Online Bachelor of Science in Information Technology

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Program at a Glance
  • Employment in computer and information technology occupations is expected to grow faster than average between 2016 and 2026.* 
  • Select one of four concentrations that best fits your desired career. 
  • Develop foundational knowledge to prepare for industry certifications. 
  • Shorten your path to a graduate degree with the accelerated bachelor’s to master’s option.
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Bachelor of Science in Information Technology Overview

As demand for IT talent continues to exceed the supply, employers are rethinking their approaches to recruiting, training, and management. Purdue Global’s online bachelor’s degree in information technology helps prepare you with the knowledge and skills you need to meet this demand and advance in this dynamic field.

This bachelor’s degree in information technology is designed to provide the technical knowledge and communication, critical thinking, and creative skills relevant to the modern workplace. Coursework is focused on preparing you to:

  • Apply current technical tools and methodologies to solve problems.
  • Analyze users’ technical issues and design information systems.
  • Evaluate IT trends, practices, and products.
  • Assess the potential impact of information systems and technology on business processes.
  • Apply project management practices, tools, and methods.

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 four options:

  • Information security and assurance: Study topics in computer forensics, network administration, and intrusion detection and incident response.
  • IT management: Choose electives in diverse areas such as certified ethical hacking, CISSP, application development, project management, and information system security.
  • Network administration: Focus on infrastructure design and troubleshooting networks.
  • Programming and software development: Explore software development concepts and programming languages such as C#, Java, and a combination of PHP, Javascript, HTML5, and CSS for web development.

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

Accelerated Master’s Degree Option

Earning a minimum course grade in select bachelor's degree courses can gain you entry into a shortened version of Purdue Global's master’s degree in information technology or cybersecurity management.

Complete both your bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in less time and at a lower cost than completing both programs separately.

For details and eligibility requirements, speak to an Advisor.

Course Outcomes

Students are assessed each term on their mastery of the course outcomes, which measure the skills, knowledge, abilities, and behaviors employers expect. A summary of these assessments can be found here. To access recent enrollment and graduation rate data for this program, view this document.

Purdue Global's Bachelor of Science in Information Technology is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission (CAC) of ABET,

Career Opportunities

IT occupations are projected to add more than 550,000 jobs from 2016 to 2026.* Prepare to pursue careers in information technology including

  • Computer and information systems manager
  • Information security analyst
  • Network and computer systems administrator
  • Computer network architect/support specialist
  • Network administrator
  • Software developer
  • Computer programmer
  • Web developer
  • Database administrator

Prepare to Sit for Industry Certifications

This program provides a solid foundation to pursue industry certifications, which can 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. Learn more about eligible IT certification exams.

Admissions Requirements

To enroll in the IT bachelor’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.

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Coursework helps you develop a working knowledge of IT concepts, tools, and methods as well as the leading-edge technologies needed to design information systems. 

All courses are updated regularly by our dedicated curriculum department and advisory board to ensure they reflect the most recent developments in the field.

Sample Courses
  • Systems Analysis and Design
  • Programming Concepts
  • Website Development
  • Project Management I
  • IT Consulting Skills
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Customize your degree plan to develop specialized expertise. We offer several concentrations aligned to current industry demand. 

  • Information Security and Assurance
  • IT Management
  • Network Administration
  • Programming and Software Development
Credit Breakdown
  • Core Credits33
  • Major Credits105
  • Elective Credits42
  • Total Credits180

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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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Download our brochure to learn more about the Bachelor of Science in Information Technology and the benefits of earning your degree at Purdue Global.

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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.

IT Industry Outlook 2018, CompTIA,

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.