IT associate degree classes & curriculum details
This program provides both the technical skills and experience needed to launch a career in this growing field. You will gain skills in end-user support, client/server operating systems, network infrastructure administration, security, scripting, database fundamentals and technical communication.
All classes are delivered online. 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.
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Required Courses in Information Technology
28.00 semester credit hours are required.
or IS 195 Transition to Technology Concepts Semester Credit Hours: 3.00 *
* IS 195 is required of advanced standing students only.
Technical Elective Courses
A minimum of 6.00 semester credit hours in the field of information technology, information systems, computer science or a related discipline are required.
Required Courses in General Education
Students enrolled in this associate degree must complete a minimum of 24.00 semester credit hours in general education distributed among the following disciplines. Refer to the General Education section of the catalog for specific information about courses within each discipline. 9.00 Semester Credit Hours in Communications 6.00 Semester Credit Hours in Humanities (must include 3 semester credit hours of cultural diversity) 3.00 Semester Credit Hours in Mathematics 3.00 Semester Credit Hours in Science 3.00 Semester Credit Hours in Social and Behavioral Sciences
Personal and Professional Development Courses
2.00 semester credit hours are required.
Tuition & Cost
Our goal is your career advancement. That’s why we are always working to improve our curriculums and processes to make our IT associate degree program as affordable as possible while preparing you best for success in your work.
With Herzing University, you are never alone, and we offer many options to help you invest in yourself and earn your associate degree. Financial aid options include:
Prerequisites to enroll in the Herzing University IT associate degree program include:
- Hold a high school diploma, GED or equivalent
- Meet with a Herzing admissions advisor
- Fill out an enrollment application
With Herzing University advancing your career IS possible. We are here to help you take the first step.
Frequently Asked Questions
An information technology degree is designed to help you prepare for a broad range of positions in the field of IT.
An IT degree program develops foundational skills in computer networks, database concepts, Linux administration, network security, network and server operating systems, and more. Advance to an undergraduate program and course study can include routing and switching, technical writing, cloud computing, scripting and even programming.
Our career-focused IT degree programs emphasize the practical skills necessary to succeed in your work and create opportunity for career advancement.
Your potential salary can vary widely depending on your career path. Information technology covers a broad array of jobs, from entry-level positions in user support to advanced managerial or executive-level roles.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the 25th percentile wage estimate for computer network support specialists is $50,730 per year, while computer and information systems managers can potentially earn well beyond $100,000 per year.* There are many other jobs in IT you may pursue falling within that general range, including computer programmer, software developer, information security analyst, database administrator, and much more.
In the field of IT, you can build the career of your choosing and potentially make an excellent salary no matter which path you walk.
The best way to gain experience in the field of IT is to get educated and start working! A great way to find a good entry-level job is to become educated in the field of IT, ready to thrive right from your first day without as steep of a learning curve.
While it may be possible to find an IT-related position, such as computer network support specialist, by taking minimal postsecondary classes, employers may require an associate or bachelor’s degree from potential applicants.
Every job and every employer will have their own set of requirements depending on the job. Given how quickly things can evolve in the world of information technology, your best preparation for any future job roles, or advancement, is continuing your education.
How long it takes to earn an information technology degree depends on the degree level you choose. With Herzing University, programs last from less than 1 year to just under 3 years:i
- Diploma in Information Technology - Technical Support: 8 months
- Associate of Science in Information Technology: 16 months
- Bachelor of Science in Information Technology: 32 months
i. Average number of months for students to complete each program
The best first step you can take towards becoming an IT support technician is earning a foundational education in IT.
Earning an IT technical support diploma or an associate degree in information technology can help you build the skills and knowledge you need to succeed in your first job as an IT support tech. Class topics include computer networks, database concepts, computer architecture and troubleshooting, Linux administration, network infrastructure administration, and much more.
If you’re looking to get started in an IT support position in less than 2 years and build a solid foundation for continued professional and educational advancement, enrolling in an associate-level program now can really be worth it.
You’ll receive a solid credential for your resume, position yourself for a good entry-level job, and earn valuable credit you may elect to transfer into a bachelor’s degree program in the future.
There are many different types of careers you can choose with an IT degree. While a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology can help you prepare for many of them, in some instances you may choose a more specific or specialized focus for your bachelor’s degree education. Potential IT-related jobs include:
- IT Support Technician/Specialist
- Information Security Analyst
- Software/Application Developer
- Computer Systems Analyst
- Database Administrator
- Computer Programmer
- Computer and Information Systems Manager
- Health Information Manager/Technician
Because IT is such a diverse field requiring a wide array of skills and personality types, there’s a really good chance there’s an IT job out there that’s right for you.
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
- Work well alone and in a team
We’ve put together a quiz that helps you determine the IT degree that’s right for you.
Associate and Associate of Applied Science in Information Technology Degree Programs
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This program prepares students for entry-level positions in the field of information technology. Skills taught include end-user support, client/ server operating systems, network infrastructure administration, security, scripting, database fundamentals, and technical communication. Coursework in this program is designed to provide a foundation for select industry certifications. Graduates of this program may continue on into a bachelor's degree in information technology.
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Accreditation & Disclosures
Herzing University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org), an institutional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
1. Certification is not a state requirement. Payment for first exam attempt(s) requires meeting certain University guidelines, including passing specified courses, completion of exam preparation materials, and more. Please contact admissions for more information.
* Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook 2020. BLS estimates do not represent entry-level wages and/or salaries. Multiple factors, including prior experience, age, geography market in which you want to work and degree field, will affect career outcomes and earnings. Herzing neither represents that its graduates will earn the average salaries calculated by BLS for a particular job nor guarantees that graduation from its program will result in a job, promotion, salary increase or other career growth.