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 530,000 IT jobs from 2019 to 2029.*
  • Choose from five optional 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
How Do I Get Started?

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.

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. 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 five 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.
  • 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 this program, 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.

Military Transfer Credit

Earn your degree faster with our PME2Degree® program. Many occupations across each branch of the military have been evaluated for credit toward a Purdue Global degree. Use our Military Transfer Credit Estimator to see how much of your training counts as credit.

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Purdue University Global Is Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission

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

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.

Top 5 Skills Employers Are Looking for:

  1. Critical Thinking
  2. Active Listening
  3. Judgement and Decision Making
  4. Reading Comprehension
  5. Complex Problem Solving

Top Jobs With This Degree

Labor market, salary, and projected growth information are supplied by Emsi. Average salary range is based on national data. Projected growth represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2018–2030) at the state level and is based on your geographic location. Actual outcomes vary by geographic area, previous work experience, and opportunities for employment. Purdue Global cannot guarantee employment placement, salary level, or career advancement.

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.

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.

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
  • Networking Concepts
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Choose from five optional career-focused concentrations:

  • Cybersecurity
  • Data analytics
  • IT generalist
  • Programming and software development
  • Networking
Credit Breakdown
  • Core Credits20
  • Major Credits35
  • Elective Credits35
  • 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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grad hat icon 98% Faculty members who have advanced degrees
diploma icon 48% Faculty members who hold a doctorate
tablet icon 264 Faculty publications in 2019–2020
student at desk icon More Than 45,000 Professional development hours logged by faculty in 2019–2020

Statistics include all Purdue Global faculty members and are not school or program-specific calculations. Source: Purdue Global Office of Reporting and Analysis, July 2020. 2019–2020 academic year.

Program Brochure

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

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.