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Associate of Arts with a concentration in Information Technology
IT jobs are here to stay. Technology is an essential part of how government agencies and businesses of all sizes operate, and how individuals run their lives. So it’s no surprise that the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects jobs in this field will grow an average of 47 percent by 2020.
The Associate of Arts with a concentration in Information Technology degree program helps aspiring IT professionals establish foundational knowledge to be built upon through work environments or further education. You’ll be exposed to analysis, design and the secure operation of computer networks. Through progressive coursework, you’ll also learn critical-thinking and collaboration skills — which are important to nearly any working environment.
An Enrollment Representative can answer your questions about how this degree program can help shape your future as an IT professional.
Reference: Csorny, L. (2013, April 9), Careers in the growing field of information technology services, “Beyond the Numbers: Employment & Unemployment,” 2(9), U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: http://www.bls.gov/opub/btn/volume-2/careers-in-growing-field-of-information-technology-services.htm.
What you'll learn
The Associate of Arts degree in Information Technology program provides the opportunity to specialize through the selection of College of Information Systems and Technology practical based academic certificates aligned to industry certifications in areas such as desktop support, network support, multimedia development, information security, database administration, web administration, programming and IT healthcare. Knowledge and skills in Information Technology professional competence and values, information utilization, collaboration, communication, critical thinking and problem solving are provided in the program.
How to customize your degree
Our certificate option gives you the opportunity to build career skills early in your degree program, so you can leverage those new competencies in the workplace — even before you graduate. Best of all, choosing an en route certificate or degree won’t add more cost or time. For more information, select an option below.
En route certificates:
(Upon successful completion, you’ll receive a certificate as well as your degree.)
Make an informed choice
We believe that students and families should be prepared financially for college and understand gainful employment opportunities before starting any program. So we want to ensure you have the information you need to make an informed choice - information like what it will cost, the skills you'll learn through your chosen program, and the types of occupations the program prepares you for.View the Associate of Arts with a concentration in Information Technology gainful employment disclosures.
How to afford your degree
Find out how you may be able to lower your out-of pocket expenses and what options may be available to help you fund your education.
The requires a minimum of credits, which may come from a combination of required and elective courses.
Required courses make up a minimum of 42 of the 60 credits required. They consist of classes in Communication Arts, Liberal Arts, Mathematics, Humanities, Social Science, Interdisciplinary Studies, and Science and Technology.
The remaining credits can come from general electives,* or you can earn an en-route certificate in an area such as:
- Cisco Networking
- Database Administration
- Desktop Support
- Information Assurance and Security
- Multimedia Development
- Networking Support
- Web Administration
Upon completion, you’ll receive a certificate as well as your degree. To see a full list of Information Technology certificates, visit our certificate page.
To view all the courses you’ll need to complete this degree program, visit our General Education requirements page.
The Associate of Arts with a concentration in Information Technology does not have required courses. To complete this program, you’ll choose from a set of electives once you’re registered.
Make your work experience count
University of Phoenix allows you to apply relevant learning, work and life experiences to college credits through the Prior Learning Assessment process. Speak with a representative to find out if you can fulfill some elective, interdisciplinary and/or general education courses by going through the PLA process.
Make your enrollment decision easier with our tuition tool
From finding the right college to finding time for your other work and family responsibilities - we know you have a lot on your mind. That's why we offer the tools you need to better understand your financial commitment and the Finance Advisors who can help you understand your options.
How much will it cost?
Knowing your cost commitment up-front can help you successfully plan for your degree program.
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Fees may be non-refundable. Students pay tuition on a course-by-course basis. All tuition and fees of the University are subject to change.
Prior Learning Assessment
Learn about how you can fulfill some credit requirements from prior experience, professional training, licenses, certificates and transcripts from previously attended colleges and institutions.
Federal Financial Aid Plan
Investigate federal financial aid options including government grants and loans. Your advisor will help you check your eligibility.
Under the Third-Party Billing Plan, University of Phoenix directly bills an approved employer for a student's tuition. To find out if your company supports direct bill, speak to your human resources department or one of our advisors.
Need more information?
An advisor can help you review your options and choose the one that’s best for you.
How can I use my Military benefits?
Whether you're serving on Active Duty, are a member of the Reserve or National Guard, or are the spouse of a military member, you're eligible for a reduction in tuition. Our special military tuition rates combined with some of the resources below can help you get started in your pursuit of a degree.
The Federal Military Tuition Assistance Program
With federal military tuition assistance, you may receive 100% federal Tuition Assistance for your military service.
Montgomery GI Bill
Post 9/11 GI Bill
If you're a veteran or military servicemember who served a minimum of 90 combined days on active duty after September 10th, 2001, you may be eligible for Post 9/11 GI benefits.
Active Duty Spouse Benefits
As a military spouse, you may be eligible for financial assistance that can help you pursue your degree.
Benefits of this degree program
Develop communication skills
A job in the technology sector is more than just sitting at a computer by yourself — you’ll be communicating with many different people. The communication skills you’ll learn at University of Phoenix will help when you enter the workforce.
Meets industry standards
To provide the best education possible, our curriculum is developed to meet the strict guidelines of the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM) and Association of Information Systems (AIS).
Transition to a bachelor’s degree
Earning an associate's degree at University of Phoenix allows you to transition into a University of Phoenix bachelor’s degree program seamlessly.
Innovative learning platform
The College of Information Systems and Technology offers an innovative learning environment complete with simulations and hands-on lab activities.
While widely available, not all programs are available in all locations or in both online and on-campus formats. Please check with a University Enrollment Representative.
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The College of Information Systems and Technology
We understand that technology has changed the way the world does business, the way people receive an education and even the way people communicate.
At the College of Information Systems and Technology, we pride ourselves in our experienced faculty members, many of whom hold leadership positions in the IT sector.
To ensure relevance and curricula that are at the forefront of the industry, our Faculty Advisory Council regularly reviews program content.