The degree program provides students with the knowledge necessary to pursue careers in information systems and computer programming.

Degree Benefits:

  • $151,150* annual median income for Computer and Information Systems Managers
  • 11% job growth rate for Computer and Information Systems Managers*

Career Options Include:

  • Product Manager
  • Financial Planner
  • Business Systems Analyst
  • Cyber Security Systems Analyst

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Computer and Information Systems Managers, on the Internet at (visited March 24, 2022).

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Most technology management degrees take about four years to complete. Like most four-year programs, earning an online bachelor’s degree in this field will require the completion of 120 to 128 credit hours. In some cases, you may be able to enroll in an accelerated program, though this will mean a lot more work in a short amount of time. Online students often juggle multiple commitments, so it can be a challenge to make time for a full-time course load.

The cost of an online technology management degree varies based on several factors. Residency is one consideration, as some schools charge higher fees to online students from out-of-state, despite the remote learning experience. Others charge the same rate to all online students regardless of location. Students can expect to pay between $225 to $500, on average, per credit hour.

This degree is designed to prepare students to find work after graduation. Coursework aims to help students develop management, IT, and business skills through a diverse range of subject matter. Courses will differ across different programs, but most programs will include networking, cybersecurity, management, and information technology. Additionally, you can expect to take some classes that you’d find in a business program—finance, economics, accounting, and organizational management.

Don’t enroll in a school if you haven’t looked at what kind of majors are available. Technology management is a very specific degree, so it might not be available at every school you look at. Another thing you might want to consider is whether the school offers any concentrations or minors that would add to your future career success.

When you choose a college, you might not immediately think about reviewing the graduation rates. The average graduation rate nationwide is about 59%, and more students tend to graduate from non-profit or private colleges than for-profit or public institutions.

The reason this metric is important is, a low graduation rate may be a sign that the school doesn’t provide the resources needed to help students succeed. You want to find a school that has a commitment to helping students succeed with dedicated staff and resources that will help you graduate on schedule and secure a rewarding job after graduation.

Accreditation is a key consideration, as it demonstrates that the technology management program meets a specific set of standards. Prospective students should look for two things. First of all, regional accreditation is a significant factor. The US Department of Education works with six accreditation agencies which are responsible for determining the standards by which to measure a school and its programs. Most schools from the Ivy League to the big state schools and liberal arts colleges have this designation—in general, it sets schools apart from religious or for-profit schools that make up their own rules.

The second thing you’ll want to look for is accreditation from the Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering (ATMAE). This institution is responsible for accrediting technology programs and they run regular inspections to ensure schools adhere to guidelines.

While most students enter a program in the hopes that they’ll secure a job after graduation, only about a quarter of students have a job lined up when they graduate. When you research programs, you’ll want to look at whether the school helps you secure an internship or offers any career counseling or mentoring opportunities.

Additionally, things like an active alumni association, on-campus recruitment, and networking opportunities make a big difference. As such, you’ll want to focus on schools that offer this extra support, as it can make it easier to kick off your career ASAP, rather than sending you back to the drawing board.

As we mentioned above, certification plays a major role in whether you can transfer to another school, continue your education, or find work. Accreditation ensures that when you sign up for a program, the faculty and administrators will provide you with the resources and access to information that the state and the ATMAE have deemed the industry standard.

The school’s rating has more to do with things like its reputation. Or, how students felt about their experience earning their degree. While you’ll want to look at statistics like how competitive the school is, what kind of experience the faculty has, and whether you’ll get some hands-on experience in your chosen field, it’s also a good idea to see what the students themselves have to say.

If you’re researching schools, there are a wide range of programs available—some accredited, some not. School accreditation is one of the most important things to consider when looking at a degree program—one that can have a significant impact on your academic career and your career prospects down the road.

Schools receive national or regional accreditation by meeting a set of standards defined by accrediting organizations. Non-profit colleges and universities are typically regionally accredited—and these schools offer transferable credits and are widely recognized as high-quality programs that meet specific standards. National accreditation is awarded on a much laxer basis—you’ll typically see this designation associated with programs offered through for-profit schools, religious institutions, or other programs.

You’ll want to look for schools that have regional accreditation, but you’ll also want to seek out programs that have been accredited by the ATMAE, a professional organization that evaluates information technology programs across the country. Schools with both credentials signify that you’ll be getting a quality education, the first step toward a great career.