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.
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.
“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
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.
“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
Why SNHU for Your IT Associate Degree
With no set class meeting times, you can learn on your schedule and access online course materials 24/7.
Take advantage of some of the lowest online tuition rates in the nation, plus financial aid for those who qualify. We also make it easy to transfer to SNHU by accepting up to 90 credits for a bachelor's degree and 45 credits for an associate degree from your previous institution.
Founded in 1932, Southern New Hampshire University is a private, nonprofit institution with over 100,000 graduates across the country. SNHU is regionally accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE), which advocates for institutional improvement and public assurance of quality.
Recently, SNHU has been nationally recognized for leading the way toward more innovative, affordable and achievable education:
- Named Most Innovative University in the North every year since 2015 by U.S. News & World Report
- A $1 million grant from Google.org to explore soft skills assessments for high-need youth
- Recognition as a 2017 Digital Learning Innovator by the Online Learning Consortium
- INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine's 2019 award for Inspiring Programs in STEM
- Named a 2020 Building, Recruiting and Inclusion for Diversity (BRAID) affiliate for its commitment to supporting underrepresented students in technology programs
At Southern New Hampshire University, you'll have access to a powerful network of more than 200,000 students, alumni and staff that can help support you long after graduation. Our instructors offer relevant, real-world expertise to help you understand and navigate the field. Plus, with our growing, nationwide alumni network, you'll have the potential to tap into a number of internship and career opportunities.
At SNHU, being an online student doesn't mean you can't get involved. Our IT students have options to interact with peers both online and in person. Some of these opportunities include:
- ACM student chapter: Join your peers in our student chapter for Association for Computing Machinery, the world's largest educational and scientific computing society.
- National Cyber League: Put your skills to the test when you participate in the NCL – a collegiate cybersecurity competition simulating threats you could actually face in the field.
- Grace Hopper Celebration: Build your network at the world's largest tech conference and job fair for women.
- Women in Cyber Security conference: Attend this annual summit, networking opportunity and career fair to be part of the collective voice of women in cybersecurity.
96.5% of students would recommend SNHU.2 Discover why SNHU may be right for you.
Part of our mission to expand access to quality higher education means removing the barriers that may stand between you and your degree. That’s why you can apply at any time and get a decision within days of submitting all required materials.
Acceptance decisions are made on a rolling basis throughout the year for our 6 (8-week) undergraduate terms.
How to Apply
Simply contact an admission counselor, who can help you explore financial options, answer all your questions and walk you through the application process. Start by:
- Completing a free undergraduate application
- Providing previous institutions attended – so we can retrieve transcripts for you at no cost
Test scores are not required as part of your application.
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:
- Cross-platform technologies
- 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.
Minimum Hardware Required Specifications
PC (Windows OS)
Apple (Mac OS)
Currently supported operating system from Microsoft.
Currently supported operating system from Apple.
8GB or higher
8GB or higher
100GB or higher
100GB or higher
Required for campus students. Strongly recommended for online students.
Required for campus students. Strongly recommended for online students.
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- Laptop or desktop? Whichever you choose depends on your personal preference and work style, though laptops tend to offer more flexibility.
- Note: Chromebooks (Chrome OS) and iPads (iOS) do not meet the minimum requirements for coursework at SNHU. These offer limited functionality and do not work with some course technologies. They are not acceptable as the only device you use for coursework. While these devices are convenient and may be used for some course functions, they cannot be your primary device. SNHU does, however, have an affordable laptop option that it recommends: Dell Latitude 3301 with Windows 10.
- Office 365 Pro Plus is available free of charge to all SNHU students and faculty. The Office suite will remain free while you are a student at SNHU. Upon graduation you may convert to a paid subscription if you wish. Terms subject to change at Microsoft's discretion. Review system requirements for Microsoft 365 plans for business, education and government.
- Antivirus software: Check with your ISP as they may offer antivirus software free of charge to subscribers.
|View Full Curriculum in the Catalog|
|AS in Information Technologies|
|Courses May Include|
|AS in Information Technologies|
|IT 140||Introduction to Scripting||Students will learn the fundamentals of programming concepts including data types, variables, decision statements, loops, functions and file handling. By developing simple scripts, students will understand how to use common scripting language constructs including lists, literals, and regular expressions to build useful applications.|
|IT 200||Fundamentals of Information Technology||Students will learn about the fundamental knowledge and skills required in the information technology (IT) field. While exploring the various roles and functions of IT professionals, students will engage with basic technologies, hardware, software, and a systems thinking approach to solving problems.|
|IT 202||Computer Operating Systems||Students will explore the different features and components of common operating systems while learning how industry best practices and organizational requirements impact the selection, implementation, and maintenance of their operating systems. Students will also learn how to troubleshoot and solve computing problems common to an organizational environment.|
|IT 212||Introduction to Computer Networks||Students will learn the basics of interconnectivity of computing systems. With fundamental networking knowledge, students will design a basic and secure computing environment that consists of a network, server, client system, and firewall.|
|IT 253||Computer Systems Security||Students will explore the fundamentals of cybersecurity and related policies and procedures. Within the context of an organizational environment, they will examine concepts in the protection of data and personal information, and learn best practices in security planning within the information technology (IT) field.|
|IT 272||Cross-Platform Technologies||Students will explore contemporary systems and technologies such as virtualization, the Internet of Things (IoT), and artificial intelligence (AI). They will further examine the business, commercial, and personal implications, risks, and strategies of using cross-platform technologies.|
|MAT 140||Precalculus||This course emphasizes the algebra and concepts of functions. Students will learn the properties and graphing techniques for different types of functions including: linear, polynomial, rational, trigonometric, exponential, and logarithmic functions. Students will also learn to solve a variety of real world problems that rely on a number of different problem solving strategies and an understanding of these different types of functions. This course is intended for those students who wish to prepare for Calculus.|
|QSO 340||Project Management||As modern organizations have become more complex, they have also become more project-driven. This course uses a basic project management framework in which the project life-cycle is broken into organizing, planning, monitoring and controlling the project. You will learn the methodologies and tools necessary at each stage for managing the projects effectively in terms of time, cost, quality, risk and resources.|
|Total Credits: 60|
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 (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
Can credits from this associate in IT be applied to either a BS or BA in Information Technology?
Most definitely. An associate degree in information technology lays the foundation you need in technical knowledge and critical-thinking skills.
Southern New Hampshire University’s online associate degree in IT aligns with the course requirements for two programs. Both the BA in IT and the BS in Information Technologies online degree allow you to carry over all 60 credits of your associate degree into a bachelor’s.
Earning an IT associate degree sets you up for success as a bachelor’s degree candidate. It can also help you hone in on a specific area of specialization, such as cyber security or data analytics. Southern New Hampshire University offers 5 BS in IT degree concentrations:
- Business management
- Cyber security
- Data analytics
- Project management
- Software development
It’s smart to think about your academic career path from the outset, since many employers look for or even require a bachelor's degree.
“A bachelor's degree can provide a greater depth of knowledge in a field, alongside general education courses that teach students transferable skills,” said SNHU career advisor Grace Donahue. “Certain careers and employers place an emphasis on a bachelor's degree rather than an associate because it can offer greater long-term flexibility for students and show that they have the ability to learn new skills over time.”
What can you do with an associate degree in information technology?
It’s true that some IT positions require a bachelor's degree or higher. But there are still many IT associate degree jobs available.
Dr. Scott Overmyer, SNHU’s associate dean for information technology programs, points out that “employers are often looking for existing employees who know how the business works, but also have knowledge of the technology infrastructure that keeps the business running efficiently. The associate degree in IT provides a good foundation toward this goal.”
Opportunities with the greatest potential for an associate degree in information technology include job titles like:
- Computer support specialist
- End-user test technician
- Software quality assurance tester
- Technical support specialist
Job seekers with an IT associate degree and some experience now fill more positions that "just a few years ago would have had a hard requirement for a bachelor's degree," said Overmyer.
Smaller organizations are also more likely to focus on a candidate's experience and less on whether they have an associate versus a bachelor's degree.
Can I get an IT job with an associate degree?
Earning an IT associate degree can give you the foundation you need to start working in the field. And once you get your foot in the door, you’ll gain the real-world experience you need to move ahead.
“Just like many fields, in IT you need the academics but you also need hands-on experience for resumes,” said Samantha Couture, an academic advisor at SNHU. “It's highly beneficial and makes you more marketable and more competitive when applying for upper-level jobs if you have more of that experience.”
Ben Steinbach, a career outreach specialist at SNHU, believes that working at a help desk is an excellent entry-level job for IT professionals looking to break into the industry. “It’s typically in areas like that someone will take you under their wing or you’ll be learning new stuff and developing skills as you grow,” he said.
Completing an internship during your education is another great way to build both your resume and a strong professional network in the IT field. And as SNHU academic advisor Donna Dukeshire noted, it can help set you apart when applying to IT jobs.
How much can you make with an associate degree in information technology?
Whether you're looking to gain skills to enter the field or trying to show your boss you have the credentials to move on up, earning your associate degree is a great first step in advancing your career.
In the first quarter of 2021, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that workers with their associate degrees made median weekly earnings that were $120 higher than those of people with a high school diploma alone.1
Many entry-level IT jobs include employee and client support – often in help desk technician roles. In 2020, the BLS reported that computer user support specialists earned an annual median wage of $52,690 while computer network support specialists earned a annual median wage of $65,450.1
Can industry certifications give you an added advantage in the IT field?
Dr. Scott Overmyer, SNHU's associate dean for IT, says that industry certifications are "gaining importance and they do carry weight." Certifications help demonstrate your skills and knowledge to potential employers.
You might consider certification for specific IT skills such as IT support, network administration or IT security. Popular certifications include CompTIA A+, Network+, Security+ and AWS Certified Solutions Architect Associate.
At SNHU, you can even get credit for IT certifications and credentials you've earned.
Is an associate in information technology worth it?
If you're already working in the IT field, earning an associate degree in information technology could help solidify your capabilities and advance your career. If you're looking to break into the world of IT, earning your associate degree could be a great start.
"Yes, my AS in IT degree was worth it," said Rick McQueen '19. "I gained a mass amount of knowledge over the entire IT field. I learned how many distinct aspects there are in the IT industry."
Learning online at SNHU gave McQueen the added benefit of progressing through the program faster. "I chose SNHU because my current state college was not going to be able to give me the classes that I needed in a timely manner," he said. But with SNHU's 8-week undergraduate terms, and 6 term starts per year, he could take his information technology classes "at a much faster rate."
These highlights are just scratching the surface of potential benefits for earning your AS in IT. In fact, for the average U.S. worker, there's a clear benefit to getting a 2-year associate degree. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, in the first quarter of 2021, workers with an associate degree had median weekly earnings of $912, compared with $792 for people with a high school diploma alone1. This marks a 15% increase in weekly pay.
Employment in IT can also be fulfilling. According to a survey from PayScale, 67% of alumni with IT associate degrees believed their work makes the world a better place.3
But there are many ways to gauge the value of a degree. A few other factors to consider include:
- Cost per credit. The price can vary dramatically, so it pays to compare tuition rates. At $320 per credit hour, tuition for SNHU’s 60-credit online AS in Information Technology is among the lowest in the nation.
- Online vs. on campus. Generally speaking, online programs are more affordable.
- In-state vs. out-of-state tuition rates. Most schools charge more for out-of-state tuition. Online programs typically don’t differentiate.
- Transfer policy. SNHU accepts up to 45 transfer credits toward an associate degree and 90 transfer credits toward a bachelor's.
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.
Sources & Citations (1, 2, 3)
1Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, on the internet, at:
- https://www.bls.gov/ooh/computer-and-information-technology/home.htm (viewed July 8, 2021).
- https://www.bls.gov/ooh/computer-and-information-technology/computer-support-specialists.htm (viewed July 8, 2021).
- https://www.bls.gov/charts/usual-weekly-earnings/usual-weekly-earnings-over-time-by-education.htm (viewed July 8, 2021).
- https://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2020/unemployment-rate-2-percent-for-college-grads-3-8-percent-for-high-school-grads-in-january-2020.htm (viewed July 8, 2021).
Cited projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth.
2According to more than 9,200 SNHU online students in survey responses from the fall of 2019.
3 Payscale, 2020 College Salary Report, on the internet, at: https://www.payscale.com/college-salary-report/majors-that-pay-you-back/associate?orderBy=percentHighMeaning&ascending=false&search=information%20technology (viewed July 8, 2021).