College of Information Systems and Technology FAQs
Get your questions answered about the College of Information Systems and Technology programs, teaching methods, as well as IT job outlooks.
Do the information systems and technology programs at University of Phoenix teach hands-on technical skills or do they teach concepts only?
We provide an innovative learning experience in all of our degree programs that combines academic theory with practical application. A number of courses in our College of Information Systems and Technology degree programs teach hands-on technical skills as applied to business problems. Each course covers the technical concepts appropriate to the course content and provides you with practical ways to use technology in a business environment. You’ll learn hands-on technical skills utilizing your own computers or ones to which you have access to. This approach replicates a professional work environment and enables you to access your computer on your own schedule.
Why doesn’t the College of Information Systems and Technology have computer labs dedicated to its programs?
Your personal computer is your lab. Since all University of Phoenix students are required to have a computer or access to one to complete their education, most of our computer labs are virtual. This gives you the flexibility and convenience to work at your own schedule and in your own setting. This approach is similar to today's distributed and portable professional work environment where people use their computers at the office, home and when traveling. Plus, you’ll own the software and hardware on which you learn and can demonstrate what you have created during the course of your programs.
How does University of Phoenix provide students with practical experience during information systems and technology degree programs?
Technology employment is still growing. The use of information technology is critical in every industry and is creating a continuous need for skilled workers. Graduates with information technology skills are in demand for departments such as marketing, operations, training, sales and accounting. These departments are looking for employees who not only understand information systems but can work with the technology as well. Recent graduates often play an important role in defining how information technology should be applied in their respective areas of the business. If you were to perform a search on employment web sites with phrases such “information technology,” “web design,” and “information systems” for your geographic area, you’re likely to find a number of job opportunities. Check our IT job outlook information for more opportunities.
Why would a person be interested in the Master of Information Systems program at University of Phoenix?
As businesses continue to rely on technology to meet their goals, a greater emphasis is being placed on business managerial skills with an understanding of information technology. Conventional educational programs are slanted toward the technical side of information technology while the Master of Information Systems program at University of Phoenix focuses on the management side of information technology usage. Find out more about our Master of Information Systems graduate degree program.