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Build your technical abilities and gain the professional skills you need to become an IT professional with an online Bachelor of Science (BS) in Information Technologies at Southern New Hampshire University.
Our online information technology degree explores principles of computing and how they relate to business operations – beginning with the fundamentals of information technology and culminating in advanced courses in system design and implementation.
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From networking events to technology conferences and student competitions, there are always new opportunities to grow at SNHU. Check out the Why SNHU section below to learn more about how we can help prepare you for a successful career in tech.
Earn credit for what you already know: At SNHU, we want to remove the barriers standing between you and your goals – and help you save time and tuition along the way. That's why, if you've earned IT Certification or Credentials through organizations like Cisco, CompTIA, (ISC)2 or Oracle, you may be eligible to receive credit toward your degree program.
Apply an IT perspective as you explore operations management, policies and administration with a Bachelor of Science in Information Technologies with a concentration in Business Management from Southern New Hampshire University.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, computer and information technology occupations are projected to grow 12% through 2028.1 A concentration in business management can help graduates gain the knowledge and skills they need to stand out, and ultimately break into an entry-level role.
The business management concentration explores crucial aspects of successfully running a business – including communications and critical thinking skills as well as organizational leadership.
You'll gain a solid foundation in the principles of information technology, human relations in administration and fundamentals of international business – helping you succeed in a globalized workforce. Business processes and goals and necessary techniques are emphasized using authentic scenarios to ensure that business results are achieved.
Courses may include:
Learn the basics of defending networks and information systems against cyber attacks by earning your Bachelor's in IT with a concentration in Cybersecurity.
As cyber crimes continue to grow in number and sophistication, the need for qualified defenders is expected to grow exponentially. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, information security analyst occupations are projected to grow 32% through 2028 – much faster than the national average.1 Median annual pay for information security analysts was $99,730 as of May 2019.1
Information security is critical to preventing identity theft and strengthening computer networks. Analysts are dynamic problem solvers who must analyze, anticipate and mitigate vulnerabilities in computer networks and systems.
In addition to this concentration, we also offer a full cyber security degree program.
Using authentic scenarios and problems, the Bachelor of Science in Information Technology with a concentration in Data Analytics helps students in the online bachelor's IT program learn how to collect, analyze and interpret data and communicate their findings to stakeholders to help solve relevant organizational challenges.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that about 546,200 new jobs will be added through 2028 – making computer and information technology a promising field in the coming years.1 Graduates with a data analytics concentration will have skills that can help supplement their background in IT and set them apart from other professionals in the field.
In addition to this concentration, we also offer a full data analytics degree.
Combine an IT foundation with project management skills to successfully reach organizational goals by choosing a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology with a concentration in Project Management.
This concentration helps students set and execute project goals from start to finish – from assessing cost and scope to project integration, quality and procurement.
With median annual wages of $88,240 in May 2019 – well above the national average for all occupations – a career in computers and information technology appears promising in the next decade.1 Those with a background in project management will be uniquely qualified to manage workflow and adapt to unpredictable changes in timelines, scope and resources, as they will have an in-depth understanding of the daily challenges faced by IT professionals.
Former IT student Lydia Alonci said a pair of classes - leadership and project management - focused her interest in the field, a decision that led to her receiving a job at a Fortune 100 company right out of college.
"I realized that was what I really wanted to do," Alonci said. "Those have really changed the way that I look at the world and look at myself and what I can do. It's definitely empowered me to know where I can go and see the possibilities and kind of design the life that I want to have."
In addition to this IT concentration, we also offer a BS in computer science with a project management degree concentration.
Create software and apps that take advantage of new hardware, networks and technology with this specialized online Bachelor of Science in Information Technology with a concentration in Software Development.
Combined with the online bachelor's in IT, the software development concentration focuses on the software development lifecycle and programming languages Java, Python and C++ .
In addition, you'll explore the development and design of functional programs using best practices.
Job prospects for software developers appear promising for the next decade. According to the U.S. Bureau of Statistics, the number of software developer occupations are set to soar 21% through 2028 – much faster than the national average for all occupations.1 The median annual pay for software developers was reportedly $107,510 in May 2019.1
In addition to this IT concentration, we also offer a BS in computer science with a concentration in software engineering.
The digital age has changed nearly every aspect of our lives. With these advancements come new career opportunities – some we never could have predicted we would need. A bachelor's in IT may prepare you for a variety of these roles, including:
Businesses and organizations of all types and sizes must invest in new technology, not only with tools, but also with talent. This demand has fueled the growing need for skilled IT professionals at all levels in nearly every industry.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that employment opportunities for computer and IT occupations will grow 12% through 2028, faster than the national average for all occupations.1 In May 2019, the BLS also reported a median annual wage of $88,240 across all computer and IT jobs.1
Those seeking advancement in the field are also encouraged to stay up-to-date on industry news as a professional in the field, said Dave Numme ’16MBA, an associate dean at SNHU.
“I think another important characteristic for being in the field is to be curious,” Numme said. “... The field is changing so rapidly that in order to stay current, being curious is one way that will help you embrace the continuous learning that’s essential in order to remain relevant in the field.”
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 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 accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE), which advocates for institutional improvement and public assurance of quality.
Recently, Southern New Hampshire University has been nationally recognized for leading the way toward more innovative, affordable and achievable education:
As an SNHU student, you can tap into a powerful network of peers, alumni and staff that can help support you long after graduation. Our instructors offer relevant, real-world expertise to help you understand and navigate your industry.
Opportunities to prepare you for your career:
“You have to believe that even though you might feel small in a big, big crowd, you’re one of a kind,” said Lydia Alonci ’18, who was hired by a Fortune 100 Company when she attended Grace Hopper in 2017. “You’re unique, and the reason you’re here is because you got a degree in something that is valuable, and people are looking for you.”
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.
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:
Test scores are not required as part of your application.
SNHU's information technology degree online is taught by experts in the field who will you empower you with the chance to learn, practice and demonstrate your mastery of IT skills with the latest innovative online tools.
Curriculum Requirements & Resources
Total Credits: 120
Windows 7* or newer
Note: If your computer runs on Windows 7, see the information regarding Windows 7 End of Life below
CD/DVD drive. External hard drive. Extra power cord. Headphones/earbuds
*Windows 7 End of Life Statement for Students
Effective Jan. 14, 2020, Microsoft will no longer support Windows 7. What does this mean for you?
As part of the continuing evolution of computer systems, Microsoft will no longer provide security updates for Windows 7. Keeping your computer current with security updates helps your computer run better and protect your information. Since Microsoft will no longer release updates, the information on your computer will be more vulnerable and your computer may not function as well.
We strongly recommend you update to Windows 10 at your earliest convenience. You can upgrade to Windows 10 for free.
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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.
Tuition Rates are subject to change and are reviewed annually.
No Application Fee, $150 Graduation Fee, Course Materials ($ varies by course)
While there may be some crossover between these two disciplines, it's important to identify the ways in which they are different.
Information technology covers a broad support range of computing concepts as they relate to and support business operations – such as human-computer interaction, information management, programming, networking and web systems. IT professionals can work in a wide range of roles, including information security specialist, information technology manager and systems specialist.
Computer science, on the other hand, focus more heavily on software development. Computer scientists have a deep understanding of popular software languages like Python, Java and C++, as well as development and testing tools such as Eclipse, OpenGL, Cucumber with Maven and Junit testing. Graduates of computer science programs are likely to pursue careers as full-stack developers.
This depends on the area of IT you'd like to explore. For example, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, entry-level education for computer support specialists, in some cases, is an associate degree. On the other hand, many employers will require a Master's in IT for computer and information research scientists.
Generally, most employers will require a completion of a bachelor's-level program, along with some experience in a related occupation. For students in SNHU's BS in IT program, internships and experiential learning opportunities can help your resume stand out, and give you the confidence you need to succeed in a professional setting.
Megan Evans, a student of SNHU's online BA in Information Technology program, is living proof of this.
A former massage therapist, she knew she needed more than a degree in her hand to break into the tech field. So she landed a 10-week paid internship with Snag, an organization that connects hourly workers with employers, where she built up her skill set, network and confidence.
The experience, she noted, was eye-opening – allowing her to see aspects of the business beyond the tech side.
“I learned that I really love the product and marketing side of things,” Evans said. Beyond that, it allowed her to apply the technical writing skills she learned in classes, too. “When I made the reference guide I had to keep the information concise so that it would all fit nicely into the format I chose."
Reflecting on her time at Snag, Evans can't understate the impact it had –and will continue to have – on her career. “Without it, I wouldn’t have been able to understand the different departments within this industry and what to apply for in the future,” she said. “It gave me the confidence and relevant experience needed to progress further once I graduate from SNHU."
As a fast-growing field, there are many high demand jobs in IT. For those who are interested in advancing their career, here are a few of the top IT occupations, along with BLS salary and job growth projections. (Please note that these jobs may require specialized credentials or a master's degree):
Computer and information research scientists. As problem-solvers who use computing technology to help solve business challenges, computer and information research scientists are expected to be highly sought after in the coming years. The BLS predicts 16% job growth through 2028 – much faster than the national average for all occupations.1 The median annual salary for these roles was reportedly $122,840 in May 2019.1
Network and computer systems administrator. A valued asset to just about any organization, network and computer systems administrators are responsible for the daily operation of computer networks. Job prospects for network and computer systems administrators are set to grow 5% through 2028 – on par with the national average growth rate for all occupations.1 In May 2019, it was reported that professionals in the field earned an average annual salary of $83,510.1
Database administrator. Database administrators are responsible for creating efficient and secure databases where consumer data are stored – such as financial information or shipping records. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs for database administrators are set to grow 9% through 2028.1
Learn more about types of IT jobs.
At SNHU, we believe everyone deserves access to an education that can transform their life. For women in IT, who are still underrepresented in the workforce, this means offering networks and opportunities that tip the scales – so no matter who you are or where you come from, you have the tools you need to see yourself succeed.
Each year, SNHU sends students to major networking events like the Grace Hopper Celebration, Women in Cyber Security conference and ACM Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing.
In addition, the National Cyber League is a great opportunity for women in tech to connect and compete with teams across the country. In fact, SNHU students represent the first-ever all female team to compete in a National Cyber League competition.
"The fact that such a small percentage of women who join the STEM field is distressing and even (fewer) women go into cyber security," said team captain Briana Beyerl. "I truly believe SNHU is making strides in encouraging women (to) join STEM fields, and I am immensely proud of that and grateful to have the opportunity to be part of the movement."
We try to support our students in personalized ways, too. When Jennifer Hanlon was looking for IT job listings, the SNHU career advising team stepped in to help her streamline her resume. Soon after, Hanlon snagged a job as a remote service technician, then earned a promotion just a few months later.
"I love being able to teach about technology and help people solve problems," she said.
We're proud to say that our commitment to inclusion has earned us a spot as one of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine's 2019 Most Inspiring Programs in STEM – but we're just getting started. We'll keep pushing to do better, because at SNHU, equity and access are at the heart of what we do.
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1Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, on the Internet at:
Cited projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth.
2According to a survey responses from over 9,200 SNHU online students conducted in the fall of 2019.