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50 Most Affordable Bachelor’s in Computer and IT Degrees Online 40-50

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The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that the field of computer and information technology is growing faster than average and is on track to add over half a million new jobs to the economy by 2026. Students interested in breaking into this burgeoning occupation can do so conveniently through an affordable online bachelor’s in computer and IT degree program. In this ranking, we’ll explore the top 50 such offerings.

Types of degree programs covered in this ranking include the following:

Online Bachelor of Science in Information Technology (BS)
Online Bachelor of Information Technology (BIT)
Online Bachelor of Information Technology Security (BITS)
Online Bachelor of Computer Information Systems (BCIS)
Online Bachelor of Arts in Information Technology Management (BA)
Online Bachelor of Business Administration: Information Systems and Technology (BBA)
Online Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems (BS)
Online Bachelor of Applied Science in Technology Development and Management (BAS)


Rating and Ranking Methodology

To develop this ranking of the top low-cost online bachelor of computer and IT programs, our editors began with an initial pool of nearly 70 different schools and programs. Using data from the National Center for Educational Statistics, Payscale.com, and each school’s website, we applied the rating and ranking methodology below. In cases of a tie, the most affordable program was awarded the higher ranking.

Tuition*
• Net Price Below $10,000: 4 points
• Net Price Below $15,000: 3 points
• Net Price Below $18,000: 2 points
• Net Price Below $20,000: 1 point

*In cases where the net price was unavailable, we substituted the school’s undergraduate tuition.

Student to Faculty Ratio
• Less than 20:1: 1 point
• Less than 15: 1: 2 points
• Less than 10: 1: 3 points

Return on Investment (ROI) According to Payscale.com
• Top 500: 1 point
• Top 300: 2 points
• Top 150: 3 points

Flexibility of the Program (asynchronous course delivery, hybrid options, part-time/full-time schedule, etc. ) – 1 point per item
Online Student Support Network (faculty mentors/advisors, etc.)— 1 point per item

Concentrations/Specializations – 1 point per item

Accreditation (School-Wide and Program-Specific) – 1 point per item
“Wow” Factor – 1 point

#50—Brandman University

Irvine, California

Online BS in Computing Technology: Information Technology

Website
Student to Faculty Ratio: 15:1
Points: 4
brandman-universityThe affordable online bachelor of computer and IT degree from Brandman University is a BS in Computing Technology with a concentration in Information Technology. The program is flexible and can be completed either fully online or via a hybrid format. Core courses for the major include Introduction to Computing Systems Organization, Systems Quality Assurance and Testing, Leadership and Professional Ethics, and Organizational Information Systems. Students will also take classes in the IT concentration, including Data Communications and Computer Networks, Structured Systems Analysis and Design, Network Implementation, and Database Management. After earning their affordable online computer and IT bachelor’s degrees, students will go on to pursue careers as information security analysts, database administrators, computer network support specialists, web developers, and computer user support specialists, for instance. Brandman University is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges Senior College and University Commission. U.S. News & World Report has named it one of the top 10 most innovative schools and has ranked its online bachelor’s degree programs one of the top 100 nationwide.
Net Price: $26,055

#49—California Baptist University

Riverside, California

Online BS in Computer Information Technology

Website
Student to Faculty Ratio: 17:1
Points: 4
california-baptist-university-e154366381The affordable online bachelor’s computer and IT degree offering from California Baptist University is a fully online BS in Computer Information Technology. Offered through the Division of Online and Professional Studies, the program is an accelerated degree completion option, enabling students to earn their degrees within just 16 months. Once enrolled in the program, students will take lower division courses such as Computer Programming in C++ and Data Structures. They will also take upper division classes like Systems Analysis and Design, Foundations of Information Systems, Enterprise Architecture, and E-Commerce Systems Development. Additional program requirements include Overview of the Bible and Foundations of Christian Thought. California Baptist University is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges Commission on Colleges to award this online computer and IT degree. U.S. News & World Report has called CBU a top regional university in the West and has ranked it a top 20 best value school and a top 10 most innovative school. The publication has also placed the university’s online bachelor’s degree programs among the top 50 in the nation, and the top 30 for veterans.
Net Price: $25,714

#48—National University

La Jolla, California

Online BS in Information Technology Management

Website
Student to Faculty Ratio: 19:1
Points: 4
National_University_in_La_Jolla_CalifornThe affordable online computer and IT bachelor’s degree program from National University is a BS in IT Management. Offered through the university’s School of Engineering and Computing, the program emphasizes project-based learning and can be completed entirely online. Enrolled students will take prerequisite courses such as Office Productivity Software, Computer Hardware and Software, and Computer Network Overview. They will also take major classes like Database Concepts and Data Models, IT Servers Using Linux, Wireless LAN Administration, and The Role of Programming in IT, for instance. Monthly start dates are available for added flexibility, and students will take one 4-week course at a time. Career opportunities for graduates include various positions in IT project management, client and server administration, information security analysis, and network and systems support. National University is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges Senior College and University Commission to award this low-cost online bachelor’s in computer and IT degree. U.S. News & World Report has ranked the school’s online bachelor’s degree programs among the top 150 nationwide and the top 100 for veterans.
Net Price: $23,232

#47—Point Park University

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Online BS in Information Technology

Website
Student to Faculty Ratio: 13:1
Points: 4
Point_Park_University_seal-e155136616024The affordable bachelor’s in computer and IT online offering from Point Park University is a BS program in Information Technology. The 121-credit hour program features major courses such as Networking and Security, Introduction to Programming, Server Management, and Business Analytics. Students will also choose from elective classes like Web Application Development, Survey of Programming Languages, Electronic Commerce, and Digital Security. Courses are eight weeks in length, and the program can be completed within two to four years, depending on course load. After earning their degrees, students are qualified for careers as network architects, systems analysts, information security analysts, computer systems administrators, computer programmers, and database administrators, for instance. Point Park University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education to award this low-cost bachelor’s in computer and IT online degree. U.S. News & World Report has placed the school among the top regional universities in the North.
Net Price: $21,832

#46—Ashford University

San Diego, California

Online BS in Information Technology

Website
Student to Faculty Ratio: 14:1
Points: 4
Ashford University offers a low-cost online bachelor of computer and IT program through its distinguished Forbes School of Business & Technology™. A BS option in IT, the program addresses topics such as mobile and web applications, information assurance and security, project management, networking technologies, and data management. The curriculum is comprised of fundamental IT courses such as Information Technology Strategy and Management, Web Design and Development, Fundamentals of IT and Literacy, and Mobile Application Design and Development. Students will also take computer technology classes like Data Structures, Algorithms, and Designs; Fundamentals of Programming Languages; Computer Organization and Architecture; and Database Systems and Management. Courses are five weeks in length, and transfer students may bring up to 90 approved credit hours to the program to accelerate their completion. Ashford University is accredited by WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), 985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100, Alameda, CA 94501, 510.748.9001, www.wscuc.org.
Net Price: $18,469 (Average Net Price 2016-2017)

#45—Herzing University

Madison, Wisconsin

Bachelor of Information Technology Online

Website
Student to Faculty Ratio: 15:1
Points: 5
herzing-e1551366485236.pngThe affordable online computer and IT bachelor’s degree program from Herzing University features an optional concentration in Data Analytics. Students enrolled in the program will take core courses such as Transition to Technology Concepts, Computer Architecture and Troubleshooting, Information Technology Project Management, and Network and Server Operating Systems. Elective offerings include Applied Routers and Switches, Business Systems Analysis, and Technology and Innovation, for example. Students in the Data Analytics track will also take classes like Foundations of Data Analytics, Data Presentation and Visualization, and Statistics for Data Analytics. A capstone project or internship is also required prior to graduation. An accelerated track is available for students who plan to pursue an MBA. Herzing University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission to award this online bachelor of computer and IT degree. U.S. News & World Report has named it a top regional university in the Midwest and has ranked its online bachelor’s degree programs among the top 100 in the United States and among the top 75 for veterans.
Undergraduate Tuition*: $25,531

#44—Franklin University

Indianapolis, Indiana

Online Bachelor’s in Information Technology

Website
Student to Faculty Ratio: 11:1
Points: 5
franklin-logo-e1543663574471.jpgFranklin University offers an affordable online bachelor of computer and IT degree program designed to be completed in just under four years. This flexible offering can be pursued on a full-time or part-time basis, and there are multiple start dates per year. The curriculum for the program is broad and encompasses topics like network and systems administration, infrastructure management, info security, database administration, and IT project management. Students will take major area courses such as Virtualization and Cloud Computing; Computer Networks: Switching, Routing, and Wans; and Information Systems Architecture and Technology. Students will also take technical courses, including Cybersecurity Fundamentals, Introduction to Computer Science and Object-Oriented Programming, Database Management Systems, and Principles of Computer Networks. They will also choose from major electives such as Security and Risk Management, Introduction to Analytics, and Communications and Network Security. Upon graduation, students are prepared for roles as help desk technical specialists, database administrators, IT project managers, IT support generalists, network administrators, and web security administrators. Franklin University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission to award this bachelor’s in computer and IT degree online.
Net Price: $24,779

#43—Columbia Southern University

Orange Beach, Alabama

Online Bachelor’s Information Technology

Website
Student to Faculty Ratio: 65:1
Points: 5

columbia-southern-university-e1551366597

The low-cost online computer and IT bachelor’s degree from Columbia Southern University is a comprehensive 120-credit hour Bachelor’s in Information Technology. The program addresses fundamental topics in information tech such as information systems management, organizational communication, internet and network security, microcomputer systems, web design and development, and IT evaluation and implementation. Core course titles include Systems Analysis and Design, Introduction to Data Communication, Database Design and Implementation, and Programming Concepts and Problem Solving. The university also offers a BS in Information Systems and Cybersecurity with a specialization in Homeland Security. Columbia Southern University is accredited by the Distance Education Accreditation Commission to award this affordable online bachelor’s in computer and IT degree.
Net Price: $11,061

#42—Campbell University

Buies Creek, North Carolina

Online Bachelor of Information Technology Security

Website
Student to Faculty Ratio: 15:1
Points: 6
campbell-e1551366712765.pngThe affordable online bachelor’s in computer and IT program from Campbell University is a BS in IT Security with an optional Management track. The curriculum for the program emphasizes the evolving role IT plays in modern society. Major courses include Systems Analysis, Design, and Development; Networking and Telecommunications; Fundamentals of Information Technology; and Information Security and Countermeasures. Students enrolled in the Management track will take additional classes like Database Management, Internet Applications, and Windows Operating Environment. The program is designed to be completed within four years, and all coursework can be taken online. Campbell University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award this low-cost bachelor’s in computer and IT degree online. U.S. News & World Report has named it one of the top 30 regional universities in the South and one of the 20 best colleges for veterans. The publication has also lauded the school for its innovation and called it a best value school.
Net Price: $25,503

#41—Saint Leo University

Saint Leo, Florida

Online Bachelor’s in Computer Information Systems

Website
Student to Faculty Ratio: 18:1
Points: 6

saint-leo-university-e1543664646738.jpgThe affordable online bachelor’s computer and IT degree program from Saint Leo University is a 120-credit hour Bachelor’s in Computer Information Systems. The curriculum for the program addresses critical topics in the IT field, including information security, IT project management, internet applications, programming, and systems analysis. Major requirements include course titles like Database Concepts and Programming, Web Design and Information Resources, Programming in Java, and Network Theory and Design. Internships are available for students who desire an experiential learning component. Graduates of the program will go on to work as computer programmers, IT security analysts, web developers, chief information officers, technical support specialists, and IT auditors, for example. Distance students have the opportunity to join student organizations such as the Computing Club and the Computer Gamers Club. Saint Leo University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. U.S. News & World Report has named the school a top regional university in the South and has ranked it among the top 50 best colleges for veterans and the top 15 best value schools.
Net Price: $20,552

#40—Concordia University- St. Paul

St. Paul, Minnesota

Online BA in Information Technology Management

Website
Student to Faculty Ratio: 18:1
Points: 6
concordia-university-st-paul-e1541181942The affordable online bachelor of computer and IT degree program from Concordia University- St. Paul is a highly flexible BA option in Information Technology Management. Coursework can be taken fully online or via a hybrid model, and course delivery is asynchronous. Required course titles include Business-Driven Information Systems and Security, Analytics and Technology, Strategic Project Management for IT, and Bridging the IT Business Gap for Innovation. The program prepares students for careers as IT strategists, project managers, security architects, systems analysts, infrastructure architects, business analysts, and operations managers, for instance. Students can complete this accelerated degree program within just 18 months. Concordia University- St. Paul is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission to award this low-cost computer and IT bachelor’s online degree. U.S. News & World Report has ranked the school among the top 100 regional universities in the Midwest. It has also placed the school’s online bachelor’s degree programs among the top 150 nationwide.
Net Price: $19,714

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