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Bachelor of Arts

Online BA in Information Technology

School of Computing and Information Sciences

Overview

The Bachelor of Arts in Information Technology broadens options for students who pursue another undergraduate degree. Available as a second degree, the BA in Information Technology program prepares students with the competencies and business skills essential for a career in information technology. The industry-developed curriculum includes core courses in computer networking, operating systems website construction and management, with the opportunity to choose electives to deepen your knowledge in areas that include network security, mobile app development and Unix/Linux. Learn from the same top-ranked faculty and IT industry experts that teach on campus. The program is open to any student who is enrolled in another bachelor’s degree program or who already has a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, and wants to sharpen their IT skills. 

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With FIU Online, you can learn anywhere, anytime. Our interactive technology enables you to watch lectures, get real-time feedback from your instructors and collaborate with classmates on projects. It's the convenient, flexible and affordable approach to a better future.

Why Apply?

FIU Online's BA in Information Technology includes hands-on skill development, with a focus on becoming proficient in new, innovative technologies. You’ll build your technical abilities, be prepared for real-life situations, and be able to apply your knowledge of computers, programming, and all IT-related tasks to the professional world—from business to government to education to non-profit organizations. The Florida Board of Governors has recognized FIU as a top institution for training tech talent for its innovative approaches in educating the next generation of top computing specialists

Career Opportunities

Many of our information technology graduates have gone on to excel in positions that include systems administrators, applications support specialists, database administrators, computer programmers, computer analysts and computer support specialists. Businesses and organizations in every industry rely on computers and networks to create opportunities and solve challenges. With your FIU Online BA in Information Technology, you have expanded career options in a rapidly expanding job market. According to the Occupational Information Network (O*NET), the average median salary for computer and information systems analysts is $127,640 annually nationally, with a projected growth of 15%. 

Courses

The School of Computing and Information Sciences offers a Bachelor of Arts degree in Information Technology as a second degree. This program is open to those students who are enrolled in and will be completing another Bachelor degree program or those who already have a Bachelor degree from an accredited institution. Computer Science and Computer Engineering are not accepted as the primary major.

Prerequisites

All students must have completed the following courses (or equivalent) prior to starting the BA in Information Technology program:

  • CGS 2518 Computer Data Analysis or CGS 2060 Introduction to Microcomputers or CGS 2100 Introduction to Micro for Business
  • COP 2250 Programming in Java
  • MAD 1100 Math Concepts for IT or COT 3100 Discrete Structures

Core Courses

All students must complete all of the following courses:

  • CEN 3721 Human Computer Interaction
  • CGS 3767 Computer Operating Systems
  • CGS 4285 Applied Computer Networking
  • CGS 4854 Web Site Construction and Management
  • COP 3804 Intermediate Java
  • COP 4703 Information Storage and Retrieval

Electives

All students must take two elective courses from the following list:

  • CIS 4431 IT Automation
  • CNT 4403 Computer and Network Security
  • CNT 4504 Network Administration
  • CNT 4513 Data Communications
  • COP 4005 Windows Programming for IT
  • COP 4655 Mobile Application Development
  • COP 4813 Web Application Programming
  • COP 4814 Component Based Development
  • COP 4722 DB Survey
  • CTS 4348 Unix Admin
  • CTS 4408 DB Admin

All students must complete two additional elective courses. Students who are completing their first major concurrent with their IT degree must choose their cognate elective courses from a list of designated courses from the department of their primary major, with the approval of an IT adviser. Students who have received their first BA degree prior to enrolling in the IT program must instead choose an additional two courses from the list of IT elective courses.

Requirements

To ensure every student’s success, we have certain admissions requirements for each of our programs. To help you through the application process, our enrollment advisors are here to answer your questions and guide you every step of the way.


FIU Admission Requirements

Applications are accepted for Spring, Fall and Summer terms.

Admission Documents

To complete the online undergraduate programs admissions form, select your program from the application form. You may complete the online application and submit it, even before taking any entrance exams. All supporting admission documents may be sent to:


Florida International University

Office of Undergraduate Admissions

P.O. Box 659003

Miami, FL 33265-9003

USA



FIU also accepts transcripts electronically via:

  • Faster (All FL public institutions)
  • Naviance (Typically used by private high schools)
  • SMART/Joint Service Transcript – Military records

*Meeting the university minimum requirements does not guarantee admission

Tuition

Tuition Information

Pursuing your degree is one of the best investments you can make – one that will open doors to personal and professional opportunities. Our tuition costs represent some of the best value in higher education, and we also offer financial aid support you need to reach your goals.

Students enrolled in a fully online bachelor’s degree program at FIU will not be charged many of the fees applicable to on-campus students, saving fully online student hundreds of dollars per semester. Please note fully online students do not have free access to FIU’s on-campus resources such as: computer labs, sporting events, recreational facilities, parking, etc.

FLORIDA RESIDENTS

TUITION + FEES

Florida Residents Tuition
  • Tuition per credit hour: $130.42
    The total cost per credit includes tuition in the amount of $105.07, as well as the following fees: Financial Aid Fee ($5.25), Tech Fee ($5.25), and the Activity & Service Fee ($14.85).
  • Tuition Differential Fee per credit hour: $52.29
  • Distance Learning Fee per credit hour: $30.00

TUITION & FEES ESTIMATES

BASED ON COURSE LOAD

IF YOU TAKE:
1 COURSE
3 CREDITS
2 COURSES
6 CREDITS
3 COURSES
9 CREDITS
4 COURSES
12 CREDITS
$391.26 $782.52 $1,173.78 $1,565.04
$156.87 $313.74 $470.61 $627.48
$90.00 $180.00 $270.00 $360.00
TOTAL COST:
$638.13
TOTAL COST:
$1,276.26
TOTAL COST:
$1,914.39
TOTAL COST:
$2,552.52

NON-FLORIDA RESIDENTS

TUITION + FEES

Florida non Residents Tuition
  • Tuition per credit hour: $247.48
    The total cost per credit includes tuition in the amount of $216.56, as well as the following fees: Financial Aid Fee ($5.25), Out-of-State Financial Fee ($5.57), Tech Fee ($5.25), and the Activity & Service Fee ($14.85).
  • Tuition Differential Fee per credit hour: $52.29
  • Distance Learning Fee per credit hour: $30.00

TUITION & FEES ESTIMATES

BASED ON COURSE LOAD

IF YOU TAKE:
1 COURSE
3 CREDITS
2 COURSES
6 CREDITS
3 COURSES
9 CREDITS
4 COURSES
12 CREDITS
$742.44 $1,484.88 $2,227.32 $2,969.76
$156.87 $313.74 $470.61 $627.48
$90.00 $180.00 $270.00 $360.00
TOTAL COST:
$989.31
TOTAL COST:
$1,978.62
TOTAL COST:
$2,967.93
TOTAL COST:
$3,957.24

*Total tuition and fees are estimates and are subject to change. Other costs such as lab fees, proctored exam fees, books, supplies and other materials are not included in this calculation.

Top Faculty

Rick Blazek

Professor Blazek came to FIU after almost twenty years teaching at Robert Morris University Illinois. He holds an MA in Philosophy and MDiv in Theology as well as MS and PhD in Computer and Information Science. Blazek worked as a computer consultant in Oil and Gas, Retail, and Construction Engineering for more than ten years both before and after gaining his PhD. His passion for teaching and desire to understand new technologies has lead him to ongoing research in Database and Information security. Since joining FIU in 2004, Blazek has enjoyed teaching a variety of courses for the School of Computer and Information Sciences at FIU at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Debra Davis

Professor Davis received her PhD in Cognitive Developmental Psychology with a minor in Statistics in 2004 from the University of Texas at Austin.  She received her Master's degree in Computer Science from Florida International University in 2000.  She also received her Master's in Developmental Psychology with a Minor in Statistics from the University of Texas at Austin.  In 1993, she received her B.A. with Academic and Research Honors, Psychology, minor: Computer Science, Florida International University.

Caryl Rahn

Professor Rahn received her Bachelors degree in Computer Science from the State University of New York College at Potsdam in 1978, and Masters degree in Computer Science from the University of Pittsburgh in 1989. She spent over 20 years working in industry and taught for about 18 years. She is an author on two United States patents written while working at IBM.

Michael Robinson

Professor Robinson earned his Master of Science in Computer Science from FIU in 2007 and his Bachelor of Science in Computer Science in 2005 from FIU.

@ A Glance


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Tuition per Credit
  • Fully online degree
  • Offered as second degree
  • Program start date: Fall, Spring, Summer
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