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Bachelor of Science

Online Information Technology Degree

3rd Party Certifications Included in this Degree

OVERVIEW

A Degree in Information Technology That Prepares You For a Lucrative, Dynamic IT Career


 

Get the credentials to add to your IT knowledge so you can increase your earning potential, job security, and opportunities for advancement by earning your bachelor’s degree in information technology. In addition to providing a solid foundation in computer information systems and technology, this degree program gives you the opportunity to earn multiple industry-recognized certifications, such as CompTIA and CIW. You can earn while you learn with this information technology degree—these top technology certifications are built in to the IT degree program and do not add time or additional costs—but do add to your résumé as soon as you've earned them, even before you complete your degree! Designed with input from industry experts, the B.S. Information Technology degree program is composed of five primary areas of study: systems and services, networking and security, scripting and programming, data management, and the business of IT.

70% of students finish within 

48 Months

WGU lets you move more quickly through material you already know and advance as soon as you're ready. The result: You may finish faster.

 

Tuition per six-month term is

$3,625

Tuition 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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COURSES & COMPETENCIES

Information Technology Courses

Our Bachelor of Science Information Technology 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.

The B.S. Information Technology degree program is an all-online program that you will complete by studying and working independently with instruction and support from WGU faculty. You will be expected to complete at least 12 competency units each 6-month term. (One course is typically 3 or 4 units.)

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.

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

36 Courses

Program consists of 36 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 Project

Special requirements for this program

At the end of your online IT degree program, you will complete a capstone project that represents the culmination of all your hard work—a project 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.

 

"Information technology has two paths: You can go down the degree path, or you can go down the certification path. The way that WGU interweaves those together made the choice to enroll an absolute no-brainer."

—Bill Burns
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 IT bachelor's degree 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


 

The industry certifications you will be positioned to earn in this degree program include a variety of CompTIA certifications, Amazon AWS Cloud Practitioner, LPI Linux Essentials, and more. 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+ 
  • Project+ 
  • 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.

As well as:

 

  • LPI Linux Essentials

COST & TIME

An Affordable Online IT Degree

By charging per six-month 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. The faster you complete your program, the less you pay for your degree.

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A College Degree 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 Degree

Competency-based degree programs allow you to speed up your progress—no waiting for other class members to catch up or for a new semester to start.  Taking a course covering concepts you’ve been applying for years? Review the online course material, take the online assessment, and move on. Taking a course in a subject you’ve never tried? Maximize all available resources to ensure you’re comfortable with the material by the time you take the assessment. Online. Competency-based. Student-obsessed. There are lots of things that make our programs a great fit for today's working college student—and that make WGU a different kind of university.

"WGU gives students the ability to really assemble the complete package, from the subject matter to the specific skills to the certification that gives employers confidence when they're making a hiring decision.”

—Brad Smith
President and Chief Legal Officer, Microsoft

CAREER OUTLOOK

Become a Technology Expert and Linchpin for Your Team and Organization

Information drives our economy, so technology experts are needed in every industry and every company. An information technology degree is key in helping you gain the critical skills and experience you need to thrive in the information sector. Increase your earning potential, boost your résumé with valuable credentials, and find a career you love with the help of an information technology degree. Every industry from advertising to zoology needs quality IT professionals. When you have completed WGU's online Bachelor of Science in Information Technology degree program, you will find yourself in demand because of the skills, knowledge, and certifications you’ve gained. In fact, you will find that you have all the tools necessary for a successful IT career from fields like computer programming to IT management.

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

A Bachelor's in Information Technology Opens the Door to Continued Success in your Career

Our 2,500-plus B.S. IT alumni have great jobs and satisfying careers:

Job Titles

  • Application developer
  • Business systems analyst
  • IT manager
  • Database administrator

Diverse Industries

  • Businesses and corporations
  • Healthcare
  • Colleges and universities
  • Government and military
  • Nonprofit organizations

Major Employers

  • AT&T
  • Dell
  • U.S. Department of Defense
  • Microsoft
  • HCA Healthcare

WGU Grads Hold Positions With Top Employers

ADMISSIONS

Information Technology Admissions Requirements

To be considered for enrollment into this 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.
  • 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.

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

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FAQs about IT Bachelor's Degree

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.

In a high-quality information technology bachelor's degree program students should learn many things including:

  • Network and security foundations and applications
  • IT foundations
  • Cloud foundations
  • Linux foundations
  • Data management
  • Information systems management
  • Scripting and programming
  • Web development
  • UX/UI

A bachelor's degree in information technology gives students important foundations and skills in programming, scripting, networks, and other technologies. This bachelor's degree program will prepare students for a career in application development, data management, information systems, database administration, and more. 

An IT degree prepares students for many careers including:

  • Application Developer
  • IT Manager
  • Business Systems Analyst
  • Database Administrator
  • Web Developer
  • Software Programmer

If you're looking for a more broad degree, a program in information technology can be the perfect fit. This kind of degree program will help you learn about many different areas of IT, instead of specializing in one certain element. 

The amount of time your online IT degree will take depends on where you choose to attend school. For example, at WGU most students earn their online IT degree in 30 months or less, while traditional programs take at least 48 months. 

The first step to earning a BS in IT is to find an accredited degree program. Find one that gives options for relevant coursework, is affordable, and offers industry certifications as well. WGU has a great program for students looking to earn an IT degree. The next step is to simply apply to the school, and get going on your program! 

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