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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.

88%

Employer-APPROVED in INDUSTRY SKILLS

In a 2019 Harris Poll survey of employers, 88% 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.

    Seven years running.

    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.

88%

Employer-APPROVED in INDUSTRY SKILLS

In a 2019 Harris Poll survey of employers, 88% 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+, Project+, and Cloud Essentials+.

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
  • Certified Encryption Specialist (EC-Council ECES)
  • 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

 

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 SysOps Administration–Associate
  • LPI Linux Essentials
  • CompTIA A+
  • CompTIA Cloud Essentials+
  • 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.

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 one-time 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

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

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.

Reuben
October 24, 2020

WGU gives opportunities where they otherwise don't exist.

Simply put, WGU gives opportunities where they otherwise don't exist. I work in IT full time and I'm happily married with 6 kids. I would not trade my family for anything. However, it proved to be a factor that traditional universities would not work with me on. The schedules at traditional universities for IT related degree programs are intensive and in my location required me to decide exclusively between working my day job or going to school full time. This was not a decision I was going to make; I wanted both! A good friend of mine had another friend, a working mother, that had successfully gone through a WGU degree program. He knew about my dilemma and recommended that I speak with his friend about her experience; so I did! Shortly afterward I took her recommendation and I started at WGU! I studied in WGU's College of IT working through their Bachelor of Science Software Development degree program. It took me 4 years to complete my degree program. I worked my day job full time, I spent some time with my family on the weekends, and I spent what seemed like endless hours every weekday night and most weekends studying. It was like holding a second job. However, I had the opportunity to work full time and provide for my family while working toward my degree. It was hard, but this was a true gift because it was not an accommodation that other universities would afford me. During my time studying at WGU, I worked through many courses with many different instructors. WGU's structure is very well designed for those that have a full life that requires flexibility, such as mine. They allow their students to study whenever, but still require them to be dedicated to their academic pursuits putting in the time and effort. They assign each student a mentor that stays with him/her throughout their degree program. Additionally, with each class a student is assigned a course instructor. The combination of the two, program mentor and course instructor, make of an invaluable duo that gave me as a student the guidance and motivation that I needed to keep focused and complete my degree. I personally am deeply grateful to my degree program mentor. He spent many hours with me working toward my success. The course instructors helped in targeted areas for specific classes by guiding me in my course work so that I could be successful in my various studies and project work. A wonderful system. Would I recommend WGU to someone? Yes, for sure! It's not easy though. It takes time and dedication, but they have a great system, especially for those who cannot attend a traditional university. The money, time, and work are well worth the experiences and the degree that I've received from WGU. Thank you, WGU!

Phillip
October 23, 2020

Overall great program

Overall great program. The only thing I would change to get 5 stars is keeping the course material up to date with the industry. They did just update the MS Data Analytics curriculum removing SAS and adding more machine learning which is fantastic, but I think that this move was perhaps a year later than it should have been. Other than that, fantastic program for the price.

Jon
October 13, 2020

An outstanding value for the tuition…

An outstanding value for the tuition dollars. One low flat rate and you can complete as many credits as your time allows. Great IT certifications accompany a recognized bachelor's degree, and those fees are built into the tuition.

Leo
September 8, 2020

Best choice ever!

What an awesome experience from start to finish! Normal college I would have graduated some day. Here I was able to not only do my best but at my pace. I finished early with 15 industry certifications. I graduated Way ahead of traditional graduates.

Michael
August 28, 2020

Obtaining my BSCSIA at WGU was a great…

Obtaining my BSCSIA at WGU was a great experience. Being able to accelerate the courses that I already knew and taking my time on material that I didn't know was critical. The return on investment for this degree was worth it. I don't have a mountain of student loan debt at the end of my terms. It's very manageable.

¹ 2019 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.

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.

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.

Absolutely! WGU offers many kinds of IT programs to fit exactly what you are looking for.  Along with the completion of a bachelor's/master's degree, students will also earn industry recognized certifications to help boost their professional resume. Our online IT programs are accredited and will give you all the skills you need to excel in your future career.

WGU is hands down the best place to get your online IT degree. We have designed our IT programs to be the best by offering flexibility, so hard-working IT professionals who work long hours can still find time to attend school. Not only is our program flexible, but students may use their experience in IT to help them move through the program faster in areas they already know, allowing them to graduate faster. We also offer top industry certifications along with our degrees, so you'll graduate with many items to put on your resume. Our IT program is rigorous, and will prepare you for the future in IT that you're dreaming of.

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
  • Chief information officer or chief technology officer

WGU offers a wide variety of IT degrees that can help you be specifically prepared for your dream career. Our bachelor's degrees include:

  • 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

We also have a wide variety of master's degrees that will allow you to propel your career even further forward.

If you are having trouble picking a degree to pursue, we recommend talking to one of our many enrollment counselors. They can help you decide which program is the best fit for you, and your career goals.

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.

The length of time it will take you to get your degree will vary—at a traditional school a bachelor's degree will take 4 years. However if you choose an online university, you may be able to utilize transfer credits and faster pacing to move through your program more quickly. For example at WGU, IT degrees are able to be completed in 36 months on average.

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