Online IT Degrees

If you are a busy individual who is interested in pursing a degree in the field of information technology, earning an online IT degree may be the best option for you. Online IT degrees, or blended degrees that offer online and campus-based portions, could allow you to pursue your educational goals while balancing other responsibilities such as work and family. Deciding to go back to school on a traditional campus or deciding to go the path of an online degree is important, so we have gathered some frequently-asked questions to help you make that decision.

What online IT degree options are available?

There are various options available including an online associate’s degree in IT, an online bachelor’s degree in IT, or a graduate-level degree such as a master’s or PhD.  Areas of focus could include general information technology, MIS (Management Information Systems), information assurance, network administration, software engineering, and more. Some degree programs may be conducted entirely online, while others may include on-campus components of varying lengths. 

What are the potential benefits of an online IT degree?

For many students, choosing to earn an IT degree online is a way to balance school with life’s other responsibilities including work, children and other family obligations . If you are working full-time, taking campus-based courses during the day might not be an option for you. Online programs may permit the flexibility to attend courses on evenings and weekends, from your own home.   

Almost 90% of online students surveyed report that online study was equal to or better than classroom study. About one-third report they were not likely to have considered classroom or hybrid programs. Among those who started on campus but didn’t complete their degree in that format, most report issues such as personal events, a new job or relocation as the reason.[i]

Are online degrees and colleges reputable?

Respected colleges and universities with campus-based IT programs may choose to offer online IT degree programs to reach students with diverse needs. However, there could be some disreputable programs out there, and it’s important to be a careful consumer. You should evaluate programs based on factors such as accreditation, the availability of support services, and statistics such as retention and graduation rates. Before enrolling in an online IT program, take the time to talk to representatives from the program and learn more about the kinds of IT career opportunities recent graduates have pursued.

 Still concerned? Well here is some additional research conducted by Aslanian Market Research[i]

  • Reputation is in fact very important to prospective students. And the primary driver of reputation is accreditation followed by recognition, rankings, and recommendations. 
  • About 60% of undergraduates and 70% of graduate students report being completely satisfied with their investment of time and money.
  • Almost 90% of online students surveyed report that online study was equal to or better than classroom study. 

How can I prepare for an online IT degree program?

If you are planning to enter an online IT program after high school, taking courses in math, computer science, and other areas could be helpful preparation for earning your degree. If you are pursuing the degree following work experience, or as a continuation of higher education, be aware of your program’s prerequisites. Related work experience in the field of IT could be beneficial, as you could expand on your existing professional knowledge and explore new areas that may be useful to you in a future role. It’s valuable to have a strong personal interest in your field. Having clear career goals and passions could help you identify an area of focus and make the most of your educational experience. If you stay on top of IT trends like mobile technology, follow technology news, and work on personal projects related to your field, you’re likely headed in the right direction.


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