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IT Associate Degree Online AS in Information Technology

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Register By: October 23 Classes Start: October 25

Earn an Associate Degree in IT Online

  • $320/credit (60 credits)
  • Transfer up to 45 credits toward your associate degree
  • Graduates are halfway to bachelor's in IT degree
  • Prepare for entry into IT profession
  • Get hands-on experience with tools and technology crucial to success
  • No application fee or SAT/ACT scores required

Associate Degree in IT Online Program Overview

Technology is at the heart of every business. From grassroots startups to multinational corporations, IT informs the ways organizations operate and collaborate. The Associate of Science in Information Technologies at Southern New Hampshire University can help you gain a fundamental understanding of technology’s role in the workplace and grow the skills you need to enter the field.

By completing this IT associate degree online, you can develop the technical skills you need to qualify for a variety of entry-level IT roles. And if you want to continue your education, you can complete your associate program with the option to carry over all 60 of your credits into a BS in Information Technology degree at SNHU.

Learn how to:

  • Solve fundamental IT-related problems that meet organizations' requirements and end-users' needs
  • Use industry-relevant tools and technologies to design and manage computer networks and systems
  • Communicate and collaborate with diverse stakeholders about IT projects
  • Use virtualization and cloud computing to replace or augment physical computers

Get Credit or Get Ready

If you've earned IT certifications through organizations like CompTIA, Google or Amazon Web Services (AWS), you may be eligible to receive credit toward your degree program. If you’re seeking certification, some IT courses can help you prepare for specific exams.

Career Outlook

Whether you're looking for the credentials to back up your IT knowledge or you're ready to take on the task of building a whole new skill set, earning your associate degree in information technology is a great decision. What's even better is that employment opportunities in IT look promising.

Dr. Scott Overmyer with the text Dr. Scott Overmyer“The field of information technology continues to expand as technology becomes increasingly pervasive in all phases of business and private life, providing opportunities for graduates to thrive in the job market” said Dr. Scott Overmyer, associate dean of information technology at SNHU.

In fact, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that employment of computer and information technology occupations is projected to grow 11% through 2029.1

With this online IT associate degree, you'll be qualified to pursue or advance your career in a wide array of entry-level jobs including:

  • Computer user support specialist. Provide support to clients needing help solving software and hardware issues in person, by phone or electronically. According to the BLS, the median annual wage for this role was $52,690 in 2020.1
  • Web developers and digital designers. Create and maintain websites as a web developer, or develop and test website or interface layout and functions for usability as a digital designer. According to the BLS, the median annual wage for these roles was $77,200 in 2020.1

While some IT and computer support jobs follow a typical 9-to-5 schedule, many don't. Since frustrating technical problems can happen at any time of day, many employers need 24-hour support services available to their employees and customers – meaning you might find yourself working odd hours. If you're looking for more structured roles, web developers and digital designers often have more predictable work schedules.

Along with the technical skills you can get from an IT degree, the industry in which you want to work is another important factor to consider when planning your career. According to data from the BLS, computer support specialists have found positions in these top industries1:

  • Computer systems design
  • Data processing and hosting
  • Educational services
  • Finance and insurance
  • Software publishers
  • Telecommunications

As technology becomes more and more engrained in our lives, employers are becoming increasingly relaxed about the hard and fast rule of requiring their employees hold a bachelor's degree.

Samantha Couture with the text Samantha Couture“There is definitely career growth in IT,” said Samantha Couture, an academic advisor at SNHU. “The field is growing and as technology advances, more people are needed. An associate degree can open the door.”

Seeking industry certifications in areas such as technical support, network administration and information security alongside your associate degree can also help you stand out to employers. If you've already earned certifications or credentials in IT, you might be able to transfer them in as course credit.

You'll gain plenty of hands-on experience throughout the associate in IT program, and putting it to use is great for your resume. Having internship experience and building a strong professional network adds valuable credibility during your job search. If you're interested in pursuing an internship, our faculty and career advisors can help point you in the right direction.

Start Your Journey Toward an Online Information Technologies Degree

Courses & Curriculum

Our associate degree in information technologies will help equip you with the foundational knowledge and critical-thinking skills you need to advance your career or pursue a new one. You'll learn to solve fundamental information technology problems and identify current and emerging tools to meet both technical specs and organizational goals.

Students enrolled in the information technology associate degree program benefit from an IT curriculum that offers a comprehensive general computing education, including:

  • Scripting
  • Cross-platform technologies
  • Cybersecurity
  • Operating systems
  • Secure networking environments
  • Project management

You'll have the opportunity to learn from hands-on courses that help you gain technical skills employers look for. Upon graduating, you'll have first-hand experience with Python scripting language, TestOut simulation labs and on-demand cloud computing platforms and application programming interfaces (APIs).

"What attracted me to this program was the vast amount of technology it covers," said Rick McQueen '19. "Everything from simple coding projects to the implementation of systems in a business environment."

McQueen was also impressed with the emphasis on hands-on learning, especially through the program's interactive online labs. These experiences gave him an opportunity to build upon his scope of knowledge, and make meaningful discoveries with industry-standard tools.

"The class that stood out to me the most was the Python class with statistics," he said. "It showed me how I can use a programming language to extract important data to use for the company benefit."

These are all critical skills. But the program goes beyond the technical, too. Woven throughout the program are courses and concepts that emphasize non-technical skills essential to your success in the IT field, such as:

  • Communication in a STEM setting. Whether it's your coworker, boss or client, you'll need to know strategies for communicating technical information to varying audiences.
  • Computational and systems thinking strategies. Through decomposition, pattern recognition, abstraction and algorithms, you'll learn how to solve IT issues more efficiently, considering all relevant factors.
  • Effective collaboration. Teamwork is crucial in almost any field. In order to get tasks done, you'll need to know how to work well with your peers.
  • Project management. As IT projects have become more complex, so has their management. Learn about the methods and tools used to organize, plan, monitor and control projects.

These soft skills were also on McQueen's radar. In fact, he's quick to point out that one of the key reasons he enrolled in the online AS in IT program was to "study the networking side of technology."

All courses in the program are taught by knowledgeable faculty with years of real-world, hands-on experience.

This information technologies program aligns with the course requirements for SNHU’s Bachelor of Science in Information Technology, allowing you to easily carry over all 60 credits of your associate degree into your bachelor’s. This means you'll have completed exactly half of your bachelor's degree should you decide to continue your education at SNHU.

Earn credits for what you already know: Did you know certain work and life experience – like industry-recognized certifications and math knowledge – could save you time and money at SNHU? Learn how you could getcredit for IT certifications or test out of math courses.

Tuition & Fees

As a private, nonprofit university, we’re committed to making college more accessible by making it more affordable. That’s why we offer some of the lowest online tuition rates in the nation—and haven't raised our costs in a decade.

We also offer financial aid packages to those who qualify, plus a 30% tuition discount for U.S. service members, both full and part time, and the spouses of those on active duty.

Online Undergraduate Programs Per Course Per Credit Hour Annual Cost for 30 credits 
Degree/Certificates $960 $320 $9,600
Degree/Certificates (U.S. service members, both full and part time, and the spouses of those on active duty)* $675 $225 $6,750

Tuition Rates are subject to change and are reviewed annually. *Note: students receiving this rate are not eligible for additional discounts.

Additional Costs No Application Fee, $150 Graduation Fee, Course Materials ($ varies by course)

Frequently Asked Questions

University Accreditation

Southern New Hampshire University is a private, nonprofit institution accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE) as well as several other accrediting bodies.

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