B.S. in Information Technology – Network Design and Management
WGU Indiana’s bachelor’s degree program in IT Network Design and Management will launch your career in network systems engineering. The program will provide you with IT skills and 12 recognized industry certifications. The knowledge and certifications gained from your studies will help you become a better network designer and network systems engineer.
Who the Program is for:
- Established network designers and systems engineers seeking a bachelor’s degree and certifications to advance their careers.
- Experienced IT professionals who require credentials to become network systems engineers.
- Individuals who have completed some college coursework or have applicable work experience.
- Individuals who can typically spend 15 or more hours per week on their studies.
Your Program of Study
In the Network Design and Management bachelor’s degree program, you will learn the skills essential to becoming an effective network systems engineer. This program includes the following areas of study and completion of a capstone project.
- Information Technology Fundamentals
- General Education
- Web Development
- Operating Systems
- Networks Design and Management
- Leadership and Management
- Project Management
- Technical Writing
The complete B.S. program consists of 121 Competency Units (CUs; i.e., credit equivalents). However, coursework and IT certifications completed at other accredited institutions may waive some of your requirements. WGU Indiana will conduct a full transcript review to determine if your past education is applicable. Click here to see what IT certifications may transfer to WGU Indiana.
Recognized IT Certifications Incorporated into this Program
The program and tuition costs incorporate industry certifications as part of your degree. You will study for and complete the following certification exams:
- CIW Web Foundations Associate
- CIW Web Design Specialist
- CompTIA A+
- CompTIA Network+
- CompTIA Project+
- CompTIA Security+
- Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS): Active Directory, Configuring
- Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS): Network Infrastructure, Configuring
- Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) Windows OS Fundamentals
- Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) Networking Fundamentals
- Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) Security Fundamentals
Note: Your IT certifications may waive some degree requirements. Click here to see what IT certifications may transfer to WGU Indiana.
Tuition and Fees
Basic Tuition: $2,890 per six-month term
Resource Fee: $145 per six-month term (non-refundable)
Application Fee: $65 (one time)
Unlike schools that charge tuition based on credit hours, WGU Indiana focuses on the time needed to complete your entire degree rather than each course individually. WGU Indiana’s six-month terms are billed at a flat-rate tuition fee. Your tuition covers the minimum "full-time load" of 12 Competency Units (CUs) for undergraduate students, as well as all coursework attempted in that time. WGU Indiana allows students to work at a pace that’s comfortable for which to complete a full-time course load. During each term, you may complete as many or as few competency units as you like; the same flat rate applies. The faster you complete your degree program, the more money you’ll save.
Our affordable tuition compares favorably to the rates of other in-state universities; costs are typically half of what other online universities charge. At WGU Indiana, you enjoy the savings of a nonprofit university.
Federal and state financial aid is available to those who qualify. Learn more about financial aid
The WGU Indiana Advantage
In partnership with the state of Indiana, WGU Indiana leverages Western Governors University’s unique, competency-based approach to education; we measure learning rather than credit hours. As a result, your progress is based on your demonstration of essential skills and knowledge in IT education.
As a student, you’ll receive a top-notch education through our curriculum, learning resources, mentoring, and student services provided by WGU Indiana. You will also enjoy the advantages of:
- Superior learning resources. You will have access to all of WGU Indiana’s courses of study, learning modules, e-textbooks, tutorials, and simulations as you complete your program.
- Personal support from a dedicated mentor. You will have the support of a mentor who will guide you throughout your WGU Indiana program.
- Online communities from Indiana and WGU's national student community. You will have access to WGU Indiana’s robust student community and interact with students located in Indiana and throughout the U.S.
- Flexible online degrees that fit your lifestyle. Learning can occur anywhere and at any time. WGU Indiana allows you to establish your own pace to complete your rigorous program and create a schedule that works for you.
One of the best values in Indiana higher education, at WGU Indiana you can expect to earn a relevant degree on your schedule and within your budget.
Time to Completion
WGU Indiana’s degree programs are competency-based; therefore, the time needed to complete your degree depends on your individual pace and how quickly you are able to take and pass the required assessments. Many students progress faster than the average pace (described below) designed into each program. However, accomplishing this task isn’t easy. Students who possess an associate’s degree or equivalent usually complete their studies within 2-2 ½ years, while those with no college experience average 4-5 years.
WGU Indiana maintains a generous credit transfer policy. Learn more about transferring credits.
Speak to an Enrollment Counselor for a personalized estimate of your time to completion.
WGU Indiana Admission Process
To enroll into WGU Indiana’s Networks Design and Management bachelor’s degree program, you must:
- Apply for admission.
- Live in the state of Indiana and provide proof of residence.
- Possess a high school diploma or its equivalent.
- Demonstrate IT experience through at least one of the following four methods:
- Have earned an associate’s degree in IT or equivalent (A.S. or A.A.S. acceptable)
- Have completed the following high-level IT coursework within the last five years:
- Two or more upper-level Networking courses OR
- Two or more upper-level Object-Oriented Programming courses (Java, C#, etc.) OR
- One or more upper-level Operating Systems course OR
- One or more upper-level Information Security and Assurance course
- Hold transferable IT certifications earned within the last five years
- Submit a resume showing three-plus years of IT work experience