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Top Computer Information Technology Degrees - Phoenix, AZ

The Phoenix area has only a few schools with programs in information technology. Find the best program for you by reading about schools' rankings, program offerings and tuition info.

School and Ranking Information

Individuals interested in earning information technology degrees in the Phoenix, AZ, area have a few options. Based on rankings, location and tuition, the following are considered the top three schools:

  • Winner: Arizona State University in Tempe is the winning school due to its numerous rankings at the national level in 2010 and 2014 from U.S. News & World Report and for the extensive number of degrees it has awarded in the field.
  • Runner Up #1: Rio Salado College, located in Tempe, makes the list as the first runner up because of its multiple program options and its tuition rates.
  • Runner Up #2: Paradise Valley Community College in Phoenix is in third place as a result of being located in the city and for being a public institution.

School Comparison Chart

Category Arizona State University Rio Salado College Paradise Valley Community College
Rankings 53rd best graduate computer science program in 2010*
142nd best national university in 2014*
73rd best national public school in 2014*
N/A N/A
Location Tempe, AZ (8 miles from downtown Phoenix) Tempe, AZ (8.6 miles from downtown Phoenix) Phoenix, AZ
School Type 4-year; public 2-year; public 2-year; public
Tuition & Fees (2012-13) $9,724 (in-state, undergraduate),
$22,977 (out-of-state, undergraduate);
$10,516 (in-state, graduate),
$25,066 (out-of-state, graduate)**
$1,854 (in-state, undergraduate),
$7,638 (out-of-state, undergraduate)**
$1,854 (in-state, undergraduate),
$7,638 (out-of-state, undergraduate)**
Computer Information Technology Program Levels Offered Bachelor's and master's degrees Associate's degrees, certificates Associate's degrees
Computer Information Technology Degrees Awarded (All Levels) in (2011-12) 387** 78** 12**
Most Popular Computer Information Technology Degree Program (2011-12) Bachelor's degree in computer and information sciences (146 degrees awarded)** Associate's degree in computer technology (78 degrees awarded) ** Associate's degree in computer and information sciences (11 degrees awarded)**
Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) 57% (2006 entering class)** 16%, with a 23% transfer-out rate (2009 entering class)** 19%, with a 30% transfer-out rate (2009 entering class)**
Noteworthy Strong partnerships with computer industry organizations Certificate of Achievement programs available in computer science either independently or as part of the associate's degree School is part of a larger community college district

Sources: *U.S. News and World Report, **NCES College Navigator.

Winner: Arizona State University

  • Enrolled over 73,000 students in 2012, according to the NCES
  • Access to state-of-the-art studios, labs, centers and classrooms
  • Information technology programs are new as of fall 2013

Arizona State University's College of Technology and Innovation (CTI) offers various degree programs in computer information technology, including bachelor's degree programs in software engineering, applied computer science and information technology. In the IT program, students work in teams on real-world projects and can choose from concentrations in security and administration, video game design or Web applications. A master's degree program in information technology is also available and includes coursework in topics such as enterprise databases, network and systems analysis, geographic technology, communications security and problem-solving with IT.

The CTI Collaboratory partners with various industries to provide students with product research, technology prototyping and professional training. Freshmen in this college may request to live in Tech House, which provides resources, activities and programs for students with similar majors.

Runner-Up #1: Rio Salado College

  • 92% of all first-year, full-time students received financial aid in 2011-2012, according to the NCES
  • Programs can be completed in 18 months
  • Certificate programs available in five computer science fields that lead to the associate's degree

Rio Salado College's computer technology program provides students with the training needed to pursue entry-level employment in the computer science and information technology industries. The college offers five certificate programs in computer science: computer usage and applications; advanced computer usage and applications; digital design; networking; and web design. Individuals seeking an associate's degree must complete all five certificate programs, as well as meeting other course requirements. The degree program covers topics such as electronic spreadsheets, computer operating systems, database management, computers, graphics and word processing.

Runner-Up #2: Paradise Valley Community College

  • Student-faculty ratio of 19:1 as of 2012, according to the NCES
  • Associate's degree offers specializations in five areas
  • The college is one of ten colleges within the Maricopa County Community College District

Paradise Valley Community College offers an Associate of Applied Science in Computer Information Systems program that prepares students for jobs working with computer applications. These include employment as help desk technicians, network administrators, Web publishers, computer programmers, computer operators, systems analysts and database administrators. Degree program subjects include computer information systems and operating systems, database management and programming languages. Students must specialize in information technology, networking, computer systems maintenance, programming or web development. Each specialization requires 15-16 credits.


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