Earn your IT degree online
- $330/credit (120 total credits)
- Specialize with 1 of 5 different concentrations
- Explore tools and technologies crucial to success in the field
- Transfer up to 90 credits
- Median annual salary of $97,430 for computer & IT jobs1
- Keep up with innovations in the rapidly-evolving IT industry
Online Information Technology Degree Programs Overview
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 or Bachelor of Arts (BA) 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.
From networking events to technology conferences and student competitions, there are always new opportunities to grow at SNHU.
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 an IT certification or credentials through organizations like Cisco, CompTIA, (ISC)2 or Oracle, you may be eligible to receive credit toward your degree program.
What You'll Learn
- Analyze and solve complex computing problems
- Design, implement and evaluate computing-based solutions
- Communicate effectively in various professional contexts
- Function effectively as a member or leader of a team
How You'll Learn
At SNHU, you'll get support from day 1 to graduation and beyond. And with no set class times, 24/7 access to the online classroom, and helpful learning resources along the way, you'll have everything you need to reach your goals.
2 IT Programs, 5 IT Concentration Options to Choose From
SNHU offers two IT program options – a Bachelor of Arts (BA) and a Bachelor of Science (BS) – with the same 16 core courses and 14 IT courses. Whichever degree you select, you’ll learn the technical abilities and practical skills to help any organization innovate IT practices, products and processes.
Bachelor of Arts in Information Technology
This degree program is ideal for professionals already working in IT and want to enhance their technical skills or individuals looking for a career change.
Of the two IT programs we offer, the BA in IT is more transfer friendly, with 21 free elective credits (vs. 12 free elective credits within the BS in IT program). For more information on the BA in Information Technology, see the full curriculum.
Bachelor of Science in Information Technology
While not as transfer-friendly as the BA in IT, the BS degree provides the option to specialize in one of the following 5-course concentrations, or select 5 courses, to tailor the degree to your interests. For more information on the BS in Information Technologies, see the full curriculum.
Apply an IT perspective as you explore the fundamentals and principles of 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 15% through 2031.1 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.
You’ll also explore principles of microeconomics. You'll examine how resources are allocated to satisfy the needs of individual members of a society and develop models that explain the behavior of consumers, producers, and resource suppliers in various market structure.
Courses may include:
- Principles of Management
- Managing and Leading in Business
- Global Dimensions of Business
Learn the basics of defending networks and information systems against cyber attacks by earning your Bachelor of Science 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 35% through 2031 – much faster than the national average.1 Median annual pay for information security analysts was $102,600 as of May 2021.1
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.
Courses may include:
- Cybersecurity Foundations
- Cyber Defense
- Network Security
In addition to this concentration, we also offer a full online cybersecurity 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 682,800 new jobs will be added through 2030 – making computer and information technology a promising field in the coming years.1 Graduates with a data analytics concentration should come away with skills that can help supplement their background in IT and set them apart from other professionals in the field.
Courses may include:
- Leveraging Data Analysis for Organizational Results
- Data Validation: Quality and Cleaning
- Data Analysis Techniques
In addition to this concentration, we also offer a full online data analytics degree.
Project Management for IT
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 for IT.
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 $97,430 in May 2021 – 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'll have an in-depth understanding of the daily challenges faced by IT professionals.
Lydia Alonci ’18 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."
Courses may include:
- Project Contracting and Procurement
- Integrated Cost and Schedule Control
- Resource Estimating and Scheduling
In addition to this IT concentration, we also offer a project management concentration as part of our bachelor's in computer science degree online.
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 26% through 2031 – much faster than the national average for all occupations.1 The median annual pay for this role was reportedly $120,730 in May 2021.1
Courses may include:
- Foundations in Software Development
- Programming Languages
- Software Development Lifecycle
In addition to this IT concentration, we also offer a BS in Computer Science with an online software engineering degree concentration.
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:
Computer Support Specialist
Whether they're working directly with consumers to help solve basic computing problems, or within an organization to test, evaluate and maintain network systems, computer support specialists are a valuable part of any tech-enabled business.
Computer Systems Analyst
When an organization has an inefficient computer system or procedure, a systems analyst steps in to help fix it. A degree in IT can equip you with the skills to succeed in this role.
Information Security Analyst
Information security analysts are responsible for planning and carrying out security measures to protect an organization's computer networks and systems. This particular job is expected to grow at a staggering rate, as information security is a major priority for businesses across industries.
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.
Job Growth and Salary
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that employment opportunities for computer and IT occupations will grow 15% through 2031, faster than the national average for all occupations.1
According to the BLS, computer support specialist jobs are set to grow 6% through 2031.1 Then 9% for computer systems analysts, and an impressive 35% for information security analysts – over 4 times faster than the national average growth rate for all occupations.1
Although salaries can vary by region and responsibility, the BLS reported a median annual wage of $97,430 across all computer and IT jobs.1
For those seeking advancement in the field, it's a great idea to stay up-to-date on professional trends that impact the industry.
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. That curiosity is one thing that drives many SNHU students to continue their education—especially in fields they're already working in.
Ken Girkin '17 '21G wanted to make sure he kept up – and built upon – his skill set.
"This program fit very well with my plans for my career roadmap," he said. "The classes were some that I had already had some experience with, so the opportunity to expand on subjects I already knew something about was very appealing."
Girkin managed to accelerate his career, thanks to his education at SNHU: He became an IT director not long after finishing his master's degree.
Start Your Journey Toward an Online Information Technology Degree
Why SNHU for your Information Technology Degree
With no set class meeting times, you can learn on your schedule and access online course materials 24/7.
As part of our mission to make higher education more accessible, we’re committed to keeping our tuition rates low. In fact, we offer some of the lowest online tuition rates in the nation.
Prior coursework could also help you save time and money. SNHU’s transfer policy allows you to transfer up to 90 credits toward your bachelor's degree and 45 credits for an associate degree from your previous institutions—that means you could save up to 75% off the cost of tuition. You could also save time and money by getting college credit for previous work experience, or by taking advantage of military discounts and employer tuition assistance if available to you.
Founded in 1932, Southern New Hampshire University is a private, nonprofit institution with over 160,000 graduates across the country. SNHU is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE), a regional accreditor, 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:
- U.S. News & World Report named SNHU the 2021 Most Innovative University in the North and one of the nation's "Best Regional Universities"
- Awarded the 21st Century Distance Learning Award for Excellence in Online Technology by The United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA)
- A $1 million grant from Google.org to explore soft skills assessments for high-need youth
At Southern New Hampshire University, you'll have access to a powerful network of more than 300,000 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.
93.6% of online students would recommend SNHU (according to a 2022 survey with 17,000+ respondents). Discover why SNHU may be right for you.
Expanding 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:
- Completed free undergraduate application
- Prior transcripts, which we can retrieve at no cost to you
- Test scores are not required as part of your application
Acceptance decisions are made on a rolling basis throughout the year for our 6 (8-week) undergraduate terms.
How to Apply
If you’re ready to apply, follow these simple steps to get the process going:
- Complete a free undergraduate application
- Submit any additional documents required
- Work with an admission counselor to explore financial options and walk through the application process
If you have questions or need help filling out your application, call 1.888.387.0861 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Instructors With Real World Experience
Rick McQueen '21
"The instructors gave me information on how the real-world IT field works and insight into the importance of certain practices."
IT Courses & Curriculum
Bachelor of Arts (BA) in IT
The online Bachelor of Arts in Information Technologies program is designed to help you leverage new technologies in the modern workplace through adaptive problem-solving best practices, technical knowledge and professional communication skills.
Program outcomes include the ability to analyze complex computing problems and the opportunity to design and implement innovative computing-based solutions.
Better yet, the BA in Information Technology accepts 21 free-elective credits. That means you may be able to save time and money by transferring in more courses from your previous program, whether they be in IT or another field.
Bachelor of Science (BS) in IT
SNHU's BS in Information Technology degree online is taught by experts in the field who empower you with the chance to learn, practice and demonstrate your mastery of IT skills with the latest innovative online tools.
And the online classroom environment can be just the right place to learn about those tools.
"It met my expectations with the hands-on labs that were given to me online," said Rick McQueen '21, who also earned his AS in IT in 2019. "It showed me how to set up a network and even explained the smallest details of which cable goes into which receptacle."
And now that he's finished the program, he can see the real-world application.
"The class that stood out to me the most was the Python class," McQueen said. "I use the Python language basics that I learned to practice coding on my own time."
You'll learn from instructors based around the country who have years of IT experience.
"The instructors I had seemed to be experts in their respective fields and were very knowledgeable in the classes I was taking," said Ken Girkin '17 '21G. "They did a good job of providing helpful feedback to the assignments and discussions."
And it's not just instructors you can learn from. Because students in your classes come from a wide variety of backgrounds, it's easy to engage with them on different topics.
"Not only did I learn a lot from the classes and instructors, but I learned from the other students as well," Girkin said. "These classes gave me the foundation I needed to advance my career and get to where I am today."
If you need help throughout your program, SNHU has the resources for you to succeed.
"Your academic advisor helps support your journey," said Beth Maldonado '20, who was also able to earn her master's degree at SNHU in 2021. "I love how your advisor is always there for you, every step of the way... I didn’t have that in my previous experience" at a local community college.
Become a Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)®
Optional major course QSO-345: Project Management for CAPM® Certification can help prepare you to take the PMI® Certified Associate in Project Management® exam.
Already have an active Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)® certification? You may be eligible to waive QSO-345: Project Management for CAPM® Certification and receive full credit for the course. When you receive credit for prior learning, you save time and tuition. Ask your admission representative for details.
Curriculum Requirements & Resources
All undergraduate students are required to take general education courses, which are part of SNHU's newly redesigned program, The Commons. The goal of The Commons' curriculum is to empower you with some of the most in-demand skills, so you can succeed not only in your academic career, but in your personal and professional life too.
We provide cloud-based virtual environments in some courses to give you access to the technology you need for your degree – and your career. Learn more about our virtual environments.
Earn Math Credits
Save time and tuition with our Pathways to Math Success assessments. Depending on your scores, you could earn up to 12 math credits – the equivalent of 4 courses – toward your degree for less than $50 per assessment. For additional information, or to register for a Pathways to Math Success assessment, contact your admission counselor or academic advisor today.
|Courses May Include|
|BA in Information Technologies and BS 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 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 423||Computing as a Service||Students will explore the use of cloud-based databases and design and implement a cloud-based system for an organizational need. Students will also learn about the implications for designing Internet of Things (IoT) software applications.|
|IT 482||IT Operations and Systems Planning||Organizational strategy, mission, and vision influence the operational and strategic plans of an organization's information technology (IT) environment. Through the integration of these organizational requirements and consideration of applicable laws and regulations, students will design an IT operations plan and a strategic plan for the implementation of a new system architecture.|
|Total Credits: 120|
Information Technologies Minimum Specifications
Windows 10, 64 Bit
Windows 10, 64 Bit
Intel 8th Gen i5 or i7
Intel 9th Gen i7
500+ GB Solid State Drive (SSD)
Discrete/dedicated (such as NVIDIA or AMD)
802.11 a/c dual band
802.11 a/c dual band
Office 2013 Professional or newer
Office 2013 Professional or newer
Required for campus students. Strongly recommended for online students.
Required for campus students. Strongly recommended for online students.
CD/DVD drive, external hard drive, extra power cord and headphones/earbuds
CD/DVD drive, external hard drive, extra power cord and headphones/earbuds
SNHU Purchase Programs
Help desk support: Microsoft Windows 10, limited support for MacOS (Campus only). Support for other OS is not currently available.
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.
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.
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)*||$693||$231||$6,930|
Tuition Rates are subject to change and are reviewed annually. *Note: students receiving this rate are not eligible for additional discounts.
Additional Costs No Application Fee, Course Materials ($ varies by course)
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the difference between computer science and information technology?
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 degrees, 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 are likely to pursue careers as full-stack developers.
How do I start a career in IT?
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 in IT or a related field. On the other hand, many employers will require a master's in IT for computer and information research scientists.
Generally, most employers will require 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, an online BA in IT degree student at SNHU, 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."
Which IT jobs are in demand?
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. (Note that these jobs may require specialized credentials or a master's degree.)
- Computer and information research scientist
s. 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 21% job growth through 2031 – much faster than the national average for all occupations.1 The median annual salary for these roles was reportedly $131,490 in May 2021.1
- 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 3% through 2031.1 In May 2021, it was reported that professionals in the field earned a median annual salary of $80,600.1
- Database administrator and architect. These jobs 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 and architects are set to grow 9% through 2031.1 The median annual salary for these roles was reportedly $98,860 in May 2021.1
Ken Girkin '17, an Army veteran who also earned a master's in cybersecurity in 2021, was able to advance in his company because of his education.
"I was promoted to director of IT and security for my organization," he said. "I feel that my degrees played a big part in not only preparing me for this new role, but also providing me with the educational requirements for the job."
Learn more about types of IT jobs.
What does SNHU do to support women looking to break into IT?
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.
You may want to take part in National Cyber League challenges, which are 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 cybersecurity," said team captain Briana Beyerl '17. "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.
And just by design of the online environment, SNHU makes it easier for working mothers to achieve their career dreams in STEM.
"I would have never been able to fit a traditional college into my daily schedule," said Beth Maldonado '20. "I could do schoolwork anytime and anywhere, even at my daughter’s soccer practice. As a full-time working mom, you learn to multitask and get things in where they fit. SNHU’s online classes help with that."
A traditional brick-and-mortar education wouldn't have allowed her to change professions.
"I was able to change my career of 18 years to a new career I am passionate about and love," she said. "I changed my career from supply chain to cybersecurity," which she had added as her degree concentration.
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.
Sources & Citations (1)
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 Oct. 25, 2022)
- https://www.bls.gov/ooh/computer-and-information-technology/information-security-analysts.htm (viewed Oct. 25, 2022)
- https://www.bls.gov/ooh/computer-and-information-technology/software-developers.htm (viewed Oct. 25, 2022)
- https://www.bls.gov/ooh/computer-and-information-technology/computer-and-information-research-scientists.htm (viewed Oct. 25, 2022)
- https://www.bls.gov/ooh/computer-and-information-technology/computer-support-specialists.htm (viewed Oct. 25, 2022)
- https://www.bls.gov/ooh/computer-and-information-technology/computer-systems-analysts.htm (viewed Oct. 25, 2022)
- https://www.bls.gov/ooh/computer-and-information-technology/database-administrators.htm (viewed Oct. 25, 2022)
- https://www.bls.gov/ooh/computer-and-information-technology/network-and-computer-systems-administrators.htm (viewed Oct. 25, 2022)
Cited projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth.
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