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College of Information Technology Online

An IT degree with the credentials you need.

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.

87%

Employer-APPROVED in INDUSTRY SKILLS

In a 2018 Harris Poll survey of employers, 87% 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.

    Six 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.

87%

Employer-APPROVED in INDUSTRY SKILLS

In a 2018 Harris Poll survey of employers, 87% said their WGU grads' TECHNICAL SKILLS were either EXCELLENT or very good.1

New and popular programs.

The opportunities in the IT field are limitless—and your experience can take you a long way. But a surefire way to protect your career is by tackling a degree. Unlike certs, a degree never fades, becomes outdated, or ceases to be recognized.

Program options in IT are robust. These are our newest or most popular degrees—maybe one fits your interests.

B.S. Cybersecurity and Information Assurance

B.S. Software Development

JAVA or C#

B.S. Cloud and System Administration

Compare Bachelor's Degrees

Problem solvers and math lovers needed! Your task: Lay the groundwork for the computing breakthroughs that will enable tomorrow's technologies. 

  • Time: 74% of IT bachelor's grads finish in 6–36 mos.
  • 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:

  • CIW Site Development Associate
  • CompTIA Project+
  • Oracle Database SQL
  • 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.

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

  • Employer approval: 87% of employers* said their WGU grads' technical skills were either excellent or very good.
  • Tuition and fees: $3,520 per 6-month term.
  • Certifications: CIW, Oracle, 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.

Oracle certifications included:

  • Oracle Database 12c: Administrator Certified Associate
  • Oracle Database SQL

Certified Internet Web certifications included:

  • CIW Data Analyst
  • CIW Site Development Associate

Additional certifications included are CompTIA A+ (Parts 1 and 2), CompTIA Network+,  CompTIA Project+, and CompTIA IT Operations Specialist.

*According to a 2018 Harris Poll survey of employers.

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

  • Time: 73% of graduates finish in 7–37 months.
  • Tuition and fees: $3,520 per 6-month term.
  • Certifications: Includes CIW, ITIL, LPI and CompTIA.

You'll have the opportunity to earn these Internet Web certifications:

  • CIW Site Development Associate
  • CIW Advanced HTML5 and CSS3
  • CIW User Interface Designer

Also, the LPI Linux Essentials and ITIL® Foundation Certification are central to this program. Included CompTIA certifications are A+, Network+, Security+, Project+, and Cloud Essentials.

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: 74% of graduates who earn an IT bachelor's degree from WGU finish in less than three years.
  • 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
  • CIW Site Development Associate

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.

Protect your career and earning potential with this degree:

  • Employer approval: 87% of employers* said their WGU grads' technical skills were either excellent or very good.
  • 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

*According to a 2018 Harris Poll survey of employers.

For network operations and security professionals:

  • Time:  81% of graduates finish in 12–48 months.
  • Tuition and fees: $3,520 per 6-month term.
  • Certifications: several CIW and CompTIA included in this program.

Included certifications:

  • CIW Site Development Associate
  • 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.

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

  • Time: 73% of graduates finish in 9–33 months.
  • Tuition and fees: $3,520 per 6-month term.
  • Certifications: several CIW and CompTIA included in this program.

Certified Internet Web certifications included:

  • CIW Site Development Associate
  • CIW Advanced HTML5 and CSS Specialist
  • CIW User Interface Designer

CompTIA A+ and Project+ are included in the program coursework. Software development is the second-highest rated specialty within IT. Secure your future with a degree and additional certifications.

A program designed for future leaders in HIM:

  • Time: 72% of grads earned this degree in 18–48 months.
  • 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.

IT managers are needed in nearly every organization:

  • Time: 71% of grads finish in 17–41 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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Become the authority on keeping infrastructures and information safe.

  • Time: 72% of graduates finish in 6–20 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.

Lead businesses with strong analysis skills:

  • Time: 87% of graduates finish in 6–18 months.
  • Tuition and fees: $3,835 per 6-month term.

Certifications included in the coursework of this program:

  • SAS Certified Base Programmer for SAS 9
  • SAS Certified Statistical Business Analyst Using SAS 9

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

A degree for experienced IT professionals ready to lead:

  • Time: 82% of graduates finish in 6–24 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.

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

  • Time: 98% of grads finish in 6–18 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.

Earn certifications with your degree.

Our goal is to give you the skills and training you need to be marketable in the IT 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 resume with the valuable IT degree and certifications you need to wow employers, and be prepared for a successful career.

Cybersecurity Scholarships available.

Protect the real and virtual worlds. Earn your cybersecurity degree.

Apply for the WGU Cybersecurity Scholarship today.

The need for cybersecurity experts has never been greater. To encourage more people to earn their bachelor’s or master’s degrees in cybersecurity, WGU is offering multiple $5,000 WGU Cybersecurity Scholarships.

This scholarship opportunity is only available through December 31, 2019. So start your application today!

Programs begin the first of each month, and our flexible, online format lets you complete most coursework any time or place that fits your schedule.

Admissions to our online IT degree programs.

Degree programs from WGU's College of Information Technology focus on providing the skills, knowledge, certifications, and credentials you need to be a successful IT pro. Below are admissions requirements specific to College of Information Technology programs that are in addition to WGU’s general admissions requirements.

Special requirements for IT degree programs:

To be considered for enrollment into a College of IT bachelor's degree program, you must possess a high school diploma or its equivalent. For all IT bachelor's programs other than B.S. Computer Science, you must also be able to demonstrate IT experience at least one of the following ways:

  • Option 1: Possess an associate’s degree in information technology or equivalent (A.S. or A.A.S. acceptable).
  • Option 2: Possess a high-level IT certification in network, security, programming, data management, operating systems, or hardware management earned within the last five years.
  • Option 3: Provide your résumé showing three-plus years of IT work experience.
  • Option 4: Show completion of 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 courses; OR 
    • One or more upper-level information security and assurance courses

See more about the IT bachelor's degrees WGU offers.

Students must be able to use key calculus principles, rules, and applications while in the B.S. Computer Science program. Students must meet the following admission requirements for admittance to this program:

  • Possess a high school diploma or its equivalent. 
  • Demonstrate math readiness through completion of one of the following: 
    • Successful and verifiable completion of a pre-calculus course from a WGU approved third-party provider. 
    • Successful and verifiable completion of a pre-calculus, calculus, or higher-than-calculus math course from an accredited post-secondary academic institution.

See more about WGU's B.S. Computer Science program.

Possess a bachelor’s degree from a regionally or nationally accredited institution.

You must also demonstrate IT security experience through at least one of the following three methods:

  • Option 1: Possess a bachelor’s degree from a regionally or nationally accredited institution in either IT security or IT networking that covers at least two CISSP CBK domains. You can find the domains listed here.
  • Option 2: Possess any bachelor's degree from a regionally or nationally accredited university AND 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.
  • Option 3: Possess any bachelor's degree from a regionally or nationally accredited university AND
    submit a résumé for review showing recent significant IT security experience, of at least three years, which demonstrates at least two CISSP CBK domains.

See more about the M.S. Cybersecurity and Information Assurance degree program.

Possess a bachelor’s degree from a regionally or nationally accredited institution.

See more about the M.S. IT Management degree program.

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:

  • Option 1: Possess a bachelor’s degree in information systems, systems engineering, data management, data analysis, computer science, mathematics, software, statistics, accounting/finance.
  • Option 2: Hold an Udacity nanodegree in data analytics.
  • Option 3: Submit a résumé for review showing at least 3 years of significant and recent experience in data analysis.
  • Option 4: Provide verification of a current Oracle SQL, Oracle BI, or SAS certification that has been earned in the past five years.

See more about the M.S. Data Analytics degree program.

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

See more about the MBA Information Technology Management degree program.

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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.

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The IT 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!


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.

Program councils—teams of industry and academic experts—drive the ongoing development of our IT degree programs and curriculum, providing input on the competencies a successful graduate needs to have mastered. It’s one way WGU ensures your degree delivers relevancy and value.

“The IT programs at WGU are effective in laying solid foundations and providing on-ramps into a place of understanding, where students can become creators in IT rather than merely consumers.”

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David Ricker
Director of Enterprise Analytics and Business Systems
Dartmouth College

“As someone who got my degrees later in life and went on to teach at the university level, I can unequivocally say that the caliber of IT programs that WGU offers is among the best. The variety of courses and disciplines within IT alone allow students to explore different areas to determine what they like best, while giving them the real-life practical skills they need to be successful in their future careers.”

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Mischel Kwon
Founder and CEO
MKACyber

“In the yin and yang of IT job offshoring, a key argument is the shortage of IT resources in U.S. The only effective way to counter that is to develop high-quality IT degree programs that are tuned to the market's job requirements. That's what WGU IT degree programs are about, and I'm proud to be part of it as an IT Program Council member.”

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Kumud Majumder
Sr. Vice President (Global SME Manager—Corporate Technology Officer)
CitiGroup, NYNJ

Program councils—teams of industry and academic experts—drive the ongoing development of our IT degree programs and curriculum, providing input on the competencies a successful graduate needs to have mastered. It’s one way WGU ensures your degree delivers relevancy and value.

“The IT programs at WGU are effective in laying solid foundations and providing on-ramps into a place of understanding, where students can become creators in IT rather than merely consumers.”

David Ricker headshot
David Ricker
Director of Enterprise Analytics and Business Systems
Dartmouth College

“As someone who got my degrees later in life and went on to teach at the university level, I can unequivocally say that the caliber of IT programs that WGU offers is among the best. The variety of courses and disciplines within IT alone allow students to explore different areas to determine what they like best, while giving them the real-life practical skills they need to be successful in their future careers.”

Mischel Kwon headshot
Mischel Kwon
Founder and CEO
MKACyber

“In the yin and yang of IT job offshoring, a key argument is the shortage of IT resources in U.S. The only effective way to counter that is to develop high-quality IT degree programs that are tuned to the market's job requirements. That's what WGU IT degree programs are about, and I'm proud to be part of it as an IT Program Council member.”

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Kumud Majumder
Sr. Vice President (Global SME Manager—Corporate Technology Officer)
CitiGroup, NYNJ

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Discover which WGU program is the path to your unique career goals.

EXPLORE DEGREES

IT graduates found success at WGU.

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

Steve
2019-11-07T16:16:49Z

M.S. IT Management Journey

I enjoyed the experience working toward my Master of Science in IT Management. The material was great for each course. Ending up with the CAPM certification is definitely a bonus. I'm not a huge fan of constantly having to be in touch with the mentors. I prefer to work at my own pace on my own terms. So that was a bit of a nuisance. It is nice to have them there, but I dont need to talk to them every week. Overall i enjoyed the experience and am glad I did it.

Eric Morehouse
2019-11-03T15:05:03Z

The on-line school process provided me…

The on-line school process provided me with the opportunity to complete my degree. This validates all my years of experience in a way that nothing else would. This was by far the most challenging undertaking of my life. The way WGU helps you every step of the way with an advisor reaching out once a week, makes all the difference. The school also combines industry standard certifications to function as the final test for many classes. The cost per term are also quite resonable. This school is always the first one I recommend to friends and colleagues

Kelly
2019-10-15T15:17:59Z

I was not sure I had the time or skill…

I was not sure I had the time or skill set to complete my masters degree and was very nervous about the program. My goal was to complete the two year program in one year. I found the program both challenging and enjoyable. The support provided by my mentor David Moyer, IT and the occasional call to the writing lab was invaluable in my success. I was able to complete the program in 5 months! I can not believe that I am a WGU grad!

Axel Morlotte
2019-10-14T18:57:24Z

Why look anywhere else?

Have never had a better education platform. My mentor, Hope, was extremely understanding and helpful to an extent no one in my education history has ever been. WGU is hands down, the best institution available for internal IT-focused professionals.

Peter-John
2019-09-23T14:26:15Z

THANK YOU WGU!

WGU allowed me to achieve my goal of obtaining a 4 year degree (BSIT) in a very reasonable amount of time; the flexibility and self-paced structure allowed me to accelerate. I was also able to accumulate industry recognized certifications. I am very proud to be an Alumni of this institution!

¹ 2018 Harris Poll survey of 300 employers of WGU grads.