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College of Applied and Technical Studies
Bachelor of Science in Information Technology

Bachelor of Science in Information Technology

Course Delivery

100% online

Total Credits

120

Approximate Tuition Cost

$30,200

Available Concentrations

Choose from 7 concentrations

*Based on the Tuition Guarantee Program for a full-time student taking 12-18 semester hours, if completing program in 8 semesters.

Program Overview

The Bachelor of Science in Information Technology degree provides students with an applied approach that focuses on supporting end users in a variety of workplace settings by utilizing a range of computing technologies. The degree program gives students the tools to support computing and networking infrastructures and the needs of individuals and organizations, write programs necessary to help them render their tasks more efficiently on their desktop or mobile devices, utilize databases and write the web-based interfaces to pull the data, and code and deploy applications across the cloud.

Online Concentrations: Students declare one of the seven concentrations within the Information Technology major:

Application Development

The Application Development concentration provides students with the ability to program in languages typically utilized in contemporary business environments. Students will code in applications such as Visual Basic, C++, Java, C# and other industry-standard applications to develop programs employing event-driven and object-oriented techniques.

Cybersecurity and Forensics

The Cybersecurity and Forensics concentration places an emphasis on security of computer and network systems, including forensic work to prevent and/or determine and correct security issues utilizing “cybersecurity” devices, procedures, tools, and solutions.

Database Design and Administration

The Database Design and Administration concentration focuses on skills needed to become a database manager. Topics include relational database design; working with database servers, users and permissions; SQL statements used for queries and reports; and incorporating databases into programming used in web-based and desktop forms.

Health Information Technology

The Health Information Technology concentration provides students with the tools to install, manage, troubleshoot and secure hardware and software systems in healthcare environments. The course of study includes health IT privacy, security, EHR Implementation and support, mobile device management, technology and application life-cycle management, organizational behavior, medical business operations, and regulatory requirements.

Integrated Information Technology

The Integrated Information Technology concentration is ideal for students who want a flexible course of study for positions that require IT staff to perform a wide range of technical duties.

Internet/Multimedia

The Internet/Multimedia concentration focuses on scripting, server-side form handling, web database integration, and interactive and dynamic multimedia internet development.

Networking

The Networking concentration focuses on configuring and maintaining network information systems and components in various network operating system and cloud computing environments that are prevalent in today's businesses. The emphasis is on network administration (i.e. managing Active Directory and network services), servers, workstations, virtualization, security, troubleshooting, installation, and maintenance.

Program Structure

  • 120 credits total
  • 52-53 courses
  • Each concentration is 18 or 19 credits
  • Minimum C grade required to satisfy the writing-intensive requirements (IT 36318)

Admissions Requirements

The university affirmatively strives to provide educational opportunities and access to students with varied backgrounds, those with special talents, and adult students who graduated from high school three or more years ago.

First-Year Students on the Kent Campus: First-year admission policy on the Kent Campus is selective. Admission decisions are based upon cumulative grade point average, strength of high school college preparatory curriculum, and grade trends. Students not admissible to the Kent Campus may be administratively referred to one of the seven regional campuses to begin their college coursework. For more information, visit the admissions website for first-year students.

 

First-Year Students on the Regional Campuses: First-year admission to Kent State's campuses at Ashtabula, East Liverpool, Geauga, Salem, Stark, Trumbull, and Tuscarawas, as well as the Twinsburg Academic Center, is open to anyone with a high school diploma, or its equivalent. Check with a regional campus admissions office to determine application requirements, as they may differ among campuses.

 

International Students: All international students must provide proof of English language proficiency (unless they meet specific exceptions) by earning a minimum 525 TOEFL score (71 on the internet-based version), minimum 75 MELAB score, minimum 6.0 IELTS score, or minimum 48 PTE score or minimum 100 DET score; or by completing the ESL level 112 Intensive Program. For more information, visit the admissions website for international students.

Transfer Students: For more information, visit the admissions website for transfer students.

Former Students: Former Kent State students or graduates who have not attended another college or university since Kent State may complete the reenrollment or reinstatement form on the University Registrar's website.

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Important Dates

Jan
17

Classes Begin

Spring 2023 Semester

Mar
27

Spring Break

Spring Break

May
18

Classes Begin

Summer 2023 Semester

Courses

Courses for the online BS in Information Technology prepare students for technical support roles in professional settings. Topics include cybersecurity, operating systems and networking technology, web technology, computer assembly and configuration, help desk support, and a variety of essential software applications. After selecting one of the seven concentration areas listed above, coursework will also include 18-19 credit hours in their chosen subject.

 

All undergraduate students must also complete courses that satisfy the Kent State university requirements in order to graduate.

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Tuition and Fees

Ohio Residents Non-Ohio Residents
Per Credit Hour Per 3-Credit Course Approximate Tuition Cost Per Credit Hour Per 3-Credit Course Approximate Tuition Cost
$316.40
Lower Division
Courses
$370.80
Upper Division
Courses
$949.20
Lower Division
Courses
$1,112.40
Upper Division
Courses
$30,200 full-time1 $326.40
Lower Division
Courses
$380.80
Upper Division
Courses
$979.20
Lower Division
Courses
$1,142.40
Upper Division
Courses
$31,200-$31,700 full-time2

1The flat-rate semester fee of $3,480.70 for LOWER division courses and $4,079.80 for UPPER division courses applies to full-time Ohio resident undergraduate students taking between 12-18 credit hours per semester. The approximate tuition for this 8 semester program is calculated at 4 semesters of LOWER division courses ($13,922.80) and 4 semesters of UPPER division courses ($16,316.80), as an average.

2The flat-rate semester fee of $3,480.70 for LOWER division courses and $4079.80 for UPPER division courses applies to full-time non-Ohio resident undergraduate students enrolled in a fully online degree program and taking between 12-18 credit hours per semester, PLUS a surcharge of $10 per credit hour of actual credits taken (between 12-18 semester credits or $120-$180). The approximate tuition cost for this 8 semester program was calculated at 4 semesters of LOWER division courses ($13,922.80) and 4 semesters of UPPER division courses ($16,316.80), PLUS $120-$180 per-credit-hour surcharge each semester, as an average.

For part-time semesters: The $316.40 per-credit-hour tuition rate for LOWER division courses and $370.80 for UPPER division courses applies to part-time Ohio resident undergraduate students, PLUS a $10 per-credit-hour surcharge for non-Ohio resident undergraduate students, taking fewer than 12 credit hours per semester. 

An additional Distance Learning fee for all students enrolled in a distance learning course is $15 per credit hour. Program tuition and costs are estimated and subject to change.

Actual tuition costs may vary based on a student’s chosen academic plan. For a complete listing of tuition rates for approved online programs please contact the One Stop for Student Services at 330-672-6000, or via our website Contact Us link.

The total program costs are estimates and are not final or binding. Program costs are based on standard fees, but fees may vary based on the actual classes taken.  Kent State University disclaims any liability arising from the use of or reliance upon these program cost estimates by any person.  Program costs are subject to change without notice.


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