School and Ranking Information
Within a 15-mile radius of the Los Angeles area, there are about nine schools that offer programs in information technology. The following schools are considered the top three based on tuition, degree levels offered and total number of degrees awarded in information technology:
- Winner: California State University in Los Angeles claimed the top spot for its multiple degree levels available and for the number of degrees awarded in information technology.
- Runner Up #1: El Camino College, located in Torrance, secured the first runner up placement for being a public institution and for its associate's degrees in information technology and certificate programs in microcomputers.
- Runner Up #2: Los Angeles Trade Technical Center in Los Angeles took third place for its location, low tuition rates and student club available for information technology students.
School Comparison Chart
|Category||California State University - Los Angeles||El Camino College||Los Angeles Trade Technical Center|
|Location||Los Angeles, CA||Torrance, CA (12 miles from Los Angeles)||Los Angeles, CA|
|School Type||4-year, public||2-year, public||2-year, public|
|Tuition & Fees (2012-2013)|| $6,101 (undergraduate, in-state),
$17,759 (undergraduate, out-of-state);
$7,637 (graduate, in-state),
$17,183 (graduate, out-of-state)**
| $1,142 (undergraduate, in-state),
$6,204 (undergraduate, out-of-state)**
| $1,220 (undergraduate, in-state),
$6,160 (undergraduate, out-of-state)**
|Information Technology Degree Levels Offered||Bachelor's and master's degrees||Associate's degrees||Certificates, associate's degrees|
|Information Technology Degrees Awarded (All Levels) in 2011-2012||47**||9**||8**|
|Most Popular Information Technology Program in 2011-2012||Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Science with an information technology option (39 awarded)**||Associate of Science in Computer Information Systems (9 awarded)**||Certificate of Completion in Computer Information Systems (5 awarded)**|
|Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal program time)||37% (2006 entering class)**||28%, with a 13% transfer-out rate (2009 entering class)**||15%, with an 8% transfer-out rate (2009 entering class)**|
Sources: *U.S. News & World Report, **NCES College Navigator.
Winner: California State University - Los Angeles
- Information systems department has 13 faculty members
- The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International has accredited the College of Business and Economics, which offers the computer information systems programs
- Students can join an information management organization that provides opportunities to hear guest speakers and do programming projects with other students
- An interdisciplinary minor in information technology is available
This school offers a bachelor's degree program in computer information systems with an information technology option, as well as a master's degree in information systems. Undergraduates gain a business background and study databases, communications systems, systems analysis, application programming and management information systems. Students choose from various electives for the information technology option, and the program culminates in an information systems capstone course. An interdisciplinary minor in information technology is an option for students who want to combine IT knowledge with another career field. In this 26- to 35-credit program, students may study communications systems, programming, database development and Java. Ten different skill area specializations are offered for the minor, including instructional technology, Web development and programming systems.
The master's program includes options for both current technology professionals and those who don't work in the field. All students in the master's program study information technology policy, information systems and communication services. A comprehensive examination is required after all coursework has been completed.
Runner-Up #1: El Camino College
- Costs $46 per unit for CA residents
- Enrolled more than 23,000 students in 2012, according to the NCES
- Offers a First Year Experience program to help freshmen successfully transition into college
- Two certificate programs in microcomputers are available
At El Camino College, students interested in information technology can earn an Associate of Science in Computer Information Systems. The wide-ranging curriculum includes courses in systems analysis, help desk operations, database management, Visual basic, Oracle, e-commerce and LAN/WAN router configuration. Options for advanced independent study and a co-op work experience are available. In addition to the associate's degree, this division offers two certificates: the Certificate of Achievement in Microcomputer Applications and the Certificate of Achievement in Microcomputer Support and Network Management.
Runner-Up #2: Los Angeles Trade Technical College
- 83% of all full-time, first-year students received financial aid in 2011-2012, according to the NCES
- Costs $20 per unit for CA residents
- Students can join the Computer Club
Information technology programs at LATTC are offered through the Electronics, Computer Information Systems and Computer Technology division. Students can earn an Associate in Science in Computer Information Systems (CIS) through coursework in C++ programming, operating systems, Web scripting, Java, LAN administration and network security. The CIS program is also available in a shorter Certificate of Completion format.
An Associate in Science in Microcomputer Technician IT Essentials is another option for students wanting to pursue information technology careers. This program focuses on training students for IT tech jobs, and graduates are also prepared to sit for various industry certification exams. Course topics include computer applications, fiber optics, LINUX and several topics from the Cisco IT Essentials; these include PC networking, applications software and microcomputer servicing.