Accreditation certifies that a college or university program provides students with the education and skills necessary to succeed. To help you sort through the accreditations for particular IT/Systems programs, we have created this brief guide, which also explores potential career opportunities. In addition, you can also use our comprehensive database of online IT/Systems degree programs to help you conduct your school search.
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In the specialized field of information technology and systems management, few agencies provide program accreditation (in fact, many schools have only institutional accreditation, which provides no indication of how good any single program is). ABET is the most prominent program accreditor for engineering IT programs, although students interested in information assurance and security should also consider schools accredited by CAE/IAE. For those considering a career in business, accredited through AACSB may be preferable.
Graduates with information technology and systems degrees enjoy a wide range of options. This list contains some of the most common positions filled by IT professionals.
|JOB TITLE||NATIONAL EMPLOYMENT||MEAN HOURLY WAGE||MEAN ANNUAL WAGE|
|Computer and Information Systems Manager||332,700||$58.15||$120,950|
|Computer Systems Analyst||520,600||$38.31||$79,680|
|Network and Computer Systems Administrator||366,400||$34.88||$72,560|
Figures from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Picking a school can be a daunting task, especially when considering the sheer number of accredited colleges there are across the nation. Our database below can help with narrowing down your options for your specific program. In addition, we’ve compiled a list of some of the most notable online and campus-based schools offering degrees in this subject to help you begin your school search.
Below you will find some of the most prominent information technology and systems programs in the nation. Although each of these programs is offered entirely online, there may be minimal on-campus requirements, so students should check with each institution for details.
Arizona State University
Tempe, Arizona / Online
With one of the highest ranked online bachelor’s degree programs by U.S. News & World Report, the Bachelor of Science in Information Technology offered by ASU provides students with the education they need to succeed. ASU’s faculty is among the elite in the nation, and all of its courses are tailored to an online learning environment. The university also offers a variety of library resources geared toward its online students. The university’s Bachelor’s in Computer Science is accredited by ABET.
Bellevue, Nebraska / Online
Offering both bachelor of applied science (BAS) and bachelor of science (BS) degrees online, the computer information systems program at Bellevue University provides information technology students with flexibility. One of the highest ranked online bachelor’s degree programs by U.S. News & World Report, Bellevue also hosts its Center for Cybersecurity Education that offers interdisciplinary coursework and student resources in this vibrant and emerging field. Bellevue is accredited by CAE/IAE and mapped to ABET standards.
Washington State University
Pullman, Washington / Online
Accredited by the AACSB, the management information systems bachelor’s degree program at Washington State University prepares students for building careers in designing information systems for business applications. Ranked highly among online bachelor’s programs by U.S. News & World Report, WSU’s program offers student government participation as well as a variety of services to accommodate disability.
Although the schools in this list make some of their programs available online, their information technology and systems degrees are available on-campus only.
Carnegie Mellon University
The information systems degree at Carnegie Mellon is flexible, allowing students the chance to branch out into specialties including social and global as well as business and enterprise systems. The university’s engineering graduate program is one of the highest ranked in the country according to U.S. News & World Report and is accredited by ABET. Students have the opportunity to solve real-world problems in the program’s capstone course, during which they design and deliver a system for an educational, charitable or non-profit organization.
West Lafayette, Indiana
Accredited by ABET, Purdue’s computer and information technology degree program prepares students with technical skills and special attention to the business needs of consumers. Highly ranked by U.S. News & World Report for its graduate program, students at the BS level can choose to add a concentration like Cyber Security or Health Informatics. Purdue also boasts an 87.7% placement rate among its graduates.
University of Illinois
The IT program at U of I is offered through its prestigious College of Business, accredited by AACSB. Ranked highly among all national universities according to U.S. News & World Report, Illinois boasts nationally recognized Division I sports, as well as well-respected research and teaching. Notable alumni include film critic Roger Ebert and YouTube co-founder, Steven Chen.