Best Online Schools for Information Technology: List of Top Schools

Use this article to help you research information technology degree programs that can be pursued online. Find out about some the different schools, their rankings and their programs to make an informed decision about your education.

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Several well-known schools offer online information technology programs. These programs are typically available at the undergraduate and graduate degree levels.

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Information technology is a growing field, and a variety of schools offer associate's degrees, bachelor's degrees and master's degrees for this field of study online. Three good schools that offer these programs - Penn State University, Arizona State University and Drexel University - are described below. Each of these schools received high rankings for their online programs from U.S. News & World Report in 2016.

Pennsylvania State University in University Park, PA

School Highlight: Penn State's online graduate computer information technology programs were ranked fourth by U.S. News & World Report in 2016.

Pennsylvania State University, located in University Park, Pennsylvania, offers a Bachelor of Science in Information Sciences and Technology as well as an Associate of Science in Information Sciences and Technology. The bachelor's degree program focuses on providing students with the skills needed to incorporate information technology into different systems, while the associate's degree program is designed for students without a background in information technology who hope to find employment in technology management. These programs supply a fundamental knowledge of information systems and modern technology in the creation, analysis and transmission of information.

Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA

School Highlight: According to U.S. News & World Report, the online graduate computer information technology programs at Drexel were ranked eighth in 2016.

Drexel University, located in Philadelphia, PA, offers an online Bachelor of Science in Computing and Security Technology and a Master of Science in Health Informatics, Information Systems and other related fields. The bachelor's degree program is designed for students who are currently working in the field or who hold an associate's degree and want to change career paths. The graduate programs offer a variety of M.S. degrees to choose from so that students can specialize in the career of their choice.

Arizona State University in Tempe, AZ

School Highlight: Options offered by the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at ASU include an online Bachelor of Science in Information Technology and BS/MSTech in Graphic Information Technology.

Arizona State University's online bachelor's degree programs were ranked as the 11th best by U.S. News & World Report in 2016. The school's online information technology bachelor's degree is an entry-level program that offers three tracks: networking and computer security, information systems and enterprise computing. The MSTech program is for students with experience in graphics technology who want to learn content management skills.

Top Online Information Technology Programs

Other top schools that offer online information technology programs include:

  • Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester, NH, offers a bachelor's degree in information technology that combines technical studies with business management skills.
  • At the University of Maryland - University College in Adelphi, MD, online master's degrees for IT are offered with eight different possible areas of specialization: database systems technology, homeland security management, informatics, information assurance, project management, software engineering, systems engineering or telecommunications management.

Several highly ranked schools offer online programs that enable students to choose from different tracks or specializations for their information technology degree. This allows students to choose the option most relevant to their desired career.

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