INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY ONLINE DEGREE PROGRAM – ASSOCIATE

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY ONLINE DEGREE PROGRAM – ASSOCIATE

Earn your associate degree in information technology online at UAF and gain the skills for high-demand, well-paying careers in IT. This fully online, hands-on program prepares you to implement, support and troubleshoot computer and information technology systems. Our graduates are ready to work as IT specialists in a variety of professional settings and enjoy a high employment rate post-graduation.

Who Is the Online Degree in Information Technology Designed For?

The information technology specialist associate degree program is designed to provide foundational training for careers in IT. It’s a great fit for first-time college students or working professionals who are interested in the information technology industry. The associate degree is also an excellent jumping off point for a bachelor’s degree if you choose to pursue additional education.

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Why Earn Your Online Associate Degree in Information Technology at UAF?

  • Open the door to new career pathways in IT and boost your earning potential with an associate degree.
  • Engage in a variety of hands-on training activities, built into the curriculum, that give you the opportunity to apply lessons to real-world challenges.
  • Learn from expert faculty who bring extensive IT industry experience to the coursework.
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Example projects in the online information technology degree program

Our online IT specialist program offers unique opportunities for hands-on training and career preparation:


  • Prepare for A+, Net+, Security +, MCSA, CEH, CCNA and AWS Cloud Certifications.
  • Build and test computer networks using routers and switches.
  • Apply offensive and defensive security measures to computers and networks.

Experience online education at UAF

Learn from the best when you earn your degree online at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Offered at in-state tuition for students everywhere, our fully online degrees give you the flexibility to balance work, family and education.

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Cost breakdown for the online associate degree in information technology

The estimated cost for the online information technology associate program based on current rates is $18,130.

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The information technology associate program is well structured and provides courses that are both relevant and very useful for IT professionals. It also gives me the flexibility that I need as a distance education student who works full-time and has a family.

– Dustin Boeshart, Mobile Administrator for Kenai Peninsula Borough School District

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Jobs in Information Technology

Information technology professionals work in almost every industry, providing computer and network systems support to businesses and customers. Many of these careers offer strong growth potential and above-average earnings.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, careers in computer and information technology are projected to grow 12 percent from 2018 to 2028, adding about 546,200 new jobs, which is much faster growth than average. Continued demand for skilled IT professionals will result from greater emphasis on cloud computing, the collection and storage of big data, and information security.

What can you do with an information technology degree?

The online associate degree in information technology will prepare you for a wide variety of entry-level IT jobs, including:

  • Desktop support technician
  • Help desk specialist
  • Computer support specialist
  • Web developer
  • Network support specialist
  • Network and computer systems administrator
  • Cybersecurity specialist

Explore more career opportunities in the information technology field with the University of Alaska Career Coach.

Information technology salaries

Because of the diversity of careers in the field, information technology salaries will vary significantly depending on your industry, level of experience and other factors. To give you an idea of what to expect, here are average annual earnings for a selection of IT careers you might pursue with an associate degree:


  • Computer support specialist: 54,760
  • Web developer: $73,760
  • Network and computer systems administrators: $83,510
  • Information security analyst: $99,730

Explore Classes in the Information Technology Specialist Program

Required courses for the information technology associate degree cover topics such as network support and administration, computer and network security, server operating systems and computer programming. You’ll also be required to pass a certification review demonstrating proficiency in network support and troubleshooting, system administration, cybersecurity, independent thinking, human relations and support, and professional practices.

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