Computer Information Technology, B.A.

Computer Information Technology, B.A.

Overview

You’re fascinated by the way multiple parts work together to make entire systems operate. You want to connect to something bigger.

You understand the need for technologies to integrate and the need for collaboration among the people operating them. It’s your desire to connect others to their work, combined with your desire to make information systems operate effectively, that pushes you toward a greater calling.

Completing your Bachelor of Arts in Computer Information Technology from PLNU will give you the practical skills needed to provide businesses and individuals with IT solutions — making a more connected world possible.

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Computer Information Technology (CIT)

Be the Bridge Between Technology and People

Gain a hands-on understanding of systems — technical and personal. Be equipped to use information technology to solve business problems. Enable communication between computer systems and lead collaboration among the people operating them.

Be Prepared for the Future

PLNU offers a convenient format tailored to accommodate your work and life commitments. Through courses on hardware, networking, security, programming, database design, and more, you will be prepared for the professional world. Build your resume by taking at least three IT certification tests before you graduate.

Build Relationships with Expert Faculty

Learn from seasoned professors who want to see you succeed — academically, professionally, and personally. Their knowledge and support will ensure you make the connections needed to align your work with your calling.

Certify your Specialized Career

In addition, PLNU’s computer information technology degree will ensure your professional readiness by preparing you for the following certifications:

CompTIA IT Fundamentals
This test certifies basic IT knowledge and serves as a stepping stone to more advanced certifications, such as Security+ or Network+.

CompTIA A+
This certification validates knowledge of the hardware and software most commonly used in business and certifies the skills needed to support complex IT infrastructures.

CompTIA Project +
This test certifies the knowledge and skills involved in professional project management. It validates the ability to initiate, manage, and support project and business initiatives.

CompTIA Network +
This certification validates the knowledge and skills needed to design, configure, manage, and troubleshoot wired and wireless devices.

CompTIA Security +
This certification covers the essential principles for network security and risk management — knowledge and skills needed to enter an IT security career.

Concentration in Cyber Security
This concentration is available for MiraCosta College students looking to supplement their A.S. in Cyber Security with a specialized bachelor's degree. Prerequisite credit is required from the following introductory courses:

  • A+ Preparation
  • Networking
  • Security
  • Linux/Unix
  • Windows
  • Cyber Security Analyst
  • Ethical Hacking or Penetration Testing

"The B.A. in Computer Information Technology blends traditional classroom instruction with practical technical training activities. The program focuses on the core IT subjects of hardware, networking, security, database technologies, web technologies, and programming, with an emphasis on preparing students for some of the most popular professional IT certifications in the industry."

Michael Leih, Ph.D.
Professor

Application Information

Program Start Date(s):

  • Fall 2022 - August 29, 2022
  • Spring 2023 - January 9, 2023

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The Selection Process

We understand your application is not only a reflection of you as a student; it reflects you as a person. That’s why we are committed to reviewing it thoroughly and giving it the individual care and attention it deserves. We believe you have more to offer than just a GPA, which is why there is no numeric formula that determines admission. Rather, we holistically evaluate your academic history, work and life experience, background, and circumstances to determine admission into the program. We strongly encourage you to apply, even if you’re unsure of your qualifications.

To be admitted into PLNU's degree completion program, you must have completed at least 40 semester hours with a cumulative GPA of at least a 2.25 from an accredited institution as evidenced by an official transcript sent directly from each college or university attended.*

Application Checklist

Note: The application is completed entirely online with the exception of transcripts, which can be submitted electronically or directly to PLNU, and test scores, which should be submitted electronically.

  1. Submit online application for admission.

  2. Submit official transcripts from each institution attended.

    Official transcripts must be sent to:
    Point Loma Nazarene University
    Office of Graduate Admissions
    3900 Lomaland Dr.
    San Diego, CA 92106

    Official electronic transcripts must be emailed to:
    gradprocessing@pointloma.edu

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NOTE: All students are expected to have some proficiency with computer technology (email, Internet, word processing, etc.).

*Prospective students who meet the other criteria but do not have the required semester hours for entrance or are lacking in the core requirements will be advised how to correct any deficiency. An enrollment counselor will assist these students with the development of a written pre-admission educational plan, which may include bridge courses taken at PLNU. Only courses from an accredited institution where at least a grade of a “C” has been earned will be accepted by transfer. Prospective students who do not meet the minimum GPA requirement can be considered for admission under exception. Contact your enrollment counselor for details.

**General Education deficiencies may be completed after admission, but at least 20 hours must be completed prior to starting the program cohort. Three hours of appropriate prior learning credit (see below) may be used to meet one of the General Education areas — with the exception of English composition and math.

***The PLNU General Education Learning Outcomes (GELOs) will be addressed and measured within the PLNU degree program to ensure the outcomes we value are demonstrated.

Program Prerequisites

Incoming students must have completed a computer concepts course or an introduction to computer technology course or have significant work experience in the field of computer technology to be admitted to the program. If you do not have any experience with IT or have not taken a basic IT class, the course CIT 153 IT Fundamentals must be taken in advance of your first CIT class. CIT 153 is offered each semester before the start of the next cohort, so a next semester start is still possible. Please contact an advisor for more information.

Students beginning the program Fall 2021 and onward will also be charged a $50 per course fee for books and certificates received in the program. 

The following are the minimum hardware/software requirements:

  • Each student is responsible for supplying their own laptop meeting the minimum hardware and software requirements described below.
  • Each student is expected to have their laptop available at each class session unless instructed otherwise by the course instructor.
  • Each student is expected to set up and maintain their laptop to be connected to the campus wireless network.

Hardware:

  • Laptop computer with the following hardware levels:
    • Processor: Intel i5, AMD 5, or Apple M1 with 4+ cores processor 2.0 GHz or greater (i7 or AMD 7 preferred).
    • LCD: 14 inch or greater
    • Memory: 8GB or more of RAM
    • Hard Drive: 250 GB or more of free disk space. Solid State Drive is highly recommended.  
    • Wireless network adapter
    • Webcam, speaker, microphone

Operating System:

  • Windows 10 or greater with current service patches OR
  • Mac 10.8 (or later) with the ability to run Windows 10 via a dual-boot or virtual machine.

Software:

  • Required software supplied by student:
    • Current OS security patches and fixes
    • Current Malware Scanning Software
  • MS Office (2019 or later) – available for free to students currently taking PLNU classes at https://www.office.com.  Sign in using your current PLNU userID and password.  

Career Opportunities

PLNU’s B.A. in Computer Information Technology will prepare you for a career that uses information systems in business, industry, government, and the nonprofit sector, as well as graduate-level study in fields related to information systems.

Possible Careers With a Bachelor’s in Computer Information Technology:

  • Junior Technology Security Specialist
  • Junior Network Administrator
  • Junior Web Developer
  • Quality Assurance Analyst
  • Junior Business Analyst
  • Junior Software Application Developer
  • IT Support Engineer
  • Hardware and System Repair Engineer
  • IT Solutions Specialist
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PLNU Alum Sean Kennedy and the Road Less Traveled to a Bachelor’s

PLNU alum Sean Kennedy (21) shares his experience going back to school to earn his B.A. in Computer Information Technology in his 40s, showing us all it’s never too late — or too early — to achieve a dream.

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What Can I Do With A Bachelor of Arts in Computer Information Technology? 

Over the course of the last half-century, computers, the internet, and information systems have become essential to the function of society. A degree in computer information technology secures a path toward a multitude of careers and industries, places where problem-solving abilities and analytical skills are valued assets. 

The following are some of the most popular jobs for those with a Computer Information Technology, B.A.: 


Junior Web Developer
2020 Median annual salary $50,392
Junior web developers help with creating websites and updating existing web applications. They work under senior developers and assist with coding, testing, design adjustments, and client reviews. After working in the industry for several years, they may choose to seek senior developer positions.

What it takes to be a junior web developer: 

  • Collaboration 
  • Problem-solving
  • Ability to learn
  • Work ethic

Quality Assurance Analyst
2020 Median annual salary $110,140
A quality assurance analyst works to make sure an organization's software is working properly and tests programs that software developers build. Quality assurance analysts test software even before it’s released to the public. They work closely with development teams and other analysts to validate software updates and requirements.

What it takes to be a quality assurance analyst: 

  • Communication 
  • Creativity
  • Programming skills
  • Ability to prioritize

Junior Business Analyst
2020 Median annual salary $61,674
Junior business analysts work to assist senior analysts and other professional analysts. They gather, document, validate, and update system information and needs. Junior business analysts maintain and verify requirement baselines set by lead analysts.

What it takes to be a junior business analyst: 

  • Organization
  • Analytical and evaluative skills 
  • Communication
  • Ability to multitask
  • Interpersonal skills

Using Your Computer Information Technology Degree: 

PLNU’s computer information technology program is designed to prepare you for career advancement, success, and fulfillment. Industries often rely on skilled professionals to manage a company's technological needs, making computer information technology graduates invaluable to countless employers.

Apply to PLNU today or get connected with one of our counselors for additional support and answers to any questions you may have.

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For most adult students, going back to school will require effort, time, discipline, and a steady commitment. How can you be sure you are ready get your bachelor's degree?

Financial Aid and Student Support

We take seriously the role of providing you with financial, academic, and career support so you have the tools you need to be successful at PLNU and beyond. That’s why we offer a holistic support system that focuses on your unique experiences, particular needs, and personal and professional goals — resulting from our deep concern for you, our student.

With a focus on authentic relationships and personalized attention, our goal is to help transform you so you can follow your calling in your own career and life.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is required to be admitted into this program?

To be admitted into PLNU's Computer Information Technology program, you must have completed at least 40 semester hours with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.75 from an accredited institution.

Can I work while completing the program?

Yes, the program is designed for full-time working adults. The classes are hybrid, meaning they meet one night per week from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. and the rest of the work is done online in Canvas. This is to minimize the amount of time the student has to spend in a physical classroom.

What scholarship and financial aid opportunities are available to me?

You will have the option to apply for a number of scholarships through Student Financial Services. This program qualifies for state and federal financial aid options. Contact your enrollment counselor for more information.

Do you accept transfer credits into your program?

Yes we do. Part of the application process is to send your admissions counselor your unofficial transcripts — from ALL colleges you have completed coursework at — so they may generate a pre-evaluation for you. This addresses how many units you are transferring in from your prior schools, which GE requirements you have met, and if there are any outstanding requirements you need to fulfill.

How long does it take to complete the program?

The expected completion time is 18 months.

How many days a week do classes meet?

Classes meet one night per week from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., and the rest is done online! The night of the week on which the program begins will likely stay the same for the entire duration of your program. This provides our students with the consistency needed to plan for school around their professional and personal life.

How large will the classes be?

Class sizes are estimated to be 15 to 20 people.

Are international students eligible to apply?

Students seeking to receive credit at the university from an institution outside the U.S. are required to have their foreign transcript evaluated by a service accredited by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). A detailed course-by-course report is required. Official foreign transcripts are submitted to the service of choice and the evaluations subsequently submitted directly to the Office of Records. Please contact Financial Aid and Student Support Services for more information.

What’s the difference between this degree completion program and a traditional undergraduate program?

This program is designed for students who’ve already completed some four-year or community college coursework and are looking to continue their education and earn a bachelor’s degree. The program provides greater flexibility and affordability than most traditional undergraduate programs while maintaining high academic quality by integrating evening courses. The program is ideal for students looking to advance in their careers while balancing work and family life.

PLNU is a Christian university, but I am not a Christian. Would I feel out of place in this program?

We welcome and encourage people of all backgrounds as students in our programs. Issues that relate to faith may be discussed in some classes, and engaging in discussion with individuals with alternative points of view will be encouraged as learning opportunities. Students will work within a learning community that is supportive academically, spiritually, and emotionally.

Does PLNU offer a Cyber Security concentration for the CIT degree?

Students who have completed all required technology courses for the Cyber Security program at MiraCosta College, or their equivalent at another college, may be eligible to begin the CIT Cyber Security program at PLNU.
 

Course List

For information about the courses required for the Computer Information Technology, B.A. program, view the PLNU Catalog. 

Course Information

Cyber Security Course Information

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