Information technology is a growing field, and the skills learned in college prepares students for many careers in the industry. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median salary for workers in IT jobs was $82,860 per year in May of 2016.

Many schools offer a degree in information technology online. This degree leads to a career that pays well, keeps you current with technology, and develops your critical thinking skills, making you a valuable employee in a variety of contexts.

Accredited Online Information Technology and Systems Programs

Rank School Location Cost Graduation Rate Description Toggle
1

University of Alaska Fairbanks

Fairbanks, AK Cost: $$$$$ Graduation Rate: 30%

Founded in 1917, the University of Alaska Fairbanks educates more than 8,500 students. Fairbanks is one of seven University of Alaska campuses located throughout the state. The university offers over 100 undergraduate programs, including the associate of applied science in information technology degree.

This program prepares students to support, troubleshoot, and implement computer information technology systems. Graduates work in government, corporate, and education settings in roles such as network support specialist, help desk specialist, desktop support technician, and cybersecurity specialist.

The online information technology degree requires 60 credits and takes two years to complete. Courses cover topics such as server operating systems, computer and network security, professional practice in IT, and introduction to network support and administration. The program offers three concentrations: computing technology, network and cybersecurity, and network and system administration.

Applicants pay a $40 nonrefundable application fee and submit official transcripts and SAT, ACT, or ACCUPLACER results. UAF is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.


Program Overview
Program Name: Associate of Applied Science in Information Technology
Tuition: $212/credit
Credit Requirements: 60 credits
Program Length: 2 years

Delivery
Format: Online

Admission Requirements
Standardized Tests: SAT, ACT, or ACCUPLACER

Contact
Phone: (800) 277-8060
Email: uaf-ecampus@alaska.edu
Social Media Accounts: Facebook; Twitter

2

Southern New Hampshire University

Manchester, NH Cost: $$$$$ Graduation Rate: 49%

Founded in 1932, Southern New Hampshire University is a private university located in Manchester. The university is one of the largest nonprofit higher education institutions in the country, hosting more than 135,000 students on campus and online.

Students earning the fully online associate of science in information technology degree learn how to solve information technology problems to assist businesses and corporations. Students gain the knowledge, skills, and tools they need to troubleshoot, maintain, and secure IT systems.

Thanks to asynchronous courses, students pursuing the information technology associate degree online can study at their own pace. The program requires 60 credits and takes less than two years of full-time study to complete. Classes include introduction to scripting, business systems analysis and design, cybersecurity and information assurance, and computer platform technologies.

Students with IT certifications through organizations such as Cisco or Oracle may receive transfer credit. Students can transfer up to 45 credits towards the program. SNHU's online tuition rates are among the lowest in the country at around $300 per credit. Active duty military and their families receive a 30% tuition discount. SNHU is regionally accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education.


Program Overview
Program Name: AS in Information Technologies
Tuition: $320/credit
Credit Requirements: 60 credits

Delivery
Format: Online
Instruction Style: Asynchronous

Contact
Phone: (888) 327-SNHU
Email: enroll@snhu.edu
Social Media Accounts: Facebook; Twitter

3

Stanly Community College

Albemarle, NC Cost: $$$$$ Graduation Rate: 36%

Founded in 1971 and located in Albemarle, Stanly Community College is one of 58 community colleges in the North Carolina Community College System. The school offers three information technology programs: associate of applied science in information technology - business support degree, associate of applied science in information technology - cybersecurity degree, and associate of applied science in information technology - network management degree.

The business support curriculum prepares students to process, manage, and communicate technical information. The program requires 66-68 credits and students take courses such as network and security foundation, operating systems concepts, database concepts, and introduction to computers.

The cybersecurity curriculum prepares students to work in digital forensics, network security, and ethical hacking. Students learn how to implement data recovery techniques and assess network vulnerability. Students take 68-69 credits on topics such as security administration, network vulnerabilities, data recovery techniques, writing and inquiry, and quantitative literacy.

The 70-credit network management curriculum prepares students to work in network infrastructure environments. Students learn how to install, design, configure, and manage operating system technologies. Courses cover topics such as hardware and software support, security administration, Windows administration, security concepts, and information systems business concepts.

In-state students pay about $80 per credit hour and out-of-state students pay about $250 per credit hour. Applicants submit official transcripts and take a placement exam. SCC is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.


Program Overview
Program Name: Associate of Applied Science in Information Technology
Available Concentrations: Network management; cybersecurity; business support
Tuition: $76/credit in-state; $268/credit out-of-state
Credit Requirements: 66-68 credits
Program Length: 2 years

Delivery
Format: Online

Contact
Phone: (704) 991-0390
Email: gwatson9293@stanly.edu
Social Media Accounts: Facebook; Twitter

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University of Massachusetts - Lowell

Lowell, MA Cost: $$$$$ Graduation Rate: 60%

The University of Massachusetts Lowell hosts over 18,000 students and offers more than 175 programs, including an associate of science in information technology degree. The fully online program introduces students to the fundamentals of information technology. Students gain skills and knowledge in networking, programming, website design, and database management.

The online information technology associate degree requires 60 credits and includes classes such as programming, business writing, and Microsoft Office. Students also take courses in one of four focus areas: arts and humanities; social sciences; management; or math, science, and engineering.

Online students enjoy 24/7 technical support, as well as ongoing assistance from advisors.

Applicants submit official transcripts and SAT or ACT scores. The school recommends that potential students speak to an admissions counselor to ensure they meet all application requirements. Online courses cost $380 per credit, regardless of residency. UMass Lowell is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education.


Program Overview
Program Name: AS in Information Technology
Tuition: $380/credit
Credit Requirements: 60 credits

Delivery
Format: Online or hybrid

Admission Requirements
Standardized Tests: SAT or ACT

Contact
Phone: (800) 480-3190
Email: onlinelearning@uml.edu
Social Media Accounts: Facebook; Twitter

5

Hodges University

Naples, FL Cost: $$$$$ Graduation Rate: 27%

Located in Southwest Florida, Hodges University offers several online programs, including an associate of science in computer information technology. This program is ideal for students pursuing entry-level positions in IT.

The online information technology associate degree requires 60 credits and takes two years of full-time study to complete. Students learn about office application packages, website design techniques, database management tools, and networking hardware and software. Courses include Java programming, computer applications, web design, and principles of information technology.

The curriculum also allows students to earn certifications, such as Network+ and A+. Graduates often work as project engineers, web developers, and help desk managers.

Once the school receives the admissions application, applicants schedule an online meeting with an admissions counselor to ensure they meet all application requirements. Hodges is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.


Program Overview
Program Name: AS in Computer Information Technology
Tuition: $575/credit
Credit Requirements: 60 credits
Program Length: 2 years

Delivery
Format: Online or hybrid

Contact
Phone: (239) 513-1122
Social Media Accounts: Facebook; Twitter

6

College of Southern Maryland

La Plata, MD Cost: $$$$$ Graduation Rate: 28%

Founded in 1958, the College of Southern Maryland hosts over 23,000 students. The associate of applied science in information technology degree provides students with the communication and technical skills required for entry-level information technology employment. Electives allow students to customize the degree to their interests. Students can also prepare for industry certifications, such as CompTIA, Network+, and A+.

This 60-credit, fully online program takes approximately two years to complete. Students can transfer up to 45 credits towards the degree. Learners take courses on topics such as cyber ethics, introduction to database, program design and development, and computer security. Graduates often work as information technology specialists, programmers, systems administrators, and network support specialists.

Applicants submit ACCUPLACER results and transcripts. Tuition varies by residency, with out-of-state students paying the highest tuition. CSM is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.


Program Overview
Program Name: Associate of Applied Science in Information Services Technology
Tuition: $128/credit in-county; $222/credit in-state; $286/credit out-of-state
Credit Requirements: 60 credits
Program Length: 2 years

Delivery
Format: Online

Admission Requirements
Standardized Tests: SAT, ACT, or ACCUPLACER

Contact
Phone: (301) 934-2251
Email: askme@csmd.edu
Social Media Accounts: Facebook; Twitter

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Colorado Christian University

Lakewood, CO Cost: $$$$$ Graduation Rate: 50%

Founded in 1914, Colorado Christian University is a member of the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities and offers more than 100 degree programs. The associate degree in computer information technology combines faith-based learning with a strong technology foundation.

The 60-credit program focuses on database development and administration, software and application design, internet development, and beginner computer programming. Students take one five-week class at a time. Students enjoy small class sizes and complete coursework through Blackboard. Graduates work in network design, network management, computer programming, information securities, and technical support.

Applicants must submit transcripts. Tuition costs about $450 per credit hour and the university offers discounted tuition for military service members. CCU is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.


Program Overview
Program Name: AS in Computer Information Technology
Tuition: $469/credit
Credit Requirements: 60 credits
Program Length: 2 years

Delivery
Format: Online

Admission Requirements
GPA: 2.8 minimum
Standardized Tests: SAT or ACT

Contact
Phone: (303) 963-3311
Social Media Accounts: Facebook; Twitter

8

Ocean County College

Toms River, NJ Cost: $$$$$ Graduation Rate: 35%

Ocean County College is a public two-year community college located in Toms River, New Jersey. The school offers nearly 60 academic programs, including an associate of applied science in computer science/information technology degree.

This fully online program prepares students for entry-level information technology jobs. The curriculum focuses on the design, deployment, integration, and management of technical systems. Students choose from 15-week or 7.5-week terms. The program consists of 64 credits and takes approximately two years to complete. Courses include programming I, database management, computer organization and architecture, and programming II.

Applicants submit ACCUPLACER results. Tuition rates vary by residency. New Jersey residents do not need to pay an application fee. Online students receive tutoring, advising, and technical support. OCC is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.


Program Overview
Program Name: AS in Computer Science
Available Concentrations: Information technology
Tuition: $153/credit in-county; $171/credit in-state; $257/credit out-of-state
Credit Requirements: 64 credits
Program Length: 2 years

Delivery
Format: Online

Contact
Phone: (732) 255-0400
Social Media Accounts: Facebook; Twitter

9

Columbia College

Columbia, MO Cost: $$$$$ Graduation Rate: 26%

Founded in 1851, Columbia College serves approximately 20,000 students per year and offers more than 40 programs from its campus in Missouri. The online associate of science in computer information systems degree requires 60 credits and takes approximately two years to complete.

The online information technology associate degree covers topics such as introduction to computer science, introduction to programming, agile software development, introduction to databases, and statistics.

Tuition costs about $375 per credit hour. The college offers discounted rates for active duty military personnel. CC is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.


Program Overview
Program Name: AS in Computer Information Systems
Tuition: $375/credit
Credit Requirements: 60 credits
Program Length: 2 years

Delivery
Format: Online
Instruction Style: Asynchronous

Contact
Phone: (800) 231-2391
Social Media Accounts: Facebook; Twitter

10

St Petersburg College

St. Petersburg, FL Cost: $$$$$ Graduation Rate: 29%

Founded in 1927, St. Petersburg College enrolls about 65,000 students every year. The school's associate of science in computer information technology degree prepares students for entry-level IT positions. Learners gain skills and knowledge in web tools, information technology security, hardware configurations, and networking.

The 60-credit program takes about two years to finish. Students complete a technology support internship and earn a certificate as a help desk support specialist. Classes cover topics such as computer applications, introduction to information systems, database techniques, and systems analysis and design.

Applicants pay a $40 nonrefundable application fee and submit transcripts and placement test results. Tuition varies by residency and class level. SPC is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on College.


Program Overview
Program Name: AS in Computer Information Technology
Tuition: $112/credit in-state; $387/credit out-of-state
Credit Requirements: 60 credits
Program Length: 2 years

Delivery
Format: Online

Contact
Phone: (727) 341-4772
Email: stewart.james@spcollege.edu
Social Media Accounts: Facebook; Twitter

11

Ivy Tech Community College

Indianapolis, IN Cost: $$$$$ Graduation Rate: 16%

Founded in 1963, Ivy Tech Community College offers more than 150 academic programs and more than 1,000 online courses. The associate of applied science in information technology support degree prepares students for entry-level computer technology roles.

Students learn how to deconstruct and construct computers while gaining project management skills. Students also learn how to install and support basic networking systems, troubleshoot computer information systems, analyze and implement strategies for improving customer service experiences, and assess regulatory compliance guidelines.

The online information technology associate degree is composed of 60 credits and takes two years of full-time study to complete. Courses cover topics such as database design and management, hardware and software support, frontline IT customer service, and network fundamentals.

Applicants submit SAT or ACT scores and official transcripts. Tuition varies by residency. Ivy Tech is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.


Program Overview
Program Name: Associate of Applied Science in Information Technology Support
Tuition: $141/credit in-state; $165/credit out-of-state
Credit Requirements: 60 credits
Program Length: 4 semesters

Delivery
Format: Online

Admission Requirements
Standardized Tests: PSAT, SAT, ACT, or ACCUPLACER

Contact
Phone: (888) IVY-LINE
Social Media Accounts: Facebook; Twitter

12

Minnesota State Community and Technical College

Moorhead, MN Cost: $$$$$ Graduation Rate: 36%

Educating more than 8,000 students each year, Minnesota State Community and Technical College offers more than 70 career and liberal arts programs online. The associate of applied science in information technology degree teaches students how to evaluate emerging technologies, implement customer service and problem-solving skills, and use core networking technologies.

The fully online information technology associate degree consists of 60 credits and takes approximately two years to complete. Courses cover topics such as microcomputer databases, IT essentials, information technology service desk, beginning networking, and supporting end-user applications.

Tuition costs about $200 per credit hour. Applicants submit high school or GED transcripts and pay a nonrefundable application fee. M State is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.


Program Overview
Program Name: Associate of Applied Science in Information Technology
Tuition: $161/credit
Credit Requirements: 60 credits
Program Length: 2 years

Delivery
Format: Hybrid

Contact
Phone: (877) 450-3322
Social Media Accounts: Facebook; Twitter

13

Saint Johns River State College

Orange Park, FL Cost: $$$$$ Graduation Rate: 35%

Founded in 1958, Saint Johns River State College offers several online programs, including an associate of science in computer information technology degree. This fully online program prepares students to manage micro-computer work environments, select and install information technology equipment, develop new systems, and manage and support information technology users.

The online information technology associate degree consists of 60 credits, including 15 general education credits, 42 degree-specific credits, and three elective credits. Students typically complete the program in two years. Courses cover topics such as web page authoring, introduction to computer programming, database concepts for business, Linux network administration, and information technology project management.

Applicants submit transcripts and ACT or SAT scores. Tuition costs about $80 per credit hour for residents and $236.69 for nonresidents. SJR State is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.


Program Overview
Program Name: AS in Computer Information Technology
Tuition: $92/credit
Credit Requirements: 60 credits
Program Length: 2 years

Delivery
Format: Hybrid

Contact
Phone: (904) 808-7442
Email: admissions@sjrstate.edu
Social Media Accounts: Facebook; Twitter

14

Peirce College

Philadelphia, PA Cost: $$$$$ Graduation Rate: 21%

Peirce is a private institution located in Philadelphia and founded in 1865. Today, distance learners at Peirce can pursue degrees in legal studies, healthcare, business, and technology, including an associate of science in information technology.

Available in online and hybrid formats, this 61-credit program explores introductory concepts related to database management, networking security, computer programming, server administration, and applications software. Core information technology courses include database management systems, PC fundamentals, introduction to network security, and ethical management of information technology.

Students also fulfill a 28-credit general education component, taking classes in English composition, rhetoric, mathematics, and science. Most full-time learners complete the program in two years, and many graduates go on to work in healthcare, insurance, and financial services.

After speaking with an admissions advisor, prospective students should submit their official high school transcripts and a copy of their diploma or GED. Students may transfer in up to 45 college-level credits earned at accredited institutions. Distance learners can also apply for institutional financial aid. The school provides additional resources and benefits for military students and maintains corporate partnerships with a variety of companies. Peirce is regionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.


Program Overview
Program Name: Associate in Information Technology
Tuition: $600/credit
Credit Requirements: 61 credits
Program Length: 2 years

Delivery
Format: Online

Admission Requirements
Standardized Tests: SAT, ACT, or college placement exams

Contact
Phone: (215) 545-6400
Email: admissions@peirce.edu
Social Media Accounts: Facebook; Twitter

15

Indian River State College

Fort Pierce, FL Cost: $$$$$ Graduation Rate: 37%

Established in 1959 in Fort Pierce, Florida, IRSC was recently awarded the Aspen Prize for community college excellence. Known for providing affordable tuition rates and comprehensive academic programs, the school offers more than 100 degrees and certificates at five campus locations. IRSC also hosts a popular virtual campus. Many degrees are available in both traditional and web-based formats, including an online associate of science in computer information technology.

Students build foundational IT knowledge, taking courses like introduction to information technology, Java programming, database management, introduction to help desk concepts, and security fundamentals. Learners may also pursue technical certificates for college credit as they earn an associate degree, becoming certified specialists in computer information data, web production, or four other career-focused fields.

While distance students can complete all required coursework through the Blackboard learning management system, candidates must sit for one proctored assessment per class. Graduates may transfer credits earned in the AS program toward one of IRSC’s four-year bachelor’s degrees in a related field.

Prospective students should submit a copy of their high school diploma or GED, state residency documentation, and official transcripts from any previously attended colleges. Academic advisors provide new students with one-on-one assistance, helping distance learners select courses, complete orientation, and apply for financial aid. IRSC offers a variety of need-, merit-, and major-based institutional scholarships, along with financial aid opportunities for current and prospective transfer students. The college is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.


Program Overview
Program Name: AS in Computer Information Technology
Tuition: $104/credit in-state; $391/credit out-of-state
Credit Requirements: 60 credits
Program Length: 2 years

Delivery
Format: Online

Contact
Phone: (866) 792-4772
Social Media Accounts: Facebook; Twitter

16

New York University

New York, NY Cost: $$$$$ Graduation Rate: 84%

Founded in 1831, NYU is one of the country’s largest private universities. In addition to its main campus, the school has locations in Abu Dhabi and Shanghai and maintains a presence in more than 25 countries. NYU boasts over 500,000 alumni, and the institution’s 10 libraries hold approximately six million volumes. NYU students can enroll in 400 academic programs.

The university’s online associate of applied science in information systems management examines emerging technological trends, integral IT concepts, and legal and ethical issues in data management. Requiring 60-62 credits, the two-year program includes major courses such as networking, introduction to macroeconomics, database design, and fundamentals of computing.

Learners also complete a general education core curriculum, exploring critical thinking and mathematical reasoning in addition to history, writing, and the natural sciences. While many students choose to enter the workforce right after earning their AAS, graduates also hold the necessary academic foundation to pursue a four-year bachelor’s degree in a related area.

NYU uses a highly selective admissions process. Prospective students must have a high school diploma or a GED, demonstrate a minimum GPA of 2.7, and provide short written responses to four essay questions. Applicants are also expected to submit a resume, a letter of recommendation, and official transcripts from any previously attended colleges. NYU is regionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.


Program Overview
Program Name: Associate of Applied Science in Information Systems Management
Tuition: $500/credit
Credit Requirements: 60-62 credits
Program Length: 2 years

Delivery
Format: Hybrid
Instruction Style: Asynchronous

Admission Requirements
GPA: 2.7 minimum (recommended)

Contact
Phone: (212) 998-7100
Email: nyusps.appliedUG@nyu.edu
Social Media Accounts: Facebook; Twitter

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Broward College

Fort Lauderdale, FL Cost: $$$$$ Graduation Rate: 30%

Based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, this public college maintains 13 sites across Broward County and an online campus. BC serves more than 56,000 distance learners around the world, providing 70 web-based degrees and certificates in eight academic areas. BC offers a variety of online STEM programs, including an associate of science in computer information technology.

Available on a full-time or part-time basis, the 60-credit curriculum combines 18 credits of general education coursework with 24 credits of core information technology courses. Major classes explore fundamental concepts related to systems administration, networking, database management, and applications programming. Learners also build technical proficiency in high-demand areas, such as project management, web development, and information security. The majority of courses in this program are offered online.

Candidates can also earn technical credentials as they complete core coursework. Many graduates are qualified to pursue A+, Network+, CIW Foundations, Linux+, and Security+ certification and licensure.

Applicants must hold a high school diploma or GED. Once admitted, new students are paired with a personal success coach who provides one-on-one support throughout the program. Distance learners enjoy 24/7 access to free online tutoring services and the school's virtual writing lab. BC is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.


Program Overview
Program Name: AS in Computer Information Technology
Tuition: $123/credit in-state; $243/credit out-of-state
Credit Requirements: 60 credits
Program Length: 2 years

Delivery
Format: Online

Contact
Phone: (954) 201-6827
Email: online-admissions@broward.edu
Social Media Accounts: Facebook; Twitter

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Sinclair Community College

Dayton, OH Cost: $$$$$ Graduation Rate: 26%

Sinclair began admitting students in 1887 and quickly developed a reputation for affordability and academic quality. Today, the Dayton, Ohio-based institution is one of the nation’s largest community colleges, boasting a student body of 30,000 individuals. Sinclair maintains transfer agreements with more than 100 colleges and universities.

Candidates pursuing Sinclair’s online associate of applied science in computer information systems can select a concentration in network engineering, secure system administration, software development, user support, or web development. Each track consists of 61 credits, with the exception of the 62-credit user support concentration. Additionally, all tracks lead to one or more technical certifications.

Students who select the network engineering concentration explore Cisco protocols, network security threats, and wireless network standards and components. While the secure system administration concentration also emphasizes network security, students focus on concepts and challenges related to operating systems like Windows and Linux.

Distance learners pursuing the software development specialization receive a broad introduction to CSS, HTML, and Java programming languages. They also learn to design and document programs. The web development concentration includes classes in C++ software development, ASP.NET with C#, and website development with PHP, while candidates in the user support track learn to troubleshoot business information technology, hardware and network components, and systems software.

Applicants must take a placement test or submit recent ACT, SAT, ACCUPLACER, or COMPASS scores before meeting with an academic advisor. Online students also enjoy access to free tutoring services. Sinclair is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.


Program Overview
Program Name: Associate of Applied Science in Computer Information Systems
Available Concentrations: Network engineering; secure system administration; software development
Tuition: $116/credit in-county; $163/credit in-state; $299/credit out-of-state
Credit Requirements: 61 credits

Delivery
Format: Online
Instruction Style: Asynchronous

Contact
Phone: (800) 315-3000
Email: info@sinclair.edu
Social Media Accounts: Facebook; Twitter

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Union County College

Cranford, NJ Cost: $$$$$ Graduation Rate: 24%

Founded in 1933, Union is New Jersey’s oldest community college. In addition to its main campuses in Cranford, Elizabeth, and Plainfield, the college maintains two satellite locations in Scotch Plains and Rahway and a distance education division. Union offers 10 web-based associate degrees, including an associate of science in computer information systems and technology.

The 60-credit program emphasizes ethical and social responsibilities in information technology contexts, professional communication with diverse client bases, and efficient database maintenance. Candidates learn to analyze and identify user needs as they explore introductory computer applications, business law, database management systems, and technical writing. While many graduates choose to enter the workforce right after earning a degree, the curriculum provides a solid academic foundation for learners who wish to enroll in a four-year program.

Prospective students must hold a high school diploma or GED and complete a scholastic aptitude test. Coursework is delivered through the Canvas learning management system, and distance students can access web-based tutoring through the Smarthinking platform. Union also provides many online career resources, including training modules, resume building applications, and personal marketing plan development opportunities. Learners who are eligible to receive federal financial aid may qualify to participate in Union’s book allowance program, which partially covers textbook costs.

Union is regionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.


Program Overview
Program Name: AS in Computer Information Systems and Technology
Tuition: $209/credit in-state; $417/credit out-of-state
Credit Requirements: 60 credits
Program Length: 2 years

Delivery
Format: Online

Contact
Phone: (908) 709-7000
Email: info@ucc.edu
Social Media Accounts: Facebook; Twitter

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Sheridan College

Sheridan, WY Cost: $$$$$ Graduation Rate: 45%

Sheridan is a small Wyoming institution known for its online, self-directed, and hybrid programs. Nearly 8,000 students benefit from Sheridan’s small class sizes and low student-to-faculty ratio, which encourage collaboration between learners, their peers, and their instructors.

Aspiring application developers, operating research analysts, and computer support managers can complete Sheridan’s 60-credit associate of science in computer information systems degree online in two years or less. Major courses provide a broad introduction to computer science, addressing concepts such as web page authoring, web programming, and SQL. Graduates are also adept at using scripting languages to build interactive web page components. By harnessing the power of information systems, candidates learn to provide organizations with a competitive advantage in the global marketplace.

Prospective students should submit their official high school transcripts or GED documentation. Students who live in certain states may qualify for reduced tuition rates, and Wyoming residents who have completed advanced placement courses in high school may waive certain general education requirements. Sheridan sponsors a variety of institutional financial aid opportunities, including merit-based and need-based scholarships. Distance learners enjoy full access to the college's library, bookstore, and technical support services. Sheridan is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.


Program Overview
Program Name: AS in Computer Information Systems
Tuition: $4,170/year in-state; $10,110/year out-of-state
Credit Requirements: 60 credits
Program Length: 2 years

Delivery
Format: Online

Contact
Phone: (888) 675-0505
Email: admissions@sheridan.edu
Social Media Accounts: Facebook; Twitter

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Georgia Military College

Milledgeville, GA Cost: $$$$$ Graduation Rate: 25%

Founded in 1879, GMC is a private institution based in the city of Milledgeville. The college maintains 15 campuses across Georgia and an online campus that serves more than 4,000 distance learners every year. GMC students can choose from 19 web-based program options, including an associate of science in information technology.

GMC’s AS curriculum offers a solid academic foundation for future bachelor’s degree seekers. Candidates gain foundational skills pertaining to network systems architecture, web design, and programming languages. Required classes include introduction to spreadsheets, introduction to PC database management, advanced database applications, introduction to computer science, and principles of computer programming.

Upon completing the degree, graduates are capable of using Java scripting language to design and develop programs, create HTML-based content, and solve basic network problems in business settings.

With an average class size of 18 students, GMC offers a personalized educational experience that prioritizes student-faculty relationships and individualized instruction. Distance learners benefit from a team of admissions counselors, academic advisors, and financial aid staff members who specialize in assisting online students.

Applicants must hold a high school diploma or GED. All distance learners pay the same tuition rate, regardless of their state of residence. GMC is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.


Program Overview
Program Name: AS in Information Technology
Tuition: $14,112
Credit Requirements: 65 credits
Program Length: 2 years

Delivery
Format: Online

Contact
Phone: (478) 387-4950
Email: csimonavice@gmc.edu
Social Media Accounts: Facebook; Twitter

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Northern Virginia Community College

Annandale, VA Cost: $$$$$ Graduation Rate: 25%

With more than 75,000 students and 2,600 faculty members, NOVA is the state’s largest public education institution and the second-largest community college in the nation. The college provides two options for students looking to earn an information technology associate degree online: an associate of science in information technology and an associate of applied science in information systems technology.

Developed for candidates who intend to transfer to a four-year program, the 61-credit AS in information technology combines general education coursework with integral IT concepts. Along with math, science, and humanities classes, distance learners complete courses in information literacy, multimedia software, software design, Java programming, and advanced database management.

Alternatively, the career-focused AAS in information systems technology requires 65 credits of general and major coursework. Intended for current IT professionals and students who plan to pursue entry-level tech positions after graduation, the program introduces skills and concepts in networking, UNIX I, Linux system administration, PC hardware and OS architecture, and information literacy. AAS candidates are also encouraged to seek college credit for prior professional training.

NOVA maintains an open door admissions policy, accepting all prospective students over the age of 18 who hold a high school diploma or GED. Applicants must sit for placement tests in English and math, complete a registration lab, and speak with an admissions advisor before enrolling in classes. NOVA is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.


Program Overview
Program Name: AS in Information Technology
Tuition: $180/credit in-state; $360/credit out-of-state
Credit Requirements: 61 credits
Program Length: 2 years

Delivery
Format: Online

Contact
Phone: (703) 323-3000
Email: information@nvcc.edu
Social Media Accounts: Facebook; Twitter

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Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology

Okmulgee, OK Cost: $$$$$ Graduation Rate: 32%

Okmulgee-based OSUIT opened its doors in 1946 and currently serves 2,500 learners through 36 academic programs. A public institution, OSUIT is Oklahoma's only applied technology university. Most of the university’s degree plans include an internship component, providing students with hands-on experience and training.

OSUIT offers two options for candidates seeking an online information technology associate degree. Students pursuing an AS in information technology dedicate 24 credits to explore web development, database systems, operating systems, script programming, and hardware systems support. AS candidates also complete 38 credits of general education coursework.

Alternatively, the school's 63-credit AAS in information technology features 27 general studies credits, 27 IT core credits, and a six-credit technical elective component. The curriculum includes classes such as principles of information security, computer logic and flowcharting, introduction to C programming, network systems, and web development. To graduate, AAS candidates must complete the program with a 2.5 GPA or higher. Both programs require two years of full-time study.

All courses are presented asynchronously through the Desire2Learn platform, although some exams may require proctoring. Distance learners complete hands-on activities using simulations and virtual machines and interact with faculty and classmates through discussion boards.

Applicants to either program must submit recent ACT or SAT scores and high school diploma or GED documentation. Eligible Oklahoma residents and out-of-state students may apply for need-based and merit-based tuition waivers. OSUIT is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.


Program Overview
Program Name: Associate of Applied Science in Information Technologies
Tuition: $185/credit
Credit Requirements: 60 credits
Program Length: 2 years

Delivery
Format: Online
Instruction Style: Asynchronous

Admission Requirements
Standardized Tests: SAT or ACT

Contact
Phone: (800) 722-4471
Email: infotech@okstate.edu
Social Media Accounts: Facebook; Twitter

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Southwestern Community College

Sylva, NC Cost: $$$$$ Graduation Rate: 33%

SCC was established in 1964 to provide North Carolina residents in Jackson County with industrial and vocational training. The institution has since expanded its size and scope, becoming a comprehensive community college. The school holds regional accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. SCC offers more than 75 academic programs in a variety of disciplines, including an online information technology associate degree with concentrations in mobile applications development, software and web development, and support and services.

The 68-credit mobile applications development concentration emphasizes the skills needed to create software applications for devices like phones and tablets. Students explore operating system and database concepts, internet fundamentals, and network security for mobile computing devices.

Learners pursuing the software and web development concentration complete a 71-credit curriculum, taking classes in web markup and scripting, database concepts, quantitative literacy, and operating system concepts.

The support and services track requires 68 credits. Candidates learn to provide efficient helpdesk and troubleshooting services, mastering concepts related to spreadsheets, virtualization, the cloud, and storage as they build Windows operating system competencies.

While most online courses are delivered through the Blackboard learning management system, a few classes may be presented using Moodle. SCC provides distance learners with several online educational resources, including free software downloads, tutoring, and product tutorials. Prospective students must submit their official high school transcripts or a copy of their GED certificate and recent SAT or ACT scores. They should also schedule a meeting with an enrollment advisor.


Program Overview
Program Name: Associate of Applied Science in Information Technology
Available Concentrations: Support and services
Tuition: $79/credit in-state; $271/credit out-of-state
Credit Requirements: 68 credits
Program Length: 2 years

Delivery
Format: Online

Admission Requirements
Standardized Tests: SAT or ACT

Contact
Phone: (828) 339-4494
Email: scline@southwesterncc.edu
Social Media Accounts: Facebook; Twitter

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Northwest Florida State College

Niceville, FL Cost: $$$$$ Graduation Rate: 39%

NWF State College is a public institution located on the state’s panhandle in Niceville. A member of the Florida College System, the school boasts a student body of 9,000 individuals and an average class size of 17 students. NWF State College offers more than 100 associate, bachelor’s, and certificate programs, including 18 web-based degrees.

Consisting of 60 credits, the career-focused AS in computer science and information technology allows students to jump-start their professional goals with a specialization in cybersecurity, computer programming and analysis, or network systems technology. Each track combines general education coursework with core IT classes and concentration-specific courses.

All learners complete classes like network security, computer applications for business, introduction to database concepts, desktop support, and network technology. Program graduates understand how to set up and maintain customer and inventory databases, provide customer service and technical support, install software, and design web pages.

Online courses are offered year round in full 16-week terms or eight-week fast track terms. NWF State College provides distance students with access to virtual tutoring through the Smarthinking platform and 24/7 technology help.

Applicants should submit official transcripts from all previously attended educational institutions. Tuition payment plans are available for qualifying students, and the college provides additional assistance for active duty military members. NWF State College is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.


Program Overview
Program Name: Associate in Science in Computer Information Technology
Available Concentrations: Computer programming and analysis; cybersecurity; network systems technology
Tuition: $123/credit in-state; $451/credit out-of-state
Credit Requirements: 60 credits
Program Length: 2 years

Delivery
Format: Online

Contact
Phone: (850) 729-5369
Email: jacksonw@nwfsc.edu
Social Media Accounts: Facebook; Twitter

What Else Can I Expect From an Online Associate in Information Technology/Systems Program?

Online information technology programs are designed to help you earn your degree while working with your existing schedule. While the details of any given program will vary from school to school, there are some common features that can help you find the right program.

CONCENTRATIONS OFFERED FOR AN ONLINE ASSOCIATE DEGREE IN INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

Concentration Description Careers This Concentration Prepares For
eCommerce This concentration explores online commerce, from storefronts to carts to shipping information. It prepares you to work for a company that sells products online or to sell independently. Webstore coordinator
Multimedia Multimedia focuses on areas such as computer aided graphic design and audio and visual production. You will learn the basics of streaming video and audio, WE commerce, and other systems. Graphic designer, artist, editor, sound designer, and director
Bioengineering Bioengineering integrates life science with information technology, helping doctors perform surgery or solve clinical problems. Biomedical engineer, medical instrumentation, biomedical computing

CURRICULUM FOR AN ONLINE ASSOCIATE DEGREE IN INFORMATION SYSTEMS

Courses in information technology vary from one program to another, but there are some topics that are commonly covered. These courses form the basis of information technology online degree programs, as well as the basis for further education.

  • Introduction to Networking: These courses provide you with the basics of networks and the technologies that support and maintain them. This knowledge is crucial if you want to work as a network administrator for a wide variety of employers, such as universities or software developers.
  • Human Computer Interaction: These courses teach you how people actually use computers, giving you the foundation to design and implement positive user experiences with software and hardware. This is essential knowledge if you want to work as a software developer or video game designer.
  • Web Design and Development: These courses teach you how to build and maintain websites and web-based applications, some of the most commonly used aspects of information technology. This knowledge can help you to become a webmaster or web developer, helping to make the internet easier for people to use.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO GET AN ONLINE ASSOCIATE DEGREE IN INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY?

On average, an online associate degree in information technology takes two years to complete. A number of factors can affect this, and some people may complete their degree in more or less time. One factor is how many courses you decide to take in a given semester or academic year.

Another significant factor is whether or not you can transfer existing credits from another institution or program. An online information technology degree, like most college programs, will require some general education which you may already done.

Accreditation for Online Associate in Information Technology Degrees

Accreditation is an important part of choosing where to pursue an online information technology degree. A school or program which has been accredited has met standards of excellence in the eyes of the accrediting organization. This means that they can be trusted to provide a quality education that meets the guidelines set by the United States Department of Education or another group.

The Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) is one such organization, which investigates schools to determine if the education they are providing is enough to prepare someone for entering the information technology field. ABET accredited schools are worth exploring if you're serious about pursuing an information technology degree online. The accreditation ensures future employers that you have the necessary knowledge for a career in the field.

Accreditation is guided by the Department of Education (DOE) and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). The DOE oversees and sets general educational policy for the whole country, and in order for a school to be respected, they must meet these guidelines. CHEA is a an organization focused on improving academic quality by working with schools to get them accredited. They help to ensure that groups which handle the day-to-day work of accrediting schools on behalf of the DOE are being held to the highest standards. For a list of accredited schools, visit the DOE or CHEA websites.

What Can I Do With an Associate in Information Technology/Systems Degree?

CAREER PATHS

An online associate degree in information technology can be the first step towards many career paths. People with this degree can become web developers or computer support specialists, and they can go on to work as network administrators, test engineers, and programmers. Workers in these fields are generally excited by technology and enjoy learning about the newest devices, software, and methods. These roles require critical thinking and an interest in investigating the causes of problems.

  • Web Developers: Websites are designed and maintained by web developers, who work to make sure that a site works and is easy to use. They keep track of and improve the performance and capacity of websites.
  • Computer Support Specialists: People in these roles provide assistance to a variety of users who are experiencing problems with their computers or networks. They help individuals or businesses that don't have their own information technology staff solve problems and get back to work.
  • Network Administrators: Even small businesses make use of and rely on computer networks, and they need to be sure those networks are running efficiently. Network administrators handle the day-to-day operations of networks and solve issues when they come up.
  • Information Security Analysts: Cybersecurity is an important aspect of modern life, and information security analysts work to ensure that information is safe from outside intrusions. They implement and maintain systems to prevent cyberattacks and to improve their networks after such attacks.
  • Database Administrator: The information which is stored on computer networks, like financial information or customer shipping records, is organized by a database administrator. They work to ensure that data is secure and that it can be accessed by those people who need it.
Position Median Annual Salary Projected Growth Rate
Computer Support Specialist $52,160 12% (88,800 jobs)
Web Developer $66,130 27% (39,500 jobs)
Network Administrator $79,700 8% (30,200 jobs)
Database Administrator $84,950 11% (13,400 jobs)
Information Security Analyst $92,600 18% (14,800 jobs)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

EDUCATIONAL PATHS

While an associate degree in information technology is a great way to get started in the world of computer science, some people choose to transfer their credits to a bachelor's program. A bachelor's degree requires more work, but it also gives you a stronger understanding of information technology, and that can help you achieve higher paying work in the computer science field.

  • Bachelor of Science in Information Technology: This program is focused on programming languages and database management. You'll learn how to create new software on a variety of platforms and in many different environments.
  • Bachelor of Science in Information Systems: This program focuses on current and emerging technology, as well as communication and management skills to help you become a leader in information technology. You'll learn the skills needed to work on information systems for government and business.
  • Bachelor of Science in Data Management/Data Analytics: This program focuses on data and how it is gathered, managed, and used. You'll learn how to create systems for gathering data and how to analyse it to make meaningful insights.

Employment Outlook for Associate in Information Technology/Systems Graduates

Many factors can impact how much a person makes in a given role over the course of their career. From the employer or industry in which you work, to the state or even city you live, these factors affect your earning potential. The following table, based on information from PayScale, highlights the median incomes of several roles for which an associate degree in information technology can prepare you.

Job Title Overall Median Salary Median Salary for Entry-Level Employees (Less than 5 Years) Median Salary for Mid-Career Employees (5-10 Years) Median Salary for Late-Career Employees (10+ Years)
Computer Support Specialist $42,735 $37,000 $43,000 $53,000
Web Developer $57,702 $51,000 $65,000 $82,000
Network Administrator $56,576 $50,000 $58,000 $65,000
Database Administrator $71,429 $60,000 $78,000 $89,000
Information Security Analyst $70,407 $63,000 $82,000 $91,000

Source: PayScale

PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

Professional organizations can be a huge help to people working in any field. They can provide you with networking opportunities, continuing education, job postings, and even scholarships or discounts on software and hardware. Many organizations run or contribute to conferences where professionals meet to discuss their field, how it's changing, and how to improve it. Many professional organizations require a membership fee.

Association of Women in Computing

This organization works to help advance women in various computing professions. They provide mentoring, networking opportunities, and continuing education.

Association for Computing Machinery

This organization works to advance computing as a science and a profession. They provide members with access to a digital library and maintain publications and conferences.

IEEE Computer Society

This group is focused on career-development for information technology professionals. They sponsor numerous conferences and maintain a number of journals and magazines.

Financing Your Online Associate in Information Technology/Systems Program

There are a number of ways to finance an associate degree in information technology. Some students pay for classes out of pocket, but there are a variety of financial aid options provided by state and federal governments and private lenders. Scholarships and work-study programs are also available to help you pay for your education.

AN OVERVIEW OF FINANCIAL AID

Approximately two-thirds of college students rely on loans to fund their education, but there are plenty of overlooked financing options you can use to reduce your overall student debt.

UNDERSTANDING THE FAFSA

Completing the free application for federal student aid (FAFSA) is a crucial first step for any student with financial needs. Our FAFSA guide features a step-by-step rundown on the process and answers to several frequently asked questions.

FINANCIAL AID FOR ONLINE STUDENTS

Financial aid for online learning is equivalent to what you'll find for campus-based learning, but that hasn't always been the case. Learn about the changes that have taken place, as well as the different funding opportunities available to online students.

SCHOLARSHIPS FOR SINGLE PARENTS

Online college programs can be a flexible, affordable option for single parents who are interested in earning a degree. We've compiled a list of scholarships, grants, and other financial aid options geared toward single moms and dads.

FINANCIAL AID FOR VETERANS AND ACTIVE MILITARY

Millions of dollars in free money is available to U.S. military personnel, but much of it goes unused. Learn more about grants, scholarships, and other financial aid opportunities available to veterans, active-duty service members, and reservists.