At the heart of all the applications and networked connections, our hard drives and cloud computing are the information technology professionals who make it all possible. They secure our systems, troubleshoot issues, maintain databases, and perform a number of other vital tasks that keep them firmly in demand.

About Salem’s IT Associate Degree

With information technology careers more critical than ever in the face of our increasing reliance on computer networks, our Associate of Science in Information Technology (IT) degree program can provide you with the general education and IT knowledge you need to either pursue an entry-level career in this field or pursue further study with our bachelor’s degree in information technology program. You can choose to take the associate degree in information technology entirely on-campus in Salem, West Virginia, or through our convenient, fully online program option.

Our associate degree in information technology helps you learn what you need to know to carry out essential IT functions while also developing the critical thinking skills necessary to perform successfully in professional environments. Our faculty want to ensure you’re prepared not just for today’s IT landscape but also have the skills to adapt to tomorrow’s. Information technology programs are STEM Designated Degree Programs identified by the US Department of Homeland Security, signaling their importance to the Nation and the World.

Career Possibilities With an Associate Degree in Information Technology

While many students in the IT associate degree program may choose to move on to our bachelor’s degree, there are a number of different careers in the IT field that graduates can get their start in right away. You can apply for entry-level positions as a:

  • Computer Support Specialist
  • Office Technology Support Specialist
  • Network Systems Technician
  • Cybersecurity Assistant
  • Operations and Maintenance Assistant
  • Technical Support Assistant
  • Computer Systems Analyst

Associate Degree in Information Technology Learning Outcomes

At Salem, we’ve developed an information technology associate degree curriculum that is grounded in real-world application and experiential learning opportunities. We build your skills and understanding of core concepts and IT principles in ways that will allow you to use them to address actual opportunities and challenges on the job. Our core courses touch on everything from systems analysis and programming to computer network and information security. And we do all of this while maintaining Salem’s mission and focus on preparing you for a globalized world.

Graduates will demonstrate:

  • The ability to apply information technology theory and principles in addressing global business opportunities and challenges
  • Knowledge, skills, and abilities in the area of information technology with an applied, real-world focus
  • Knowledge, skills, and abilities in business management as applied to IT development and operations
  • Ability to communicate information in written, oral, and graphic formats
  • Knowledge, skills, and abilities to enter into advanced studies in IT or business

What IT Classes Will I Take?

The Associate of Science in Information Technology program requires the completion of 60 semester credits — with at least 24 general education credits and at least 15 credits from the Information Technology core, which includes:

  • IT110 IT Essentials
  • IT130 Fundamentals of Computer Graphics
  • IT150 and IT151 Computer Programming 1 & 2
  • IT202 Internet Publishing
  • IT310 Database Architecture
  • IT323 Methods of Software Development
  • IT409 Basic Networking
  • IT445 Project Management

All hours earned in a Salem associate degree track can be applied to the requirements of our bachelor’s degree track.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why Choose Salem University?

Since 1888, Salem University has built upon our tradition of accessible, affordable higher education by constantly innovating and looking to the future. We aim to develop lifelong learners who embrace problem-solving with a global perspective. We offer:

  • Accelerated undergraduate and graduate programs of study with continuous enrollment via distance education or on-campus
  • A unique one-course-a-month format that allows students to focus on a single subject at a time and build their knowledge in a way that feels natural
  • Online courses are structured to work within the constraints of full-time employment, allowing you to earn your degree with minimum disruption to your busy schedule
  • Supportive faculty and staff who serve as thought leaders and mentors
  • A beautiful 100-acre campus situated in the Smoky Mountains where programs of study are available for campus residents and commuter students

Admission Requirements

Admission to Salem is open to all qualified applicants regardless of race, color, creed, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, or ability/disability. Anyone wishing to attend Salem can obtain the necessary application from the Office of Admissions or apply online. The completed application should be submitted to the Office of Admissions at the earliest possible date. The University admits students on a rolling, monthly start basis. Acceptance is within the discretion of Salem University; some programs have additional admissions requirements.

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