Top 10 IT Degrees Online (Bachelor’s) 2018

Whether you want to be a systems administrator or an ethical hacker (penetration tester), an online information technology degree is a great way to get into the business. Our ranking of the top 10 online information technology degrees is a great place to start your research. Our ranking features public and private universities, all of which offer fantastic bachelor’s degrees in IT online. Many of the schools ranked here are considered to be among the best offering online bachelor’s degrees in the current market. Many of these programs have a specific focus or several areas of focus to choose from, so it’s not just about which school has the highest score. Everyone should also take into consideration which of the schools offers a program that’s most in line with what you’re looking to study. You will find more information, including our ranking methodology, at the bottom of the article.

#1. Colorado State University

Bachelor’s in Information Technology

Rating: 15

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Colorado State University is ranked #48 among best online bachelor’s degrees, and #124 among national universities by U.S. News and World Report. Colorado State University has partnered with CompTIA to offer students reduced rates on any CompTIA exam. There are 21 specializations offered by CSU for the online bachelor’s in information technology degree, including business administration, computer programming, criminal forensics, criminology, cyber security, data management and analysis, emergency management, international business, and virtualization and cloud computing.

  • 20 Year Net ROI: $349,000
  • Graduation Rate: 65%
  • Accolades: 3
  • Standout Features: 3
  • Tuition: $8,400

#2. DePaul University

B.S. in Information Technology

Rating: 15

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DePaul University is ranked #120 in national universities by U.S. News and World Report and is ranked the #79 best value university in the United States. DePaul offers the full four-year BS in information technology degree online. Some of the courses students will take include introduction to applied programming, applied object oriented programming, applied networks and security, advanced application development, and software projects for community clients II.

  • 20 Year Net ROI: $358,000
  • Graduation Rate: 71%
  • Accolades: 4
  • Tuition: $37,626

#3. George Mason University

B.S. in Information Technology

Rating: 14

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George Mason University is ranked #140 among national universities and #63 among the best online bachelor’s programs by U.S. News and World Report. Tuition is much more affordable for Virginia residents than it is for non-residents. GMU offers the full four-year 120-credit bachelor’s degree in information technology online. Students in the program will take courses like discrete structures, object oriented techniques for IT problem solving, operating systems fundamentals, human computer interaction, data communications and networking principles, and IT project management.

  • 20 Year Net ROI: $530,000
  • Graduation Rate: 67%
  • Accolades: 2
  • Tuition: $34,170

#4. Loyola University-Chicago

B.A. in Information Technology

Rating: 13

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Loyola University-Chicago offers the BA in information technology 100% online but also allows local students to take both online and face to face courses. Loyola Chicago is ranked #103 among national universities, #58 best value among national universities, and #21 best online bachelor’s program by U.S. News and World Report. Students will take courses like microeconomics, statistics, dynamic programming language, web application development, and social, legal, and ethical issues in computing.

  • 20 Year Net ROI: $218,000
  • Graduation Rate: 73%
  • Accolades: 5
  • Tuition: $15,720

#5. Central Washington University

Bachelor of Applied Science in Information Technology

Rating: 10

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Associate’s and technical degrees in IT that are typically non-transferable can be transferred into this program, providing many students with limited options a great opportunity to advance their career. Bachelor of applied science in information technology students choose between specializations in administrative management, information technology, and cybersecurity. Students will take courses like financial analysis, administrative management, leadership and supervision, project management, computer applications, integrated IT applications, systems analysis, and critical issues in IT. CWU is ranked #45 in online bachelor’s programs and #44 in regional universities west by U.S. News and World Report.

  • 20 Year Net ROI: $330,000
  • Graduation Rate: 53%
  • Accolades: 3
  • Standout Features: 1
  • Tuition: $9,055.50

#6. Misericordia University

Bachelor’s in Information Technology

Rating: 9

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Misericordia University is ranked #41 overall and #23 for best value in regional universities north by U.S. News and World Report. Graduates from this online bachelor’s degree in information technology work in systems analysis, systems design, project management, program management, network management, and technology management to name a few. This is an accelerated degree program and can be completed in just 2 and ½ years.

  • 20 Year Net ROI: $179,000
  • Graduation Rate: 71%
  • Accolades: 2
  • Standout Features: 1
  • Tuition: $30,740

#7. California Baptist University

B.S. in Information Technology

Rating: 8

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California Baptist University’s online IT degree is offered as a completion program. Students can complete the 48 major units in just 16 months. U.S. News and World Report ranked the program #8 among the best online bachelor’s programs. CBU is ranked #31 among regional universities in the West and #31 in best value schools among regional universities in the West by U.S. News. Students in this online information technology degree program will take courses like enterprise architecture, system analysis and design, foundations of information systems, and legal and ethical practices in information technology.

  • 20 Year Net ROI: $125,000
  • Graduation Rate: 55%
  • Accolades: 4
  • Standout Features: 1
  • Tuition: $13,584

#8. Campbell University

B.S. in Information Technology

Rating: 5

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Campbell University offers an online information technology security degree with an option to specialize in management. Graduates from this program have been hired as antiterrorism specialists, corporate security officers, systems analysts, technical consultants, web/internet security specialists, and computer crime investigators. Campbell University is ranked #27 in regional universities south by U.S. News and World Report. The information security track focuses on cyber security needs while the information management track incorporates e-commerce and software engineering.

  • 20 Year Net ROI: $144,000
  • Graduation Rate: 51%
  • Accolades: 1
  • Standout Features: 2

#9. Point Park University

B.S. in Information Technology

Rating: 4

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Point Park University’s online degree in information technology takes between two and four years to complete depending on transfer credit and the pace at which each student chooses to learn. Courses are eight weeks long, and the fully online program is 120 credit hours. Point Park University is ranked #102 in regional universities north by U.S. News and World Report. Some of the core courses in this program are strategic planning, networking and security, introduction to programming, data structures, and server management.

  • 20 Year Net ROI: $110,000
  • Graduation Rate: 58%
  • Accolades 1:

#10. University of South Florida

Bachelor’s in Information Technology

Rating: 6

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The University of South Florida is ranked #140 among national universities by U.S. News and World Report, and its graduate online IT degrees are also highly ranked. Students will take courses like computer information networks for information technology w/lab, data structure and algorithms for IT, system administration and maintenance for IT, and foundations of cyber security.

  • 20 Year Net ROI: $110,000
  • Graduation Rate: 58%
  • Accolades: 3
  • Tuition: $17,324

What is Information Technology?

Information technology is a subfield under the umbrella of information systems. IT accounts for all the technological aspects of information systems. IT is computers. Specifically, it is the use of computers to store, transmit, manipulate, and study data. Information technology may typically be used to refer to computers but it also encompasses television and telephone technology. Basically anything that uses technology to transmit or store information is under the umbrella of IT. Because that is quite a big umbrella, there is a lot of opportunity for information technology professionals.

What is the Role of Information Technology Professionals?

Your online bachelor’s in information technology will qualify you to work a number of jobs including systems administrator, information technology manager, network engineer, and network administrator right out of the gate and can even lead to jobs like information technology director down the line. Essentially IT professionals are responsible for developing, implementing, and maintaining network and information infrastructure for businesses and organizations. In the modern era, most medium to large-sized companies are in need of at least one IT professional to make sure their network runs smoothly. That’s what you’ll be doing once you graduate from your online IT program.

How to Fund Your IT Degree Online

Paying for your online bachelor’s degree is similar to paying for a traditional degree. Federal grants and student loans which you can obtain through a FAFSA application are the absolute best resource for anybody who needs to pay for college. FAFSA should always be where you turn first for financial aid.

Many community colleges have great IT programs. Attending community college first is a great way to save money. Most community colleges are so cheap that their tuition is covered by just one or two federal grants, meaning attending community college can reduce your student debt by significant margins.

As long as you are attending a regionally accredited university online you should be eligible for all the same grants and subsidized loans as traditional students. Again, FAFSA should be your first stop for financial aid. Remember that financial aid can help you pay for supplies and living expenses even if you don’t live in dorms on campus. Don’t neglect state-level financial aid, especially if you are going to a school in your state. Scholarships and grants from your state are a valuable resource. If you complete community college with a good GPA, make sure you investigate merit-based scholarships that might also be available. Your school’s financial aid office should have resources and counselors to help you get the best deal, so don’t be afraid to pay them a visit or give them a call.

Job Statistics and Information

Most IT professionals work as a network and computer systems administrator at some point in their career, which is great news for you because the median pay for somebody in that position is $79,700 per year. Computer and information systems managers have a median salary of $135,000/year, and computer network architects make around $101,000 per year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Computer systems analysts, database administrators, and information security analysts all have median salaries between $80,000 and $90,000 per year, and all of these fields have job growth that is average or faster than average.

Sources and Resources

Bureau of Labor Statistics

National Center for Education Statistics (tuition and graduation rate)

FAFSA

Payscale (return on investment information).

U.S. News and World Report (national rankings)

Methodology

20 yr net ROI

  • $100,000=1 Point
  • $150,000=2 Points
  • $200,000=3 Points
  • $250,000=4 Points
  • $300,000=5 Points
  • $350,000=6 Points
  • $400,000=7 Points
  • $500,000=8 Points

Graduation Rate

  • 50%=1 Point
  • 55%=2 Points
  • 60%=3 Points
  • 65%=4 Points
  • 70%=5 Points
  • 75%=6 Points
  • 80%=7 Points
  • 85%=8 Points
  • 90%=9 Points

Accolades:

Points were awarded based on praise the school receives from reputable ranking organizations like Forbes, U.S. News and World Report, The Economist, or the Financial Times.

Standout Features

Points may be awarded in this category for any particularly exceptional features or designations the program might have. This includes accreditation beyond the required regional accreditation, and program features that go above and beyond those offered by the average program of its kind.

CSDH Staff
January 2018

This concludes our ranking of the top 10 online information technology degrees for 2018.