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College of Information Technology Online

An IT degree with all the credentials you need.

Codie award from the Software & Information Industry association

AWARDED

WGU received a 2016 CODiE from the Software & Information Industry Association for Best Learning Relationship Management Solution for our Business of IT – Project Management course. The course on uCertify LEARN manages and facilitates student-led learning to maximize learning engagement, achievement, outcome, retention, and long-term success.    

89%

Employer-APPROVED in INDUSTRY SKILLS

In a 2016 Harris Poll survey of employers, 89% said their WGU grads' TECHNICAL SKILLS were either EXCELLENT or very good.1

  • Overview

    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.

    Four years running.

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

    University Research & Review Best Value School award for WGU
  • 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: $3,485 per 6-month term.
    • Transfer: Your previous college coursework and existing certifications may waive course requirements, helping you finish even faster.

    Certifications included:

    • CIW Site Development Associate
    • CompTIA Project+
    • Oracle Database 12c
    • 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 degree:

    • Time: 74% of IT bachelor's grads finish in 6-36 months.
    • Tuition and fees: $3,485 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: SQL Fundamentals
    • Oracle Database 12c: Installation and Administration

    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 Security+, and CompTIA Project+.

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

    • Time: 78% of grads finish in 6-36 months.
    • Tuition and fees: $3,485 per 6-month term.
    • Certifications: Includes CIW, ITIL, LPI and CompTIA.

    Certified Internet Web certifications included:

    • 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: $3,485 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
    • Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA): Windows Server 2012
    • LPI Linux Essentials
    • CompTIA Linux+
    • CompTIA A+
    • CompTIA Cloud Essentials
    • CompTIA Cloud+
    • CompTIA Network+
    • CompTIASecurity+
    • Project+ (CompTIA)
    • 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 degree program.

    Protect your career and earning potential with this degree:
    • Time: 72% of IT undergrads finish in 1-4 years.
    • Tuition and fees: $3,485 per 6-month term.
    • Certifications: Over 10 are included with completion of this degree.

    Associate of (ISC)² certifications:

    • Certified Cloud Security Professional (CCSP)
    • Systems Security Certified Practitioner (SSCP)

    EC-Council certifications:

    • Certified Encryption Specialist (EC-Council ECES)
    • Certified Incident Handler (EC-Council ECIH)

    Certified Internet Webmaster certifications:

    • Site Development Associate (CIW-SDA)
    • Web Security Associate (CIW-WSA)

    Other valuable certifications included are CompTIA A+, Network+, Security+, and Project+, as well as the ITIL® Foundation.

    For network operations and security professionals:

    • Time:  74% of IT bachelor's grads finish in 6-36 months.
    • Tuition and fees: $3,485 per 6-month term.
    • Certifications: several CIW and CompTIA included in this program.

    Certified Internet Webmaster certifications:

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

    CompTIA certifications included are A+, Network+, Security+, Project+, and Linux+. 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: 83% finish in 6-24 months.
    • Tuition and fees: $3,485 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.

    (From the College of Health Professions.)

    A program designed for future-leaders in HIM:

    • Time: 61% of grads earned this degree within 2-4 years.
    • Tuition and fees: $3,335 per 6-month term.

    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, and advanced career opportunities.

    (From the College of Business.)

    IT managers are needed in nearly every organization:

    • Time: 71% of grads finish in under 3.5 years.
    • Tuition and fees: $3,335 per 6-month term.

    Careers and jobs this 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

    Master key competencies in management and leadership, networks and security, and information systems management. Become a leader who bridges the gap between IT and business.

  • Master's Degrees

    Become the authority on keeping infrastructures and information safe.

    • Time: 89% of grads finish within one year.
    • Tuition and fees: $3,785 per 6-month term.
    • Certifications: two EC-Council certs, included.

    The curriculum is closely aligned with the 2014 National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) Workforce Framework, plus includes these certifications:

    • EC-Council Ethical Hacking and Countermeasures (EC0-350)
    • EC-Council Computer Hacking Forensic Investigator (EC0-349)

    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: 81% of IT master's grads finish in 6-30 months.
    • Tuition and fees: $3,785 per 6-month term.

    Certifications included in the coursework of this program:

    • SAS Certified Base Programmer for SAS 9 Credential
    • SAS Certified Statistical Business Analyst Using SAS 9
    • Oracle Database SQL (1Z0-071)

    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: 93% of grads finish in 18-24 months.
    • Tuition and fees: $3,785 per 6-month term.

    Included in your program—at no extra cost—is 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.

    (From the College of Business.)

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

    • Time: 98% of grads finish in 6-18 months.
    • Tuition and fees: $3,895 per 6-month term.

    Careers and jobs this degree will prepare you for:

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

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

Codie award from the Software & Information Industry association

AWARDED

WGU received a 2016 CODiE from the Software & Information Industry Association for Best Learning Relationship Management Solution for our Business of IT – Project Management course. The course on uCertify LEARN manages and facilitates student-led learning to maximize learning engagement, achievement, outcome, retention, and long-term success.    

89%

Employer-APPROVED in INDUSTRY SKILLS

In a 2016 Harris Poll survey of employers, 89% said their WGU grads' TECHNICAL SKILLS were either EXCELLENT or very good.1

Accredited. Recognized. Respected.

Accredited

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Western Governors University is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU), which provides accreditation to many other institutions, such as the University of Washington, University of Oregon, University of Utah, University of Idaho, and Brigham Young University.  

Respected

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As a program member of both the Microsoft® IT Academy and the National Cyberwatch Center, WGU is able to offer students world-class technology curriculum and courseware that will help develop the skills and knowledge that gains you respect in your industry. 

Recognized

2016 SIIA CODiE winner

The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) recognized WGU’s Business of IT – Project Management course, called uCertify LEARN, as the Best Learning Relationship Management Solution. This course is found in many of our IT programs and includes the CompTIA Project+ certification.

Accredited

Respected

Recognized

Go back to school - WGU now offering $750,000 in Back to School Scholarships to new students

$2,000 Back to School Scholarships—apply by Sept. 30.

The time is right to earn an IT degree that will add real value to your résumé—and help build your career. Graduates of WGU’s bachelor’s and master’s degree programs hold positions of authority for top companies and government and military agencies nationwide. Apply now for a Back to School Scholarship.

We unravel the cybersecurity industry with LinkedIn.

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.

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"I left WGU with six different certifications."

Jason Franklin found early success working as an IT professional with the federal government. It was a hard concept for him to understand when he was asked by his employer to get a degree.  Once he completed his bachelor’s with WGU and saw immediate value, he jumped back in to complete a master’s program. Jason speaks to how IT experience is one thing, but having the degrees to carry you is something completely different.    

WGU graduate in information technology

New & 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.

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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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¹ 2016 Harris Poll survey of 301 employers of WGU grads.