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General Information Technology Specialization Bachelor of Science in Information Technology

School of Business and Technology

Skill Up with an Online IT Degree

In today’s connected world, understanding IT isn’t always enough for both beginners and professionals. That’s why our ABET-accredited*, online bachelor’s IT degree can help you stand out by teaching you how to meet the business needs of enterprises as well. Not to mention, computer and information technology is also a fast-growing field, and many jobs in the field require a bachelor’s degree. In this undergrad IT program, you’ll build on both your technology skills and business insight—helping you become a true double-threat.

*The FlexPath option for the BS in Information Technology program specializations is not accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET.

At a Glance

  • 100% Online              
  • FlexPath Available
  • 8-13 General Education Courses 
  • 16 Core Courses
  • 8-15 Elective Courses

Classes Start October 7th

Ready to get started? We’re ready for you. Chat with an enrollment counselor or apply now to take the first step on the journey toward your future.

$50 application fee (waived w/promo SUMMER)

What you’ll learn

See the Whole Picture

Gain the knowledge needed for requirements analysis, system architecture, software construction, support, and maintenance. 

Use Industry Tools

Develop working knowledge of software used in the industry, thanks to our safe, interactive virtual lab environments. 

Widen Your Range

Deepen your knowledge of software, hardware, networks, databases, project management, cybersecurity, and more.

Uphold Your Ethics & Standards

Understand ethical, legal, and policy issues and how to handle them within information technology

Apply Your Knowledge

Create information technology solutions to solve organizational problems for both businesses and technologies. 

Bridge the Gap with IT & Business

Understand diverse perspectives to communicate effectively across IT and business environments.

BS in IT Program Features

Our program offers additional benefits you might be interested in.

Stay Ahead in IT: Upskill with Skillsoft

Students will have unlimited access to Skillsoft, a comprehensive eLearning resource to help develop IT and business knowledge and skills.

Save On Course Credit

Help reduce the time and cost of finishing your degree by maximizing your transfer credits.* 

Get Free Exam Vouchers

Gain the skills and knowledge necessary to take certification exams in select programs and the vouchers to take them for free.

*Savings inclusive of fees charged by Capella to evaluate and award academic credit for your prior learning. The documented credit fee of $50 is assessed each quarter you request documented credit. Capella reserves the right to change fees at any time.

Cost & learning formats

We know you’re busy—you need a learning experience tailored to your life, not the other way around. That's why Capella offers two 100% competency-based, online learning formats to best fit your needs. Which learning format is right for you? Take our Path Finder Quiz.

Our original learning format offers extra structure for those who want it. We'll set the schedule, you meet the deadlines. 

  • Based on the quarter system; 1-3 courses per 10-week quarter
  • 1 semester credit = 1.5 quarter credits
  • Weekly assignments and courseroom discussions
  • Pay for what you take, price varies by courseload or term
$18,495$39,912* MAX TRANSFER CREDITS–TYPICAL TRANSFER CREDITS
$357 per 1000-2000 level credit $411 per 3000-4000 level credit, 180 total quarter credits, 135 max transfer credits

Our self-paced learning format lets you take courses at your own speed, moving onto the next course when you're ready.

  • Take unlimited courses (up to two at a time) per 12-week billing session
  • 2 Capella quarter credits = 1 program point
  • Set your own deadlines, no courseroom discussions
  • Pay a flat tuition fee per session*
$12,500$25,000* ACCELERATED PACE–TYPICAL PACE
$2,500 per 12-week billing session, 90 total program points, 68 max transfer points

*This is only an estimate, using general program pricing. Your price may be higher or lower depending on your specialization, transfer credits, tuition discounts, and (in FlexPath) the speed at which you move through the program. Fees, including application fees and resource kits, are not included in this estimate. The GuidedPath prices show the tuition you would pay if you brought in the average number of transfer credits or the maximum allowed transfer credits. The FlexPath prices show the tuition you would pay if you brought in an average number of transfer credits and you moved at the speed of a typical FlexPath student or as quickly as the fastest FlexPath students (90th percentile). New or recently revised programs base their estimate on comparable programs. Military Tuition Assistance (TA) is not available for FlexPath.

Get the details

Speak with an enrollment counselor to get a personalized cost estimate for what you can expect to pay.

Ways to save

At Capella, we believe your education is an investment in your future. It’s also an investment within your grasp. Your goals are achievable—there are more ways to save than you might think. 

Scholarships for New Students

Capella scholarships, available for qualifying students, aren’t need-based and never have to be repaid.

Transfer credits

We can accept many transfer credits from regionally accredited schools.

Prior learning assessment

Earn credits by demonstrating your knowledge and/or industry certifications through our Prior Learning Assessment process.

Get the training you need to open new doors.

Job postings requiring applicants to have a bachelor's and at least one certification grew from 4% in 2007 to 13% so far in 2017. 

Student Success Story

"I’ve developed all kinds of skills with my courses. It’s pushed me and caused me to learn so much.”

Lisa Dowdell
BS in Information Technology

Take these certification exams for free:

CompTIA A+, CompTIA Network+, CompTIA Security+, and CompTIA Project+. We’ll help you gain the knowledge needed to pass these exams. Plus, we’ve got vouchers so you can take these exams at no added cost to you. 

Accredited & recognized

Capella University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Accreditation and recognitions provide the assurance we meet standards for quality of faculty, curriculum, learner services, and fiscal stability. See all of our accreditations and recognitions

Bachelor's in IT Sample Courses

For this online IT degree, the curriculum focuses on key essentials. You’ll learn the IT lifecycle and develop a deeper understanding of software, hardware, networks, databases, human-computer interaction, project management, and cybersecurity.

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IT3318
Systems Administration

This course provides the opportunity for learners to acquire the foundational skills and knowledge required of a systems administrator. Learners employ tools and procedures to install, configure, administer, troubleshoot, and maintain modern computer systems.

3 quarter credits
IT3349 *
Intermediate Java Programming

This course focuses on beyond basic features and techniques of the Java programming language. Learners study and practice advanced object-oriented programming concepts like inheritance, polymorphism, interfaces, and abstract classes. Learners also cover programming Graphical User Interface (GUI) applications with Java and the Java rich library of data structures like lists, stacks, and queues. Learners apply these features and techniques to develop applications of moderate complexity. Prerequisite(s): IT2249.

3 quarter credits
IT3358
Information Security Concepts for the Information Technology Professional

Learners in this course demonstrate their knowledge of information security fundamentals. Learners apply their understanding of the concepts of confidentiality, integrity, and availability to the basics of access control and network security measures.

3 quarter credits
PM3000
Principles of Project Management

In this course, learners are introduced to the fundamental basics of project management and gain a broad overview of project management standards and their applicability to both business and IT projects. This course emphasizes management theories, concepts, tools and techniques defined by the Project Management Institute (PMI®) including the Process Groups and Knowledge Areas. This course also introduces other project management methodologies and frameworks, including Agile (Scrum, Lean, DSDM and XP), PRINCE2®, Waterfall, and Six Sigma. Finally, learners study project politics and ethics, collaboration and team building, and leadership.

3 quarter credits

Faculty & support

You’re never going it alone at Capella. Our dedicated faculty and support teams are waiting to guide, help, and advise you through every step of your educational journey.

Enrollment counselors

These experts will set you up for success. They’ll help you find the right degree and program, and answer all your questions about Capella.

Advisors

Advisors know the details of your program. Got questions about courses? Instructors? Resources? Advisors have answers.

Career center

For this team, it's more than resumes and interview tips. It's about thoughtful and strategic career planning—beyond graduation.

IT Career Insights

Information Technology vs. Computer Science

Knowing the differences between IT and Computer Science can help you decide which degree and career path to pursue.

IT Certifications vs. Degree. What's Better for Your Career?

 Find out what industry experts have to say. Plus, four steps to remember when you decide to upgrade your skills.

Beyond Coding: IT Careers Today

Think all IT careers are focused on coding? Think again—coding is only one aspect of a large and varied field.

Information Technology Professional Paths

Here are just some of the career options you could explore with our online IT degree.

Related Job Titles to Explore*

  • Information technology specialist
  • PC support analyst
  • Computer system technician
  • Help desk technician
  • Network specialist/engineer
  • Computer forensic specialist
  • Computer specialist
  • Computer programmer
  • Field service engineer
  • Web developer
  • Mobile application developer
  • Database analyst/administrator

Related Employment Settings to Explore

  • Corporation
  • Nonprofit organization
  • Educational institution
  • Retail organization
  • Small business
  • Government—local, state, and federal
  • Manufacturing company
  • Health care organization
  • Web development company
  • Software development company

*These are examples intended to serve as a general guide. Some positions may prefer or even require previous experience, licensure, certifications, and/or other designations along with a degree. Because many factors determine what position an individual may attain, Capella cannot guarantee that a graduate will secure any specific job title, a promotion, salary increase, or other career outcome. We encourage you to research requirements for your job target and career goals.

Five career paths to explore with a BS in General Information Technology

While the information technology field offers a variety of career paths and focus areas, some of the more common paths include:

Establish parameters for new programs or applications by writing, testing, troubleshooting, and maintaining the source code of computer programs to ensure applications and software programs function as seamlessly as possible. 

Job titles to explore may include working as a computer programmer or computer analyst for government agencies and tech companies that specialize in designing and creating new programs and applications, as well as working for insurance carriers, hospitals, or consulting services.

Use specialized software to store and organize data, ensuring that information is available to users and secured from unauthorized access.

Job titles to explore may include working as a database analyst for government agencies and tech companies that specialize in designing and creating new programs and applications, as well as working for insurance carriers, land-based or online colleges or universities, or banks and credit unions.

Take charge in managing the day-to-day operations of computer networks, handling maintenance and system upgrades, as well as troubleshooting problems as they arise.

Job titles to explore may include working as a systems analyst or systems administrator for government agencies and tech companies that specialize in designing and creating new programs and applications, as well as working for hospitals and other health care­-related facilities. 

Study computer systems and procedures, and design solutions that help organizations operate more efficiently and effectively.

Job titles to explore may include working as a systems analyst for government agencies and tech companies that specialize in designing and creating new programs and applications, as well as working for insurance carriers, land-based or online colleges or universities, or banks and credit unions.

Exercise your creative mind by using specific programming language to conceive, design, test, and troubleshoot software programs for personal, professional, or client applications.

Job titles to explore may include working as a software developer or applications developer for government agencies and tech companies that specialize in designing and creating new programs and applications. as well as working for insurance carriers, land-based or online colleges or universities, or banks and credit unions.

Multiple factors, including prior experience, geography, and degree field, affect career outcomes, and Capella does not guarantee a job, promotion, salary increase, or other career growth.

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