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How to Get an IT Degree

As the entire world shifts toward a more virtual focus for business, the demand for IT professionals grows continually. People who earn IT degrees may choose from associate's, bachelor's, master's and doctoral programs.

Research IT Program Graduate Jobs

A person holding a two-year IT degree usually works as a help desk representative or in a tech support role. People who earn bachelor's degrees may work as system administrators, planners and analysts. They are often responsible for the tasks of running networks on site and remotely. Graduate students who pursue master's degrees or doctoral degrees may work in development of information technology applications. They may be executives, scientists or researchers. Some people with a bachelor's or higher degree start their own businesses for IT services.

Research IT Programs And Schools

There are many different schools offering IT degrees. Students who want to do more than work as tech support representatives should start with a bachelor's degree program. From there, a graduate degree may be sought if the student wishes to advance further into research and development. When considering schools and programs, students must choose between online or campus classes. It is also important to consider tuition and financial aid availability for students who are paying their own way.

Complete IT Program Entrance Requirements

Students must have a high school diploma or GED to enroll in a program. Some programs may have prerequisite courses or other tests they require. For those who have not yet taken any college classes, it is helpful to take classes such as English, communication, ethics, computer applications and other computer-related courses that will count toward a degree program. When it is time to apply for a graduate degree program, there are many more entrance requirements. These vary between different educational institutions, but they often include background checks, professional references and writing projects.

Projected Salary And Job Growth For IT Graduates

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, pay ranges vary based on jobs. For those who hold a bachelor's degree in this field, the top-paying job is typically an information systems manager. The average annual salary is more than $100,000 for this job. However, database administrators holding the same degree earn about $80,000. Over the next decade, IT graduate job growth is expected to increase at a higher-than-average rate in comparison with most other fields.

Top Online IT Programs

Rank School FT to PT
Faculty Ratio
Fin. Aid Rate
Acceptance Rate Retention Rate Graduation Rate Accred.
Job Place. Rate
1 Elmhurst College

190 Prospect Ave,
Elmhurst, Illinois 60126-3096

(630) 617-3500

0.63 to 1 77% 68% 78% 74% 90 0% 70%
  The accelerated major program in information technology at Elmhurst College is designed for fast track completion — as little as 14 months based on an eight-week format. To attain a bachelor's degree, you'll also need to meet the Elmhurst College Integrated Curriculum requirements, which focus on building a strong foundation in the liberal arts and sciences.
2 University of Minnesota-Crookston

2900 University Ave,
Crookston, Minnesota 56716-5001

(800) 862-6466

4.29 to 1 83% 73% 73% 47% 43 0% 86%
  University of Minnesota-Crookston offers a B.S. degree in Information Technology Management (ITM), preparing students for technical and management positions in business and industry. Online ITM students can design and conduct research through the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP), are issued powerful notebook computers equipped with industry leading software free of charge, and have access to internships as well as more than 300 study abroad opportunities spread throughout 67 different countries.
3 University of Memphis

Southern Avenue,
Memphis, Tennessee 38152

(901) 678-2000

1.32 to 1 26% 62% 76% 40% 87 0% N/A
  A Bachelor of Professional Studies with a major in professional studies and a concentration in information technology can be earned online through University of Memphis' State of Tennessee's Regents Online Degree Program (RODP). This program is designed to give students an understanding of administrative leadership and fundamentals in the technological fields.
4 University of Massachusetts-Lowell

1 University Ave,
Lowell, Massachusetts 01854-5104

(978) 934-4000

N/A 60% 66% 79% 54% 39 0% N/A
  At UMass Lowell, you can earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Technology (IT) with an option of gaining a business minor. For IT students interested in pursuing an MBA, the IT degree with a Business minor prepares students with fundamental knowledge of management and business practices in addition to IT systems.
5 North Carolina A & T State University

1601 E Market St,
Greensboro, North Carolina 27411

(336) 334-7500

3.75 to 1 45% 66% 74% 43% 78 0% N/A
  The Bachelor of Science in Business Education - Information Technology (IT) degree at North Carolina A&T State University requires the same core classes majors in the School of Business and Economics have to take, giving students a solid business background. At the same time, the IT student will be taking courses in computer applications, business information systems, and management technology.
6 Georgia Southern University

Brannen Hall, 2670 Southern Drive,
Statesboro, Georgia 30460-8126

(912) 478-5391

6.19 to 1 8% 49% 77% 50% 79 4% 55%
  The Allen E. Paulson College of Engineering and Information Technology (CEIT) at Georgia Southern University offers online students a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Technology through the WebBSIT program. Accredited through the State of Georgia Board of Regents, the WebBSIT program allows students to earn their bachelor's degree in IT from one of five member institutions.
7 Oregon Institute of Technology

3201 Campus Drive,
Klamath Falls, Oregon 97601-8801

(541) 885-1000

1.27 to 1 63% 64% 73% 49% 52 2% N/A
  The Bachelor of Science in Information Technology (IT) program at Oregon Institute of Technology integrates coursework in IT, business, and a general education core. Along with core business discipline courses, online students choose an IT focus from the following options: application development, business/system analysis, and health informatics.
8 Monroe College-Main Campus

2501 Jerome Avenue,
Bronx, New York 10468

(718) 933-6700

0.32 to 1 68% 59% 70% 51% 24 0% 95%
  Through Monroe College's online program, students can expect to have a monthly face-to-face online class with the professors, one-on-one assistance at the Learning Resource Center, and personal counselors for admissions and student services. The Bachelor of Science curriculum in information technology will prepare students with technical skills, business skills, industry/field experience, and certifications.
9 Limestone College

1115 College Drive,
Gaffney, South Carolina 29340-3799

(864) 489-7151

2.96 to 1 86% 53% 53% 43% 86 8% N/A
  Students at Limestone College can earn an online Bachelor of Science in Computer Science/Information Technology through the Extended Campus Program. The Department of Computer Science and Information Technology (CSIT) offers the latest technology education in four concentrations: programming, information technology, computer and information systems security, and Internet management.
10 Armstrong Atlantic State University

11935 Abercorn St,
Savannah, Georgia 31419-1997

(912) 344-2806

1.55 to 1 3% 74% 69% 33% 74 0% 31%
  Armstrong Atlantic State University is a part of the WebBSIT program, a collaborative project that includes five other University System of Georgia colleges and offers students an online Bachelor of Science in Information Technology degree. The program prepares students with technical, user-centric, and managerial skills necessary for the IT field.