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Information Technology

Online Associate's Degree

Earn your Associate's degree in Information Technology—according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the projected job growth for Computer User Support Specialists through 2030 is 9%, which is higher than the national average.1 Our online Information Technology Associate’s degree program lets you learn when it fits into your schedule, at your own pace and can be completed in as few as 18 months,2 allowing you to learn the necessary skills and proficiencies to succeed in this rapidly growing field.

When you want to advance your education, you can seamlessly transfer your online Associate’s degree into our Information Technology Management Bachelor’s degree online—which can also be completed in as few as 18 months.2

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Take a Deeper Dive into IT

In this Associate's degree in Information Technology, you’ll develop foundational skills for installing, configuring and troubleshooting hardware, software, servers, networks and networked devices. Everything from operating systems and IP protocols to technical support and virus protection is covered through hands-on projects. You will learn to analyze and design complex information systems, create secure networks, produce IT project plans and work with both small companies and enterprise-level organizations. In this video, Assistant Vice President of Undergraduate Education Jennifer Ayotte covers more of what you'll learn in the IT program.

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Take a Deeper Dive into IT

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Let's talk about Rasmussen University's Information Technology programs.

I’m Jen Ayotte, assistant vice president of undergraduate education.

Students in our IT programs learn to design and support critical hardware and software systems.

In our Associate's degree program, students develop the skills they need to deploy, configure and troubleshoot IT infrastructure for businesses and other organizations.

In our Bachelor's degree program, we emphasize the development of leadership-level skills like project management, systems analysis and translating business needs to IT requirements.

The students best suited for our Information Technology programs are persistent and resourceful. They are excellent listeners and communicators who love solving problems.

To provide an effective online program in a hands-on field, we offer project-based courses that reflect real-world IT scenarios.

Students work in virtual labs with industry tools that enable learning from anywhere. These are the same tools used by professionals, and the skills you learn from this practical approach will help you in your IT career.

You'll study online, but you won't be alone. Our instructors have worked in the field and regularly host live classroom sessions that let you ask questions and learn from their expertise.

Employers of all kinds need IT experts, so your career path could lead anywhere from a small business to a huge global organization with enterprise-level IT infrastructure.

No matter where you go after graduation, a Rasmussen University IT program can help equip you with the knowledge and skills you need to thrive.

Ready to get started? Learn more about our Information Technology programs by visiting Rasmussen.edu.

  • Industry Certifications

    According to CompTIA, 91% of hiring managers believe IT certifications are valuable in validating expertise—and our Information Technology degree curriculum is designed to help prepare you for valuable certification exams, including CompTIA® A+ (parts 1 and 2), CompTIA Security+, CompTIA Network+ and Microsoft® Windows 10 MD-100.3 We even provide practice exam vouchers and reimburse you for exam application fees where available.4

  • IT Associate’s Degree Fast Facts

    A student satisfaction survey showed that 95% believe the skills they’re learning in the Information Technology program are preparing them for a job in the field—and 86% say if they had to do it all over again, they would choose to enroll in this program.5

  • Hands-On Learning

    Configuring, maintaining and troubleshooting hardware and software is all done virtually now. Our online Information Technology degree program is designed with virtual labs that are set up in exact install/configure/troubleshoot environments with real tasks to complete—tasks that you’d be expected to accomplish in the field. Through these projects, you will also learn business and communication skills to prepare you to work in any workplace setting.

  • Self Directed Assessments

    Save time and money on your Information Technology Associate's degree with self-directed assessments. These $149 online, interactive assessments allow you to show that you already achieved the skills and knowledge for a particular course and don't need to take it. We'll provide prep materials and you can work with a peer tutor to prepare at no additional cost. Learn more about self-directed assessments and other Knowledge Credit® options.

Information Technology Credentials Offered

Information Technology

Associate's Degree

Finish in as few as

18 months2

Learning includes

  • Online
  • Campus Support and Resources

Intended for

Students looking to start or advance a career in technology by gaining skills in the fundamentals of IT and who enjoy working with or helping others. Students looking to put their detailed, diligent and resourceful skills to use by solving complex technical problems and finding efficiencies.

Prepares you for

Computer user support specialist, deskside support technician, helpdesk/service desk support specialist, field service technician, end-user support specialist

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What Does My Educational Path Look Like?

Whether this is the first step on your path to an IT career or you’re already working in the field, our ladder approach to education makes it easy to earn the credentials that you need. At Rasmussen University, our IT credentials stack together into one cohesive Information Technology Management ladder system. This means that you’re earning more than credits—you’re earning every credential along the way. No matter where you start, credits transfer from one credential to the next: IT Support Certificate to IT Associate's degree to IT Project Management Certificate to IT Management Bachelor's degree.

IT Laddering Associates

The single panel infographic displays how Rasmussen University's IT program credentials stack together. The title of the graphic is, "Information Technology Management Laddering". At the bottom of the stack is the IT Support Certificate, followed by IT Associate's degree (highlighted in green), IT Project Management Certificate and, at the top, the IT Management Bachelor's degree.

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Not Sure Which Online Technology Program Is Right for You?

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A good place to start is to ask yourself what aspect of technology interests you most. If software development and creating apps and websites sounds exciting to you, our Computer Science, Data Analytics or Software Application Development may be the best path for you.

Would you rather manage technology and lead day-to-day operations? Then our Cyber Security, Information Technology, Information Technology Management or Network Systems Administration may be the best place for your skill set.

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Compare Industry Certification Paths

As you're starting to compare programs, one good step is to check which industry certifications you're most interested in. We'll show you which programs can help you get there. Plus, we'll even cover the cost for up to three different certification exams.1

All of our Technology programs will help prepare you for certification exams from industry leaders, including CompTIA®, Microsoft® and Cisco®.4 If you've already completed any of these certifications, you may earn credit and waive related courses, depending on the program you choose.3

Review our industry certifications

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What Can You Do with an Associate’s Degree in Information Technology?

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Turn Your Online Information Technology Education into a Career

We’ve made advancing your IT education easier by offering online Information Technology courses that fit into a busy, working schedule. You’ll experience practical, hands-on opportunities in your courses, which will prepare you to succeed across a wide range of industries. Our cutting-edge curriculum is also designed to help prepare students to earn in-demand industry certifications, including CompTIA® A+ (parts 1 and 2), CompTIA Security+, CompTIA Network+ and Microsoft® Windows 10 MD-100. Rasmussen University will reimburse you for up to three exam application fees.4 When you’re ready to advance your education even further and are interested in gaining valued management skills, you can transfer your Associate’s degree credits into our online Bachelor’s degree in IT Management.

Here is an overview of your potential career field with a Information Technology degree.

Computer User Support Specialist

  • BLS Projected Growth 2020–2030: 1


  • BLS Typical Entry-Level Education

    • Some college, no degree

"I like the online structure because it gives me the opportunity to do a lot of research and reflection. I am able to interact with my peers through the online discussion forums and reach out for help if I run into any problems."

IT Associate's Degree Graduate