Information Technology Degrees at CTU Aurora
CTU Aurora’s Information Technology (IT) degree programs help students prepare to meet the computer technology needs of organizations in various industries including business, healthcare, government and education. Students have the opportunity to develop practical, hands-on knowledge and expertise in installing, customizing and maintaining hardware and software applications to support an organization’s activities. Students can also focus on specialized degree plans in disciplines such as data or network management, web development, and IT security.
Technology is no longer just for business. We use it to stay in touch, to read about our world and to access games and media for entertainment. Computers, tablets, smart phones and other high-tech devices are everywhere – and our reliance on this technology requires people in Information Technology fields to create and maintain these tools.
CTU’s IT faculty is dedicated to providing students with the opportunity to develop the skills they need to become IT professionals. Our professors are talented instructors with real-world experience who are passionate about teaching, and they work hard to establish genuine rapport with their students in an interactive learning environment.
At CTU Aurora, we understand some Information Technology students will choose to pursue industry-recognized certifications. Therefore, our Bachelor’s in Information Technology degree program is designed to help students prepare for the CompTIA Network+ and Security+ certification exams. In fact, according to a 2015 CompTIA survey, 91% of employers surveyed believe IT certifications play a key role in the hiring proceess.1
On-Campus and Online IT Programs
Our Aurora and virtual campuses offer the following Information Technology degrees and concentrations:
Associate of Science in Information Technology
Information is the lifeblood of any organization, and from finance to operations to personnel, more information is available today than ever before. As a result, businesses must create robust IT systems and applications to handle this data.
Our associate degree in Information Technology is designed to help you develop relevant skills in the IT field. Combining the study of business, hardware technologies and coding, this dynamic program provides you with the opportunity to learn practical IT solutions for a wide range of business challenges. You can also develop proficiencies in industry-relevant software tools, learn basic network architecture and study the general protocols of data communication. Some classes you may take include UNIX Fundamentals, Fundamentals of Database Systems and Introduction to Computer Security.
Bachelor of Science in Information Technology
Our BSIT degree is designed to provide students with the opportunity to establish a strong foundation in programming, systems administration, security, architecture, databases and ethics. CTU also offers a number of specializations for the bachelor’s degree in Information Technology, which gives students the opportunity to focus their study in a particular area of interest, including:
- Data Management
- Network Management
- Software Application Programming
- Software Systems Engineering
- Web Development
Our curriculum gives students access to common core and specialization-specific courses, giving them the opportunity use technology to find solutions for all types of business challenges. Examples of classes you may take include Introduction to Computer Security, Structured Query Language for Data Management, and Introduction to Programming Logic.
We also offer a business administration degree with a concentration in Information Technology for those looking to study business fundamentals as well as IT.
Master of Science in Information Technology
CTU’s MSIT degree program is designed to help students build an advanced foundation in IT and technical depth in enterprise level IT solutions. The curriculum includes subject matter such as enterprise data management, networking and telecommunications, and information systems security. Courses students take can include Computer Systems Security Foundations, Enterprise Systems Architecture and Enterprise Data Management.
Job Growth in IT
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, computer and IT-related occupations are projected grow by 13% (or faster than average) through 2026. This includes careers in computer programming, information security analysis, software development, computer systems administration, and more.2 In addition, Colorado ranked 13th in the nation for tech employment in 2015, and it was estimated that 11.5% of the state’s economic contributions came from the tech sector.3
Study When It’s Convenient for You
At CTU Aurora, we understand how difficult it can be to balance a career, a family and a degree program. Therefore, we make it possible for you to accomplish your learning objectives your way. At CTU, you can combine on campus and online classes to suit your lifestyle as well as your individual learning style.
Develop Your Skills
CTU’s Bachelor of Science in Information Technology aligns with CompTIA Network+ and CompTIA Security+ accreditations, which means the courses you take in your Information Technology degree curriculum can also help you prepare for CompTIA certification exams. According to a 2015 CompTIA survey, 80% of certified individuals claimed their certification helped them get their foot in the door for a job interview.4
The Fast Track
The CTU Fast Track™ program is a great way for students with prior knowledge and experience to accelerate their degree program. With Fast Track, you can participate in a series of exams designed to test your knowledge of key course objectives. If you pass, you can earn college credit for this knowledge and complete your course requirements faster. By passing CTU Fast Track™ exams, you can save up to 30% in time and money. As an added bonus, Fast Track exams are available at no extra cost to all CTU students.
Are you interested in pursuing an IT degree at CTU Aurora? Request more information from our Admissions Advisors.
1. “5 Reasons Why Employers Look for IT Certifications.” CompTIA. Retrieved from: https://certification.comptia.org/docs/default-source/downloadablefiles/hr-perceptions-of-it-training-and-certification.pdf (Visited 2/9/18).
2. “Computer and Information Technology Occupations.” U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Retrieved from: https://www.bls.gov/ooh/computer-and-information-technology/home.htm (Visited 2/9/18).
3. “Cyberstates 2016: The Definitive State-by-State Analysis of the U.S. Tech Industry.” CompTIA. Retrieved from: https://www.comptia.org/docs/default-source/advocacydocs/cyberstates/comptia-cyberstates-2016-vfinal-v2.pdf (Visited 2/9/18)
4. “You Can Do IT with CompTIA.” CompTIA. Retrieved from: https://certification.comptia.org/docs/default-source/downloadablefiles/02032-you-can-do-it-infographic-online_final.pdf (Visited 2/9/18).
Colorado Technical University does not guarantee third-party certifications. Certification requirements for taking and passing certification examinations are not controlled by Colorado Technical University but by outside agencies and are subject to change by the agencies without notice to Colorado Technical University. Therefore, Colorado Technical University cannot guarantee that graduates will be eligible to take certification examinations, regardless of their eligibility status upon enrollment.
The ability to reduce time in school and/or reduce tuition depends on the number of 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.