flexible competency based model enabled me to get a degree in just over 2 years, while maintaining a full time job. I highly recommend WGU to any self-starters interested in a flexible education!

Jerry Ingram
April 28, 2021

For those who love to learn

When I enrolled at WGU, I had just completed an associate degree after six years at my local community college, taking one or two classes per semester. Having the freedom to work through course material at my own pace rather than waiting week-to-week for new assignments allowed me to complete a bachelors degree in less than 18 months. The course material often uses real-world examples that explain how to apply the knowledge learned. Several of the courses use industry certification exams as the final assessment, which is a nice bonus to compliment any degree.

Angelo Soltau
April 11, 2021

The whole experience went well

The whole experience went well. This was my first online college education experience. Self-paced with a strong instructor, and mentor support along with clear objectives and course materials, made this a great experience. I would highly recommend WGU to anyone looking to accomplish higher education levels at one's own pace and on one's own time. Having the flexibility of completing courses as my schedule permitted was great. Quality, and recognition, all at a very reasonable tuition cost.

Jeffrey Jancula
April 9, 2021

WGU Helped Me Fulfill a Lifelong Goal

I started college in 1975, took a break after 10 hours, had a career, raised a family, and finally resumed with WGU in 2018. WGU allowed me achieve my lifetime goal to earn a degree in a timely fashion and at a reasonable cost. I particularly like that WGU allowed me to go at my own pace, sometimes earning 25 credits in a single semester for subjects that were already part of my career. Not that anything was easy - some semesters I struggled to get the required 12 credits done on time. I am also a self-learner, which WGU supported by allowing me to pass the final exam after completing any self-study that I felt that I needed. The labs, quizzes, and online library made self-study easy to accomplish. However... I could have saved myself some time by attending more sessions with the instructors and cohorts. Unfortunately, I didn’t learn that until I was 75% done! I highly recommend all students interact with their instructors, because they have valuable insights on how to pass the courses. And finally, I can’t say enough positive things about my mentor. She helped me stay on track from day 1 through graduation. Always helpful, encouraging and easy to talk with.

¹ 2020 Harris Poll survey of 300 employers of WGU grads.

Earn certifications with your program.

Our goal is to give you the skills and training you need to be marketable in the information technology field. That's why our degree programs don't just give you a degree, but top industry certifications as well. You'll be prepared to get these certifications as you progress in your degree, and at no extra cost! Boost your résumé with the valuable online information technology degree and certifications you need to wow employers, and be prepared for a successful career.

Top Ranked for ROI

Money on computer

It's important to be thoughtful before investing in a degree. Comparing the cost of the program and the ROI you'll get is key in determining if a program is right for you. WGU programs rank extremely highly when it comes to ROI and competitive tuition. Learn more about how we rank when it comes to post-graduate debt and salary levels.

The Bachelor of Science—Information Technology program boasts 320% ROI, which is a two-year post-graduation earnings and student debt comparison, and is ranked #1 among other online colleges.

Get job stability with an online IT degree.

When you choose a career in information technology, you can expect great job opportunities and valuable job stability. Jobs in the IT sector are expected to grow 22% in the coming years, introducing some 20 million jobs in field. An online degree can help you stand out from the competition and land a lucrative, and exciting position in this constantly-growing field. Even amid coronavirus, the information technology sector only lost 1% of the over 12.1 million jobs available. Additionally, those who hold a bachelor's degree or higher are the only group to not have unemployment numbers in the double digits. If you're ready for a stable, safe, lucrative, and exciting career, IT could be the perfect fit for you. Earn an online information technology degree and move forward on your career journey.

Certifications may transfer.

To make it easy, we list the certifications that may transfer as credit—by degree, offering the ability to compare if you are considering several degree options.

SEE LIST BY DEGREE

Unraveling the cybersecurity industry.

The information technology industry is hands-down the most exciting territory to explore. Variability of backgrounds, paths to success, lifestyles and geographic hot spots—the picture that emerges is fascinating. Are you curious what's driving the demand for cyber professionals? Are you looking for a fail-safe career path that's still cutting-edge and tech-driven? Our new jobs guide covers it all, and LinkedIn data plus several industry professionals validate the trends that WGU is seeing.

See what opportunities this robust industry may have for you!


WGU's Center for Cyber Education (CCE).

Dedicated to supporting cyber education across disciplines and giving students access to curriculum, programs, and industry partnerships that will give them skills needed in a 21st-century cyber workforce, WGU's CCE provides students with faculty trained in areas like network security, cryptography, digital forensics, cyber law, cyber policy, cloud security, cyber defense, and data management.

IT talk & tech tips.

You've got to be prepared to be a successful contributor in the IT industry. WGU's College of Information Technology has developed a series of audio sessions filled with tips and tech advice that will help you—as a WGU IT student—stay up to date on the latest IT industry trends, and learn more about course-related topics and the student journey. 

Rashaan's WGU degrees changed his life.

Before earning his first WGU degree, Rashaan was unemployed four times. He was evicted from his home. Since earning his bachelor's degree—and then a master's—at WGU, he has built a thriving career in cybersecurity. He even turned down two job offers because his employer offered to double his salary if he'd stay!

Can't find what you are looking for?

College of Information Technology FAQs.

Yes, you can earn an IT degree online. Along with industry certifications, an online IT degree can make you more employable and likely increase your earning power as well. Through an online degree program in IT, you may learn about data management, programming, and network security. Online IT degree programs may be able to offer needed flexibility so you can continue working while attending school.

The top online bachelor's in IT programs (based on ROI) are:
1. Western Governor's University (320% ROI)
2. Columbia Southern University (212% ROI)
3. Capella University (175% ROI)
4. Southern New Hampshire University (162% ROI)
5. University of Phoenix—Arizona (154% ROI)
6. American Public University System (145% ROI)
7. Colorado Technical University—Colorado Springs (126% ROI)
8. Walden University (107% ROI)
9. Purdue University (103% ROI)

There are a wide variety of jobs you can get with an IT degree. Some of the most popular are:

  • Network engineer
  • Software or web developer
  • Information security or computer systems analyst
  • Computer programmer
  • Database or computer systems administrator
  • IT manager
  • Cybersecurity expert

There are several different IT degrees that will help you get an IT job. Here are some popular IT or computer degrees:

  • Cloud and Systems Administration
  • Computer Science
  • Cybersecurity and Information Assurance
  • Data Management/Data Analytics
  • Information Technology
  • Network Operations and Security
  • Software Development
  • Health Information Management
  • Information Technology Management

You can get an online IT degree by applying to WGU! The process is simple. We also have enrollment counselors who are ready to help you go through the process of applying, and answer any questions you may have along the way.

Once you're enrolled in WGU, your path is straightforward. You move through your coursework, and once you've mastered the material, you can move on to the next course.

It typically takes about four years to get an online bachelor's degree in information technology. Some schools, like WGU, have a model that allows students to earn an information technology degree much more quickly due to accelerated, flexible courses.

An online information technology degree may teach you skills in many areas including programming, data management, and network security. You might also gain experience in project management and information systems management.

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