M State’s hands-on programs help prepare students for rewarding careers in information technology, which include some of the fastest growing jobs nationwide.
As a student in M State's Information Technology degree program, you'll work with networking, Web and database technologies while learning to use hardware and software systems to solve problems for people and organizations.
M State offers two Information Technology program options:
This program is eligible for the Minnesota Two-Year Occupational Grant Pilot Program. Participating students will have their tuition and fees paid after Federal Pell and Minnesota State grants have been applied to their accounts.
There is no separate application for this grant. Interested students apply by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or, for undocumented students, the Minnesota Dream Act Application. Funding is limited, so submit the FAFSA as early as possible since applicants will be ranked by their application date.
For more information on student eligibility, visit Learn More Pay Less, call 877.450.3322 or download the elgible program list.
Associate of Applied Science (AAS)
Associate of Science (AS)
Information Technology Associate of Science (AS)
Information Technology Associate of Applied Science (AAS)
Locations: Detroit Lakes, Online
The Information Technology Associate in Science degree prepares students to continue to work toward a bachelor's degree or enter the workforce. Students learn to use various hardware and software systems to solve problems for people and organizations. Students work with networking technologies, applications, Web technologies and database technologies. Students focus on the selection, application and administration of information technologies. The degree minimizes the number of credits required at selected institutions to complete a bachelor's degree. The degree is an ideal mix of practical experience and general education for a field that is constantly evolving.
This program prepares students to work in information technology. Students learn to select appropriate systems, create necessary solutions, apply existing systems, integrate a variety of systems and administer systems. This career program prepares students to fulfill a variety of roles within the information technology field.
M State's Information Technology program has an articulation agreement with Minnesota State University Moorhead. Graduates from M State's program can transfer seamlessly into MSUM's bachelor degree programs in:
Articulation agreements ensure that students completing specified coursework or degree programs at M State will transfer into designated programs at partner universities/colleges per the terms of the agreement. This cooperative effort eliminates or minimizes the questions and confusion that sometimes accompany transfer and allows our students to be confident that their degree from M State will satisfy a substantive portion of the completion requirements for the bachelor's degree at the university/college they will be attending.
In 2016, the Center for Online Education recognized M State's Information Technology AAS degree as one of the best online associate in information technology degree programs in the nation.
The Center notes that M State's 60-credit program "can prepare students for a career in IT support, network administration, telecommunications or cyber security, among many diverse options within the technology industry."
The Center for Online Education is a collection of online educators and experts committed to providing informed, research-based guides to students pursuing degrees online.
Computer User Support Specialist
data source: Career Coach
Graduates will find career opportunities as: IT support specialist (help desk), application support specialist, customer support specialist, health information technology, network administration, network technician, telecommunications technician, server administration, web administration, web developer, web master, computer programmer, mobile app developer, and cyber security.
Description: Provide technical assistance to computer users. Answer questions or resolve computer problems for clients in person, or via telephone or electronically. May provide assistance concerning the use of computer hardware and software, including printing, installation, word processing, electronic mail, and operating systems.
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All career data is set to your current geographical area: up to 100 miles away from Moorhead
data source: Career Coach
1,282 Employed in your area
56 Estimated annual job openings
133 Approaching retirement age
The average retirement age in the U.S. is 65 years old. Computer User Support Specialists in the 55-64 and the 65+ categories are 1-10 years away from retirement. When older workers retire, there will likely be a demand for new workers.
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* Based on county-level occupational demographics
data source: Career Coach
Required IT courses for AAS degree
Required IT courses for AS degree
Last modified: September 10th, 2016 at 10:46am