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 a number of other vital tasks that keep them firmly in demand.
About Salem’s Information Technology 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 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 online Information Technology associate degree program helps you learn what you need to know to carry out basic 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 that you have the skills to adapt to tomorrow’s as well. 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.
What Can I Do With an Associate Degree in Information Technology?
While many students in the associate degree in information technology 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
What Will I Learn in Salem’s Associate Degree in Information Technology Program?
At Salem, we’ve developed an associate degree in information technology 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 Information Technology 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
An online associate degree in IT is a two-year program that provides foundational knowledge and skills in various IT areas, including programming, networking, cybersecurity, and database management.
On average, a full-time student can earn their associate degree in information technology in approximately 20 months. However, we recognize every student is different, with different circumstances. Please contact one of our admissions advisors to discuss your specific questions and goals.
Yes, many online programs are designed to be flexible, allowing you to work while studying. However, time management is crucial to balance your job and coursework.
Online degrees from accredited institutions hold the same value as traditional degrees. Employers often prioritize skills and knowledge over the mode of education.
You’ll need a computer with reliable internet access, updated software, and possibly specific tools required for IT coursework, such as programming environments.
Many colleges and universities allow the transfer of credits, but it depends on the institution’s policies. Check with admissions for credit transfer guidelines.
Graduates can pursue entry-level roles such as IT support specialist, help desk technician, junior network administrator, and more.
Generally, online programs are designed to be fully remote. Some programs might require occasional on-campus events or exams, but alternatives are often provided for remote students.
Why Should I 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 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.