Information technology

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Overview

Demand for IT practitioners, software engineers, cybersecurity experts and media technology specialists is extremely high. Mizzou’s online BS IT program prepares graduates with a technical skill set that equips them to take on a wide variety of jobs in this growing industry.

No matter where you are in your educational journey, a bachelor’s degree in information technology will help you stand out. With Mizzou’s BS IT program, you can choose your path to a successful future:

  • Enroll as a high school student and get a jumpstart on your college courses;
  • Start as a freshman and prepare to enter the workforce in the thriving IT industry;
  • Join the university as a transfer student and finish as a Tiger;
  • If you’re already in the workforce, earn your degree and gain new skills that will help you change career paths or advance in your current position.

Quick facts

Official name

Bachelor of science in information technology

Campus

University of Missouri

Program type

Bachelor's degree

Academic home

College of Engineering | Department of Information Technology

Delivery mode

100% online

Accreditation

Higher Learning Commission

Freshman credit hours

126

Freshman estimated cost

$55,823.90

Transfer credit hours

66

Transfer estimated cost

$33,944.90

*This cost is for illustrative purposes only. Your hours and costs will differ, depending on your transfer hours, your course choices and your academic progress. See more about tuition and financial aid.

Pick your path: Software engineering, media technology or cybersecurity

The online BS IT program is career goals-focused and allows students to tailor the course work with their own specific focus in mind: software engineering, media technology or cybersecurity.

  • Software engineering: Computer programming, web development, networks and database management, mobile application development and project management.
  • Media technology: Video and audio post-production, wireless broadcast system, visual effects, motion graphics, 2D/3D animation, virtual reality and game design.
  • Cybersecurity: Cyberattack prevention, defensive and offensive cybersecurity, computer network security, cloud-based architecture, system administration and digital forensics investigation.
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Career prospects

Job titles some of our graduates hold

  • Software engineer
  • Information technology business manager
  • Cybersecurity engineer
  • Web developer
  • System administrator
  • Cybersecurity consultant
  • Network engineer/architect
  • Video post-production specialist
  • Visual effects animator
  • Game designer
  • Audio engineer
  • Cybersecurity analyst
  • Vulnerability analyst
  • Penetration tester
Burning Glass Technologies. 2019. Salary numbers and employment growth numbers are based on models that consider advertised job posting salary, Bureau of Labor Statistics data and other proprietary and public sources of information for multiple occupations. A sample of selected occupations: Audio-Visual and Multimedia Collections Specialists, Computer Network Architects, Data Warehousing Specialists, Information Security Analysts, Multimedia Artists and Animators, Software Developers, Video Game Designers, Web Administrators.
12%
Employment growth
Burning Glass Technologies. 2019. Salary numbers and employment growth numbers are based on models that consider advertised job posting salary, Bureau of Labor Statistics data and other proprietary and public sources of information for multiple occupations. A sample of selected occupations: Audio-Visual and Multimedia Collections Specialists, Computer Network Architects, Data Warehousing Specialists, Information Security Analysts, Multimedia Artists and Animators, Software Developers, Video Game Designers, Web Administrators.
$92,451
Average salary

Program structure

The online bachelor’s in information technology is 100 percent online: no campus visits are required.

While some available online courses have varying lengths, all information technology courses are semester-based. The length of your program depends on how many credit hours you transfer and whether you study part time or full time.

Course work covers

  • Software engineering
  • Media technology
  • Web application and mobile application development
  • Cybersecurity
  • Network security
  • Programming
  • Web design
  • Virtual reality environment design
  • Systems administration
  • Wireless network security
  • Cloud security

Delivery

100% online

Calendar system

Semester-based

Typical program length

Varies

Typical course load

Varies if full time or part time

Accreditation

The University of Missouri is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States.

James Kirkland
I definitely think the IT program helped [secure a job at Microsoft]. And especially the online program with core skills like time management.
BS IT ’20

Faculty spotlight

Photo of Brian Maurer: caucasian male in black jacket with short, dark hair and a beard

Professor Maurer’s background is in media technology, and he brings his experience in film production to the IT program. He is an independent film director and producer, and owns two film production businesses. His technical focus includes media creation, UHD workflow, camera technology, audio engineering, video processing and post-production.

Brian Maurer
Director of Undergraduate Studies, Assistant Professor of Practice

Learn more about this program

This program is administered by the Department of Information Technology