Online Associate of Applied Science Degree in Information Technology (IT)

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Program at a Glance
  • The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that America will add more than 550,000 IT jobs from 2016 to 2026.*
  • Choose from three career-focused concentrations.
  • An optional internship enables you to gain practical job experience in the field.
  • Earn your degree 100% online, on your schedule.
COURSE EFFORT 15 Hours per Week
COURSE LENGTH 10 Weeks
CREDITS REQUIRED 90
COST PER CREDIT $371
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We offer multiple start dates to give you flexibility in your education, life, and work schedules.

Associate of Applied Science in Information Technology Overview

Turn your passion for tech into a professional IT credential. With Purdue Global’s information technology associate’s degree, you can enhance your skills and knowledge and be ready to pursue your career goals.

This online IT associate’s degree offers a solid technical foundation in creating software applications, managing databases, developing websites, installing and maintaining networks, troubleshooting hardware and software problems, and more.

Coursework is focused on preparing you to:

  • Use technical skills and methods to solve problems
  • Analyze users’ technical needs
  • Construct information technology solutions
  • Understand technology trends, practices, and products

Degree Concentrations

Concentrations allow you to personalize your education by focusing your electives on an area of study that best fits your desired career path. Choose from three options:

  • IT generalist: Focus on networking, database management, programming, and web development.
  • Programming and software development: Study how to develop software for standalone applications, websites, and smartphones using C#, Java, or a combination of PHP, Javascript, HTML5, and CSS for web development programming languages.
  • Networking: Explore TCP/IP, which is the basis for all forms of networks, and focus on current industry-accepted practices for troubleshooting and administering Windows-based systems.

See the University Catalog for policy and degree plan information specific to this program.

Who Should Apply?

If you seek entry-level employment in the IT field or wish to pursue an IT bachelor's degree in the future, this program is for you.


To enroll in the online IT associate’s degree, you must be a high school graduate or possess a General Education Development (GED) certificate or other equivalency diploma.


Refer to the University Catalog or speak to an Advisor to learn more.

Academic Quality

Courses are reviewed and revised continually by our dedicated curriculum department and advisory board to ensure they reflect the most recent developments in the field.

Purdue University Global Is Accredited by The Higher Learning Commission

This accreditation covers all academic programs, all regional locations, and all programs provided via distance education. For more information, please visit HLCommission.org or call 800-621-7440.

Career Opportunities

The fast-moving field of IT demands qualified professionals trained in the latest technologies, systems, and industry advances. Our associate’s degree is designed to prepare you for diverse entry-level jobs within the IT field. Career pathways could include roles such as:

  • Computer network support specialist
  • Computer programmer
  • Web developer 
  • Network administrator/technician
  • Networking specialist
  • IT support specialist
  • Desktop support specialist
  • Service/help desk technician

Build a Pathway Toward Certification

The coursework covers topics you will need to understand should you decide to pursue relevant industry credentials. Certifications can validate your skills and help you secure a professional role within the evolving IT field.

Get a Head Start on Your Bachelor’s Degree

By completing your associate’s degree, you’ll not only earn a valuable credential to make an immediate impact on your career, you’ll also lay the groundwork for a bachelor’s degree in IT, cybersecurity, or cloud computing. Transfer your associate’s degree into a Purdue Global bachelor’s degree and you could fulfill at least half of the program’s requirements.

Earn Credit for Prior Certifications

If you’ve already completed certification exams, you may be eligible for credit toward your degree.

Learn More About Eligible IT Certification Exams

Curriculum offers a solid technical foundation in creating software applications, managing databases, developing websites, installing and maintaining networks, troubleshooting hardware and software problems, and more.

Sample Courses
  • Microsoft Office Applications on Demand
  • Information Technology Concepts
  • Software Development Concepts
  • Desktop Administration
  • Networking Concepts
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Choose from three career-focused concentrations:

  • IT generalist
  • Programming and software development
  • Networking
Credit Breakdown
  • Core Credits18
  • Major Credits30
  • Elective Credits42
  • Total Credits90

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Get to Know Our Faculty

Purdue Global faculty members are real-world practitioners who bring knowledge gained through the powerful combination of higher learning and industry experience.

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97% Faculty members who have advanced degrees
45% Faculty members who hold a doctorate
218 Faculty publications in 2017–2018
Nearly 87,000 Professional development hours logged by faculty in 2017–2018

Statistics include all Purdue Global faculty members and are not school or program-specific calculations. Purdue Global Office of Reporting and Analysis and Center for Teaching and Learning. 2017–2018 academic year. Note: all figures include data prior to the March 2018 purchase of Kaplan University by Purdue University and subsequent creation of Purdue University Global.

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NOTES AND CONDITIONS

*Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Computer and Information Technology Occupations, www.bls.gov/ooh/computer-and-information-technology/home.htm. National long-term projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth.

Purdue Global cannot guarantee employment or career advancement.

Students are responsible for understanding the requirements of optional certification exams. The University cannot guarantee students will be eligible to sit for or pass exams. In some cases, work experience, additional coursework beyond the Purdue Global program, fieldwork, and/or background checks may be necessary to be eligible to take or to successfully pass the exams.

§The University cannot guarantee that students will be granted admission to any future programs. Speak to an Advisor about transfer credit opportunities and see the University Catalog for the Prior Learning Assessment policy.