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College of Information Technology Online

An IT degree with the credentials you need.

RECOGNIZED and AWARDED

2018 EC-Council Academic Partner of the Year. 2016 CODiE award winner from the Software & Information Industry Association for Best Learning Relationship Management Solution. Named a Best Value School by University Research & Review four years running. Recognized nationally for quality, affordability, and innovation.

87%

Employer-APPROVED in INDUSTRY SKILLS

In a 2018 Harris Poll survey of employers, 87% said their WGU grads' TECHNICAL SKILLS were either EXCELLENT or very good.1

  • Overview

    Expert-designed programs—certifications included.

    Solving problems and designing solutions is your calling. To advance your career, employers expect you to prove your skills and show what you've got. That's the same way you earn a degree at WGU. And by including certification prep and exams into your coursework (covered by your tuition), our programs offer a smarter bundle, tailored to today's IT industry’s requirements.

    Four years running.

    WGU has been named a "Best Value School" by University Research & Review.

    University Research & Review Best Value School award for WGU
  • Bachelor's Degrees

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    Problem solvers and math lovers needed! Your task: Lay the groundwork for the computing breakthroughs that will enable tomorrow's technologies. 

    • Time: 74% of IT bachelor's grads finish in 6–36 mos.
    • Tuition and fees: $3,520 per 6-month term.
    • Transfer: Your previous college coursework and existing certifications may waive course requirements, helping you finish even faster.

    Certifications included:

    • CIW Site Development Associate
    • CompTIA Project+
    • Oracle Database SQL
    • Axelos ITIL Foundation

    Professionals who need the skills a computer science degree provides include computer systems analysts, computer programmers, artificial intelligence specialists, software engineers, machine learning engineers, and more.

    Lean into data, and walk away with a cutting-edge online degree:

    • Time: 83% of graduates finish in 9–18 months.
    • Tuition and fees: $3,520 per 6-month term.
    • Certifications: CIW, Oracle, and CompTIA certs, all included.

    Unique to WGU's program is the incorporation of a Udacity Nanodegree—a highly recognized credential designed to prepare you for a career in data science.

    Oracle certifications included:

    • Oracle Database 12c: Administrator Certified Associate
    • Oracle Database SQL

    Certified Internet Web certifications included:

    • CIW Data Analyst
    • CIW Site Development Associate

    Additional certifications included are CompTIA A+ (Parts 1 and 2), CompTIA Network+,  CompTIA Project+, and CompTIA IT Operations Specialist.

    Award-winning coursework and value-add certifications make this online program a top choice:

    • Time: 73% of graduates finish in 7–37 months.
    • Tuition and fees: $3,520 per 6-month term.
    • Certifications: Includes CIW, ITIL, LPI and CompTIA.

    Certified Internet Web certifications included:

    • CIW Site Development Associate
    • CIW Advanced HTML5 and CSS3
    • CIW User Interface Designer

    Also, the LPI Linux Essentials and ITIL® Foundation Certification are central to this program. Included CompTIA certifications are A+, Network+, Security+, Project+, and Cloud Essentials.

    A 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: 74% of graduates who earn an IT bachelor's degree from WGU finish in less than three years.
    • Tuition and fees: $3,520 per 6-month term.
    • Transfer: Your previous college coursework and existing certifications may waive course requirements, helping you finish even faster,

    Certifications included, at no extra cost:

    • Amazon AWS SysOps Administration–Associate
    • LPI Linux Essentials
    • CompTIA A+
    • CompTIA Cloud Essentials
    • CompTIA Cloud+
    • CompTIA Network+
    • CompTIA Security+
    • CompTIA Project+
    • CompTIA IT Operations Specialist
    • CompTIA Cloud Admin Professional
    • CompTIA Secure Infrastructure Specialist
    • CompTIA Secure Cloud Professional
    • Axelos ITIL® Foundation
    • CIW Site Development Associate

    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.

    Protect your career and earning potential with this degree:

    • Time: 73% of graduates finish in 6–18 months.
    • Tuition and fees: $3,520 per 6-month term.

    Careers and jobs this degree will prepare you for:

    • Cyber crimes investigator
    • Director of cybersecurity
    • Chief of cyber counterintelligence
    • Cybersecurity engineer
    • Cyber operations planner

    For network operations and security professionals:

    • Time:  81% of graduates finish in 12–48 months.
    • Tuition and fees: $3,520 per 6-month term.
    • Certifications: several CIW and CompTIA included in this program.

    Included certifications:

    • CIW Site Development Associate
    • Cisco Certified Network Associate
    • Cisco Certified Design 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.

    You're a creative and tech genius who wants the bigger opportunities.

    • Time: 73% of graduates finish in 9–33 months.
    • Tuition and fees: $3,520 per 6-month term.
    • Certifications: several CIW and CompTIA included in this program.

    Certified Internet Web certifications included:

    • CIW Site Development Associate
    • CIW Advanced HTML5 and CSS Specialist
    • CIW User Interface Designer

    CompTIA A+ and Project+ are included in the program coursework. Software development is the second-highest rated specialty within IT. Secure your future with a degree and additional certifications.

    A program designed for future leaders in HIM:

    • Time: 72% of grads earned this degree in 18–48 months.
    • Tuition and fees: $3,545 per 6-month term, plus one-time Health Professions Student Fee of $350.

    Careers and jobs this degree will prepare you for:

    • Director of informatics
    • HIMS chief
    • Information systems auditor
    • Outpatient coder
    • Health records manager

    This CAHIIM-accredited program makes you eligible for the RHIA exam.

    IT managers are needed in nearly every organization:

    • Time: 71% of grads finish in 17–41 months.
    • Tuition and fees: $3,370 per 6-month term.

    Careers and jobs this business degree will prepare you for:

    • Vice president of risk management
    • Product security incident manager
    • Vice president of technical services
    • CTO and CIO
    • Director of IT

    Key competencies of these online courses align with industry needs: management and leadership, networks and security, and information systems management.

  • Master's Degrees

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    Become the authority on keeping infrastructures and information safe.

    • Time: 72% of graduates finish in 6–20 months.
    • Tuition and fees: $3,835 per 6-month term.
    • Certifications: two EC-Council certs, included.

    The curriculum is closely aligned with the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) Workforce Framework, plus includes these certifications:

    • EC-Council Certified Ethical Hacker
    • EC-Council Computer Hacking Forensic Investigator (CHFI)

    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: 87% of graduates finish in 6–18 months.
    • Tuition and fees: $3,835 per 6-month term.

    Certifications included in the coursework of this program:

    • SAS Certified Base Programmer for SAS 9
    • SAS Certified Statistical Business Analyst Using SAS 9

    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: 82% of graduates finish in 6–24 months.
    • Tuition and fees: $3,835 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.

    Earn the online college degree that can move your career into IT upper management:

    • Time: 98% of grads finish in 6–18 months.
    • Tuition and fees: $3,945 per 6-month term.

    Careers and jobs this business 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.

RECOGNIZED and AWARDED

2018 EC-Council Academic Partner of the Year. 2016 CODiE award winner from the Software & Information Industry Association for Best Learning Relationship Management Solution. Named a Best Value School by University Research & Review four years running. Recognized nationally for quality, affordability, and innovation.

87%

Employer-APPROVED in INDUSTRY SKILLS

In a 2018 Harris Poll survey of employers, 87% said their WGU grads' TECHNICAL SKILLS were either EXCELLENT or very good.1

New and popular programs.

The opportunities in the IT field are limitless—and your experience can take you a long way. But a surefire way to protect your career is by tackling a degree. Unlike certs, a degree never fades, becomes outdated, or ceases to be recognized.

Program options in IT are robust. These are our newest or most popular degrees—maybe one fits your interests.

B.S. Cybersecurity and Information Assurance

B.S. Software Development

JAVA or C#

B.S. Cloud and System Administration

Women in Leadership scholarship available.

Women in Leadership Scholarship. Apply by June 30.

For a limited time, the $2,000 Women in Leadership Scholarship can help you achieve the flexible, affordable, respected bachelor’s or master’s degree that will get you closer to your place at the top. 

Apply by June 30.

97%

overall student satisfaction at WGU

—Harris Poll
87%

of WGU grads are employed in their degree fields

—Harris Poll
94%

of employers said they would hire another WGU graduate

—Harris Poll
$12,600

is the average annual income increase within 2 years of graduation

—Harris Poll

Accredited. Recognized. Respected.

Accredited

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Western Governors University is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU), which provides accreditation to many other institutions, such as the University of Washington, University of Oregon, University of Utah, University of Idaho, and Brigham Young University.  

Respected

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As a program member of both the Microsoft® IT Academy and the National Cyberwatch Center, WGU is able to offer students world-class technology curriculum and courseware that will help develop the skills and knowledge that gains you respect in your industry. 

Recognized

2016 SIIA CODiE winner

The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) recognized WGU’s Business of IT – Project Management course, called uCertify LEARN, as the Best Learning Relationship Management Solution. This course is found in many of our IT programs and includes the CompTIA Project+ certification.

Accredited

Respected

Recognized

Unraveling the cybersecurity industry.

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? Are you looking for a fail-safe career path that's still cutting-edge and tech-driven? Our new jobs guide covers it all, and LinkedIn data plus several industry professionals validate the trends that WGU is seeing.

See what opportunities this robust industry may have for you!


Rashaan's WGU degrees changed his life.

Before earning his first WGU degree, Rashaan was unemployed four times. He was evicted from his home. Since earning his bachelor's degree—and then a master's—at WGU, he has built a thriving career in cybersecurity. He even turned down two job offers because his employer offered to double his salary if he'd stay!

College of Information Technology FAQs.

Absolutely! WGU offers many kinds of IT programs to fit exactly what you are looking for.  Along with the completion of a bachelor's/master's degree, students will also earn industry recognized certifications to help boost their professional resume. Our online IT programs are accredited and will give you all the skills you need to excel in your future career.

WGU is hands down the best place to get your online IT degree. We have designed our IT programs to be the best by offering flexibility, so hard-working IT professionals who work long hours can still find time to attend school. Not only is our program flexible, but students may use their experience in IT to help them move through the program faster in areas they already know, allowing them to graduate faster. We also offer top industry certifications along with our degrees, so you'll graduate with many items to put on your resume. Our IT program is rigorous, and will prepare you for the future in IT that you're dreaming of.

There are a wide variety of jobs you can get with an IT degree. Some of the most popular are:

  • Network engineer
  • Software or web developer
  • Information security or computer systems analyst
  • Computer programmer
  • Database or computer systems administrator
  • IT manager
  • Cybersecurity expert
  • Chief information officer or chief technology officer

WGU offers a wide variety of IT degrees that can help you be specifically prepared for your dream career. Our bachelor's degrees include:

  • Cloud and Systems Administration
  • Computer Science
  • Cybersecurity and Information Assurance
  • Data Management/Data Analytics
  • Information Technology
  • Network Operations and Security
  • Software Development
  • Health Information Management
  • Information Technology Management

We also have a wide variety of master's degrees that will allow you to propel your career even further forward.

If you are having trouble picking a degree to pursue, we recommend talking to one of our many enrollment counselors. They can help you decide which program is the best fit for you, and your career goals.

You can get an online IT degree by applying to WGU! The process is simple. We also have enrollment counselors who are ready to help you go through the process of applying, and answer any questions you may have along the way.

Once you're enrolled in WGU, your path is straightforward. You move through your coursework, and once you've mastered the material, you can move on to the next course.

Program councils—teams of industry and academic experts—drive the ongoing development of our IT degree programs and curriculum, providing input on the competencies a successful graduate needs to have mastered. It’s one way WGU ensures your degree delivers relevancy and value.

“The IT programs at WGU are effective in laying solid foundations and providing on-ramps into a place of understanding, where students can become creators in IT rather than merely consumers.”

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David Ricker
Director of Enterprise Analytics and Business Systems
Dartmouth College

“As someone who got my degrees later in life and went on to teach at the university level, I can unequivocally say that the caliber of IT programs that WGU offers is among the best. The variety of courses and disciplines within IT alone allow students to explore different areas to determine what they like best, while giving them the real-life practical skills they need to be successful in their future careers.”

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Mischel Kwon
Founder and CEO
MKACyber

“In the yin and yang of IT job offshoring, a key argument is the shortage of IT resources in U.S. The only effective way to counter that is to develop high-quality IT degree programs that are tuned to the market's job requirements. That's what WGU IT degree programs are about, and I'm proud to be part of it as an IT Program Council member.”

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Kumud Majumder
Sr. Vice President (Global SME Manager—Corporate Technology Officer)
CitiGroup, NYNJ

Program councils—teams of industry and academic experts—drive the ongoing development of our IT degree programs and curriculum, providing input on the competencies a successful graduate needs to have mastered. It’s one way WGU ensures your degree delivers relevancy and value.

“The IT programs at WGU are effective in laying solid foundations and providing on-ramps into a place of understanding, where students can become creators in IT rather than merely consumers.”

David Ricker headshot
David Ricker
Director of Enterprise Analytics and Business Systems
Dartmouth College

“As someone who got my degrees later in life and went on to teach at the university level, I can unequivocally say that the caliber of IT programs that WGU offers is among the best. The variety of courses and disciplines within IT alone allow students to explore different areas to determine what they like best, while giving them the real-life practical skills they need to be successful in their future careers.”

Mischel Kwon headshot
Mischel Kwon
Founder and CEO
MKACyber

“In the yin and yang of IT job offshoring, a key argument is the shortage of IT resources in U.S. The only effective way to counter that is to develop high-quality IT degree programs that are tuned to the market's job requirements. That's what WGU IT degree programs are about, and I'm proud to be part of it as an IT Program Council member.”

Kumud Majumder headshot
Kumud Majumder
Sr. Vice President (Global SME Manager—Corporate Technology Officer)
CitiGroup, NYNJ

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¹ 2018 Harris Poll survey of 300 employers of WGU grads.