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Bachelor of Information and Communication Technology (ICT)

Explore the ICT bachelor’s degree program at NMSU Online

The ICT program at NMSU offers two distinct online IT degree pathways:

  • An academic program for undergraduate students who have completed freshmen and sophomore years in a computer degree or technology-related program at NMSU or other four-year institutions.
  • An online two-year degree completion program leading to a baccalaureate degree for graduates of computer and technology-related associate degree programs at community colleges or other two-year institutions.

Students who are successful in 100% online IT degrees like the ICT bachelor’s program typically are self-motivated, do not rely heavily on face-to-face instruction, work independently and can remain on schedule. Students also must have familiarity with and access to:

  • A high-speed Internet connection
  • A sound card, 12G of RAM minimum
  • A microphone/Webcam
  • Microsoft Operating System 8.1 or newer and Office

Latest Technology

As one of NMSU’s well-respected online IT and computer degrees, the ICT degree program covers all aspects of managing and processing information on all layers of systems within an organization infrastructure (hardware, operating systems, ​applications, ​databases, ​storage, ​servers, ​telecommunication technologies and more). To be a successful professional, you’ll learn about new technology and how to use operating systems and server software, including Linux, Apache, OpenSSL, Windows Server, Oracle, MySQL and Microsoft SQL Server and languages such as C, HTML, CSS, JavaScript, MySQL, PHP, Python and Java.

Scholarships and Financial Aid

NMSU Online helps to keep your tuition costs affordable. But if you need financial help, NMSU is ready to work with you to determine the best ways to finance your education to earn your ICT bachelor’s degree. 

Financial assistance includes loans, grants and scholarship opportunities. To apply, use NMSU’s convenient Scholar Dollar$ one-stop scholarship application, which serves all students in the NMSU system. NMSU Online students are also eligible for loans and grants. The first step in applying for financial aid is to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). 

Learn more about financial aid opportunities at NMSU.

Overview

Degree type: Bachelor of Information and Communication Technology

College: Engineering

Department: Engineering Technology and Surveying Engineering

Delivery formats: 100% online

Program length: Full-time (2 years); part-time (3-4 years)

Cost per credit hour: 

  • Undergraduate online: $380.20*† 
  • Active Military online: $250*† 

 

Accredited by: NMSU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools

*For NMSU Online programs and courses, the per credit hour cost is listed above. Special tuition agreements (Western Undergraduate Exchange, Descubre, etc.) are not applicable to NMSU Online programs. Course fees still apply and are charged separately. Textbooks, uniforms, equipment, etc., are additional program costs. Additional per credit costs might be charged by the program, department or college.

†For on-campus students, find tuition and fees here.

Program Highlights

 

ETSE Mission

The ICT bachelor’s degree program is offered through the Department of Engineering Technology and Surveying Engineering (ETSE) in NMSU’s College of Engineering. ETSE’s mission is to provide students with a quality engineering technology and surveying education that links theory and application, provides a rigorous, fundamental education, and leads to enhanced career opportunities.

The department’s goals supporting this mission are to:

  • Provide educational and social environments that promote and facilitate student learning
  • Have a highly respected and visible department and foster its continued development
  • Graduate students who are competent and sought after by industry

Expert Faculty

The ICT program is taught by qualified faculty, led by Philip Braker, BS, MBA, ICT program coordinator. The ICT teaching team has a strong involvement in the Industry Advisory Council (IAC), which steers the content and direction of the ICT program. The council is made up of industry professionals, who offer professors and students first-hand knowledge of the direction the industry is going.

Research Projects

In our online information technology degree program, ICT students participate in hands-on projects using virtual machines and simulated networking equipment. The senior project is a student-driven project with a full project management curriculum. Besides the Learning Management System (LMS), the ICT program has a bank of servers to support several Enterprise Management courses. Most students in the ICT program are already working in the IT industry and are pursuing this degree to further advance their skills. 

Quick Fact

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports a median salary of $83,510 in 2019 for network and computer systems administrators. 

What can you do with an ICT bachelor’s degree from NMSU Online?

Career Positions

NMSU graduates of the ICT bachelor’s degree program will be prepared for the workforce and a range of professional positions that require degrees in IT, including: 

  • Computer Support Specialist
  • Configuration Manager
  • Enterprise Database Administrator
  • Financial Systems Administrator
  • Forensics Examiner
  • Information Specialist
  • IT Business Manager
  • Network Engineer
  • Programmer Analyst
  • Programmatic IT Engineer
  • Project Manager
  • Senior Digital Analyst
  • Solutions Architect
  • Special Agent, Computer Forensics
  • Systems Administrator
  • Systems Analyst
  • Systems Engineer
  • Systems or Network Administrator
  • Technical Consultant
  • Technology Support Specialist

Employers

NMSU ICT graduates are hired by leading employers in New Mexico and nationwide, including:

  • Encore
  • FBI
  • Los Alamos National Laboratories
  • NMSU
  • Raytheon
  • White Sands Missile Range

Graduate Study

NMSU ICT graduates go on to Arizona State University and other institutions to pursue graduate study.  NMSU just launched a new Professional Master of Information Technology program that undergraduates can consider for graduate study.  

Program Curriculum

As an ICT major at NMSU, you’ll learn and develop a variety of real-world skills in such key areas as the following:

  • Application of computer and network hardware, operating systems, system and network administration, programming languages, applications software, and databases in the building, testing, operation and maintenance of hardware and software systems
  • Application of electrical, electronic, telecommunications and digital signal propagation fundamentals in the building, testing, operation and maintenance of hardware and software systems
  • Design, implementation, maintenance and security of facilities involved with the processing and transfer of information
  • Application of project management techniques to facilities that process and transfer information

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Online IT degree students must complete all university degree requirements, which include: General Education requirements, Viewing a Wider World requirements and elective credits to total at least 120 credits with 48 credits in courses numbered 300 or above. Developmental coursework will not count towards the degree requirements and/or elective credits but may be needed in order to take the necessary English and Mathematics coursework. The General Education requirements may be completed with transfer credits from any previous institutions.

Review detailed information about the bachelor’s in information and communication technology degree requirements and a suggested road map for your undergraduate study at NMSU.  

Top Classes for ICT bachelor’s degree program majors

Here’s a sampling of courses offered in the Bachelor of Information and Communication Technology degree program:

  • Introduction to Internet Protocols
  • Software Programming for Information and Communication Technology
  • Ethical Hacking
  • Introduction to Digital Forensics and Incident Response
View all ICT bachelor’s degree program requirements in the NMSU Course Catalog.

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