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The 100% Online Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Technology (CIT) program at WKU can help you prepare for many exciting career options. CIT has become an integral part of modern life and business. Among its most important functions are the efficient transmission of information and the storage and analysis of information. The professions listed below in the Careers tab all help individuals and organizations share and store information through computer networks and systems, the Internet, and computer databases.

Top Ten Reasons to Learn CIT @ WKU!

This program has many courses available in the self-paced on demand course format. On demand courses allow you the ultimate flexibility when balancing work and home life while pursuing your degree. The on demand courses are delivered online, can be started any day, any time, and any where and can be completed in as little as 7 weeks! For more information, visit the on demand website.

Minimum requirements for admission:

When completing the WKU Domestic and International Undergraduate Application, under Planned Course of Study Section, Choose:

  • Category of Study >>> Bachelor's Degree
  • Planned Course of Study >>> Computer Information Technology - Seeking Admission
  • Primary Location >>> Web (online only)

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For qualified transfer students with an Associate of Applied Science degree or equivalent in computer technology or related major, this major requires a minimum of 36 semester hours: 12 hours required core, 21 hours in 400 level CIT or identified AMS courses and a 3 hour capstone course.

For non-transfer students, this major requires a minimum of 60 semester hours: 30 hours required foundation, 27 hours in 400 level CIT or identified AMS courses and a 3 hour capstone course. 

Students must meet all University requirements for admission, continuance in the program, and graduation. Sample Program Schedule

Below is the list of major requirements available through WKU Online (semester-based online or self-paced on demand courses).

Foundation for Non-Transfer Students (30 Hours)

CIT 300 Computer Information Technology (Fall, Spring, Summer)
CIT 302 Web Development (Fall, Spring, Summer, On demand)
CIT 310 Systems Architecture I (Fall, Spring, On demand)
CIT 312 Systems Architecture II (Fall, Spring, On demand)
CIT 330 Systems Development I (Fall)
CIT 332 Systems Development II (Spring)
CIT 350 Database Administration I (Fall, Spring)
CIT 352 Database Administration II (On demand)
CIT 370 Telecommunications I (Fall, Spring, On demand)
CIT 372 Telecommunications II (Fall, Spring, On demand)

Core for Transfer Students (12 hours)

CIT 300 Computer Information Technology (Fall, Spring, Summer)
CIT 302 Web Development (Fall, Spring, Summer)
CIT 352 Database Administration II (Fall, Spring)
CIT 372 Telecommunications II (Fall, Spring)

Electives (27 hours Non-Transfer & 21 hours Transfer)

CIT 412 Advanced Systems Architecture I (Fall, Spring, On demand)
CIT 414 Advanced Systems Architecture II (Fall, Spring)
CIT 416 Systems Administration I (Fall)
CIT 418 Systems Administration II (Spring)
CIT 432 Advanced Systems Development I (Fall, Spring, On demand)
CIT 434 Advanced Systems Development II (Spring)
CIT 436 Web Systems Development I (Fall, Spring)
CIT 452 Advanced Systems Database Administration I (Fall)
CIT 454 Advanced Systems Database Administration II (Spring)
CIT 456 Systems Analysis and Design I (Fall, On demand)
CIT 458 Systems Analysis and Design II (Fall, Spring, On demand)
CIT 472 Advanced Telecommunications I (Fall)
CIT 474 Advanced Telecommunications II (Spring)
CIT 476 Network Administration I (Fall)
CIT 478 Network Administration II (Spring)
CIT 482 Systems Security I (Fall)
CIT 484 Systems Security II (Spring)
CIT 486 Knowledge Management (Fall, Spring, On demand)
CIT 492 Technology Management I (Fall, Spring, On demand)
CIT 496 Technology Support Administration (Fall, Spring)
AMS 342 Manufacturing Operations (On demand)
AMS 367 Supervised Work Experience in Industry
AMS 390 Project Management (On demand)
AMS 394 Lean Systems (On demand)
AMS 396 Introduction to Supply Chain Management (On demand)
AMS 430 Technology Management/Supervision/Team Building (On demand)
AMS 475 Selected Topics in Industry

Capstone Course (3 hours)

AMS 490 Senior Research-taken in the last semester (On demand)

Colonnade/General Education Certification

In addition to the program requirement courses listed above, students without an earned associatiates and/or General Education Certification from a regionally accredited school must complete 39 additional hours as part of the Colonnade Program (formerly General Education).

Students who transfer to WKU with an earned associate degree and/or General Education Certification from a regionally accredited school are considered General Education Certified and are not required to complete Colonnade requirements.

Please note the following as you plan your program of study:

  • A bachelor’s degree requires a minimum 120 unduplicated credit hours. More informationat wku.edu/registrar/degreecert.
    • Remaining hours may be met through transfer work, completing Colonnade or adding a Minor Program of StudyUndergraduate Certificate, additional electives or a combination of these options.
    • Students who transfer to WKU with an applied associate degree (e.g. Associate of Applied Science) receive a 12-hour waiver from the overall upper-level course requirement.
  • This major requires MATH 116 or higher. If your transcript in WKU TopNet does not show credit for Math 116 or higher, you must take the Math Placement Exam (MPE) in a proctored testing center either at the WKU Math Lab or an approved off-campus location. For more information visit the MPE Student Resouce Portal page.
 Career Opportunities:
  • Computer Network Architect
  • Computer Programmer
  • Computer Support Specialist
  • Database Administrator
  • Information Security Analyst
  • Network and Computer Systems Administrator
  • Software Developer
  • Web Developer

 Career Outlook

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Financial Aid includes grants, scholarships and loans for educational purposes.

To qualify for federal student aid you must meet certain requirements. General eligibility requirements can be reviewed on the Federal Student Aid website at studentaid.ed.gov/eligibility/basic-criteria. Here are a few basics to keep in mind:

  • Your eligibility is determined through an application process. So, your first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid at fafsa.ed.gov/. Even if you doubt your eligibility, apply. Approximately 90% of those who apply qualify for some form of aid.
  • Online courses are treated the same as face-to-face courses. If your application is approved, you may elect to take web, on demand or face-to-face courses. 
    • Online On Demand courses require same semester completion and an On Demand Agreement.
  • You must be classified as a degree-seeking student to qualify.
    • Degree seeking normally refers to an associate, baccalaureate or master degree. However, some stand-alone certificates are eligible. For additional information on eligible certificate programs Click Here
    • Certificates may also be earned in conjunction with degrees at the associate, baccalaureate and master levels and  financial aid will be awarded based on the primary degree listed.
  • You must be registered at least half-time to receive aid (6 credit hours for undergrad students; 4.5 credit hours for grad students).
  • You must meet federal and state regulations regarding Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) to remain eligible. The complete SAP Policy is available at wku.edu/financialaid/sap.php.
  • The WKU School Code for the FAFSA application is 002002.

Veterans and Active Military

WKU is a military friendly school. Veterans and active military are required to file additional forms for military tuition assistance. The Office of Veterans Affairs unit that helps ensure all appropriate information is on file. For additional information visit wku.edu/veteran or email va.questions@wku.edu

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Tuition rates are based on:

  • Student Classification (undergraduate or graduate)
  • Enrollment Status (full-time or part-time)
  • Delivery Mode (Web, On Demand, Face-to-Face).

We know that it can be difficult to understand the different tuition rates and how they apply to you. The information on this page is designed to provide clarification on tuition, as it applies to online courses. The WKU Bursar Office provides additional information and should be considered the official source.

Please note: The information below does not apply to programs falling under The Kentucky P-12 Professional Educator Rate. The educator rate is a special tuition rate for Kentucky teachers in specific master degree programs. It is $415 per credit hour for online courses. More information, including a list of eligible programs, can be found here.

Students enrolling exclusively in web courses (semester-based web or on demand) are charged the per credit hour rate listed below regardless of location.

2019-2020 Academic Year - Online (Web) Rate
Undergraduate Students $540 per Credit Hour
Graduate Students $707 per Credit Hour
2019-2020 Academic Year - On Demand Rate
Undergraduate Students $450 per Credit Hour
Graduate Students $707 per Credit Hour

Full-Time Undergraduate Students

  • Fully Online Students: If you are enrolled exclusively in online courses (i.e. semester based web courses, On Demand courses or a combination of the two), you will be charged the applicable per credit hour rate for each course (applicable rates are noted above). There is no full-time online rate. No out-of-state tuition is ever charged.
  • Semester-based web + face-to-face: Full-time undergraduate students who enroll in a combination of face-to-face classes + web will be charged the applicable in-state or out-of-state tuition rate + an additional per credit hour fee for the web class (the fee for 2018-2019 is $150 per credit hour).
  • On Demand + face-to-face: Full-time undergraduate students who enroll in a combination of face-to-face classes + on demand are charged per credit hour, based on class type (face-to-face or on demand) for all hours taken up to 12 credit hours. Those enrolling in at least 12 hours of face-to-face classes + on demand class(es) are charged the applicablein-state or out-of-state tuition rate full-time tuition rate for face-to-face classes + the per credit hour rate for the additional on demand class(es).

Part-Time Undergraduate Students

Part-time undergraduate students enrolling in a combination of delivery modes (Face-to-Face, Web, On Demand) are charged the per credit hour rate for each course, based on course type.

  • On Demand Courses: The per credit hour rate for in-state undergrad students is always charged, regardless of where you live.
  • Web Courses: The per credit hour web course rate is always charged, regardless of where you live.
  • Face-to-Face Courses: The applicable in-state/out-of-state per credit hour rate is charged.

Graduate Students always pay the per-credit hour rate based on course type (Face-to-Face, Web, On Demand), regardless of part-time or full-time status.

Potential Additional Fees:

Course Fees
Occasionally, there is an additional fee charged in relation to a specific course. The fees are non-refundable after the University's refund period is less than 100%. The WKU Office of the Bursar provides additional information about course fees.

Proctored Exam Fees
Students taking web courses are often required to take proctored exams where students are monitored while taking the exam. DELO Testing Centers is one option for WKU students and does not charge a fee for proctoring. If you are unable to visit WKU’s campus, there are other options within the WKU Remote Proctoring Network, which includes both proctor locations who charge for proctoring services as well as those who do not charge. Students are responsible for payment of any proctoring fees if they choose to use a proctor who charges a fee for this service. Students are also responsible for any additional fees that might be associated with the use of a particular proctoring site, such as parking fees.

Academic Department

Program Coordinator: Dr. Mark Revels (Students with less than 45 or 45 college or more and last names begining with A-J)
Website: wku.edu/cit/

Program Advisor: Dr. Yaser Mowafi (Students with 45 college hours or more and last names begining with K-Z)
Phone: 270-745-3415

WKU Online

Email: learn.online@wku.edu
Phone: (270) 745-5173
Toll-Free: (888) 4WKUWEB / (888) 495-8932
Website: wku.edu/online

You may qualify for up to $4,000 in scholarships!

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 Last Modified 3/5/20