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ONLINE IT DEGREES

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.

Browse and compare our online IT degree programs to find the best fit for your needs.

EMPLOYER SATISFACTION

In a 2021 Harris Poll survey of employers, 95% said they would hire another WGU graduate.

EXCELLENCE AND RESPECT

2021 National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense (CAE-CD). WGU has been awarded an CAE designation by the National Security Agency (NSA) for its B.S. in Cybersecurity and Information Assurance program.  

USNCC OPPORTUNITIES

WGU is honored to have been chosen to provide educational opportunities for active duty enlisted Sailors, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen from the United States Naval Community College (USNCC). WGU will offer USNCC military students an Associate of Science Cybersecurity and Information Assurance degree. 

Information Technology Bachelor's Degrees Online

Computer Science – B.S.

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

Problem solvers and math lovers needed! Your task:

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

  • Time: 71% of graduates in similar programs finish within 27 months.
  • Tuition and fees: $3,920 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.

Cybersecurity and Information Assurance – B.S.

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

Protect your career and earning potential with this degree.

  • Time: 70% of graduates finish within 21 months.
  • Tuition and fees: $4,245 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

Cloud Computing – B.S.

A three-track program designed to arm you with the certifications and...

A three-track 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.

  • 3 Tracks: Choose between a multi-cloud, AWS, or Azure focused track to learn specific software specialties.
  • Time: 70% of graduates finish within 35 months.
  • Tuition and fees: $4,085 per 6-month term.
  • Transfer: Your previous college coursework and existing certifications may waive course requirements, helping you finish even faster,

Certifications at no extra cost, including:

  • Amazon AWS Cloud Practitioner
  • Amazon AWS SysOps Administration–Associate
  • Azure Fundamentals
  • Developing Solutions for Microsoft Azure
  • LPI Linux Essentials
  • CompTIA A+
  • CompTIA Cloud+
  • CompTIA Security+
  • CompTIA Project+

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.

Network Operations and Security – B.S.

For network operations and security professionals:...

For network operations and security professionals:

  • Time: 70% of graduates finish within 39 months.
  • Tuition and fees: $3,920 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.

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 online degree:

  • Time: 70% of graduates finish within 37 months.
  • Tuition and fees: $3,920 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 opportunities....

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

  • Time: 70% of graduates finish within 40 months.
  • Tuition and fees: $3,920 per 6-month term.
  • Certifications: several CompTIA included in this program.

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.

Information Technology – B.S.

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

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

  • Time: 70% of graduates finish within 48 months.
  • Tuition and fees: $3,920 per 6-month term.
  • Certifications: Includes CIW, ITIL, LPI and CompTIA.

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

Accelerated Information Technology Bachelor's and Master's Degree

Earn both your bachelor’s in IT and master’s in IT management at a faster...

Earn both your bachelor’s in IT and master’s in IT management at a faster pace with fewer courses.

  • Time: Approximately 5 years.
  • Tuition and fees: $3,625 per 6-month term for the bachelor's degree; $3,940 per term for the master's portion..
  • Certifications: Includes AWS, ITIL, LPI and CompTIA.

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

Health Information Management – B.S.

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

A program designed for future leaders in HIM:

  • Time: 63% of grads earned this degree in 36 months or less.
  • Tuition and fees: $3,795 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

IT Management – B.S. Business Administration

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

IT managers are needed in nearly every organization:

  • Time: 70% of graduates finish within 43 months.
  • Tuition and fees: $3,720 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.

Information Technology Master's Degrees Online

Cybersecurity & Information Assurance – M.S.

Become the authority on keeping infrastructures and information safe....

Become the authority on keeping infrastructures and information safe.

  • Time: 70% of graduates finish within 22 months.
  • Tuition and fees: $4,590 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.

Information Technology Management – M.S.

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

A degree for experienced IT professionals ready to lead.

  • Time: 72% of graduates finish within 20 months.
  • Tuition and fees: $4,235 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. 

Data Analytics – M.S.

Lead businesses with strong analysis skills:...

Lead businesses with strong analysis skills:

  • Time: 70% of graduates finish within 23 months.
  • Tuition and fees: $4,235 per 6-month term.

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

Accelerated Information Technology Bachelor's and Master's Degree

Earn both your bachelor’s in IT and master’s in IT management at a faster...

Earn both your bachelor’s in IT and master’s in IT management at a faster pace with fewer courses.

  • Time: Approximately 5 years.
  • Tuition and fees: $3,625 per 6-month term for the bachelor's degree; $3,940 per term for the master's portion..
  • Certifications: Includes AWS, ITIL, LPI and CompTIA.

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

MBA Information Technology Management

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

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

  • Time: Graduates can finish in 12 months
  • Tuition and fees: $4,675 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.

Top Ranked for ROI


 

An IT degree should be worth the cost. Comparing the cost of the program and the ROI you'll get is key in determining if a program is right for you. Our degree programs have proven to provide a great return on investment with WGU grads seeing an average salary increase of $18,000 within just two years of graduation.*

In fact, graduates from WGU's Bachelor of Science—Information Technology program boast a 320% ROI on average, a figure that factors in two-year post graduate earnings compared to student debt. Our return on investment ranks first among other online colleges.

*WGU 2021 Annual Report

IT Degree ROI

Student Experiences

WGU vs. Traditional Universities
Compare the Difference

Traditional Universities

 

AVG. yearly tuition
For BACHELOR’S DEGREES

$12,112*

$7,452

AVG. cost
For 3RD PARTY IT CERTIFICATIONS

$350**

Included with your tuition cost

AVG. yearly tuition
For MASTER’S DEGREES

$22,913***

$8,295

TUITION STRUCTURE

Per credit hour

Flat rate per 6-month term

SUPPORT

A counselor you have to schedule time with

An individual Program Mentor who knows your goals and schedule

EXAMS

Scheduled time

Whenever you feel ready

SCHEDULE

Professor led lectures at a certain time and place

Courses available anytime, from anywhere

*According to the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System
**The cost of valuable industry certifications can range from $150 to $400 At WGU, we offer vouchers for certifications, so the cost is included in your tuition price.
***According to data from the National Center for Education Statistics

Traditional Universities

 

AVG. yearly tuition
For BACHELOR’S DEGREES

$12,112*

AVG. yearly tuition
For BACHELOR’S DEGREES

$7,452

AVG. cost
For 3RD PARTY IT CERTIFICATIONS

$350**

AVG. cost
For 3RD PARTY IT CERTIFICATIONS

Included with your tuition cost

AVG. yearly tuition
For MASTER’S DEGREES

$22,913***

AVG. yearly tuition
For MASTER’S DEGREES

$8,295

TUITION STRUCTURE

Per credit hour

TUITION STRUCTURE

Flat rate per 6-month term

SUPPORT

A counselor you have to schedule time with

SUPPORT

An individual Program Mentor who knows your goals and schedule

EXAMS

Scheduled time

EXAMS

Whenever you feel ready

SCHEDULE

Professor led lectures at a certain time and place

SCHEDULE

Courses available anytime, from anywhere

*According to the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System
**The cost of valuable industry certifications can range from $150 to $400 At WGU, we offer vouchers for certifications, so the cost is included in your tuition price.
***According to data from the National Center for Education Statistics

See a Breakdown of Course Costs

Earn Valuable IT Certifications with Your Degree

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.

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What IT Alumni Are Saying


 

People love their WGU experience. See why it means so much to them, and what makes us different.

“After I graduated from WGU, I quickly got a much better job and nearly doubled my salary.”

— Eric Gardner, B.S. Information Technology grad

“From the very beginning, the whole process was very smooth. My enrollment counselors were knowledgeable and helpful. If I did run into any kind of little snag, somebody was always there to help me.”

— Cindy Krupinski, B.S. Information Technology grad

“WGU’s advantage is its flexibility. The education itself is top-notch, and the flexibility allows busy people to get through school. I recommend WGU to everybody, particularly in IT fields. The certifications you get at WGU are fantastic—some of the best in the industry.”

— Ken Krauss, M.S. Information Security and Assurance grad

Stay on Top
of IT Industry Trends

Get Job Stability

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. 

Hack Your Tech Career

WGU faculty members are experts in the field, and they're not just sharing their expertise inside the classroom. Stay up to date on the latest IT industry trends and learn from their time in the field with the "IT Talk" audio series.

Center for Cyber Education

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.
 

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 Governors 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.