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Top Online Schools for Technology

By Amber Hilton,
Staff Writer

Technology is always changing. An online degree in tech can put you on the cutting edge of what's new and innovative.

Technology is a broad term that can refer to many different fields of study. However, in this case, it refers to computer technology programs. A variety of institutions, from those that are exclusively online to traditional brick-and-mortar schools, offer online undergraduate and graduate programs in computer technology.

Ranking systems like those used by U.S. News and World Report don't currently include online degree programs, so it's difficult to determine the best online programs for technology. However, the following schools have some of the highest student populations of those that offer computer technology programs.

University of Phoenix

The University of Phoenix is a four-year, private, for-profit university that offers both online and on-campus programs. As of 2011, its online campus enrolled more than 291,000 students, according to the National Center for Education Statistics' (NCES) College Navigator tool . The university's College of Information Systems and Technology offers many online computer technology programs, including an associate's, bachelor's and master's degree in information technology. Thanks to online resources like the University Library, students can earn their degrees from the comfort of home and according to their own schedules.

Excelsior College

Excelsior College is another large institution that offers online programs in technology. Formerly known as Regents College, this private, non-profit school had a student population of over 34,620 in 2011, per the NCES. Considered a leader in online learning, this college offers a number of two-year associate's degrees and four-year bachelor's degrees in various facets of technology. These include an Associate in Science in Technology with a focus in computer technologies, and a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Technology with a focus in computer technologies.

St. Petersburg College

Another institution of higher learning that is known for its online programs is St. Petersburg College. According to the NCES, this four-year public college had more than 29,200 students as of 2011, making it one of the most populated schools to offer online computer technology programs. The school's College of Computer & Information Technology offers an Associate in Arts (A.A.), Associate in Science (A.S.) and a Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.S.) in several different technology areas.

These programs aren't currently offered entirely online, but students can earn a portion of their credits through online courses. Several accelerated technology certificates are offered fully online at St. Petersburg, including an information technology (IT) security program and a Microsoft Certified Information Technology Professional Systems Administrator program. These 18-credit certificates can be earned entirely online in as little as one semester.

These are just a few of the more populated schools that offer online programs for computer technology. As the demand for flexible online learning options continues to grow, more schools, including brick-and-mortar schools, are bound to offer more distance learning options. Ranking systems like that used by U.S. News and World Report also have plans to include online programs in the near future, which will make it easier to determine which schools offer the best online technology programs.

Last edited: January 6, 2012, 8:01 pm EST
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