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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

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 Unlike certs, a degree never fades, becomes outdated, or ceases to be recognized.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. Network Operations and Security

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+
  • 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.

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.

Included certification:

  • 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

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. 

Compared 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, 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 certification included:

  • Oracle Database SQL

Certified Internet Web certification included:

  • CIW Data Analyst

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

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 withinin 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.

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.

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.


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.

Requirements for IT degree programs:

Students must be able to use key calculus principles, rules, and applications while in the B.S. Computer Science program. Students must demonstrate math readiness through successful and verifiable completion of a pre-calculus, calculus, or higher-than-calculus math course from an accredited post-secondary academic institution or WGU-approved third-party provider.  

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

To be considered for enrollment into a College of IT bachelor's degree program, students must possess a high school diploma or its equivalent AND demonstrate program readiness through one of the following: 

  • Option 1: Submit transcripts documenting completion of previous IT coursework. IT coursework must be 300-level or higher.
  • Option 2: Possess a bachelor’s or associate degree (A.A, A.S. or A.A.S. acceptable) from an accredited post-secondary institution.
  • Option 3: Demonstrate at least two years of IT work experience through resume review.
  • Option 4: Submit official records of completion of current and active IT certifications,  some of which may provide transfer credit into various programs.   

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

1. Possess a bachelor’s degree in a STEM field, Business degree (Quantitative Analysis, Accounting, Economics, Finance, or degree with similar quantitative focus). 

OR

2. Possess any bachelor’s degree PLUS one of the following:

  • Two years of related work experience
  • Relevant and current IT certification
  • Related IT coursework 

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

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

1. Possess a bachelor’s degree in a STEM field, Business degree (Quantitative Analysis, Accounting, Economics, Finance, or degree with similar quantitative focus). 

OR

2. Possess any bachelor’s degree PLUS one of the following:

  • Two years of related work experience
  • Relevant and current IT certification
  • Related IT coursework 

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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Unraveling the cybersecurity industry.

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!

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.

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

"Digital transformation and data-driven innovation have become an imperative for every organization. The IT curriculum at WGU provides an affordable, relevant, and rich spectrum of pathways for skilling and upskilling the workforce needed to address the talent shortage."

Chakib Chraibi
Chief Data Scientist
NTIS, US Department of Commerce

“WGU’s IT programs are rock solid at providing relevant training that positions students for long-term success in the tech industry.”

Brad Ree
Chief Technology Officer
ioXt Alliance

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

"Digital transformation and data-driven innovation have become an imperative for every organization. The IT curriculum at WGU provides an affordable, relevant, and rich spectrum of pathways for skilling and upskilling the workforce needed to address the talent shortage."

Chakib Chraibi
Chief Data Scientist
NTIS, US Department of Commerce

“WGU’s IT programs are rock solid at providing relevant training that positions students for long-term success in the tech industry.”

Brad Ree
Chief Technology Officer
ioXt Alliance

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¹ 2019 Harris Poll survey of 300 employers of WGU grads.