Information Technology ProgramsNetworking & Security

Overview

Whether you want to talk, transfer data, send an instant message or watch a video, it all travels through a variety of computer networks. Nearly every business relies on Information Technology professionals to support operations. As our reliance on technology and 24/7 connectivity grows, so does the need for skilled IT professionals.

If you’re tech savvy, cool under pressure, and want to work with networks, servers, physical networking devices and layouts, earning a Herzing IT degree could be for you. We developed our IT degree programs with feedback from industry employers, advisory boards and faculty to prepare our graduates with the skills, abilities and knowledge to begin or advance in the field of Information Technology.

Program Highlights

As a Herzing technology degree student, you’ll have the option to customize your degree to fit your career goals by choosing from two concentrations: IT networking and security.

You will also:

  • Prepare for key industry certifications: CompTIA Security+, Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA), Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) at the associate degree level and LPI – 1 / Linux +, VCA – VMware through the bachelor’s program
  • Learn from faculty with strong professional credentials
  • Gain skills from hands-on learning through state-of-the-industry labs and remote-access virtual environments
  • Be exposed to multiple technologies, which promotes adaptability.

Is an MBA in your future?

Students enrolled in Herzing University's IT or Network Management bachelor's degree programs could earn up to 12 credits towards their Herzing MBA, thereby saving both time and money.

A career in information technology could be right for you if you:

  • Enjoy working with computers
  • Can work well in a wide range of environments
  • Find technical problem-solving very satisfying
  • Are better at thinking, organizing and understanding than persuading
  • Work well alone and in a team
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Careers

IT and Computer Networking Careers

As technology continues to advance, more skilled IT professionals will be needed to install, maintain, manage, repair and secure complex computer network systems. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of computer and Information Technology occupations is expected to increase by 12 percent from through 2024.

IT professionals work in a variety of environments including professional offices, small businesses, government organizations, and large corporations, and may hold many different titles. Entry-level professionals typically work behind the scenes. After gaining experience and expertise, they can advance to more senior-level work

While there is no universally accepted way to prepare for a job in IT, most employers place a premium on some formal college education. At Herzing, you can align your education to your career goals. A 2-year degree is a prerequisite for many entry-level jobs, while a bachelor’s degree is required for others. To get into management and advance, many employers require a master’s degree.

What are potential Information Technology job titles?

Prospective entry-level IT job position titles include network and computer administrators, help desk technicians, IT support specialist, computer and information systems managers, systems analyst and network architect.

How do I advance in my IT career?

Advancing your information technology career depends on the actual career path you choose –such as computer networking, management or security. Some IT degree graduates move up in their career field simply by gaining on-the-job experience, while others who see themselves as a manager, analyst or IT security professional will need to earn a bachelor’s degree and potentially a master’s degree. For most Information Technology professionals, adding industry credentials throughout your career is beneficial to remaining relevant.

Curriculum

IT/Networking Program Curriculum

ProgramCreditsMonths*
Bachelor of Science in Information Technology12036
Bachelor of Science in Information Technology With a Concentration in Network Management12036
Bachelor of Science in Information Technology With a Concentration in Security Technology12036
Associate and Associate of Applied Science in Information Technology6020
Diploma/Certificate in Network Systems (DNS/CNS)3312
Certificate in Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCCNA)164
*Average number of months for students to complete program
Program availability varies by location
 

All IT degrees below provide a foundation for students to prepare for IT certifications in:

  • Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician (CCENT)
  • Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) Routing and Switching
  • CompTIA A+
  • CompTIA Linux +
  • CompTIA Network +
  • CompTIA Security +
  • CompTIA Linux +
  • MCP - Configuring Windows 8
  • MCP - Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012
  • Red Hat Certified System Administrator I

Additionally, bachelor's degree students may also be prepared for the following (based on their elective choices):

  • MCP - Administering Windows Server 2012
  • MCP - Configuring Advanced Windows Server 2012 Services
  • MCSA - Windows Server 2012 Solutions Associate
  • CompTIA Project +
  • CompTIA Advanced Security Practitioner
  • VMware Certified Professional - Datacenter

Bachelor's degree students may also be prepared for the following (based on elective choice):

  • MCP - Administering Windows Server 2012
  • MCP - Configuring Advanced Windows Server 2012 Services
  • MCSA - Windows Server 2012 Solutions Associate

For a full list of classes and their corresponding certifications, please talk to your admissions advisor.

Bachelor of Science in Information Technology

In addition to a solid computer science curriculum, Herzing’s bachelor’s degree program includes a strong focus on infrastructure. Students take in-depth courses in the various aspects of client/server operating systems, network infrastructure administration, security and scripting as well as database design, cloud computing, virtualization and business systems analysis. Graduates are prepared for a broad range of careers in virtually any public service, private industry or government organization. View Program Course Sheet

Bachelor of Science in Information Technology with a Concentration in Network Management

The Bachelor of Science in Information Technology with a Concentration in Network Management curriculum is focused on designing, implementing, and supporting solutions to business problems in the general categories of information technology, information management, and business communications. Students gain skills in data storage, advanced wireless networking, mail servers, network defense and VoIP to prepare for a variety of careers in network management.  View Program Course Sheet

Bachelor of Science in Information Technology with a Concentration in Security Technology

The Bachelor of Science in Information Technology with a Concentration in Security Technology helps students to develop skills needed to design an organization's security systems procedures, standards, protocols, and policies, as well as ensure that operational security is in compliance with standards. In addition to core IT foundational skills, students gain skills in information assurance, ethical hacking, designing network security, computer forensics and network defense.  View Program Course Sheet

Associate of Science in Information Technology

This program provides both the technical know-how and hands-on experience needed to launch a career in this growing field. Students gain skills in end-user support, client/server operating systems, network infrastructure administration, security, scripting, database fundamentals and technical communication. As a graduate of Herzing’s associate IT program, you will be prepared for a variety of entry-level positions including network installation and security as well as network and help desk support. View Program Course Sheet

Certificate and Diploma Programs

These short programs prepare students with specific skills and knowledge that they can immediately apply to their careers.

  • Diploma/Certificate in Network Systems (DNS/CNS): Designed for those who already possess IT experience, you’ll be prepared for entry-level positions in network administration in which you can apply your skills and knowledge. You’ll also have a foundation for select industry certifications for routing and switching, and a program pathway to continue on into Herzing’s associate or bachelor’s IT degree programs.
    View Program Course Sheet
  • Certificate in Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCCNA):  Only offered through the Toledo, OH campus 
    View Program Course Sheet

FAQs

Answer:

All Herzing Technology programs provide foundational coursework in database and information security. Depending on the program version or selection of elective coursework, students can learn more advanced skills in courses such as Network Security, Cloud Computing, Virtualization, Data Storage, Ethical Hacking, Network Infrastructure Hardening, Web Security, Advanced Security Implementation, Enterprise Security Solutions, Routing and Switching Security I and II, Designing Network Security, Network Defense, Data Storage, Network Defense, and Computer and Network Forensics.

Answer:

Herzing's Technology programs all include foundational courses. Whether a student has years of technology experience or not, students will begin with fundamentals that will be a refresher for some and an introduction for others. Students will be better prepared and ready for the more complex Information Technology concepts that come in later coursework. Additionally Herzing offers tutoring and academic support resources both on-campus and through Herzing Online.

Answer:

The Technology program curriculum, either through a specific course of the cumulative of courses in a concentration help prepare students for a variety of certifications, including the ones that the exam cost are part of the program tuition. It is important for students to understand that they will typically need to spend additional time outside of their coursework to practice and prepare for the certification exams.

Technology Degree Program Prep-to-sit for Certifications:

CertificationProgramCisco Certified Network Associate - Routing and Switching (CCNA)DNS, ASIT, BSITNC, BSITST, BSITNMCompTIA A+ASIT, BSITNC, BSITST, BSITNMCompTIA Network+ASIT, BSITNC, BSITST, BSITNMCompTIA Security+ASIT, BSITNC, BSITST, BSITNMMicrosoft Certified Professional (MCP)ASIT, BSITNC, BSITST, BSITNMLPI - 1/Linux+BSITNC, BSITST, BSITNMVCA - VMwareBSITNC, BSITST, BSITNMCisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP)BSITNMMicrosoft Certified Network Associate (MCSA)BSITNMCertified Ethical Hacker (CEH)BSITST
 

Answer:

Herzing's business program is different because it is focused on leadership development. Working with employers, we've developered programmatic themes integrated into all courses that will better prepare graduates for career advancement, entreprenuership and management.

Specifically Herzing's IT program offers:

  1. Practical Experience - Students will gain practical experience, that can be applied in settings ranging from independent businesses to large corporations and public agencies with an emphasis on the importance of Leveraging Technology and information to make decisions; and the key skills of Professionalism & Teamwork that are essential to leadership and management.
  2. Industry Certifications - Graduates will earn more than a degree, they will have the opportunity to prepare for sought-after industry certifications.
  3. Dual Credit - Students in the undergraduate BSITNC and BSSDNM can get a "jump start" on a MBA at the same time. Up-to 12 graduate credits could be taken while still an undergraduate and applied toward both degrees, thereby saving both money and time.
  4. Transfer Friendly - Students with an associate degree from an accredited institution like a Community College can receive up-to 60 credits toward a Herzing Technology Bachelor's degree, DEGREE UP students may receive more. Additionally Herzing will also review all transcripts a student may have, as there is an ability to transfer up-to 75% of their previous credit load toward their Herzing program, thereby saving them time and money.
Answer:

Industry certifications provide a student with a competitive advantage in the workforce. Their certifications differentiate them from others as having earned recognition from third-parties in a focus area of their knowledge and expertise.

Answer:

The BSIT program helps students to prepare to sit for the following examinations, and students who successfully completed their coursework and practice exams will be eligible to receive exam vouchers for the following:

  1. MCP (available through ASIT and BSIT)
  2. Security+ (available through ASIT and BSIT)
  3. CCNA (available through ASIT and BSIT, and at Atlanta  & Toledo through the DNS program)
Answer:

Program length can vary depending upon degree level, number of concentrations, course load and credits transferred, as well as class schedule.

  • Diploma is 3-semesters and with a full-time schedule can be completed in one (1) year.
  • Associate degree is 4-semesters and with a full-time schedule can be completed in two (2) years.
  • Bachelor's degree program is 9-semesters and depending upon transfer credits, can be completed as a full-time student in three (3) years.
  • Graduate degree is a 3-semester program and a student can transfer in up-to 18 credit hours.
Answer:

Herzing University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Programmatics accreditation is not a requirement within the field for IT professionals.

Answer:

An IT degree is a versatile degree that has application in almost every industry from healthcare to manufacturing to tourism to commerce. Herzing offers IT programs that begin at an entry level diploma program, and go from an associates, to a bachelors all the way through a graduate level with a MBA in Technology Management.

Answer:

Regardless of your background, an IT degree provides you with the analytical, problem solving, management and leadership skills that can help a student be competitive in today and tomorrow's technology marketplace by providing theory and hands-on training in networking administration, IT security, technology managementsoftware development and the use of telecommunications equipment.

Locations

Degree Programs
Bachelor of Science in Information Technology
Bachelor of Science in Information Technology With a Concentration in Security Technology
Bachelor of Science in Information Technology With a Concentration in Network Management
Associate and Associate of Applied Science in Information Technology
= Campus | = Online
Degree Programs
Bachelor of Science in Information Technology
Bachelor of Science in Information Technology With a Concentration in Security Technology
Bachelor of Science in Information Technology With a Concentration in Network Management
Associate and Associate of Applied Science in Information Technology
Diploma/Certificate in Network Systems (DNS/CNS)
= Campus | = Online
Degree Programs
Bachelor of Science in Information Technology
Bachelor of Science in Information Technology With a Concentration in Security Technology
Bachelor of Science in Information Technology With a Concentration in Network Management
Associate and Associate of Applied Science in Information Technology
= Campus | = Online
Degree Programs
Bachelor of Science in Information Technology
Associate and Associate of Applied Science in Information Technology
Bachelor of Science in Information Technology With a Concentration in Security Technology
Bachelor of Science in Information Technology With a Concentration in Network Management
= Campus | = Online
Degree Programs
Bachelor of Science in Information Technology With a Concentration in Security Technology
Bachelor of Science in Information Technology With a Concentration in Network Management
Bachelor of Science in Information Technology
Associate and Associate of Applied Science in Information Technology
= Campus | = Online
Degree Programs
Bachelor of Science in Information Technology With a Concentration in Security Technology
Bachelor of Science in Information Technology With a Concentration in Network Management
Bachelor of Science in Information Technology
Associate and Associate of Applied Science in Information Technology
= Campus | = Online
Degree Programs
Bachelor of Science in Information Technology
Bachelor of Science in Information Technology With a Concentration in Security Technology
Bachelor of Science in Information Technology With a Concentration in Network Management
Associate and Associate of Applied Science in Information Technology
= Campus | = Online
Degree Programs
Bachelor of Science in Information Technology
Bachelor of Science in Information Technology With a Concentration in Security Technology
Bachelor of Science in Information Technology With a Concentration in Network Management
Associate and Associate of Applied Science in Information Technology
= Campus | = Online
Degree Programs
Bachelor of Science in Information Technology With a Concentration in Security Technology
Bachelor of Science in Information Technology With a Concentration in Network Management
Bachelor of Science in Information Technology
Associate and Associate of Applied Science in Information Technology
= Campus | = Online
Degree Programs
Bachelor of Science in Information Technology
Associate and Associate of Applied Science in Information Technology
Bachelor of Science in Information Technology With a Concentration in Security Technology
Bachelor of Science in Information Technology With a Concentration in Network Management
Diploma/Certificate in Network Systems (DNS/CNS)
Certificate in Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCCNA)
= Campus | = Online
Degree Programs
Bachelor of Science in Information Technology
Associate and Associate of Applied Science in Information Technology
Bachelor of Science in Information Technology With a Concentration in Security Technology
Bachelor of Science in Information Technology With a Concentration in Network Management
= Campus | = Online

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