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Online ExcelTrack® Bachelor of Science in Information Technology
Program at a Glance
- Control your pace, your deadlines, how many courses you take at a time, and which resources will help you learn best.
- Move quickly past the IT topics you know and spend time on the things you don’t.
- Work directly with faculty to ensure you’ve learned all the material.
- Take as many 1-credit courses as you want in a term and pay one flat tuition rate.
- Choose from seven concentrations:
We offer multiple start dates to give you flexibility in your education, life, and work schedules.
ExcelTrack® Bachelor of Science in Information Technology Overview
Technology-based careers exist in nearly every industry, offering diverse opportunities for job applicants with the right credentials. ExcelTrack® is a personalized, competency-based education that gives you more control over how you learn. Earn the same high-quality bachelor’s degree in IT as a traditional Purdue Global online program—only faster and for less money.*
Designed for highly disciplined, self-motivated learners with strong professional knowledge, ExcelTrack® is centered on real-world career experiences and builds on the skills and knowledge you’ve already mastered.
Once enrolled in the online IT bachelor's degree, you take a series of assessments to demonstrate what you already know and move quickly past those topics. That way, you’ll focus on developing the IT skills that are immediately applicable to your workplace. A faculty member will work with you to ensure you’re on track to successfully complete each course.
Speed up or slow down as much as you want, based on your schedule and personal learning path. You are evaluated by how well you demonstrate competencies, not by how long it takes to learn them.
Each ExcelTrack® course is a single credit, covering a particular skill or piece of knowledge. You advance based on what you already know, and spend time only on what you need to learn.
Take as many 1-credit classes as you want every term for a flat rate of $2,500, excluding fees. Taking more credits per term lowers the average cost per credit.
See the University Catalog for policy and degree plan information specific to this program.
- You are a self-motivated, driven student with strong time management skills.
- You have 3 years of experience working in a setting relevant to your program of study.
- You have successfully completed at least 3 courses at an accredited college or university.
If you decide to enroll, you must complete orientation before you start classes.LEARN MORE ABOUT ExcelTrack®
Purdue Global's School of Business and Information Technology has received programmatic accreditation for the following programs:
The Bachelor of Science in Information Technology is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET, https://www.abet.org.
With ABET accreditation, students, employers, and all those served by the University can be confident that a program meets the quality standards that produce graduates prepared to enter a global workforce.
Purdue Global Is Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission
The HLC (HLCommission.org) is an institutional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
You must be a high school graduate or possess a General Educational Development (GED) certificate or other equivalency diploma. You are also encouraged to complete orientation before you start classes. Refer to the University Catalog or speak to an Advisor to learn more.
Ways to Save
Earn credit for prior coursework completed at eligible institutions, including community colleges.
Prior Work Experience
You could earn undergraduate credit for your life and professional career experiences.
Title IV federal financial aid is available for many of our degree programs.
Learn about federal financial grants and loan programs that may be available.
Prior Military Experience
We offer credit for ACE-evaluated training and CLEP and DANTES examinations.
Prepare to Sit for Industry Certifications
This program provides a solid foundation to pursue IT industry certifications.‡
Earn Credit for Prior Certification
If you’ve already completed certification exams, you may be eligible for credit toward your degree. Learn more about eligible IT certification exams.
What Courses Will I Take?
The ExcelTrack® IT program consists of 174 single-credit courses as well as a 6-credit capstone course.
All bachelor’s in information technology courses are updated regularly by our dedicated curriculum department and advisory board to ensure they reflect the most recent developments in the field.See All ExcelTrack® Courses
- Systems Analysis and Design
- Network Security Concepts
- Programming Concepts
- Website Development
- Project Management I
- Core Credits45
- Major Credits93
- Elective Credits42
- Total Credits180
- IT management
Prepare for management roles in IT and choose from a selection of electives including certified ethical hacking, CISSP, application development, and more.
- Information security and assurance
Study fundamental topics in computer forensics, network administration, intrusion detection, and incident response.
- Network administration
Master the Microsoft operating system in a cloud environment; learn how to design, configure, and maintain network routing and switching; and more.
- Software development using C#
Focus on the C# programming language in software design and development, including web and mobile applications. C# is an object-oriented, component-oriented programming language.
- Software development using Java
Use the Java programming language to design, develop and write programs across devices. Java remains the most popular language for application software development.
- Software development using Python
Explore software development concepts using the Python programming language while applying related approaches to data structures, algorithms, web services, graphics, mobile, and multimedia. Python is a versatile language known for its beginner friendliness, making it widely used.
- Software development using web languages
Employment in the computer and information technology field is expected to grow much faster than average, adding more than 682,000 new jobs from 2021 to 2031.†
Whether you’re preparing for entry-level management positions or want to advance your current career, earning your online bachelor’s degree in IT can help you pursue opportunities in fields such as database management, network administration, programming, website development, and information security.
Top 5 Skills Employers Are Looking for:
- Critical Thinking
- Active Listening
- Systems Analysis
- Systems Evaluation
Top Jobs With This Degree
Labor market, salary, and projected growth information are supplied by Emsi. Average salary range is based on national data. Projected growth represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2018–2030) at the state level and is based on your geographic location. Actual outcomes vary by geographic area, previous work experience, and opportunities for employment. Purdue Global cannot guarantee employment placement, salary level, or career advancement.
Get to Know Our Faculty
Purdue Global faculty members are real-world practitioners who bring knowledge gained through the powerful combination of higher learning and industry experience.View Information Technology Faculty Directory
Publications and Development Hours: Statistics include all Purdue Global faculty members and are not school- or program-specific calculations. Source: Purdue Global Office of Reporting and Analysis, July 2022. 2021–2022 academic year.
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*ExcelTrack® is designed to advance your progress based on existing knowledge; however, degree pace and time and cost savings will vary by individual. Students must enroll in a minimum number of credits per term to remain eligible for financial aid. Refer to the Financial Information section of the University Catalog for additional information. Enrollees will pay a per-term resource fee and associated program fees. Program includes a traditional 6-credit capstone course; however, tuition is charged at the ExcelTrack® rate.
†Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Computer and Information Technology Occupations, www.bls.gov/ooh/computer-and-information-technology/home.htm. National long-term projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth.
‡Certification Exams: Students are responsible for understanding the requirements of optional certification exams. The University cannot guarantee students will be eligible to sit for or pass exams. In some cases, work experience, additional coursework beyond the Purdue Global program, fieldwork, and/or background checks may be necessary to be eligible to take or to successfully pass the exams.