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Comparing IT Bachelor's Degrees

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Earning a bachelor’s degree in information technology is a great way to kick-start or advance your IT career and show employers what you’ve got. Whether you want to fend off cyberhackers or create the latest video game software, chances are, there’s a specific IT degree that can help get you there.

At WGU, we offer a general IT degree, as well as specialized IT degrees in cloud computing, cybersecurity, data management, network operations, and software development. This guide reviews these degree programs, their courses, and their job outcomes so you can make the best decision about which one to pursue.

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.

  • Time: 70% of graduates finish within 35 months.
  • Tuition: $3,790 per 6-month term.
  • Courses: 37 total courses in this program.
  • 3 Tracks: Choose between a multi-cloud, AWS, or Azure focused track to learn specific software specialties.

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.

Transfer: Your previous college coursework and existing certifications may waive course requirements, helping you finish even faster,

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: $3,625 per 6-month term.
  • Courses: 35 total courses in this program.

You'll have the opportunity to earn these certifications:

  • CompTIA Project+
  • Axelos ITIL Foundation

Utilize your previous college courses or IT experience to help you complete your degree faster.

Careers that this program can help prepare you for include:

  • Computer systems analyst
  • Computer programmer
  • Artificial intelligence specialist
  • Software engineer
  • Machine learning engineer

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: $3,950 per 6-month term.
  • Courses: 34 total courses in this program.

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

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: $3,625 per 6-month term.
  • Courses: 39 total courses in this program.

Certifications in this program at no additional cost include:

  • CIW Data Analyst
  • CompTIA A+ (Parts 1 and 2)
  • CompTIA Network+
  • CompTIA Project+
  • CompTIA IT Operations Specialist
  • Udacity Nanodegree—a unique, highly recognized credential designed to prepare you for a career in data science

There are many job titles a degree in data management and data analytics will prepare you for, including:

  • Data Scientist
  • Automation Architect
  • SQL Query Builder
  • R Programmer
  • AI Trainer
  • Tableau Report Developer
  • QA Analyst
  • Python Programmer
  • Analytics Manager
  • Data Analyst
  • Database Administrator
  • Statistician

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: $3,625 per 6-month term.
  • Courses: 36 total courses in this program.

Certifications included in this program at no additional cost:

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

Job titles this degree may prepare you for include:

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

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: $3,625 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.

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: $3,625 per 6-month term.
  • Courses: 34 total courses in this program.

Certifications included in this program at no additional cost are:

  • CompTIA A+
  • CompTIA Project +
  • ITIL®1 Foundation Certification

There are a wide variety of job titles this degree program prepares students for, including:

  • Software Developer
  • Network Architect
  • Software Engineer
  • Hardware Engineer

Software development is the second-highest rated specialty within IT. Secure your future with a degree and additional certifications.

Which IT Bachelor's Degree is Right for You?

With WGU's online IT degree programs, you have the opportunity to earn your degree as well as top industry certs for one price.

B.S. Cloud Computing

A cloud computing degree will help you understand how to work on computer systems and programs, while focusing on the cloud. More hands-on than other programs, cloud computing takes a “labs-first approach” where you’ll spend time building things, solving complex problems, and making sure your solutions work.

As businesses of all sizes are moving their data to the cloud, a degree in cloud computing can prepare you with the specialized skills and knowledge necessary to excel in this in-demand career field. If you have some knowledge of the cloud and scripting, are ready to work on a globally diverse team, and want to help build the next generation of technology, this degree could be the right move for you.

Program Details

Students in WGU’s cloud computing program can expect to learn:

  • IT Fundamentals
  • Web Development
  • Network and Security
  • Business of IT
  • General Science Content
  • Operating Systems
  • Scripting and Programming
  • Cloud and Virtualization
  • Technical Writing
  • Data Management
  • Information Assurance
  • Software
  • Cloud Technologies

In addition to getting your bachelor's degree, you’ll also earn certifications, including AWS Cloud Practitioner, AWS Certified SysOps Administrator (Associate), CompTIA Cloud+, CompTIA Project+, CompTIA Security+, CompTIA Network+, CompTIA A+, LPI Linux Essentials, and ITIL® Foundation Certification.

Career Paths

There are many career options available for someone with a cloud computing degree. Some of the potential career paths that could be taken with this degree include:

  • Cloud network architect
  • Cloud developer
  • AWS cloud architect
  • AWS cloud engineer
  • Entrepreneur
  • Cloud automation engineer
  • Cloud services administrator
  • Computer and information systems manager

B.S. Computer Science

WGU's B.S. in Computer Science prepares you to design, develop, and optimize systems that meet current and future industry needs. You'll gain important skills in concepts such as data structures, logic, architecture and systems, AI, and computer theory, all of which will make you a highly qualified and in-demand pro in a booming industry.

The field of computer science is rapidly expanding into exciting areas, including artificial intelligence, robotics, intelligent systems, and human-computer interaction. If you have strong critical thinking skills and a knack for mathematical reasoning, you're an ideal candidate to consider a future in computer science.

Program Details

Computer science coursework includes:

  • IT Fundamentals
  • Web Development
  • Network and Security
  • Business of IT
  • Computer Science
  • Secure Systems Analysis and Design
  • General Education
  • Operating Systems
  • Scripting and Programming
  • Technical Writing
  • Operating Systems
  • Data Management
  • Software

While getting this degree, you’ll also earn top industry certifications, including the ITIL Foundation Certification and CompTIA Project+. And if you already have these certs, they may transfer into your program as credit, waiving course requirements and helping you to graduate even faster.

Career Paths

Career paths you can take with a computer science degree include:

  • Computer systems analyst
  • Computer programmer
  • Software engineer
  • Machine learning engineer
  • Artificial intelligence specialist
  • Network systems administrator
  • Front-end developer
  • User experience (UX) designer

B.S. Cybersecurity and Information Assurance

WGU's online cybersecurity bachelor's degree will prepare you to outsmart cybercriminals and be the front line of support for governments and top organizations as a information security pro. This program was designed with input from cybersecurity experts and leading IT employers to meet the most recent Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and National Security Agency (NSA) guidelines.

Every industry counts on information security experts to detect system vulnerabilities and protect sensitive data—so, it’s no wonder that information security pros are in high demand. If you like working in a team setting and want to protect reputable organizations and agencies from attackers, this program could be your perfect fit.

Program Details

WGU’s cybersecurity and information assurance program courses cover:

  • Secure Systems Analysis and Design
  • IT Fundamentals
  • General Education
  • Business of IT
  • Web Development
  • Network and Security
  • Scripting and Programming
  • Information Assurance
  • Data Management
  • Digital Forensics and Incident Response
  • Technical Writing
  • Ethics and Cyber Law
  • Web and Cloud Security
  • Wireless and Mobile Technologies
  • Risk Management
  • Hacking Countermeasures and Technology
  • Penetration Testing

The cybersecurity program comes with the following certifications: Certified Cloud Security Professional (CCSP), Systems Security Certified Practitioner (SSCP), TIL® 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.

Career Paths

Career paths you can take with a computer science degree include:

  • Cybersecurity analyst
  • Forensic computer analyst
  • Cybersecurity engineer
  • Vulnerability assessment analyst
  • Penetration tester
  • Cybersecurity architect
  • IT consultant
  • IT security specialist

B.S. Data Management/Data Analytics

At other institutions, you’d have to choose a degree in data management or a different degree in data analytics—but at WGU, you have the flexibility of earning one degree that provides both. The data analytics degree program provides a solid background in database management as well as applications in data wrangling, analysis, and visualization. You'll also learn about leadership and management skills that will help you propel your career even further.

The world runs on data, and every industry needs experts to manage it. Now, more than ever before, organizations are desperate for people who can work with data, analytics, artificial intelligence, and computer systems to help achieve goals. If deciphering complex information to tell stories and find patterns sounds exciting, then a career in data analytics may be a perfect fit.

Program Details

Courses in the data management/data analytics program include:

  • Data Systems Administration
  • IT Leadership, Data Governance
  • Advanced Data Management
  • Introduction to Data Science
  • Data Wrangling
  • Analysis
  • Data Analysis with R
  • Machine Learning
  • Data Visualization
  • Introduction to Programming in Python
  • Networks
  • Scripting and Programming
  • Spreadsheets
  • Web Development Foundations

Along with your degree, you’ll also earn top industry certifications, including the WGU Data Analyst Nanodegree from Udacity, CompTIA A+ (Parts 1 and 2), CompTIA Network+, CompTIA Project+, CompTIA IT Operations Specialist, and CIW Data Analyst.

Career Paths

Career paths you can take with a data management/data analytics degree include:

  • Data scientist
  • Data manager
  • Data analyst
  • Machine learning analyst
  • Financial analyst
  • Business analyst
  • Business intelligence analyst
  • Operations analyst
  • Risk analyst
  • Research analyst
  • Marketing analyst
  • Computer science analyst
  • Data journalist

B.S. Information Technology

On top of providing a solid foundation in computer information systems and technology, WGU’s IT degree helps you gain the critical skills and experience you need to thrive in the information sector. Designed with input from industry experts, this degree program is made up of five primary areas of study: systems and services, networking and security, scripting and programming, data management, and the business of IT.

Information technology is a growing field and one that’s full of promising career options—but it’s also highly competitive. An IT degree is a great way to expand your skills and stand out from other candidates. If you’re someone who likes solving problems, designing solutions, and working with the latest technologies, getting your IT degree is a solid choice.

Program Details

Courses in the information technology program include:

  • Introduction to IT
  • IT Foundations
  • IT Applications
  • Natural Science Lab
  • Network and Security - Foundations
  • Networks
  • Network and Security - Applications
  • Cloud Foundations
  • Emerging Technologies
  • Data Management - Foundations
  • Data Management - Applications
  • Information Systems Management

WGU’s IT program comes with top industry certifications, including LPI Linux Essentials, ITIL® Foundation Certification, CompTIA Network+, CompTIA Security+, CompTIA Project+, CompTIA A+, CompTIA IT Operations Specialist, CompTIA Secure Infrastructure Specialist, and Amazon AWS Cloud Practitioner.

Career Paths

Career paths you can take with an information technology degree include:

  • IT manager
  • Cloud administration
  • Computer systems analyst
  • Computer and information research scientist
  • Computer hardware engineer
  • Computer network architect
  • Software developer
  • Computer programmer

B.S. Network Engineering and Security

This degree program helps you gain specialized knowledge and experience in network design, network operations, network security, and cloud security. You’ll also get the skills you need to excel in network infrastructure and to secure data through effective IT policies and procedures.

This program is designed for professionals who want to leverage their experience and grow their knowledge of the cloud to become IT experts. It’s ideal for someone who loves problem-solving and isn’t afraid of a challenge. Anyone entering this degree program will find it helpful to have some network setup and troubleshooting experience, or at least Tier 1 Support experience, and possess a Net+ or Sec+ level certification.

Program Details

Courses in WGU’s network engineering and security degree program include:

  • IT Fundamentals
  • General Education
  • General Science Content
  • Scripting and Programming
  • Spreadsheets
  • Leadership and Management
  • Business of IT
  • Data Management
  • Operating Systems
  • Web Development
  • Technical Writing
  • Networking
  • Web and Cloud Security
  • Information Assurance

While getting your network operations and security degree, you’ll also earn the following industry certifications: CompTIA A+, CompTIA Network+, CompTIA Security+, CompTIA Project+, CompTIA IT Operations Specialist, CompTIA Secure Infrastructure Specialist, Axelos ITIL®1 Foundation, LPI Linux Essentials, and Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA).

Career Paths

Career paths you can take with a network engineering and security degree include:

  • Network security administrator
  • Computer systems analyst
  • Network infrastructure administrator
  • Network and computer systems administrator
  • Computer support specialist
  • Network security analyst
  • Computer and information systems manager

B.S. Software Development

The software development program at WGU allows you to pick between two courses of specific programming language study: Java or C#. C# is a wise choice if you want to work in big tech centers like Silicon Valley. Most large enterprises use Microsoft infrastructure and tend to need software engineers and developers who use C#.

If you’re more interested in working with devices such as smartphones, smart appliances, and smart cars, Java may be a better language path. Whichever programming language you choose, at the end of your software and application program, you’ll know how to program, code, do application development, and more.

Software is at the center of how we live our tech-driven lives, and software developers are the people behind it all. WGU’s software development degree will help you build a future as a developer of cutting-edge technology and software. If you consider yourself creative, analytical, and a natural problem solver, this could be the degree path for you.

Program Details

Courses in WGU’s software development program include:

  • Computer Science
  • Data Management
  • Leadership and Management
  • IT Fundamentals
  • General Education
  • Scripting and Programming
  • Web Development
  • Network and Security
  • Business of IT
  • Software
  • Technical Writing
  • Software Applications

You’ll also earn top industry certifications, including the ITIL® Foundation Certification, CompTIA A+, and CompTIA Project+.

Career Paths

Career paths you can take with a software development degree include:

  • Computer programmer
  • Video game designer
  • Web developer
  • Software developer
  • C# programmer
  • Java programmer
  • Software engineer
  • Algorithm engineer
  • IT consultant
  • App developer

WGU's IT Bachelors Programs at a Glance

Whichever degree you choose, there is a wide variety of career opportunities open to students of both degree programs. There are also major benefits associated with pursuing a degree program with WGU, including a flexible schedule, coursework and lessons that are fully accessible online, affordable options for every student, and more. Any of WGU’s online IT degrees can help you stand out from the crowd and land a lucrative and exciting position in this fast-growing field. Earn your degree and move forward on your career journey today.

Why WGU?

Earning Potential

An IT related bachelor's degree can dramatically impact your earning potential. After graduation WGU IT students report earning $15,729 more per year.

On Your Schedule

Competency-based education means you can move as quickly through your degree as you can master the material. You don't have to log in to classes at a certain time—you are truly in the driver's seat of your education

Entirely Online

The IT related bachelor's degrees at WGU are100% 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.

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An Affordable Bachelor's Degree

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. The faster you complete your program, the less you pay for your degree.

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From a 2021 Harris Poll of 300 employers of WGU graduates

97% of employers said that WGU graduates were prepared for their jobs.

95% of employers said that they would hire another WGU grad.

98% of employers said WGU graduates met or exceeded expectations.