IT associate's degree

Be prepared to make a difference in the rapidly changing world of technology after earning your associate’s degree with a concentration in IT at University of Phoenix.

Our program immerses you in IT practice with hands-on courses and virtual labs. Not only do you have the opportunity to work with real equipment and software, you’ll also be trained to make realistic decisions as you try on different roles as an IT professional.

Mistakes are great teachers

At University of Phoenix, you’ll learn by doing. This allows you to practice, experiment—even make mistakes—as you integrate new knowledge and techniques.

Learning by experience is called ‘experiential learning’ and it’s a proven way to integrate new knowledge. You’ll receive full access to a virtual environment complete with applications and tools, an electronic file cabinet, and a desktop that’s designed specifically for you. Because everything is online you’ll be able to access the virtual environment anytime online when it’s convenient for you.

Our courses are practical and engaging because our curriculum is regularly updated. We work together with professionals in the IT field to get the latest information in order to create curriculum that is relevant and ready for you to use.

When you graduate with an Associate of Arts in Information Technology (AAIT), in as little as 20 months, you’ll have the skills to feel confident, experienced and prepared to begin work, get certified or go for your bachelor’s degree.

AAIT areas of study

Associate of Arts with a concentration in Information Technology (AAIT). You’ll learn an entry-level overview of the IT competencies in our virtual labs with simulated hands-on experience in:

  • Managing information systems components and security 
  • Building software applications using the Software Development Lifecycle 
  • Configuring TCP/IP addresses 
  • Designing a site infrastructure 
  • Planning a network security framework 
  • Configuring Cisco® routers and switches 
  • Developing websites using Adobe Dreamweaver® CS4 and Sun™ Java 
  • Using Web forms and style sheets to enhance Web sites 
  • Developing Web applications using NetBeans Java™ Integrated Development Environment (IDE) 
  • Developing and integrating Adobe Flash® animation 

Associate of Arts in Information Technology Database Development (AAIT-DbD). Our faculty have experience in their fields to help you develop the knowledge and skills that you’ll need to pursue a concentration in Database Development. You’ll learn:

  • Managing information systems components and security 
  • Installing and configuring SQL Server 2005 
  • Creating databases and database security 
  • Querying SQL databases 
  • Creating and tuning ML indexes 
  • Implementing data integrity 
  • Disaster recovery and SQL database mirroring 
  • The components of the Systems Development Lifecycle 

Associate of Arts in Information Technology-Networking (AAITN). University of Phoenix offers innovative hands-on learning for this fast-paced field. The competencies that you’ll master to pursue certification in networking are:

  • Managing information systems components and security 
  • Planning a TCP/IP physical and logical network 
  • Configuring TCP/IP addressing 
  • Designing a site infrastructure 
  • Planning a network security framework 
  • Designing a wireless LAN 
  • Configuring Cisco® routers and switches 
  • Troubleshooting network access 
  • Creating a security design for physical resources 
  • The components of the Systems Development Lifecycle 

Associate of Arts in Information Technology-Programming (AAITP). Our forward-thinking faculty will help you develop the skills that are important to employers, and to help you become certified in programming. You’ll learn how to:

  • Manage information systems components and security 
  • Build software applications using the Software Development Lifecycle 
  • Develop C++ applications using Integrated Development Environment (IDE) 
  • Use arrays and pointers in a C++ program 
  • Develop applications using Object Oriented Programming (OOP) 
  • Develop applications using Sun™ Java 
  • Build websites using Adobe Dreamweaver® CS4 and Sun™ Java 
  • Use web forms and style sheets to enhance websites 
  • Develop and integrate Adobe Flash® animation 

Associate of Arts in Information Technology-IT Support (AAITS). In the Technology Support concentration courses, your live, hands-on experience includes:

  • Managing information systems components and security 
  • Supporting personal computer (PC) applications 
  • Managing computer hardware and disks using Windows XP® and Windows Vista® 
  • Installing Windows XP® Professional 
  • Monitoring and optimizing PC performance 
  • Identifying threats to network security 
  • Maintaining PC printers using Windows Vista® 
  • Troubleshooting Internet access and security 
  • The components of the Systems Development Lifecycle 

The skills that you gain in the IT Support program will allow you to pursue certification in that field.

Associate of Arts in Information Technology-Web Design. Our experienced faculty and remote labs will help you assimilate these skills so that you can pursue your certification in Web design:

  • Developing websites using Adobe Dreamweaver® CS4 and Sun™ Java 
  • Using Web forms and style sheets to enhance websites 
  • Developing Web applications using NetBeans Java™ Integrated Development Environment (IDE) 
  • Producing Web images using Adobe Photoshop® CS4 
  • Publishing your own personal website 
  • Developing and integrating Adobe Flash® animation 
  • Managing information systems components and security 
  • The components of the Systems Development Lifecycle 

Bridging class work to real work

University of Phoenix IT coursework is designed to help you bridge what you learn in the classroom and in labs into real-world working situations.

This is because our faculty has access to the latest information about the topics that they teach because they also have experience in the field. And, our curriculum team stays up-to-date so the information you’ll learn is always relevant.

The hands-on learning you receive teaches you how to handle real-life IT situations. You’ll have the confidence to go for certification, start work or continue on to your bachelor’s degree.

It’s time to start moving toward your future success in IT—talk with an enrollment advisor today.

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