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

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18
Total Courses
$371
Cost per Credit
2 years
Average Completion*
15–18 Hours/Week
Course Effort

Associate of Applied Science in Information Technology Overview

The U.S. expects to add 682,800 new IT jobs from 2021 to 2031. Make your comeback and be ready to meet the growing demand — earn your degree 100% online, on your schedule.

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Military Transfer Credit

Servicemembers and veterans, get the recognition you deserve and earn your degree faster. With our PME2Degree® program, you can turn your military and occupational training into college credit. How many credits have you earned?

Purdue Global Is Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission

The HLC (HLCommission.org) is an institutional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Admissions Requirements

You must be a high school graduate or possess a General Educational Development (GED) certificate or other equivalency diploma. You are also encouraged to complete orientation before you start classes. Refer to the University Catalog or speak to an Advisor to learn more.

Purdue Global Career Outcomes 2020–2021

91% of graduates in Purdue Global’s Associate of Applied Science in Information Technology program were employed or continued their education within 18 months of graduation.

Each year, our Center for Career Advancement sends a NACE First Destination survey to our graduating class to learn more about their career choices and potential income within 18 months of graduation. We’re proud of our recent Purdue Global alumni accomplishments.

“Career Outcomes Rate” is not the same as an “employment rate”—it includes graduates who are: (1) employed (whether full or part time); (2) participating in a program of voluntary service, (3) serving in the U.S. Armed Forces, or (4) enrolled in a program of continuing education. This rate may also include graduates employed in jobs unrelated to their degree or who were employed while attending Purdue Global. (9,106 graduates surveyed across associate's, bachelor's, master's, JD, EJD, and DNP programs from July 1, 2019, to December 31, 2020. 7,803 of 9,106 replied.)

What Courses Will I Take?

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
  • Networking Concepts
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Program Requirements

20
Core Credits
35
Major Credits
35
Elective Credits
90
Total Credits

Upcoming Start Dates

We offer multiple start dates to give you flexibility in your education, life, and work schedules.

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 six optional career-focused concentrations:

  • Cybersecurity

    Explore fundamental Cybersecurity topics, certifications, and job roles. Gain essential networking skills related to CompTIA Network+ certification and build foundational security skills related to CompTIA Security+ certification.

  • Data analytics

    Gain exposure to the analytical methods and tools used by organizations as they leverage the value of data. Explore different uses of collected data, employ statistics in data analysis, and apply the appropriate visualization techniques for specific reporting needs.

  • Game development

    Learn to design and develop programs and features including role-playing mechanics, storylines, character profiles, and more. You'll also study the creation of gamified experiences as well as how to implement challenges and scenarios.

  • IT generalist

    Focus on networking, database management, programming, and web development.

  • 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.

  • Programming and software development

    Learn how to develop software for standalone applications, websites, and smartphones using Python, C#, Java, or a combination of Javascript and PHP for web development programming languages.

Take the Next Step in Your Education and Career

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.

Earn Credit for Prior Certifications

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

See Notes and Conditions below for important information.

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.

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Ways to Save on Time and Tuition

Purdue Global works with students to find ways to reduce costs and make education more accessible. Contact us to learn about opportunities to save on your educational costs.

Transfer Credits

Earn credit for prior coursework completed at eligible institutions, including community colleges.

Prior Work Experience Reduction

You could earn undergraduate credit for your life and professional career experiences.

Financial Aid

Learn about federal financial aid programs available for many of our degree programs.

Grants and Loans

Learn about federal and state grants and loan programs that may be available.

Corporate Partner Benefits

Employees of Purdue Global partner organizations may be eligible for special tuition reductions.

Military Tuition Reduction

Undergraduate tuition savings for military include a 55% reduction per credit for current servicemembers and 38% per credit for veterans.

Prior Military Experience

Earn credit for your military training. The average Purdue Global military student is awarded 54% of the credits needed for an associate's and 45% of the credits needed for a bachelor's.

International Tuition Reduction

International students living outside of the United States are eligible for a 25% international student tuition reduction.

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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.

Average Salary

Low

General labor market and salary data are provided by Lightcast and may not represent the outcomes experienced by Purdue Global graduates in these programs. Purdue Global graduates in these programs may earn salaries substantially different or less than the amounts listed above. Salary and employment outcomes vary by geographic area, previous work experience, education, and opportunities for employment that are outside of Purdue Global's control.

Lightcast average salary ranges can be explored further using Lightcast’s SkillsMatch tool. Purdue Global does not guarantee employment placement, salary level, or career advancement.

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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.

100%

IT faculty members who have advanced degrees

36%

IT faculty members who hold a doctorate

395

Faculty publications in 2021–2022

More Than 38,000

Professional development hours logged by faculty in 2021–2022

Advanced and Doctoral Degrees: Statistics include all Purdue Global IT faculty members. Source: Purdue Global Office of Reporting and Analysis, May 2022.
Publications and Development Hours: Statistics include all Purdue Global faculty members and are not school- or program-specific calculations. Source: Purdue Global Office of Reporting and Analysis, July 2022. 2021–2022 academic year.

Your Path to Success Begins Here

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NOTES AND CONDITIONS

*Estimated Graduation Date and Average Completion: Estimated graduation date is based on the assumption that you will enroll in time to begin classes on the next upcoming start date, will remain enrolled for each consecutive term, and will maintain satisfactory academic standing in each term to progress toward completion of your program. Completion time is based on a full-time schedule. Programs will take longer for part-time students to complete.

Certification Exams: 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.

Future Programs: 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 policy.

Job Growth—Computer and Information Technology: 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.