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Associate in Arts Information Technology


20 associate courses
11 weeks long
$ 1525
Cost per course
Online program
Earn your degree on your terms.

Why get an AA in Information Technology from Strayer?

The AA in Information Technology can help you gain critical thinking skills and learn about the technology, tools and infrastructure needed for business success. What’s more, you’ll be taught by established professionals who can connect what you learn in the classroom to the real world.

Summer classes start July 1

What is an associate degree in information technology?

The AA in Information Technology is an undergraduate degree program you could complete in two years. The program can provide you with the skills you need to design, implement and evaluate computer-based systems, processes and technology, so you can pursue a career in IT and move toward your goals.

What can you do with an associate degree in information technology?

  • Apply basic business management skills in the public and private sectors.
  • Locate, evaluate and solve business problems with technology.
  • Design, implement and evaluate computer-based systems, processes, components and programs.
  • Understand the professional, ethical, legal, security and social issues and responsibilities related to technology.
  • Analyze the impact of computing on individuals, organizations and society.
  • Identify and include user needs in the selection, creation, evaluation and administration of technology.

Class size varies based on course objectives and the teaching demands of the subject matter.

How long does it take to earn an associate degree in information technology?

  • There are 20 11-week courses in this program.
  • How many courses you take at a time will determine how long the overall program will be.
  • Strayer University credits are expressed in quarter hours.
  • One quarter hour of credit is granted for the successful completion of 10 contact hours per course.
  • Spend 10 to 14 hours in weekly work, including in- and out-of-classroom work. Your actual time will depend on your learning traits and abilities. The Strayer course design uses this requirement to meet applicable regulatory standards.

Accredited online university

Strayer University has distinct accreditations and affiliations that attest to our academic quality. We're committed to meeting quality standards, so you can earn a diploma you're proud to display. View the ACBSP student achievement information.

Program features

Get ready for IT certification

Get the skills that can help prepare you for CompTIA (A+, Network+, and Security+) and EC-Council (CEH, and CHFI) certification exams.

Apply credits to bachelor’s degree

Make your credits count: Transfer up to 20 classes from your associate degree directly into a Strayer bachelor’s degree program.

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Estimate the cost of your degree

How much does an associate degree in IT cost?

The cost of an AA in IT depends on a number of factors, including the price per course, the purchase of textbooks, and the scholarships and financial aid available to you. Read on for a breakdown of the costs, as well as money-saving opportunities associated with the program.

Estimate the cost of your degree

How much does an associate degree in IT cost?

The cost of an AA in IT depends on a number of factors, including the price per course, the purchase of textbooks, and the scholarships and financial aid available to you. Read on for a breakdown of the costs, as well as money-saving opportunities associated with the program.

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Program cost breakdown

The Strayer IT associate degree program consists of 20 courses, with the price of $1,525 per course. There are additional fees for textbooks and supplies, a $65 technology fee each term and a one-time $150 degree conferral fee.

Transfer credits

Courses from another institution may be eligible for transfer credits to Strayer, which can help reduce the number of courses you need to graduate and your overall tuition. You can transfer up to 14 classes toward your associate degree (if approved). The Strayer transfer credit page has more information as well as a tool to estimate how many transfer credits you may be able to apply to your Strayer degree program.

Scholarships and financial aid

There are a number of financial aid options worth exploring on our financial aid page. To apply for federal aid, prospective students should fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form. Stafford loans are available for undergraduate and graduate study. These are direct unsubsidized loans, not based on financial need. Unlike subsidized loans, Stafford Loan interest will accrue while in the program. Making interest payments while in school will help reduce the amount of principal that would otherwise build up, reducing your end cost.

There are also scholarships and private loans available for Strayer students.

Employer assistance

More than 500 organizations – including corporations and community colleges – invest in their employees by partnering with Strayer University to offer access to discounted education programs. If your employer is a Corporate Alliance Partner, you may qualify for programs that can help you discover career pathways in your field.

Private loans

Nonfederal loans can help pay the difference between the cost of attendance and the total of loans and grants received from other tuition assistance programs.

Military tuition assistance

Scholarships are offered to eligible students currently serving in the military, as well as military spouses. Strayer is also approved by Veterans Affairs to accept and process veteran education benefits. Learn more about the Strayer University active military assistance program here.

Veteran benefits

In addition to participating fully in the Yellow Ribbon Program, Strayer is approved by Veterans Affairs to accept and process veteran education benefits. Student veterans can receive transfer credit for military training and life experiences.

What coursework do you need to specialize in information technology?

From understanding user experiences and network troubleshooting to navigating professional, ethical and legal issues related to IT, the curriculum covers the basics you need to move toward your goals. View all courses.

Sample courses

CIS 101 - Navigating a Digital World

Technology has transformed the way we live and work and staying up-to-date with digital tools can keep you ahead of the game. From Microsoft Office to social media to productivity tools, this course will teach you about technological tools you can use to stay organized, maximize your time, and stand out personally and professionally.

CIS 105 - Introduction to Information Systems

This course introduces students to the general purpose of information systems in organizations and their use of personal productivity software. Students will demonstrate tasks in common application software to include word processing, web browsing, spreadsheet modeling, database management, and presentation graphics.

CIS 106 - Introduction to Information Technology

This course provides a foundational overview to the discipline of information technology that illuminates key computing concepts and describes how those concepts relate to other computing disciplines. Students are presented the diverse context in which information technology is used and the challenges inherent in the diffusion of innovative technologies.

CIS 110 - Computer Programming Design

The course introduces students to fundamental programming concepts to include event-driven programming, object-oriented programming, basic data structures, and algorithmic processes. Emphasis is placed on structure, decision-making, looping, arrays, methods, objects, events, databases, pseudo coding and visual flowcharting to construct workable programs.

CIS 175 - Introduction to Networking

This course introduces students to the fundamentals of networking technology. The focus of the course will include networking protocols, topologies, hardware and operating systems. Topics include data communications, telecommunications, infrastructure security, inter/intranetworking and the application of networking to multimedia, information storage and distribution.

CIS 312 - Computer Architecture

This course presents students with concepts and essential skills required to administer operating systems, networks, software, file systems, file servers, web systems, database systems, system documentation, policies and procedures. Topics include the methods required to select, deploy, integrate and administer computing platforms or components that support an organization's information technology infrastructure. The fundamentals of hardware and software and how they integrate to form essential components of systems also explored.

Associate admission requirements

Before you can pursue your associate degree, you’ll need to enroll at Strayer. Here’s what you’ll need to get started for admission to the university.

A diploma from an approved high school or its equivalent

A completed application and enrollment agreement, as applicable

A valid, current and legible government-issued photo identification

Learn more about the admission process at Strayer.

Students applying to Washington, D.C., or New Jersey campuses must provide proof of proper immunization.

Transferring to Strayer from another university?

Some or all of the credits you’ve earned may be transferable.

International students

We welcome international students.

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