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Online Undergraduate Certificate Program in Information Technology Essentials

As the technology industry quickly evolves, both new and experienced professionals need to regularly expand their skills and knowledge of information technology. If you're new to tech, you can develop the core skills you need for an information technology (IT) role with our 100% online IT Essentials Certificate. This online IT certificate program is designed to expose you to concepts across the broad field of tech, preparing you to pursue career opportunities in a wide variety of organizations.

Gain hands-on experience with Internet of Things (IoT) projects, networking, digital devices, programming, operating systems and more. All these skills and courses can help jumpstart your IT career through our IT Essentials certificate program.

Elements of the curriculum will also help you prepare to pursue industry IT certifications like:

  • CompTIA A+

  • CompTIA Linux+

  • CompTIA Network+

  • CompTIA Cloud Essentials+

Tech Essentials Grant

This program is eligible for our Tech Essentials Grant, which is available to qualifying new and readmitted undergraduate students.1 This grant offers $2,400 toward the cost of your IT Essentials certificate program upon successful completion. Please refer to the catalog for complete admissions requirements.

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100% Online Information Technology Essentials Certificate classes start every 8 weeks.

Minimum Completion Time*
8 months
Normal Completion Time
1 year
2 months


Choose the schedule that best fits your goals and commitments. You can earn your Undergraduate Certificate in as few as 8 months.*

Or, follow a normal schedule and complete your program in 1 year, 2 months.**

*Accelerated completion time does not include breaks and assumes 3 semesters of year-round, full-time enrollment in 4-13 credit hours a semester per 12 month period.

**Normal completion time does not include breaks and assumes 2 semesters of enrollment in 4-13 credit hours per semester per 12 month period.

Knowledge & Skills

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

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


Gain working knowledge of the underlying technology of local area networks (LANs), wide area networks (WANs) and the internet. Some of the skills and disciplines you'll explore through networking courses in this program include:

  • Networking media Open Systems Interconnection (OSI) model

  • Transmission control protocol/internet protocol (TCP/IP)

  • Routing and switching

  • Small network configuration and troubleshooting

Problem-Solving and Data Analysis

Learn to apply critical and analytical thinking to identify problems, evaluate options and implement solutions. Courses in this area can help you draw conclusions through pattern recognition and identifying relationships in numerical data.

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. These essential courses will help you understand the functionality of different devices and better deploy them within networks and processes.

Technology Principles Through Programming

Learn to apply your knowledge of technology principles through programming to solve well-defined technology problems. Courses in this area can reinforce your understanding of machine logic. Gain real-world insights and knowledge of how devices and networks function by working with industry-aligned software like Python.

Information Technology Essentials Certificate Program Admission Requirements

Students must place in MATH062 & BUSN062 or above. To begin program coursework, students may need to complete transitional studies courses first, if applicable.2 Please refer to the catalog for complete admissions requirements.

Information Technology Essentials Certificate Program and Financial Aid and Grants

DeVry University is committed to making higher education more affordable for eligible students.1 During the 2022-2023 award year, DeVry University has assisted students by awarding more than $71 Million in student financial assistance3 through partner tuition savings, institutional scholarships and university grants.

3Data is inclusive of all partner tuition savings, institutional scholarships and grants for the period for July 1, 2022 to June 30, 2023.

Stackable Programs

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.4 You can start with a credential that takes less time, is more affordable and can serve as a stepping stone when you choose to continue your education at DeVry.

How Do Credentials Stack?

This online IT Essentials Certificate program can be a stepping stone to the Associate in Information Technology and Networking program or Associate in Cybersecurity and Networking program.4 If you choose to continue with your education at DeVry after earning this certificate, eligible credits apply to a relevant associate or a bachelor’s program.

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*The figures displayed represent the minimum credit hours required for graduation. Additional coursework may be necessary to complete program requirements.


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 information technology 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, these professionals analyze, troubleshoot and evaluate computer network problems. This career path primarily focuses on technical knowledge but can be enhanced by good communication skills that enable you to communicate technical needs to managers and company leaders.

  • 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 and requires elements of customer service, communication and technical knowledge.

  • Entry-Level Network System Administrator

    The LAN system administrator will deploy and administer wireless infrastructure and supporting network systems. While this is an entry-level position, an undergraduate certificate in IT essentials can communicate the level of knowledge that employers want to see as networks become increasingly vital to company productivity.

  • 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. It's an excellent career path for the more analytically minded and is also great for those who are able to clearly communicate issues and solutions to decision-makers at a company.

Employers may require years of relevant experience or additional certifications.

Program Courses

Information Technology Essentials Courses

Algebra for College Students
Tech Core
Introduction to Technology and Information Systems
Introduction to Operating Systems
Introduction to Programming
Introduction Digital Devices
Introduction to Information Technology & Networking
Introduction to Cloud Computing
Career Preparation
Technology Career Foundations

IT Essentials FAQs

What can I do with a certificate in information technology?

A Certificate program in Information Technology Essentials from DeVry can help prepare you to pursue 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 these associate degree programs at DeVry4:

Every course from your associate degree program then stacks into a qualifying bachelor’s degree program at DeVry4:

How important are IT certificates in the workplace?

The importance of having an undergraduate IT certificate will depend on the specific area of IT and the company for which you wish to work. However, a certificate in IT demonstrates your knowledge in the discipline to prospective employers.

It's helpful to remember that IT is a cornerstone of any successful business today. Employers have started to implement stricter standards when it comes to the qualifications of those whom they hire into this department. A certificate can help you prove to an employer that you're knowledgeable in IT.

Do you need an IT certificate for IT work?

Different employers have varying standards when it comes to IT work. In general, a higher level of education, whether that be an undergraduate IT essentials certificate or another technology degree, may help you stand out amongst other applicants. As the IT profession develops more standards and protocols, a certificate or degree may become essential for many positions in information technology.

How do you earn a certificate in information technology?

To earn a Certificate in IT Essentials at DeVry, you will need to complete 8 courses totaling a minimum of 23 credit hours. The program includes classes such as:

  • Introduction to Technology
  • Information Systems
  • Introduction to Operating Systems

Apply here to begin.

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

Graduates of DeVry’s Undergraduate Certificate in Information Technology Essentials program may consider careers such as:

  • 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 & BUSN062 or above. If applicable, you must also complete transitional studies courses.2

Please see the Academic Catalog for complete admissions requirements.

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. IT professionals are essential to maintain smooth workflow between departments, help reduce frustration and increase cost savings. The best IT professionals anticipate issues before they arise and can build systems that have a degree of futureproofing to protect companies from costly process breakdowns.

Academic Catalog
2023-2024 Academic Catalog
Program Guides
Program Overview

1Students may participate in only one DeVry University-based scholarship, grant or group tuition benefit program at a time. Those who qualify for more than one program will be presumed to accept the program with the highest reduction in by- session cost. Students who qualify for and prefer a different tuition benefit program must confirm, in writing, the alternate program in which they wish to participate prior to starting classes at DeVry. Scholarship and grant terms and eligibility conditions are subject to change. Scholarships are available to those who apply and qualify. Click here for more information.
2Transitional studies coursework may affect program length and cost.
3Data is inclusive of all partner tuition savings, institutional scholarships and grants for the period for July 1, 2022, to June 30, 2023.
4At 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. Future programmatic changes could impact the application of credits to a future program. Refer to the academic catalog for details.