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Accelerated Information Technology Bachelor's and Master's Degree

3rd Party Certifications Included in this Degree

OVERVIEW

Earn an Accelerated Bachelor's and Master's in IT Online


 

Two degrees in one accelerated program. To earn an advanced degree, you would typically have to complete an undergraduate program, then reapply for a master’s degree. In this accelerated B.S. to M.S. program, you earn both your bachelor’s in IT and master’s in IT management at a faster pace with fewer courses. If you’re considering a bachelor’s degree in IT, it makes sense to think about earning two degrees in an accelerated program.

A bachelor’s degree in IT helps you gain a solid foundation in computer information systems and technology. A master’s degree in IT management prepares you to be a leader, helping you stand out when seeking promotions and new job opportunities. WGU’s accelerated information technology bachelor's and master's degree program was designed with input from CIOs, CTOs, industry experts, and leading tech employers to provide an industry-relevant education. This unique program equips you with a graduate-level understanding of IT management principles along with top industry certifications at no additional cost.

Earn two degrees in about

4 years

This accelerated program combines a bachelor's degree and a master's, letting you take fewer courses than you would if you completed the programs separately.

Tuition per six-month term is

$3,625 and $3,940

Tuition is less for the undergraduate portion, and tuition is charged per term—rather than per credit—helps you control the ultimate cost of your degree. Finish faster, pay less!

Income growth after two years

$18,200

Just 2 years after graduation, WGU students report earning $18,200* more per year. Four years after graduation, they report earning $25,900 more than before they enrolled.

*Source: 2021 Harris Poll of 1,252 WGU graduates

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Next Start Date: January 1

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HOW THIS PROGRAM WORKS

Two Degrees. One Program. Big Savings.


 

This program allows you to accelerate your education and earn an undergraduate and graduate degree more quickly, saving you time and money. Here’s how it works:

1. Apply and get accepted to the program.

2. Complete your general education courses along with six bachelor’s-level IT courses.

3. Move into graduate-level coursework with four master’s-level bridge courses.

4. Earn your bachelor’s degree and industry-relevant certifications.

5. Complete six more master’s-level courses and a capstone.

6. Earn your master’s degree and industry-relevant certifications.

COURSES & COMPETENCIES

IT Bridge Courses

This unique bachelor's/master's degree program was designed, and is regularly updated, with input from the experts on our College of Information Technology Program Council, ensuring you learn best practices in systems and services, networking and security, scripting and programming, data management, and the business of IT.

Students enrolled in the Accelerated Information Technology Bachelor's and Master's Degree program will first complete the Bachelor of Science in Information Technology portion of the program. After completing the necessary bachelor's and bridge coursework, the student will receive the Bachelor of Science, Information Technology degree. Students will then progress to the remaining graduate coursework, and upon completion will receive the Master of Science, Information Technology Management degree. 

Earning a degree designed by industry experts adds theoretical depth to the practical knowledge you already have. Our programs are designed to meet you where you are—and then boost your knowledge and skills from there. The experts who make up our College of IT Program Council know exactly what it takes for a graduate to be successful in the fast-paced, ever-changing world of information technology.

Undergraduate Portion

Information Technology Management
IT Management
Current and Emerging Technology
Web Development
Data Management
Leadership and Management Specialty
Network and Security
IT Fundamentals
Business of IT
General Education
Business Core
Operating Systems
Scripting and Programming
Spreadsheets
Networks
Capstone

Graduate Portion

Information Technology Management
Power, Influence and Leadership
IT Management
Capstone

42 Courses

Program consists of 42 courses

At WGU, we design our curriculum to be timely, relevant, and practical—all to ensure your degree is proof you really know your stuff.

Capstone Projects

Special requirements for this program

At the end of your online IT bachelor's and master's degree programs, you will complete capstone projects that represents the culmination of all your hard work—projects that allows you to turn what you’ve learned into real-world application, proposing a solution to an actual issue you face in your place of business.

 

"Shortly after completing my WGU degree, I was interviewed for a Database Administrator position at a local company. I got the job and have been working there for six months now. The new career came with great benefits and almost doubled my monthly income. I believe that the degree that I received from WGU was a major factor in obtaining my new career."

—Josh Blevins
B.S. Information Technology

Why WGU?

Earning Potential

According to a 2021 Harris Poll, just two years after graduation, WGU grads report earning $18,200 more per year, and that amount increases to $25,900 four years after graduation.

On Your Schedule

No class times, no assignment deadlines. You are in charge of your learning and schedule. You can move through your courses as quickly as you master the material, meaning you can graduate faster.
 

Entirely Online

The accelerated IT bachelor's and master's at WGU is 100% online, which means it works wherever you are. You can do your coursework at night after working at your full-time job, on weekends, while you're traveling the world or on vacation—it's entirely up to you.

Accredited, Respected,
Recognized

One important measure of a degree’s value is the reputation of the university where it was earned. When employers, industry leaders, and academic experts hold your alma mater in high esteem, you reap the benefits of that respect. WGU is a pioneer in reinventing higher education for the 21st century, and our quality has been recognized. 

 

IT CERTIFICATIONS

3rd Party IT Certifications Included


 

In addition to enabling you to earn your bachelor’s and master’s degrees, this unique degree program prepares you to earn several industry certifications at no extra cost, including a variety of CompTIA certifications, Amazon AWS Cloud Practitioner, LPI Linux Essentials, and PMI CAPM. The cost of these certifications are also included in your tuition price, helping you save money as you enhance your skills. Earning certifications on the path to your degree gives you the knowledge, skills, and credentials that will immediately boost your résumé—even before you complete your degree program.

  • A+ 
  • Network+ 
  • Security+ 
  • IT Operations Specialist
  • Secure Infrastructure Specialist 
  • Amazon AWS Cloud Practitioner
  • ITIL®*^ Foundation Certification

*Subject to vendor availability.
^ITIL® is a registered trade mark of AXELOS Limited, used under permission of AXELOS Limited. All rights reserved.

  • PMI CAPM

 

  • LPI Linux Essentials

COST & TIME

Affordable Online IT Degrees

By charging per term rather than per credit—and empowering students to accelerate through material they know well or learn quickly—WGU helps students control the ultimate cost of their degrees.

Costs for the Undergraduate Portion of This Program

$3,625

Tuition per 6-month term

At WGU, tuition is charged every six months. For the bachelor's degree, the only other fees you'll have is a flat fee of $200 each term for e-books and learning resources and a $150 program fee.

Costs for the Graduate Portion of This Program

$3,940

Tuition per 6-month term

Fees include the $200 per term resource fee and the $150 program fee

An Information Technology Management Degree Is Within Reach

There is help available to make paying for school possible for you:

The average student loan debt of WGU graduates in 2019 (among those who borrowed) was less than half* the national average.

Most WGU students qualify for financial aid, and WGU is approved for federal financial aid and U.S. veterans benefits. 

Many scholarship opportunities are available. Find out what you might be eligible for.
 

FLEXIBLE SCHEDULE

Competency-Based Education Puts You in the Driver’s Seat of Your IT Degrees

With WGU’s unique competency-based education model, you complete a course as soon as you pass the necessary assessments. That means you can graduate sooner by using your existing skills. And with WGU’s tuition model that charges per term and not per credit, finishing faster means you earn your degree for less. Pay one fee per six-month term and finish as many courses as you’d like in that time. 

Plus, your coursework is entirely online and on your own schedule, so you don’t have to worry about getting to class or logging in at a certain time. Work on your courses when it’s best for you.

"You have to be a self starter, self motivator! But know that WGU has your back! Whether through your mentor, course instructors and the numerous departments set up to see you succeed, they are there to guide and aide you along your journey!”

—CL
M.S. Information Technology Management

CAREER OUTLOOK

Prepare to Lead and Earn More

Nearly every industry needs skilled IT professionals. Our degree programs prepare you for today’s unique challenges. You’ll graduate with more than a bachelor’s and master’s degree. You’ll also gain the skills and knowledge needed to lead.

Becoming a qualified leader is only part of the equation. Your degree should be worth the cost. WGU degrees have proven to provide a great return on investment, providing salary increases around twice the national average within two years of graduation.

Return on Your Investment

11%

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects job growth of 11% for all computer occupations from 2019 to 2029.

—U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

An Information Technology Degree Opens the Door to Continued Success in your Career

Our M.S. IT alumni have great jobs and satisfying careers:

Job Titles

  • CIO
  • IT manager
  • IT director
  • Information systems manager

Diverse Industries

  • Business
  • Education
  • Finance
  • Government
  • Healthcare

Major Employers

  • Cisco Systems
  • Dell
  • U.S. Air Force
  • Florida Community Health Centers
  • Legal Aid of West Virginia

WGU Grads Hold Positions With Top Employers

ADMISSIONS

Information Technology Management Degree Admissions Requirements

To be considered for enrollment into this program, you 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 college-level coursework with a minimum of 2.5 GPA or higher. 
  • Option 2: Possess a bachelors 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 record of completion of a transferable IT certification, some of which may provide transfer credit  into various programs.
  • Option 5: Submit high school transcripts with a minimum GPA of 2.75 GPA and a B grade or higher in a S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics)course. *Only advanced mathematics courses will satisfy this requirement
  • Option 6: Submit transcripts documenting completion of previous IT coursework. IT coursework must be 300 level or higher.

NOTE: You do not need to take the ACT or SAT to be admitted to this program. Learn why we don't require these tests.

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Get Your Questions Answered

Talk to an WGU Enrollment Counselor.

FAQs About the Accelerated B.S to M.S. Program

You should speak with an Enrollment Counselor. WGU can often provide advice or resources to help a prospective student fulfill enrollment prerequisites.

When you enroll in a WGU degree program, our goal is to see you through to graduation. Admission requirements are designed to increase your likelihood of success. Years of data and experience with the nontraditional students WGU serves have shown us how various types of academic and professional experience can be highly important in helping a student persist to graduation. Industry certifications are one of many ways a student can meet eligibility.

WGU has an obligation to our graduates—and their current and future employers—to ensure WGU alumni have mastered the most up-to-date, current competencies and skills needed in the workplace. Recency of certifications helps us ensure that students have demonstrated competency in skills as they are needed in today's working world.

As a full-time student, you will be required to maintain a minimum pace of 12 competency units (CUs) per term for undergraduate programs or 8 CUs per term for graduate programs. However, there is no maximum speed—once you complete a course, you move immediately to the next, and you complete a course not by waiting for the syllabus, the professor, or the rest of the class. You progress by learning the material and proving it—so you can move through your coursework at the speed of your own learning and experience.

Instructors are highly educated, experienced experts in the subject matter of a course. Unlike in a traditional university where going to class means listening to an instructor lecture while you take notes and try to learn in a group setting, WGU's Instructors provide one-on-one instruction and support when you need it—tailoring the instruction to your precise needs when you need it. Instructors also provide additional resources, lead topical discussions in online communities, and find countless other ways to bring a specific course to life for students.

This unique program allows you to fast-track your education and earn both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in less time. The program contains some courses that count toward both degrees, meaning you’ll take four fewer classes (or 12 fewer competency units) than you would if you were to pursue each degree individually through separate programs. 

The combined bachelor’s and master’s degree program contains largely the same curriculum as the two separate programs with a few modifications. The bridge courses students take are Technical Communication, IT Management, Project Management, and Emerging Technologies. These four bridge courses replace four undergraduate courses and allow students to move into their master’s program sooner.

This accelerated program costs $3,625 per six-month term for the undergraduate portion and $3,940 for the master’s portion. Since the undergraduate portion of this program satisfies part of the typical master’s portion, students can graduate in fewer terms than they would if they’d pursued each degree separately, thus earning a master’s degree for less.

Because of our competency-based model, the number of terms to completion varies. Overall, it’s anticipated that students can complete this program in one less term than it would take to complete the bachelor’s and master’s degrees separately.

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