The web makes it possible to earn an information technology, or IT, degree without ever leaving your home. Course delivery and curricula may vary from college to college, but several schools—some quite well-known—offer outstanding student support and rigorous academics in their online IT programs. Whether you’re a freshman or a grad student, these online colleges will give you a leg up in the field of information technology.
5 Virginia Tech
Located in Blacksburg, Virginia, the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University—or Virginia Tech—is a public university known for preparing students to enter technology and applied sciences fields. Virginia Tech pioneered an online education system that includes video streaming of one-on-one discussions, as well as professor feedback and small group tutoring. Such technology creates a learning experience rivaling that of an actual lecture room.
4 University of Denver
The University of Denver is a public institution that offers online IT degrees for both graduate and undergraduate students. DU allows online students to pursue a degree using an interdisciplinary approach that combines a more traditional approach with hands-on instruction. Many of the courses are completely asynchronous, which means that students are allowed to complete their work and view course materials on their own schedules and at their own pace.
3 Carnegie Mellon University, Heinz College
Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz College is a renowned research institution located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Given its intense focus on technology, the school’s educational vision naturally extends to online degree programs. Online students can choose from two program tracks in the IT program: information technology management or information security and assurance. The latter track is recognized for its excellence by the National Security Agency.
2 University of Southern California
If you’re looking for an advanced degree, the University of Southern California boasts one of the country’s best-regarded online IT programs. Although its faculty’s may not be as seasoned as those of competing programs, USC stands out from the online crowd on other bases. Its admissions selectivity is unparalleled among online graduate IT programs. At the same time, student services and technology used to deliver course material are also superior.
1 Pennsylvania State University
Penn State Online – World Campus is the renowned school’s portal for online education. Penn State was early in adopting online education, establishing web-based courses as early as 1998. Penn State’s World Campus lives up to its name: It annually enrolls more than 6,000 students from around the globe. Although the university offers more than 90 online undergraduate and graduate degrees, it is consistently singled out for its computer information technology programs.