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B.S. in Information Technology

Transform your future with a degree in IT.

Are you ready to take your career to the next level and finish your bachelor’s degree? With an IT degree, you can stand out in a competitive job market and command a higher salary. Recent job postings in Minnesota show an average advertised salary of $95,000 per year for IT professionals, with top employers like UnitedHealth Group, Medtronic, Mayo Clinic, and Abbott Laboratories actively seeking candidates with advanced degrees.

In the online Information Technology degree completion program at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, you’ll gain hands-on experience with real-world scenarios, learning to manage technical challenges and develop innovative solutions that will set you apart in your field.  With 30 transferrable college credits, you can build on your foundation and complete your degree online in just one year.  With a degree, you’ll be qualified for over 29,000 job openings in Minnesota alone, giving you a wealth of opportunities to shape technology and transform your own future.

Whether you’re looking to advance in your current role or take the next step in your career, a degree from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota can help you get there.

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36

credits

Individual credits and completion times vary

$430

cost per credit

SeptOctJan MarMayJune

start dates

1 year

completion time

Online

36

credits

Individual credits and completion times vary

$430

cost per credit

SeptOctJan MarMayJune

start dates

1 year

completion time

Online

B.S. in Information Technology Program Highlights

  • No need to wait. With six start times annually, begin your journey today.
  • Recognized for its focus on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) topics.
  • Boost your career prospects by adding a specialization in business intelligence, cybersecurity, or network administration (42 credits).
  • The cybersecurity and network administration specializations will give you industry-leading knowledge and the confidence to pursue the CompTIA Security+ or CompTIA Network+ certifications, the gold standard for IT professionals.
  • Save both tuition and time with graduate courses counting towards both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree. Up to 50% of a graduate degree can be completed as part of your bachelor’s degree, with graduate courses at undergraduate course tuition prices.
  • Discover scholarships available through our partnerships with several regional and national employers. See if your employer is part of our Trusted Partnership Program. Learn more.

What You'll Learn in our B.S. Information Technology Program

  • Information technology concepts and applications, and basic computer programming concepts
  • Designing systems for business applications
  • Cybersecurity issues and cybersecurity administration strategies
  • Organizational data management, database design, and relational database retrieval
  • Cloud computing applications by organizations
  • Ethical implications of information technology-related actions

Join us for an information session to learn more about programs, how to apply, transferring your credits, and more. We offer live information sessions where you can meet other prospective learners and faculty, as well as an archive you can view on your own time.

Previous Credits Count Toward Your B.S. Degree

Prior credits earned, past work experience, and military service all count toward finishing your degree. All of them. Applying the credits you already have toward the career you want — and do it faster than you thought possible.  

  • Your past credits are always eligible – they never expire
  • Technical college credits are accepted
  • Transfer up to 90 credits (75% of your bachelor of science degree)
  • Transfer credits for prior learning
  • You can apply standardized tests such as CLEP or DSST toward your degree.
  • We accept military, industry, and business training via the American Council on Education (ACE) or PLA.

Submit your transcripts and we’ll get started creating a personalized degree plan for you.  Find out how quickly you can earn your degree.

Apply for Admission

Apply anytime to finish your bachelor’s degree. Many of the programs have six start times per year. Start here to take the next step.

    • Applicants must demonstrate an overall grade point average of 2.00 on a 4.00 scale with evidence of at least 30 transferable semester credits¹.
    • These credits must include completion of one basic English composition course with a grade of C- or better.²
    • Applicants may be required to complete an interview with a program administrator as part of the admissions process.

    ¹These credits may be made up of:

    • Industry Training and Military Separation Paper carrying American Council on Education (ACE) credit recommendations or,
    • Past College Level Examination Program (CLEP) or Dantes Subject Standardized Tests (DSST) exam credits or,
    • International credits evaluated by a source accepted by Saint Mary’s University or,
    • Any credits transferable from a regionally accredited or non-regionally accredited institution.
    ²The English composition course requirement helps the student prepare for college level coursework. The applicant may be conditionally admitted if he or she cannot prove competency in this area, in which case the CLEP College Composition exam with essay or a similar university course must be taken within the first semester of study at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota.

  • Students who have completed 30 credits from  an accredited institution within the U.S. or the equivalent of these credits from an institution in an approved waiver country are exempt from demonstrating English language proficiency. Otherwise, students with transcripts from universities located outside of the U.S. are required to take and pass English proficiency testing. 

    Saint Mary’s accepts:

    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a minimum score of 72
    • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with a minimum score of 6.0
    • International Test of English Proficiency (ITEP) with a minimum score of 4.0 or Pearson Test of English with a score of 51
    • Duolingo Language Test with a minimum score of 100
    • Pearson Test of English with a score of 51

    Please see our academic catalog for a list of all approved waiver countries.

  • Applicants must submit the following:

    1. Completed application form
    2. Official transcripts should be issued to Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota from all previous institutions attended with a minimum of 30 semester credits (C- and higher) and a college level English Composition course.
      • Transcripts from countries other than the U.S. must be evaluated on a course by course basis by a university accepted evaluation service, such as World Education Services, Educational Credential Evaluators, Educational Perspectives, One Earth International Credential Evaluators or any approved member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES.org) and be deemed equivalent to accredited U.S. university standards.
      • Saint Mary’s can order and cover the cost of transcripts from domestic institutions that allow third-party requests for eligible degree-seeking applicants. Contact your transfer counselor for more information.
      • Official Transcripts should be sent to Office of Admission:
        • Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota
          2500 Park Avenue
          Minneapolis, MN 55404
        • Or email: tcadmission@smumn.edu

    • Fall: August 2nd, 2024
    • Spring: December 2nd, 2024
    • Summer: April 4th, 2025
    • Fall 2025: August 1, 2025

     

    Applicants completing the application process by the priority deadline are guaranteed consideration for their intended start date.

    • Fall 2023 : Aug. 28
    • Fall 2023 term 2:  Oct. 23
    • Spring 2024: Jan. 8
    • Spring 2024 term 2: March 4
    • Summer 2024 : May 6
    • Summer 2024 term 2: July 1
    • Fall 2024: Sept. 2

  • You can expect to be notified about your acceptance approximately two weeks following your application completion date.

Tuition & Fees

We help you find ways to finance your education. Talk to your Enrollment Counselor about scholarships, loans, and other ways to make education affordable.

Course Catalog

In addition to foundational courses, you’ll take courses such as:

  • Network Security
  • Computer Network and Mobile Technologies 
  • Cloud Computing Fundamentals

The course catalog provides complete information about course requirements.

Careers & Salary

Careers in IT are diverse as technology itself. The demand for computer and information systems managers is booming at a staggering rate with over 52,700 new job openings each year and a median annual salary of $151,150.1

Information Security Analyst

$102,600 per year*

Database Administrator

$101,000 per year*

Network Administrator

$80,600 per year*
15%

expected for computer and information technology occupations from 2021 and 2031

Related Programs

Find the right program for right now — or the future. Saint Mary’s offers adult degree completion programs, as well as graduate certificates, master’s, and doctoral degree programs.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Saint Mary’s offers a generous transfer policy.  Many can transfer up to 90 credits toward our degree completion programs. Our transfer counselor specialists will guide you through the process.

  • At Saint Mary’s, we want you to succeed, and we help you do so, inside and outside of the classroom:

    Student Central: Your one stop for student services

    Library: Resources and services are available 24/7 to all students.

    Writing Center: Offers virtual and face-to-face services to support students

    Career Services: Can help you develop your career-readiness skills at any point in your education

  • The only thing virtual about your online experience is the classroom. Our flexible online programs offer the rigor and reputation you expect from Saint Mary’s. 

    Explore more here.

  • If you are in a degree-granting program and enrolled at least half time, you may be eligible for financial aid. 

    Learn more here.

  • Life gets busy. Whether you’re raising a family, pursuing your career, or playing an active role in your community, we know you want to keep up with what you love while you take the next step in your career. That’s why Saint Mary’s online programs are flexible and designed to fit your demanding life.

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Sources and Disclaimer

  1. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Computer and Information Technology Occupations at  https://www.bls.gov/ooh/computer-and-information-technology/home.htm (visited February 14, 2023).
  2. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Database Administrators at  https://www.bls.gov/ooh/computer-and-information-technology/database-administrators.htm (visited February 14, 2023).
  3. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Information Security Analysts at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/computer-and-information-technology/information-security-analysts.htm (visited February 14, 2023).
  4. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Network and Computer Systems Administrators at thttps://www.bls.gov/ooh/computer-and-information-technology/network-and-computer-systems-administrators.htm (visited February 14, 2023).
  5. All other career data on this page can be found at Lightcast (lightcast.io) Q1 2023 Data, September 2022-February 2023.