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Bachelor of Science in Information Technology — Online

The Bachelor of Science in Information Technology offers you a comprehensive, experiential foundation in the most current information technology skills sought by local, national, and global employers.

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Customize your plan

We work with you to map your path to your goal.

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Learn from experience

From real-world case studies to employer-based projects, we prepare you to manage what comes next.

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Choose your focus

Whatever you’re passionate about, you’ll find the classes to sharpen your specialty.

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Study anywhere, on your time

Part-time or full-time, we move at your speed, to get you where you’re going.

Enrollment

Full-Time, Part-Time

Entry Terms

Fall, Spring, Summer

Overview

Focused on one of the fastest-growing job markets, the Bachelor of Science in Information Technology bachelor’s degree completion program offers a program that fosters critical thinking as it demystifies critical technology. You’ll develop strengths in all aspects of IT with an experiential focus, acquiring valuable knowledge and hands-on skills. Optional concentrations in Applications Development (including web programming, mobile programming and databases) and Cybersecurity (including network security, computer forensics and software vulnerabilities) will give you a grounding in high-demand professional tools to help launch or boost your career. You’ll also reinforce core business competencies such as project management, business communications, group dynamics, and organization skills, and your existing certifications such as A+, network certifications, or Project Management Professional may be applied toward course credits.

This is an online program.

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$88,240

Median annual wage for computer and information technology occupations in May 2019, higher than the median annual wage for all occupations of $39,810

Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2020

11%

Percentage that employment in computer and information technology occupations is projected to grow from 2019 to 2029, much faster than the average for all occupations.

Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2020

Experiential / Co-op opportunities

Northeastern's signature experience-powered learning model has been at the heart of the university for more than a century. It combines world-class academics with professional practice, allowing you to acquire relevant, real-world skills you can immediately put into action in your current workplace.

This makes a Northeastern education a dynamic, transformative experience, giving you countless opportunities to grow as a professional and person.

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General Requirements

University-Wide Requirement

Minimum 120 total semester hours required

Minimum 2.000 GPA required

Students must earn a minimum of 60 Northeastern University semester hours in order to receive a bachelor’s degree.

Note: Individual program requirements may exceed the above minima.

NUpath Requirements

All undergraduate students are required to complete the NUpath Requirements.

Foundation Courses 

27 semester hours required

English

Complete one of the following two courses with corresponding labs:

3.00
1.00
3.00
1.00

Complete the following two courses with corresponding labs:

3.00
1.00
3.00
1.00

Management

3.00
3.00
 

Mathematics

3.00
3.00
 

Philosophy

Complete one of the following:

3.00
3.00
3.00
 

Major Requirements

48 semester hours required

Systems Analysis and Design

3.00
3.00
3.00
3.00
3.00
3.00
3.00
3.00


Complete two courses from the Applications Development Concentration list below

Complete two courses from the Systems Administration and Cybersecurity Concentration list below

Professionalism

3.00
3.00

Capstone

3.00
3.00
 

 

Professional Electives 

Complete 15 semester hours in the following subject areas or a concentration listed below: 

ALY, CET, GET, ITC,

Electives

Complete a minimum of 30 semester hours to reach 120 semester hours.

Concentrations

Applications Development Concentration

Note: Please consult with your advisor

Complete five courses from the following that have not been taken to fulfill major requirements: 

3.00
3.00
3.00
3.00
3.00
3.00
3.00
3.00
3.00
3.00
3.00
 

Systems Administration and Cybersecurity Concentration

Note: Please consult with your advisor.

Complete five courses from the following that have not been taken to fulfill major requirements:

3.00
3.00
3.00
3.00
3.00
3.00
3.00
3.00
3.00
 

Follow our leaders

Our faculty represents a wide cross-section of professional practices and fields. They serve as mentors and advisors and collaborate alongside students to solve the most pressing global challenges facing established and emerging markets.

"The demand for Information Technology talent continues to increase and this trend will only grow over time. Our program provides hands-on experience in the tools that employers expect. But even more importantly, our program fosters the critical thinking skills that help make sure our students will be able to handle future skills and tools that our profession hasn’t yet invented. We help students develop the communication and teamwork skills that IT professionals use to understand business needs and work with a variety of users to create highly effective solutions." - Lynda Hodgson, Lead Faculty 

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There was a certain moment when I looked in the mirror and I realized that in spite of my busy work schedule, I had been neglecting something really important for myself, which is to get your education. That’s when I found Northeastern. My friend told me about the College of Professional Studies bachelor completion program and he said that if you have military training, if you have off-duty education, or if you have courses and credits from another college, you can roll those right in and complete out your bachelor’s degree. I’m wrapping up my degree here and I’m bookending that journey that I started way back when I was sitting in my barracks room thinking “am I really going to do this or not?” and here I am now. It’s mission accomplished.

Matt Kiely Bachelor's in Information Technology, 2019

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You know where you are headed and you've seen how our program will lead you there. So let's get going. Here's what you need to know before you enroll.

Application Requirements

  • Online application
  • Academic transcripts: submit one of the following
    • Official high school degree
    • Official GED
    • Official associate degree showing degree conferral and date
  • Transfer credit documentation: should be submitted with your application material
    • Academic transcripts from each institution you previously attended:
      • Official U.S. transcripts: if you applied previously earned credit toward your earned associate degree, you must request transcripts from each institution you attended.
      • Official foreign transcripts: must include English translation. We encourage you to submit a course-by-course evaluation of your diploma(s) and transcript(s)
    • College-level examinations: official examination score(s)
    • Military evaluation
  • Proof of English language proficiency: ONLY for students for whom English is not their primary language

International Requirements

Are You an International Student? Find out what additional documents are required to apply.

Global Engagement Learn how our teaching and research benefit from a worldwide network of students, faculty, and industry partners.

Financing Requirements

Finance Your Education We offer a variety of resources, including scholarships and assistantships.

How to Apply Learn more about the application process and requirements.

Prior Learning Assessment/Transfer Credits

Here are a couple of transfer credit opportunities for students entering the BS in IT program:

  • Accredited Institutions—Students can transfer previously earned credits (up to 60 credits) from a regionally accredited institution such as a community college.
  • Year Up – Receive up to 28 credits toward the BS IT program for your Year Up experience. (That’s a savings of over $15,000!) Additionally, you’ll be strongly considered for a scholarship worth up to $10,000.
  • Grow with Google (IT Support Certificate) – Receive up to 12 credits toward the BS IT program when you complete Google’s IT Support Professional Certificate. (This a savings of approximately $6,000!)
  • Merit America – Receive up to 18 transfer credits for your Merit America IT Support and Java Development education program experience toward the BS IT program. Additionally, you’ll be strongly considered for a scholarship worth up to $10,000.

Learn more about these and other transfer credit for CPS bachelor’s completion programs

PlusOne

Your Head Start on a Master’s Degree

The College of Professional Studies PlusOne Accelerated Master’s Program provides motivated students the opportunity to start earning their master’s degrees while pursuing their undergraduate education. Here are the PlusOne programs available for BS IT students:

Learn more about PlusOnes.

Cost and Tuition

Application Deadlines

Entry Terms: Fall Semester, Spring Semester, Summer Semester

Fall 2021 Deadlines if Transferring Credit Deadline
August 12, 2021September 9, 2021
September 29, 2021October 27, 2021
Fall 2021 Deadlines if not Transferring Credit Deadline
September 2, 2021September 9, 2021
October 20, 2021October 27, 2021

Student Body Profile

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in information technology is expected to grow much faster than average, and job prospects should be excellent. While the field continues to be very robust, college graduates with expertise in computer network systems, cyber security, and database administration are expected to enjoy the best opportunities.

Impressive Demand:

  • There is a 12% projected increase in IT positions from 2014 to 2024, totaling approximately 488,500 new jobs.

What can you do with your degree?

This degree program is designed for students who wish to pursue a career in information technology and improve their aptitude for quantitative methods, programming, web and multimedia design, system and network administration, networking, and security.

Candidates for this program may be interested in pursuing a career in:

  • Computer network, systems, or database administrator
  • Information systems scientist or analyst
  • Web or multimedia designer
  • Networking or security specialist
  • Software developer or programmer

Career Opportunities and Services

Overview

From our Students

"Northeastern invests so much time in making sure that the students are taken care of, that they are happy at the school and they are actually prepared to succeed in any given scenario they are on." –Danny Gonzalez

Did You Know?

​A bachelor’s degree is worth $2.8M over an employee’s lifetime (Center On Education and the Workforce, 2011).

Did You Know?

The median annual wage for computer and IT occupations was $86,320 in May 2018, which is much higher than the average of all other occupations. (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)

From Our Students

“Information technology is a field that involves technically competent specialists who must keep up with an ever-evolving digital landscape. This program has helped me ‘sharpen the saw’ in being able to move forward with confidence for approaching the many challenges and opportunities encountered.”
John Scanlan

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What scholarship opportunities are available for bachelor’s completion students in the BS in IT program?

Scholarships up to $10,000 are available for students in the BS in IT program. These include:

  • Professional Advancement Scholarship (average award $6,000 - $10,000)
  • Lowell Institute Scholarship (up to $15,000)
  • Dean’s “Break Through” Scholarship (up to $10,000)
  • Community College Scholarship (up to $5,000)

Learn more about these and other scholarship opportunities