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DEGREES & PROGRAMS

Online master's degree programs in IT.

Upgrade your tech career with a graduate degree.

It's time your career matched your potential. A master's degree in IT can get you the position and respect you deserve. WGU’s online IT master’s degrees are highly respected—largely because the programs were developed by employers for the specific needs of the industry. When you graduate from WGU, you can be certain you’ll have the skills and knowledge the workplace demands.

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.

Cybersecurity: An in-depth look at current trends.

Our new jobs guide covers the trends in cyber careers, vetted by LinkedIn data and industry insiders. 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? Read up, and stay on the leading edge of this hot career path.

Download our FREE CyberSecurity career guide in collaboration with LinkedIn

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.


Working with WITI to help more women lead and succeed in IT.

We need more women in tech—so WGU has partnered with Women in Tech International to help more women enroll in our accredited, flexible, highly respected online IT master's degree programs. Learn more.

WGU celebrates women in leadership with scholarship offer up to $2000
"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, 2015

A program focused on developing the skills you need for success.

WGU’s online IT master’s degree programs are designed specifically for experienced IT professionals and managers like you who are seeking upward mobility. Our degrees emphasize mastery of the skills and knowledge that are essential for continued advancement.

Our competency-based approach to education is an ideal match for experienced IT professionals like you with extensive real-world experience. At WGU, you earn your degree by demonstrating skills and knowledge in subject areas through a series of assessments. If you already possess these competencies, you can complete your assessments quicker. With the guidance of your mentor, you’ll be able to earn your IT master’s degree online, on your schedule, and on your budget.

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Demonstrated knowledge, skill, or ability required to advance in a degree program.

At WGU, course competencies are defined by an expert council, including employers.

For this course, there are 3 areas you need to prove competency in.

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First, let's take a pre‑assessment.

Determine what you already know from previous work and education experience, and where you need to focus your studies. Prove your competency in 3 areas in this exercise.

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Competency 3: Retrieving results...

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Second, study course materials.

Click on the free learning resources created by education experts that will help you master the competencies.

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Level up with a respected IT master's degree.

Programs designed by tech experts. 
Career advancement depends on competence as well as credentials. At WGU, you’ll get both. Our master’s degree programs in IT are rigorous and relevant because they’re designed by industry experts as well as academic specialists. When you graduate from WGU, you can be certain you’ll have the skills and knowledge the workplace demands.

Credentials with your coursework.
Many of our IT degree programs incorporate respected industry certifications without adding exam fees or additional courses—they’re built into the curriculum. If you’ve already earned relevant certifications, you may be able to waive some degree requirements.

Accelerate through what you already know.
Your IT experience is a valuable asset at WGU. Our competency-based learning model means that if you already know the course material, you won’t need to waste time “re-learning” it. You can move on as soon as you can demonstrate mastery. By drawing on existing knowledge, experience, and certifications, you can accelerate your time to graduation—saving both time and money.

Graduates who do great things: Today's WGU students are tomorrow's star employees.

  • Happy employers
  • Happy grads

They're Prepared.

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Employers said that WGU graduates were prepared for their jobs.

They Perform.

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Employers rated WGU graduates' job performance as very good or excellent.

They Wow.

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Employers said their WGU graduates have exceeded their expectations.

They're Confident.

Blue double bar graph comparing how confident WGU grads were that their coursework related to their jobs WGU: 78%, U.S. avg: 68%

Graduates said the majority of their coursework was related to their jobs.

They're Working.

Green double bar graph comparing how many WGU grads are working full-time compared to grads from other universities. WGU: 88%, U.S. avg: 71%

Graduates are working full-time.

They're Satisfied.

Purple double bar graph comparing how many WGU grads felt satisfied that their degrees were worth paying for WGU: 91%, U.S. avg: 67%

Graduates said their degrees were worth the cost of their education.

Source: 2016 Harris Poll survey of 301 employers; 2016 Harris Poll Online survey of 1,403 new college graduates nationwide compared with survey of 1,207 WGU graduates; WGU--Gallup 2016 Report

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