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Information Technology Degree

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

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.

IT/Networking Program Information

Program availability varies by campus.

ProgramCreditsMonths
Bachelor of Science in Information Technology12136
Bachelor of Science in Information Technology With a Concentration in Network Management12136
Bachelor of Science in Information Technology With a Concentration in Security Technology12136
Associate and Associate of Applied Science in Information Technology6120
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

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
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