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IT Associate Degree Online AS in Information Technology

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Register By: February 27 Classes Start: March 01

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 gain 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 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
  • Demonstrate communication and collaboration best practices with diverse stakeholders about IT projects and assignments
  • Use virtualization and cloud computing to replace physical computers

Get Credit or Get Ready

If you've earned IT certifications through organizations like Cisco, CompTIA or (ISC)2, 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.

Mark LePage with the text Mark LePage"While the IT field is not immune to economic conditions, the increasingly pervasive nature of IT within our world is driving a growing number of employment opportunities," said Mark LePage, executive director of STEM programs at SNHU.

In fact, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that employment of computer and information technology occupations is projected to grow 12% from 2018 to 2028.1

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 $52,270 in 2019.1
  • Computer network support specialist. Troubleshoot network problems and maintain local area networks (LAN), wide area networks (WAN), cloud based networks and servers. The BLS reports a 2019 median annual wage of $63,460 for network support specialists.1

Some computer support jobs follow a typical 9-to-5 schedule, but be aware that 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.

Considering the industry you want to work for while you plan your career in information technology might also be an important factor to you. According to data from the BLS, you might find employment available for 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 staff 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

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).

But the program goes beyond the technical. 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 thinking strategies. Through decomposition, pattern recognition, abstraction and algorithms, you'll learn how to solve IT issues more efficiently.
  • 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.

All courses 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 get credit for IT certifications or test out of math courses.

Tuition & Fees

Tuition rates for SNHU's online degree programs are among the lowest in the nation. We 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.

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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