Information Technology Degrees, Online and On-Campus Programs
Did you know that employment of computer and information technology occupations is projected to grow much faster than the average for all occupations?1 If you’re a busy adult who is thinking about ways to advance your current career or pursuing a new career path in this rapidly growing sector, studying information technology online in one of Colorado Technical University’s flexible degree programs could provide the convenience you’re looking for. Here at CTU, you have options to pursue an information technology degree online, on campus, or even as a hybrid program. And because our on-campus and online IT programs are taught by instructors with real-world experience, you can feel confident that you’re working to build industry-relevant knowledge and skills.
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12% Job Growth
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects 12% job growth in computer occupations between 2014 and 2024.*
The 2014 median pay for Software Developers was $97,990.*
93% of IT professionals agree that future IT success will require strong business skills as well as IT skills**
*** Source: 2013 TEKsystems IT Professional Perspectives Survey. Accessed 1/2/2015
Benefits of CTU’s Online Degree Programs
- Studying information technology online is more convenient than ever, with flexible attendance options for many programs that allow you to fit classes around your schedule instead of the other way around
- CTU Mobile and CTU’s Virtual Classroom allow you to access coursework, grades, live chats, discussion boards, the virtual library, and more, wherever you have an Internet connection
- Classes are taught by knowledgeable faculty, many of whom have real-world professional experience in the fields they teach
- CTU accepts the transferring-in of up to 75% of the credits needed to complete our on-campus/online IT programs2
- CTU’s intellipath® learning tool can help create a more focused, personalized, and efficient academic experience by identifying what you already know, so that you can focus on something new3
- CTU Fast Track™ exams make it possible to earn course credit for what you already know4
- We value our military, which is why eligible active and former military members may qualify for military education benefits, such as a reduced tuition rate and conversion of military experience into course credit2
- Current students and alumni have access to career-development resources, networking opportunities, and Student Success Coaches, who are available to offer career-related guidance and advice
IT Degree Programs
Colorado Technical University offers traditional and/or online IT degree programs for students of all levels, and our bachelor’s and online master’s in information technology programs are offered in various concentrations, so that you can further tailor your studies to your interests and aspirations.
Master’s Degree in Information Technology
Those looking to expand their knowledge and perhaps pursue more advanced career paths in the IT sector can opt to study information technology online or on-campus through our Master of Science in Information Technology program. Core classes include: Computer Systems Security Foundations, Enterprise Systems Architecture, Enterprise Data Management, Networking and Telecommunications, Strategic Management in Dynamic Environments, and Project Management Processes in Organizations. CTU offers the on-campus/online master’s in information technology degree program in a general track and three concentrations: network management, project management, and security management.
Bachelor’s Degree in Information Technology
Computer systems analysts, database administrators, information security analysts, and network and computer systems administrators are just some of the career paths that a bachelor’s degree in IT may help you prepare for. Core courses for CTU’s Bachelor of Science in Information Technology program cover key IT topics such as UNIX, networking, and database systems fundamentals; introductions to computer security, website development, project management, operating systems, and programming logic; IT architectures; and more. Students may opt to study information technology online or on-campus for both the general track and concentrations in network management and security, while a concentration in software systems engineering is offered as online IT bachelor’s degree option only.
Associate Degree in Information Technology
CTU’s Associate of Science in Information Technology program is designed to provide students with fundamental IT knowledge, and it can also serve as the first step toward earning a bachelor’s degree. This associate degree program can help students prepare to pursue entry-level opportunities within the IT sector, such as computer support specialists. Because the first two years of this program align with CTU’s Bachelor of Science in Information Technology program, students who decide to continue toward earning a bachelor’s degree can experience a more seamless transition from one undergraduate program to the next. The ASIT degree cannot be pursued in an online IT associate’s degree program attendance format but is instead offered at both our Colorado Springs and Aurora (Denver) campuses.
CTU Admissions Overview
As part of the admissions process, proof of high school graduation (i.e., high school diploma or transcripts) or its equivalency (i.e., GED) must be submitted for undergraduate degree programs. For master’s programs, official transcripts verifying completion of an accredited baccalaureate degree must be provided. Further, prospective students are required to participate in an admissions interview and submit an online application. However, no SAT, no GMAT, no GRE, or any other standardized test is required for Colorado Technical University’s degree programs. Complete details can be found in the University Catalog.
Accreditations and Awards
Colorado Technical University is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (www.hlcommission.org)and has received programmatic accreditations from a number of recognized accrediting agencies.
U.S. News & World Report has ranked our online degree programs among its 2020 “Best Of” rankings:
- Best Online Bachelor’s Programs
- Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Veterans
- Best Online Graduate Computer Information Technology Programs
Save Time by Earning Credit for What You Already Know
At CTU, associate degree programs can typically be completed in 24 months, bachelor’s degrees in 48, and master’s degrees in 18, but students may be able to complete their on-campus/online bachelor of IT program up to 30 percent faster by “testing out” of classes through passing CTU Fast Track™ exams4—these exams are part of a prior learning assessment program that is designed to test your knowledge of key course objectives. Active military members and veterans may be able to convert their military experience into course credit that applies toward the completion of their selected degree program.2 Submission of a successful Experiential Learning Portfolio (ELP) is yet another way to earn course credit to help you graduate sooner2 (an ELP demonstrates how prior work experience meets the objectives of a particular course). CTU also accepts the transferring-in of credits from other accredited institutions of higher learning, up to 75 percent of a degree program’s total credit-hour requirements.2 Successful completion of online IT certificate programs or other professional certifications as well as scoring well on various standardized tests (i.e., Advanced Placement (AP), CLEP, and DSST exams) could further reduce the number of classes required to earn your degree.
Save on Tuition
CTU Fast Track™ exams, prior learning, work/life experience, and certificate programs are all great ways to save on tuition because they can help reduce the number of courses you need to take to complete your degree program. But there are other ways to save, too.
Many students may be eligible for different types of financial aid, including scholarships and grants, that can reduce out-of-pocket costs.9 A CTU Admissions Advisor can assist in determining your eligibility for a Corporate Alliances Grant, and your HR manager should be able to assist in determining your company’s tuition reimbursement policies. And all students are encouraged to start investigating their eligibility for federal financial aid by filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Check out our tuition and graduation date calculator, which can help you see the estimated cost of your desired CTU degree program and your anticipated graduation date based on the information you provide.
Reasons to Choose CTU
Although it can be daunting to return to school, the flexibility of Colorado Technical University’s online programs can make taking the next step toward achieving your academic goals less disruptive to your current life. If you’re looking to study information technology online in pursuit of an undergraduate or graduate degree, CTU’s proprietary, award-winning platforms10 can help keep you connected to your classes, classmates, and instructors, so you don’t have to feel like you’re out there on your own. The convenience of our degree programs and their career-focused, industry-relevant curricula is what draws students from all over the country, from all different walks of life, to our school, and this extensive network of current students and alumni is among our greatest assets. No matter what your current situation may be, the freedom to earn your information technology degree online around your existing schedule can make pursuing your educational goals more accessible. If you’re ready to take the next step, reach out to an Admissions Advisor for more information.
1. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, “Computer and Information Technology Occupations,” available at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/computer-and-information-technology/home.htm (last visited 2/12/2020). Conditions in your area may vary.
2. Transfer credit is evaluated on an individual basis. Not all credits are eligible to transfer. See the University Catalog for transfer credit policies.
3. intellipath® is not available for all courses.
4. The ability to reduce time in school and/or reduce tuition depends on the number of CTU Fast Track™ exams successfully passed. Fast Track program credits are unlikely to transfer. Not all programs are eligible for possible 30% reduction in time and money. Courses eligible subject to change.
5. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, “Computer Systems Analysts,” available at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/computer-and-information-technology/computer-systems-analysts.htm (last visited 2/12/2020). Conditions in your area may vary.
6. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, “Database Administrators,” available at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/computer-and-information-technology/database-administrators.htm (last visited 2/12/2020). Conditions in your area may vary.
7. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, “Information Security Analysts,” available at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/computer-and-information-technology/information-security-analysts.htm (last visited 2/12/2020). Conditions in your area may vary.
8. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, “Network and Computer Systems Administrators,” available at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/computer-and-information-technology/network-and-computer-systems-administrators.htm (last visited 2/12/2020). Conditions in your area may vary.
9. Financial aid is available for those who qualify.
CTU cannot guarantee employment, salary, or career advancement. Not all programs are available to residents of all states.