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Online Undergraduate Certificate in Information Technology Essentials

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100% Online Information Technology Essentials Certificate classes start August 30, 2021.

Quick Facts

How long is the Information Technology Essentials Certificate Program?

  • 8 Courses
  • 23 credit hours
  • Can be completed in as little as 8 months1—or even more quickly with qualifying transfer credits.

Tech Essentials Grant

This program is eligible for our Tech Essentials Grant, which is available to new and readmit undergraduate students and offers $2,400 toward the cost of your IT Essentials Certificate Program upon completion.2 Please see the catalog for complete admissions requirements.

Information Technology (IT) Essentials Certificate Program – What You Can Learn

This program will help you develop the essential skills needed to find your place in the broad field of IT through projects and coursework. DeVry's IT Essentials Certificate covers the following:

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Gain working knowledge of the underlying technology of local area networks (LANs), wide area networks (WANs) and the Internet, including networking media, the Open Systems Interconnection (OSI) model, transmission control protocol/Internet protocol (TCP/IP), routing and switching, and small network configuration and troubleshooting.

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Problem-Solving and Data Analysis

Apply critical and analytical thinking to identify problems, evaluate options and implement solutions. Learn to draw conclusions by finding patterns and relationships in numerical data.

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Digital Devices

Explore digital concepts, devices and connectivity within the realm of the Internet of Things (IoT). Topics include networking, securing and deploying digital devices.

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Technology Principles through Programming

Apply knowledge of technology principles through programming to solve well-defined technology problems. Python is the primary programming language used.

Information Technology Essentials Admission Requirements

Students must place in MATH062 & ENGL062 or above. To begin program coursework, students must complete transitional studies courses first, if applicable.3 Please see the catalog for complete admissions requirements.

Information Technology Essentials and Financial Aid – Grant Programs

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Job Opportunities in the Information Technology (IT) Field

At DeVry, we design our classes to help you gain the confidence you need to hit the ground running in the workforce. Graduates with our online IT Essentials Undergraduate Certificate may consider entry level opportunities in positions such as:

  • Computer Network Support Specialist
    Also called technical support specialists, they analyze, troubleshoot and evaluate computer network problems.

  • IT Help Desk Support Specialist
    The IT help desk support specialist, also known as user support specialists or technicians, will work directly with individual employees – who generally do not have a background in IT – to assist with computer problems. This role also specializes in avoiding jargon to help diagnose computer problems.
  • Entry Level Network System Administrator
    The LAN system administrator will deploy and administer wireless infrastructure and supporting network systems.

  • Computer Systems Analyst
    The computer systems analyst ensures that all of the computer systems impacting organizational goals are supported. This role looks at the strengths and weakness of existing systems to identify areas for improvement.

Program Courses


MATH114 Algebra for College Students

Tech Core

CEIS101C Introduction to Technology and Information Systems
CEIS106 Introduction to Operating Systems
CEIS110 Introduction to Programming
CEIS114 Introduction Digital Devices
NETW191 Introduction to Information Technology & Networking
NETW211 Fundamentals of Cloud Computing

Career Preparation

CEIS299 Careers and Technology

IT Essentials FAQs

What can I do with a certificate in information technology?

A certificate in information technology essentials from DeVry can help prepare you for a career by giving you the hands-on experience you need to pursue relevant roles across a variety of industries. By completing our online IT Essentials certificate program, you can also apply your qualifying credits toward an Associate Degree in Information Technology and Networking at DeVry, which then stacks into our bachelor’s degrees in:

How do you earn a certificate in information technology?

To earn a certificate in IT Essentials at DeVry, you will complete 8 courses totaling a minimum of 23 credit hours. The program includes classes such as Introduction to Technology and Information Systems and Introduction to Operating Systems. To begin, you can apply here.

What kind of job can I get with an information technology certificate?

Graduates of DeVry’s certificate in information technology essentials program may consider, but are not limited to, the following careers:

  • Computer Network Support Specialist
  • IT Helpdesk Support Specialist
  • Entry Level Network Administrator
  • Computer Systems Analyst

What kind of education do I need for a certificate in information technology?

To begin coursework for DeVry’s online IT Essentials certificate program, you must have a high school diploma or GED and must place in MATH062 & ENGL062 or above. If applicable, you must also complete transitional studies courses.3

What are the benefits of information technology?

The benefits of information technology are broad, but include the ability to protect and store information, automate processes, gain remote access to systems and communicate on a global scale.

Build Skills with Stackable Degrees

Earn a Credential at Every Step

You don’t have to wait four years to show a credential on your resume.  At DeVry, several programs are designed to stack. 

  • Start with a shorter credential that takes less time so it’s more affordable
  • Flexible online and on-site classes build your professional skills right away
  • Every course counts toward the next degree level5

How Do Credentials Stack?

Here's an example: When you earn an IT Essentials Undergraduate Certificate, every course you completed in the program applies to an Associate Degree in Information Technology and Networking, which then stacks into a bachelor’s degree in:

  • Information Technology and Networking
  • Computer Information Systems
  • Engineering Technology – Electronics
  • Software Development

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1Not including breaks. Assumes year-round, full-time enrollment.
2Restrictions apply. Please see Scholarships and Grants page for complete details.
3Transitional studies coursework may affect program length and cost.
4Data includes all partner tuition savings, institutional scholarships, and grants for the period from July 1, 2019, to June 30, 2020.
5The figures displayed represent the minimum credit hours required for graduation. At the time of application to the next credential level, an evaluation of qualifying transfer credit will occur and the most beneficial outcome will be applied.